October 9, 2012
Mukendi of U's trophy dreams
Henoc Mukendi booked Northampton place in the next round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy after they came from behind to beat 10-man Colchester 2-1.
Cobblers went close through Kelvin Langmead's deflected header and Kemar Roofe shot straight at the experienced Mark Cousins in the United goal, as did top scorer Alex Nicholls.
But Colchester had the better of the first half and created a couple of good chances. Ian Henderson tested Shane Higgs and Clinton Morrison missed a great chance after racing clear of the home defence.
Northampton's best chance fell to Adebayo Akinfenwa who saw his header hit the bar before Freddie Sears broke the deadlock after half an hour, superbly volleying home a right wing cross from ex-Cobbler Henderson.
Akinfenwa went close to an equaliser when he screwed his shot wide but it took a superb block from Chris Hackett to prevent Sears from doubling his tally after more good work from Henderson on the flank.
The returning Higgs had to be replaced by Dean Snedker who saw another effort from Henderson deflected for a corner before he did well to foil Morrison after the restart.
But Akinfenwa equalised six minutes into the second half from the penalty spot after Roofe was upended in the box. And three minutes later Mukendi opened his account when he converted a cross from the impressive Ishmel Demontagnac.
Sears nearly levelled with another sweet volley but Nicholls went close to extending Northampton's lead after cutting into the box and he was also just off target late on.
Colchester offered little in the second half and to make matters worse Morrison was sent-off in stoppage-time for a challenge on David Artell.
|Northampton Town||Colchester United|
|1 Shane Higgs||1 Mark Cousins|
|18 David Artell||6 Matt Heath|
|11 Chris Hackett||4 Magnus Okuonghae|
|5 Kelvin Langmead||25 John White|
|3 Joe Widdowson||24 Ben Coker|
|7 Ishmel Demontagnac||7 Karl Duguid|
|12 Ben Tozer||15 Marcus Bean|
|27 Kemar Roofe||22 Anthony Wordsworth|
|15 Henoc Mukendi||9 Clinton Morrison|
|10 Adebayo Akinfenwa||16 Ian Henderson|
|14 Alex Nicholls||11 Fred Sears|
|13 Dean Snedker||Carl Pentney 35|
|22 Lewis Hornby||Tom Eastman 18|
|25 Claudio Dias||Alex Gilbey 28|
|16 Lewis Wilson||Drey Wright 30|
|19 Louis Moult||Gavin Massey 21|
|Dean Snedker for Shane Higgs (43)||Tom Eastman for Magnus Okuonghae (46)|
|Lewis Hornby for Kemar Roofe (61)||Alex Gilbey for Marcus Bean (46)|
|Lewis Wilson for Ishmel Demontagnac (74)||Drey Wright for Anthony Wordsworth (69)|
|Clinton Morrison (90)|
|· Squads: Northampton Town | Colchester United|