Northampton Town 2-0 Hartlepool United: Pools beaten at Sixfields

Hartlepool United’s barren record at Sixfields continued as they were beaten by Northampton Town.
Hartlepool United fell to defeat against Northampton Town at Sixfields. (Credit: John Cripps | MI News)Hartlepool United fell to defeat against Northampton Town at Sixfields. (Credit: John Cripps | MI News)
Hartlepool United fell to defeat against Northampton Town at Sixfields. (Credit: John Cripps | MI News)

Sam Hoskins grabbed his ninth goal of the season to open the scoring before substitute Chanka Zimba scored with almost his first touch of the game as the Cobblers scored from yet another set piece this season.

It was a frustrating afternoon for Pools who lacked any real cutting edge and were left empty handed.

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Grame Lee made two changes to his starting XI from the win over Newport County eight days ago including a debut for teenager Nicholas Bilokapic who deputised for Ben Killip in goal who missed out with an illness.

Martin Smith dropped to the bench in place of Bryn Morris who returned to the lineup for the first time since the 1-1 draw with Sutton United as Lee stuck with five in defence following the success in South Wales.

And Pools almost got off to the best possible start when Tom Crawford’s pass was met by Omar Bogle who turned Aaron McGowan well to advance into the area before forcing a good save from Liam Roberts.

Immediately up the other end and the home side had the chance to punish Pools as Hoskins found Mitch Pinnock who brought Bilokapic into action with a fine stop.

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But Bilokapic had to pick the ball out of his net two minutes later when Pinnock this time found Hoskins and the striker slotted between the legs of the young goalkeeper to break the deadlock.

Pools did not help themselves with a number of erratic mistakes in defence during the first half, one which saw Gary Liddle perhaps fortunate to only collect a yellow card.

Pools did settle though and edged into things towards the end of the half and almost levelled when Luke Molyneux stung the fingers of Roberts.

It was a brighter start after the break for Lee’s side as David Ferguson saw an effort just wide.

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But the hosts doubled their lead when Joseph Mills’ freekick was missed by Liddle, falling to Zimba from six yards, as the substitute powered beyond Bilokapic.

Molyneux came close to a quick reply but it was the home side who pressed on from there with the game beyond Pools.

The defeat means Pools have still not won at Sixfields since 1969.

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Northampton Town 2-0 Hartlepool United RECAP: Pools beaten at Sixfields

Key Events

  • Goals from Sam Hoskins and Chanka Zimba down Pools in Northampton.
  • Nicholas Bilokapic makes Hartlepool United debut
  • Northampton Town XI: Roberts, McGowan, Sowerby, Guthrie, Horsfall, Hoskins, Lewis, Lubala, Pinnock, Mills ©, Appere
  • Subs: Harriman, Pollock, Zimba, Eppiah, Maxted, Rose, Dyche
  • Hartlepool United XI: Bilokapic, Sterry, Byrne, Liddle, Odusina, Ferguson, Featherstone ©, Morris, Crawford, Molyneux, Bogle
  • Subs: Boyes, Ogle, Smith, Shelton, Fletcher, Carver, Grey

Sterry takes a whack from Lubala and stays down. Unintentional, but looked a sore one

Bogle does now talk himself into the book

Molyneux not happy after being punished for a push on Mills who stays down for treatment.

Carver coming on for Crawford

Odusina caught out by Zimba who frees Eppiah and he should do better as his effort trickles into the hands of Bilokapic

It’s Hoskins final involvement as he is replaced by Eppiah

Hoskins with a fierce effort from the angle forces Bilokapic into a save

Roberts gets away with one at the other end as his clearance is inches away from falling straight at Molyneux’s feet.

Super footwork from Pinnock to escape a number of Pools players before cleverly scooping the ball over Byrne for Lubala but Bilokapic does enough


Excellent ball from Ferguson to find Molyneux out on the right and he drifted into the area and fired goalwards only for a good block from Horsfall. Sterry’s follow up was hammered across goal with no blue and white shirt able to capitalise.