Northampton Town moved to within a point of the play-offs with a comprehensive victory over Morecambe.

Kevin Ellison had the best chance of a goalless first half for the visitors but shot against the post.

The Cobblers broke the deadlock when Adebayo Akinfenwa headed home Ben Tozer's long throw.

Another Tozer throw was headed into his own net by Ellison before Ishmel Demontagnac curled in a stoppage-time free-kick.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd told BBC Radio Northampton:

"Morecambe came with a plan to stop us playing and we had to up our game.

"Once we got our goal, we commanded the second half. But it was certainly hard work to do it.

"If you do get excited, the god of football kicks you down and we don't want that.

"We've not had much success here over recent years but we've got a buoyant squad."

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"We knew what was coming but unfortunately we haven't defended well enough at the critical times.

"All our preparation was about them playing it long into the corners. They've got big, strong players and they're good at what they do.

"We've done a lot of work of the long throws, and the one that we didn't defend well fell to Akinfenwa, who's in good goalscoring form, and he's put it in."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Northampton

  • 21 Nicholls
  • 03 Widdowson Booked
  • 05 Langmead
  • 12 Tozer
  • 30 Carlisle
  • 07 Demontagnac Booked
  • 08 Harding
  • 11 Hackett
  • 22 Hornby Booked (Huws - 81' )
  • 10 Akinfenwa (Platt - 72' )
  • 17 Robinson (Moult - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Snedker
  • 06 Charles
  • 23 East
  • 28 Huws
  • 09 Platt
  • 15 Mukendi
  • 19 Moult

Morecambe

  • 01 Roche
  • 02 Fenton
  • 04 Mustoe
  • 08 Wright
  • 15 McCready
  • 07 Reid (Alessandra - 68' )
  • 11 Ellison
  • 16 Drummond
  • 17 Fleming
  • 18 McDonald
  • 10 Brodie (Redshaw - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Arestidou
  • 03 Threlfall
  • 06 Haining
  • 22 Parrish
  • 19 McGee
  • 09 Alessandra
  • 27 Redshaw
Ref: Williamson
Att: 4,013

Match Stats

Shots

12 9

On target

8 5

Corners

4 2

Fouls

20 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:18 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +3:20

Kevin Ellison crosses the ball, Unfair challenge on Ishmel Demontagnac by Lewis Alessandra results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

90:00 +1:22

Ben Harding gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicholas Fenton. Direct free kick taken by Nicholas Fenton.

90:00 +0:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ben Tozer on Jordan Mustoe. Direct free kick taken by Jordan Mustoe.

89:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Ishmel Demontagnac - Northamp'n 3 - 0 Morecambe Ishmel Demontagnac scores a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Northampton 3-0 Morecambe.

88:04

Christopher McCready gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Hackett.

86:53

The ball is crossed by Jordan Mustoe, save made by Lee Nicholls.

84:37

Gary McDonald has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

83:22

The ball is swung over by Jordan Mustoe, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ishmel Demontagnac by Andrew Wright. Lee Nicholls takes the free kick.

82:20

Foul by Clive Platt on Andrew Wright, free kick awarded. Barry Roche restarts play with the free kick.

80:42 Substitution

Substitution Emyr Huws replaces Lewis Hornby.

76:13 Substitution

Substitution Louis Moult is brought on as a substitute for Jake Robinson.

74:50

The ball is delivered by Christopher McCready, Kelvin Langmead makes a clearance.

74:32

Inswinging corner taken by Lewis Alessandra from the left by-line.

74:18

The ball is crossed by Jordan Mustoe, blocked by Ben Tozer.

72:13

Unfair challenge on Barry Roche by Kelvin Langmead results in a free kick. Barry Roche takes the direct free kick.

71:12 Substitution

Substitution Clive Platt replaces Adebayo Akinfenwa.

71:00

Chris Hackett delivers the ball, Andrew Wright makes a clearance.

69:22

The ball is delivered by Stewart Drummond, Lee Nicholls makes a save. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Fleming by Chris Hackett. Lewis Alessandra delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Clarke Carlisle makes a clearance.

68:54

Foul by Jake Robinson on Stewart Drummond, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Nicholas Fenton.

68:03 Substitution

Substitution Jack Redshaw replaces Richard Brodie.

67:32 Substitution

Substitution Izak Reid goes off and Lewis Alessandra comes on.

64:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ishmel Demontagnac by Andrew Fleming. Free kick crossed right-footed by Chris Hackett from left wing, Kevin Ellison makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Chris Hackett, save made by Barry Roche. Ben Harding takes a shot. Barry Roche makes a save.

64:30

The ball is swung over by Jake Robinson.

62:53

Handball by Adebayo Akinfenwa. Direct free kick taken by Barry Roche.

60:45

Assist on the goal came from Ben Tozer.

60:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Kevin Ellison - Northamp'n 2 - 0 Morecambe Kevin Ellison heads into his own net. Northampton 2-0 Morecambe.

60:02

Gary McDonald gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Hackett. Direct free kick taken by Ben Tozer.

