League One is the second tier of English football league system and features 24 clubs. Much like its higher tier Championship counterpart, two winning clubs automatically advance while four others must compete in play-offs to try to gain promotion.
Left-back Sam Clough made an impressive first start. While generally composed and calm, he did occasionally overdo things with some heavy touches.
Shrewsbury keeper Sarkic makes a hash of a clearance
After suffering an embarrassing home defeat against Middlesbrough last week, Ricketts’ side seemed in command at Sixfields on Saturday despite suffering the early loss of Ethan Ebanks-Landell. They held possession well and created numerous chances.
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But the Cobblers were caught off-guard by an unexpected turn of events at the other end of the field. Wolves loanee Sarkic mishandled a clearance attempt, giving Hoskins an opening to put his side ahead.
Northampton started strongly in the second period as they sought a late equaliser. High and Pyke combined to set up Daniels inside the box but his low drive drifted wide of Arnold’s far post. They soon threatened again as Scott Golbourne’s left-footed cross nearly caught Whalley off-guard, while Cummings curled an off-target shot just inches wide of Arnold.
Northampton take the lead
Most Northampton supporters were unprepared for Hoskins’ early strike to send Northampton back up into League One on the final day of regular season, yet his early goal proved enough for third place between Leyton Orient and Stevenage.
Northampton was looking bleak before their captain opened up scoring within five minutes, sending a stunning strike into the net that brought cheers of delight from their travelling fans. Stockport failed to beat Hartlepool so Northampton only required one point from Tranmere for victory.
PTS Academy Stadium was previously known as Sixfields Stadium; however, following an agreement between local training provider PTS Academy and the Cobblers FC to rebrand as their home ground since 1984 and host 22,723 seats respectively.
Shrewsbury fail to clear a corner
Rain-soaked Portman Road proved an unpleasant atmosphere, yet 2,000 Shrewsbury supporters were at full voice from the start of this matchup with Ipswich Town dominating possession, yet Town remained resilient in their compact five-and-three back formation and midfield three. Early pressure paid off when Hoskins scored from close range after just five minutes!
Wem tried to break through the home defence with some quick through balls, but were repeatedly caught offside. Maddie Jones created one great chance, cutting inside and firing a shot that was parried wide by the goalkeeper – unfortunately it would be the last chance as play entered its lull stage; but Gareth Ainsworth’s side responded, with Beckles scoring and Norburn finding an equaliser late on.
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Hoskins scores a stunner
Hoskins will become free agent following the 2023 season but remains one of baseball’s premier power hitters when in form. He played an instrumental role in Philadelphia’s postseason run by leading their Wild Card Game with homers and OPS totals.
As soon as Ethan Ebanks-Landell collided with Benny Ashley-Seal during a collision between them and dropped to the floor in pain after colliding, it quickly become evident that treatment would need to be given quickly. He had to go off for treatment shortly thereafter.
Jon Brady has plenty of options open to him as he prepares his side to face Tranmere Rovers at Sixfields this Saturday. Forward Sam Hoskins has returned after serving a suspension, while Tyler Magloire and Louis Appere continue their rehabilitation from injuries sustained against Tranmere Rovers earlier in the season.
Konkrete Kids had a chance to come back in the third quarter, but Caden Henritzy’s 1-yard touchdown run came up short despite rushing for over 1,000 yards this season.
Northampton scored early to take an early lead and even had Stockport won elsewhere, finishing in the top three would have guaranteed promotion.
Ellis Harrison’s 88th-minute equaliser for Bristol Rovers had threatened that outcome, but the Cobblers held their nerve and were eventually promoted. They will return to League One for the first time since 2009 after seven seasons in League Two; currently second in the table they stand just one point shy of fourth-placed Mansfield Town.
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