September 7, 2013
Cobblers and Iron share spoils
Clive Platt rescued a late point for stuttering Northampton in a 1-1 draw at home to Scunthorpe.
The visitors made a bright start and created several good openings. Etienne Esajas fired over from long range, Sam Winnall was unable to capitalise on a defensive slip and Eddie Nolan flashed a shot wide from the edge of the box.
But Niall Canavan missed Scunthorpe's best chance when he failed to beat Matt Duke from six yards after being picked out by Matt Sparrow's pin-point free-kick.
Northampton failed to create any chances against a well-drilled Scunthorpe defence and Chris Iwelumo headed wide from Esajas' corner after the restart as the Iron picked up where they left off.
Canavan then had a header saved by Duke from Terry Hawkridge's corner and Winnall was also thwarted by the Cobblers goalkeeper.
Platt tested Sam Slocombe with a header as Cobblers finally got going and substitute Jacob Blyth was just off target with a far post header from Chris Hackett's deep cross.
But it was Scunthorpe who broke the deadlock in the 67th minute when Canavan rose well to head home Hawkridge's deep corner.
Darren Carter went close to an equaliser when he broke away but Slocombe tipped aside his effort and saved from Hackett's follow-up.
But Cobblers equalised in the 78th minute when Scunthorpe failed to deal with Lee Collins' searching pass and Platt nipped in to slip the ball under Slocombe.
Winnall went close to a winner late on while, at the other end, Hackett's inswinging corner almost caught out Slocombe as the ball came back off the upright.
|Northampton Town||Scunthorpe United|
|1 Matt Duke||1 Sam Slocombe|
|2 Kevin Amankwaah||3 Andy Dawson|
|23 Matt Heath||5 David Mirfin|
|6 Lee Collins||2 Christian Ribeiro|
|3 Joe Widdowson||6 Niall Canavan|
|11 Chris Hackett||7 Matthew Sparrow|
|4 Darren Carter||10 Etienne Esajas|
|17 Gary Deegan||4 Sean McAllister|
|19 Danny Emerton||18 Eddie Nolan|
|9 Clive Platt||9 Chris Iwelumo|
|10 Roy O'Donovan||29 Sam Winnall|
|21 Ben McNamara||James Severn 13|
|12 Ben Tozer||Luke Waterfall 15|
|26 Matty Harriott||Callum Howe 20|
|25 Jacob Blyth||Andrew Welsh 11|
|24 Ivan Toney||Terry Hawkridge 14|
|16 JJ Hooper||Deon Burton 8|
|James Spencer 28|
|Jacob Blyth for Danny Emerton (54)||Terry Hawkridge for Christian Ribeiro (18)|
|Ben Tozer for Kevin Amankwaah (78)||James Spencer for Etienne Esajas (71)|
|Deon Burton for Sam Winnall (88)|
|Gary Deegan (24)||Matthew Sparrow (22)|
|Kevin Amankwaah (68)||Andy Dawson (70)|
|Chris Hackett (90)|
|· Squads: Northampton Town | Scunthorpe United|