October 27, 2012
Cobblers concern for goalscorer Nicholls
First half goals from Alex Nicholls and substitute Louis Moult earned Northampton a much-needed 2-0 victory over Port Vale.
But the game was overshadowed by a serious injury to Nicholls which resulted in Vale skipper John McCombe being dismissed.
Cobblers started brightly, Anthony Charles and Kelvin Langmead went close before Nicholls gave Cobblers a 20th minute lead. But it came at a heavy price with the club's top scorer receiving a suspected broken leg.
Nicholls latched on to a short back pass from Robert Taylor to go around goalkeeper Chris Neal and slip the ball into an empty net but he was challenged by McCombe in doing so. The Vale skipper was sent off and Nicholls taken from the pitch in an ambulance following a long hold-up.
Moult should have doubled Northampton's advantage moments after coming on for Nicholls when he headed straight at Neal. But Moult made no mistake in the 42nd minute, racing on to Adebayo Akinfenwa's neat pass to slip the ball under Neal.
Akinfenwa should have increased Northampton's lead immediately after the restart but he headed wide with the goal at his mercy. Ashley Vincent almost reduced the arrears when he broke away only to be denied by Lee Nicholls.
|Northampton Town||Port Vale|
|21 Lee Nicholls||1 Chris Neal|
|6 Anthony Charles||6 Gareth Owen|
|5 Kelvin Langmead||2 Adam Yates|
|3 Joe Widdowson||5 John McCombe|
|23 Danny East||9 Jennison Myrie-Williams|
|12 Ben Tozer||3 Robert Taylor|
|16 Lewis Wilson||23 Ryan Burge|
|22 Lewis Hornby||18 Sam Morsy|
|28 Emyr Huws||10 Ashley Vincent|
|10 Adebayo Akinfenwa||11 Tom Pope|
|14 Alex Nicholls||19 Ben Williamson|
|1 Shane Higgs||Sam Johnson. 12|
|29 David Moyo||Joe Davis 17|
|7 Ishmel Demontagnac||Chris Shuker 15|
|25 Claudio Dias||Darren Murphy 4|
|9 Clive Platt||Kingsley James 21|
|19 Louis Moult||Ryan Lloyd 22|
|15 Henoc Mukendi||Louis Dodds 8|
|Louis Moult for Alex Nicholls (30)||Joe Davis for Ben Williamson (31)|
|Ishmel Demontagnac for Lewis Wilson (60)||Kingsley James for Gareth Owen (46)|
|Ryan Lloyd for Sam Morsy (69)|
|Anthony Charles (51)||Gareth Owen (45)|
|Emyr Huws (81)||Tom Pope (59)|
|Sam Morsy (68)|
|John McCombe (23)|
|· Squads: Northampton Town | Port Vale|