March 9, 2013
Another home win for the Cobblers
|Northampton Town||Accrington Stanley|
|21 Lee Nicholls||1 Paul Rachubka|
|30 Clarke Carlisle||16 Nicky Hunt|
|5 Kelvin Langmead||34 Lawrence Wilson|
|12 Ben Tozer||2 Peter Murphy|
|3 Joe Widdowson||6 Dean Winnard|
|11 Chris Hackett||24 Lee Molyneux|
|8 Ben Harding||26 Tom Aldred|
|7 Ishmel Demontagnac||27 Anime Linganzi|
|22 Lewis Hornby||33 Romuald Boco|
|9 Clive Platt||7 Craig Lindfield|
|28 Roy O'Donovan||17 James Gray|
|13 Dean Snedker||Ian Dunbavin 25|
|6 Lee Collins||Luke Joyce 4|
|2 John Johnson||George Miller 12|
|4 Luke Guttridge||Will Hatfield 10|
|25 Claudio Dias||Charlie Bennett 8|
|10 Adebayo Akinfenwa||Francis Jeffers 9|
|17 Jake Robinson||Markus Carver 19|
|John Johnson for Lewis Hornby (66)||Francis Jeffers for Craig Lindfield (68)|
|Adebayo Akinfenwa for Clive Platt (71)||Markus Carver for James Gray (80)|
|Jake Robinson for Chris Hackett (74)||Will Hatfield for Romuald Boco (86)|
|Ben Tozer (27)||Nicky Hunt (8)|
|· Squads: Northampton Town | Accrington Stanley|
Northampton maintained their promotion push with a comfortable 2-0 victory against struggling Accrington to make it eight straight home wins.
Both goals came in the first half at Sixfields, where Chris Hackett broke the deadlock with his sixth goal of the campaign before Roy O'Donovan put Northampton firmly in control.
Stanley started well and James Gray was thwarted by Lee Nicholls but they fell behind in the ninth minute when Hackett fired home a free-kick from just outside the box on his return after being rested for a couple of games.
The Cobblers created further chances through another Hackett free-kick, Ben Tozer fired over and Ishmel Demontagnac was off target. But the home side doubled their advantage on the half-hour mark when O'Donovan got the better of keeper Paul Rachubka before firing into the roof of the net.
O'Donovan, Demontagnac and Ben Harding all had chances as Cobblers finished the first half on top and they should have been further ahead at the break.
Stanley rallied after the restart with top scorer Romuald Boco and Gray having shots blocked but Northampton always had too much for the visitors who struggled to turn possession into chances. Even the introduction of experienced striker Francis Jeffers for his debut failed to give Stanley a cutting edge in attack.
Demontagnac should have added a third goal late on as Northampton ended the game in charge although it took a good save from Nicholls late on to deny substitute Will Hatfield.