A comfortable first half found the Northampton Town leading at half time due to Ryan Cresswell’s and Jason Taylor’s goals. At the second half, the Cobblers managed to hold off the visitors’ attacks then killed them with Marc Richards’s last-minute counterattack goal.
Due to these events, the fans of both sides have been treated to a very entertaining game at Sixfields. With Marc Richards named as the lone striker, the Cobblers managed to start with a 4-4-1-1 formation.
When the Grecians gave the ball to Nicky Adams 30 metres, his middle of the goal shot was easily held by Bobby Olejnik, the Grecians keeper. It was an end-to-end affair, and Cobblers’ Adams was looking lively, until a red card was served, after mistakenly cutting in from the right.
A ball played over the top of the Cobblers’ defense, but Nichols hadn’t managed to get the ball down quickly and Zander Diamond in the back ended up putting in a sliding challenge in order to deny him. The City then broke up at the other end while Richards had missed a shot coming from a corner following a good low cross from Adams.
And when another ex-Cobblers player Arron Davies had send a ball an inch behind the duo, they had no other choice but to rely with Smith running his line and smothering the ball on Alex Nicholls’s feet.
The referee’s assistant David Richardson thought otherwise and had awarded the goal, to the dismay of the City. The captain then furiously pointed his finger at the linesman’s direction.
Still, Northampton Town managed to make their next attack count, after an unlikely source gave them the lead.
There seemed to be little threat when Joel Byrom’s corner was returned from Cresswell stake, but then the ball had been cleared and fell perfectly to Taylor on the edge of the box.
Taylor captured his first goal as gently as he could have hoped, and arrowing past Olejnik in the corner for the first goal into the tough tackling midfielder.
At the end, it was the Cobblers who take home the victory.