Late heartache for battling Cobblers

Fleetwood Town 1-0 Northampton Town
League Two
Saturday, September 15th 2012

The most sickening of late winners deflated a tough effort from the Cobblers on Saturday with Fleetwood’s injury time winner ended hopes of a battling point at the Highbury Stadium. If the goal had come with fifteen or twenty minutes to play it wouldn’t have been half as heart dropping as e eventual outcome for a Cobblers side who had played the majority of the game with ten men and put on a hearty defensive showing in a first ever visit to Fleetwood.

As it was, a headed goal from Andrew Manganese sunk Town for our second league defeat of the season. The big moment came in the first half when Danny East picked up the second of two harsh sounding yellow cards and was dismissed, meaning that an already tough fixture was made hat but more daunting. It was backs to the walls all the way barring one or two excitable flurries towards the home goal through occasional breaks forward.

Chris Hackett and then, stepping up to the plate fantastically, young striker Lewis Wilson, covered at right back for the remainder of the game with the one relief from the impending suspension of East being the John Johnson could be fit enough to return on Tuesday night in what’s now an ever more important trip to Dagenham and Redbridge.

Fleetwood’s Jon Parkin was lucky to escape red himself after appearing to commit more than one bookable offence during his spell on the pitch in the first half. Parkin was sensibly brought off by home manager Mickey Mellon before he could even the scoring player wise.

Without Parkin, scorer of a hat trick last weekend, the major threat of the Cod Army’s attack was taken away and a sterling effort from the Cobblers’ back four looked to have earned a terrific draw until that late piece of drama that left no room or time for a fight back or attacking rearrangement in an attempt to get back in the game.

So we’re once again left to reflect on a late goal conceded, the second of such this season following Southend’s injury time equaliser at Sixfields in the 3-3 draw a month ago. It won’t be one that will be the be all and end all of a season and if we’re to bounce back with three points on Tuesday – something that’s doable at a struggling Dagenham – it will all be forgotten and consigned to history.

Until then, though, we’re left to rue yet another late show that has sucked some of the life out of a promising start to this season.

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