HIT COBBLERS IN TIGHT VIC­TORY

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

The Northamp­ton goal­keeper, who was on loan with the U’s two sea­sons ago and played in their Con­fer­ence pro­mo­tion fi­nal win over Gateshead at Wem­b­ley, had twice de­nied Robbie Simp­son ear­lier in the half, mak­ing a stun­ning point­blank save from a header then turn­ing a 25-yard shot over the bar.

Northamp­ton’s

best chance fell to Sam Hoskins, who shot tamely at Sam Beas­ant when well placed. And the vis­i­tors found them­selves 2-0 down five min­utes af­ter the restart when Corr turned in a low cross from Greg Tay­lor.

Corr al­most scored an own goal when he shinned a cor­ner against his own post, and Northamp­ton were back in it five min­utes later when debu­tant Alie Se­say brought down sub­sti­tute Do­minic Calvert-Lewin in the box. Richards smashed in the re­sult­ing spot-kick.

Af­ter D’Ath was harshly sent off for a way­ward tackle on Dunk United could have added fur­ther goals, but found Smith in ex­cel­lent form as he de­nied Jeff Hughes and Dunk. Cobblers boss Chris Wilder said: “The goals we con­ceded were poor, and we can’t keep ask­ing Adam Smith to pull off saves. “When we got our­selves back in the game we got too ex­cited. We should have taken the game to them in a con­trolled man­ner, but we were like head­less chick­ens.”

Northamp­ton were hit with a wind­ing up pe­ti­tion by HM Rev­enue and Cus­toms this week, but Wilder said his play­ers will con­tinue to work hard for the club’s loyal fans.

“It’s been a tough week, but hope­fully we can get things sorted out and keep putting a team on the pitch that our ter­rific sup­port­ers can be proud of,” he added.

STAR MAN HARRISON DUNK Cam­bridge

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