October 2, 2012
Gills stick boot into Cobblers
League leaders Gillingham maintained their 100% record on the road with a 2-1 success at Northampton.
Goals in either half from Deon Burton and Jack Payne saw Martin Allen's side pick up three more points despite Adebayo Akinfenwa pulling one back for the hosts late on.
Northampton went close early on through Luke Guttridge before Akinfenwa was denied by a goal-saving block from Tom Flanagan and Kelvin Langmead blazed over from close range.
For Gillingham, who lost their unbeaten start in the league on Saturday, Burton should have done better with his header from Joe Martin's cross and Danny Kedwell was denied by a superb save from Lee Nicholls before Chris Whelpdale turned well and shot just wide from 25 yards out.
Cobblers substitute Chris Hackett almost broke the deadlock when his first-time drive struck the crossbar. But Burton did just that on the stroke of half-time when he latched on a long clearance to round Nicholls and slip the ball into an empty net.
After the restart Charlie Allen broke clear but was clattered by Nicholls when he looked certain to score. Hackett went close to an equaliser when he was denied by a last-gasp block from Adam Barrett.
But Payne doubled Gillingham's advantage in the 55th minute, his first time drive nestling in the bottom corner of the net after the ball ran free on the edge of the box.
Ishmel Demontagnac flashed a shot across goal after bursting into the box but Northampton rarely threatened in the second half. Akinfenwa finally reduced the arrears in the 82nd minute when he headed home Ben Tozer's long throw-in.
Gills substitute Myles Weston saw his cross hit a post late on before Allen was dismissed in stoppage-time after picking up a second yellow card.
|21 Lee Nicholls||1 Stuart Nelson|
|18 David Artell||28 David Wright|
|5 Kelvin Langmead||26 Adam Barrett|
|2 John Johnson||3 Joseph Martin|
|12 Ben Tozer||6 Tom Flanagan|
|3 Joe Widdowson||2 Matt Fish|
|4 Luke Guttridge||7 Chris Whelpdale|
|7 Ishmel Demontagnac||4 Jack Payne|
|27 Kemar Roofe||14 Charlie Allen|
|10 Adebayo Akinfenwa||20 Deon Burton|
|14 Alex Nicholls||9 Danny Kedwell|
|1 Shane Higgs||Tommy Forecast 21|
|6 Anthony Charles||Andy Frampton 12|
|23 Danny East||Callum Davies 15|
|11 Chris Hackett||Myles Weston 24|
|9 Clive Platt||Lewis Montrose 16|
|19 Louis Moult||Ben Strevens 10|
|15 Henoc Mukendi||Robbie Findley 29|
|Chris Hackett for Luke Guttridge (9)||Myles Weston for Chris Whelpdale (58)|
|Danny East for John Johnson (67)||Andy Frampton for Jack Payne (69)|
|Louis Moult for Ishmel Demontagnac (78)||Robbie Findley for Deon Burton (75)|
|Joseph Martin (85)|
|Charlie Allen (89)|
|Charlie Allen (90)|
|· Squads: Northampton Town | Gillingham|