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Northampton Town 4-1 Crewe Alexandra

Northampton moved into the League Two play-off places with a fifth win in six games as they beat Crewe 4-1.

Scott Wharton's early brace and a penalty from Sam Hoskins put the Cobblers in control before Andy Williams secured victory with a superb finish.

Crewe started well and went close through Paul Green but Northampton struck on 10 minutes when Nicky Adams' free-kick was eventually stabbed in by Wharton.

Charlie Kirk then toe-poked wide but the home side moved into a commanding position with two goals in six minutes.

Wharton scored his second with a brilliant finish from Adams' free-kick and then Paul Anderson was felled in the box, leaving Hoskins to drill home the resulting spot-kick.

Crewe continued to create chances though and they were back in the game eight minutes before half-time as Nicky Hunt's shot was spilled by David Cornell and Porter was on hand to tap in.

Kirk then smacked the post but Northampton restored their three-goal cushion 11 minutes into the second half as Williams raced onto Vadaine Oliver's flick-on and lobbed the stranded Will Jaaskelainen, effectively ending the game as a contest.

Report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Cornell
  • 5Goode
  • 16Wharton
  • 6Turnbull
  • 7Hoskins
  • 14Lines
  • 4McCormackSubstituted forPollockat 84'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10Adams
  • 44AndersonSubstituted forWarburtonat 89'minutes
  • 11Williams
  • 19OliverSubstituted forSmithat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hall-Johnson
  • 9Smith
  • 12Pollock
  • 20Warburton
  • 23Harriman
  • 25Arnold
  • 29Waters

Crewe

  • 1Jaaskelainen
  • 2Ng
  • 15Hunt
  • 30MbuluBooked at 81mins
  • 3Pickering
  • 12GreenSubstituted forAneneat 75'minutes
  • 4Wintle
  • 16Lowery
  • 19DaleSubstituted forPowellat 61'minutes
  • 9Porter
  • 10KirkSubstituted forAinleyat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Nolan
  • 7Powell
  • 8Jones
  • 11Ainley
  • 13Richards
  • 14Finney
  • 17Anene
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
5,236

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home17
Away22
Shots on Target
Home6
Away8
Corners
Home2
Away11
Fouls
Home19
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 4, Crewe Alexandra 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 4, Crewe Alexandra 1.

Foul by Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra).

Charlie Goode (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Scott Pollock (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tommy Lowery (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Pollock (Northampton Town).

Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Harry Smith (Northampton Town).

Foul by Chuma Anene (Crewe Alexandra).

Scott Wharton (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Matthew Warburton (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nicky Adams.

Attempt missed. Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Porter.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Matthew Warburton replaces Paul Anderson.

Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Anderson (Northampton Town).

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Scott Wharton.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Scott Pollock replaces Alan McCormack.

Attempt missed. Chuma Anene (Crewe Alexandra) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Harry Pickering with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jordan Turnbull.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Chuma Anene.

Booking

Christian Mbulu (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Christian Mbulu (Crewe Alexandra).

Paul Anderson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Tommy Lowery (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alan McCormack (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. Paul Anderson (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Harry Smith with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Chuma Anene (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Perry Ng.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Chuma Anene replaces Paul Green.

Foul by Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra).

Charlie Goode (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Harry Smith replaces Vadaine Oliver.

Attempt missed. Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Harry Pickering.

Will Jaaskelainen (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. Vadaine Oliver (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Chris Lines.

Attempt saved. Tommy Lowery (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Harry Pickering.

Daniel Powell (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan Turnbull (Northampton Town).

Attempt saved. Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Harry Pickering.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon1810353122933
2Forest Green179442011931
3Bradford169342415930
4Crewe179352722530
5Exeter188642320330
6Cheltenham1685327141329
7Northampton188462619728
8Port Vale187742423128
9Newport167631713427
10Colchester177552216626
11Plymouth177552520526
12Salford186662328-524
13Cambridge186572319423
14Mansfield185672625121
15Macclesfield175661720-321
16Crawley185672530-521
17Leyton Orient185582430-620
18Grimsby155462020019
19Scunthorpe184682325-218
20Carlisle1853101931-1218
21Walsall1853101426-1218
22Oldham173771826-816
23Morecambe1835101630-1414
24Stevenage172781221-913
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