58:26

Nicholas Fenton restarts play with the free kick.

58:26 Booking

Booking Ishmel Demontagnac is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

58:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ishmel Demontagnac on Jordan Mustoe.

57:32

Andrew Fleming concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Widdowson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Chris Hackett from left wing, save by Barry Roche.

55:45

Ben Tozer provided the assist for the goal.

55:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Adebayo Akinfenwa - Northamp'n 1 - 0 Morecambe Adebayo Akinfenwa finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Northampton 1-0 Morecambe.

55:11

Chris Hackett sends in a cross, Andrew Wright makes a clearance.

51:57

Izak Reid has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.

51:00

Shot from 25 yards from Stewart Drummond. Lee Nicholls makes a save. The referee blows for offside. Stewart Drummond takes the free kick.

50:11

Christopher McCready restarts play with the free kick.

50:11 Booking

Booking Lewis Hornby goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

49:56

Unfair challenge on Stewart Drummond by Lewis Hornby results in a free kick.

49:27

Shot by Andrew Fleming. Save by Lee Nicholls.

48:44

Andrew Wright crosses the ball, save by Lee Nicholls. Corner taken short by Izak Reid.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +1:02 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +0:02

Adebayo Akinfenwa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stewart Drummond. Barry Roche takes the free kick.

44:09

Ishmel Demontagnac produces a cross.

42:26

Lewis Hornby has an effort at goal from 30 yards. Blocked by Richard Brodie. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Ellison by Lewis Hornby. Free kick taken by Barry Roche.

40:14

Chris Hackett crosses the ball, Andrew Wright manages to make a clearance. A cross is delivered by Jake Robinson, Barry Roche makes a save.

39:16

Ben Tozer fouled by Richard Brodie, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Nicholls takes the free kick.

38:32

Foul by Richard Brodie on Clarke Carlisle, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

38:06

Kelvin Langmead has a drilled shot. Christopher McCready gets a block in.

35:02

Shot by Ishmel Demontagnac. Blocked by Gary McDonald.

34:16

The ball is crossed by Lewis Hornby, Christopher McCready makes a clearance.

33:49

Joe Widdowson sends in a cross.

31:30

Unfair challenge on Andrew Fleming by Lewis Hornby results in a free kick. Jordan Mustoe restarts play with the free kick.

30:50

The ball is delivered by Andrew Wright, Kelvin Langmead makes a clearance.

29:10

Kevin Ellison has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.

27:04

Foul by Ishmel Demontagnac on Nicholas Fenton, free kick awarded. Nicholas Fenton takes the direct free kick.

26:47

Jake Robinson produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.

25:38

Shot from 18 yards from Jake Robinson. Christopher McCready gets a block in.

24:05

Shot by Gary McDonald. Save made by Lee Nicholls.

23:12

Effort from outside the penalty box by Chris Hackett goes wide right of the target.

22:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary McDonald by Ishmel Demontagnac. Nicholas Fenton takes the direct free kick.

20:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stewart Drummond on Ishmel Demontagnac. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ben Harding, Foul by Kelvin Langmead on Andrew Wright, free kick awarded. Barry Roche takes the direct free kick.

18:26

Shot by Lewis Hornby. Nicholas Fenton gets a block in.

17:42

Corner taken right-footed by Chris Hackett from the left by-line, clearance made by Christopher McCready.

17:15

Andrew Fleming is ruled offside. Lee Nicholls restarts play with the free kick.

16:50

Richard Brodie takes a shot from 18 yards. Blocked by Kelvin Langmead.

13:36

Direct free kick taken by Andrew Wright. Lewis Hornby gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordan Mustoe. Direct free kick taken by Jordan Mustoe.

13:36 Booking

Booking Joe Widdowson booked for unsporting behaviour.

11:25

Izak Reid crosses the ball, clearance made by Clarke Carlisle. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adebayo Akinfenwa by Nicholas Fenton. Direct free kick taken by Chris Hackett, Kevin Ellison takes a shot from 35 yards. Save made by Lee Nicholls. Short corner taken by Ben Harding. The ball is swung over by Chris Hackett, save by Barry Roche. Joe Widdowson challenges Richard Brodie unfairly and gives away a free kick.

10:49

Kevin Ellison produces a drilled left-footed shot from just inside the penalty box and hits the post.

10:20

Shot by Chris Hackett from outside the box goes over the net.

9:22

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ben Harding, save by Barry Roche.

8:51

Kevin Ellison is ruled offside. Lee Nicholls takes the free kick.

6:15

Jake Robinson produces a drilled right-footed shot from 18 yards. Blocked by Nicholas Fenton.

5:26

Ishmel Demontagnac challenges Andrew Fleming unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andrew Fleming takes the free kick.

2:27

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa on Nicholas Fenton, free kick awarded. Jordan Mustoe takes the direct free kick.

1:04

Andrew Fleming fouled by Chris Hackett, the ref awards a free kick. Andrew Wright restarts play with the free kick. Lewis Hornby concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Fleming. Jordan Mustoe crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save by Lee Nicholls.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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