Curle’s masterclass overturns the Robins
Written by Martin Steers on June 23, 2020
After a disappointing first leg, the cobblers had to travel to The Jonny Rocks Stadium in order to salvage anything. Northampton lost 2-0 to Cheltenham Town in the first leg with Charlie Raglan and Conor Thomas getting on the score sheet.
Cobblers knew that they needed two goals minimum to even draw level against Cheltenham but that was never going to be easy with Cheltenham ranking third in fewest conceded in the top four leagues in England. One change was made to the lineup from Thursday and top scorer Sam Hoskins returned to the starting eleven in place of Arsenal loanee James olayinka who was dropped to the bench.
Cobblers started the better side and made it count after nine minutes as assist king Nicky Adams put a wonderful ball into the box to find the head of Vadaine Oliver. Curle’s side took the game to Cheltenham allowing minimal shots in the first half for Cheltenham. Cobblers could have equalised the tie before half time when cobblers skipper Charlie Goode found Oliver open in the box but the header glazed over the bar.
The town kept pushing and made it count on the 57 minute mark after a corner scramble left West Brom loanee Callum Morton to find the open net to bring Northampton back to 2-2 on aggregate.
Morton doubled his tally and sealed the turnaround on the 77th minute mark after an error from Charlie Boyle allowed Micheal Harriman to shoot but a great save from the Cheltenham keeper was not strong enough as the shot fell to Callum Morton who had an open net and sealed the win for Northampton.
The cobblers now play Exeter City in the playoff final on the 29th June 2020.
Tune in the sports show also on the playoff final day from 10-11 to hear all the buildup with William Oelrich.