Northampton Town v Posh Nationwide League Div 2 – 19 Feb 02

Venue: Sixfields Stadium, Northampton

Attendance: 4,064 (1,018 Posh)

Score: Northampton Town 2 v Peterborough Utd 1

Referee: Barry Knight

The Posh were sucked further into the second division danger zone after they were beaten 2-1 by local rivals Northampton Town at Sixfields.

Jimmy Bullard had given the Posh the perfect start when he netted a free kick after just two minutes, but two goals later in the first half from Cobbler’s strikers Sam Parkin and Jamie Forrester sealed the local derby points for Kevin Broadhurst’s men.

It took just 80 seconds for Posh to silence the Northampton faithful, on a soaking Sixfields Stadium pitch.

Following a foul on Howard Forinton, Northampton goalkeeper Keith Welch could only help a swerving Bullard free kick into the roof of the net much to the delight of the 1,000 strong travelling blue and white army.

Cobblers looked for an immediate response and Mark Tyler was required to grasp hold of a low Jamie Forrester drive with five minutes on the clock.

Posh were then able to break away through the once again blond haired David Farrell, but the move broke down when Forinton fluffed his right wing cross into the crowd.

Before long the home side hauled themselves level when Parkin rose at the back post to head home a pinpoint cross from James Hunt in the 17th minute.

The goal added to the electric atmosphere and Forrester attempted to maintain the momentum when shooting 25 yards from goal, but Tyler was equal to the test on this occasion.

Forinton sprung the offside trap in the 24th minute, but Ian Sampson managed to block his shot when the striker perhaps should have chosen to square to Leon McKenzie, who himself went close moments later when lashing a shot inches past the upright.

In a pulsating end-to-end encounter, Parkin could not get his shot in from four yards out after Forrester had squared across the goal, and Tyler was able to gather once the ball had become bogged down on the drenched surface.

Marco Gabbiadini found himself in a similar scenario on 32 minutes, but again he could only find the arms of Tyler.

The Posh custodian was left rooted to the spot on 39 minutes however, when Forrester curled in a free kick from a central position 25 yards from goal to put Cobblers ahead for the first time.

The half time interval saw Neale Fenn replaced the injured McKenzie to join Forinton in attack, and Posh were denied claims for a penalty early in the second half when Farrell’s left flank centre appeared to strike the hand of Daryl Burgess in the home penalty area.

Welch fumbled  a David Oldfield strike towards goal on 56 minutes as Barry Fry’s men looked for an equaliser, but that was the last contribution the veteran midfielder made before he was replaced by local youngster Daniel French. He looked to make an instant impact when running at the heart of the Cobblers defence, but was brought down by Chris Marsh and Bullard could only send the resultant set piece wide of the target.

Sampson was forced to head behind a French cross with Fenn lurking at the far post on 78 minutes, but Andy Edwards could not make a clean connection onto the Bullard corner that followed.

A tremendous through ball from Bullard released French down the right flank with just under 10 minutes remaining, and having forced himself into the opposition penalty area the Peterborough born wide man forced Welch into making a low save to turn the ball round the post.

Teams:

Posh: Mark Tyler, Marc Joseph (sub Tom Cowan), Andy Edwards, Simon Rea, Tom Williams, David Oldfield (sub Daniel French), Jimmy Bullard, Richard Forsyth, David Farrell, Leon McKenzie (sub Neale Fenn) and Howard Forinton.

Unused subs: Gary MacDonald and Dan Connor.

Northampton : Keith Welch, Ian Sampson, Paul McGregor (sub Richard Hope), James Hunt, Sam Parkin, Marco Gabbiadini (sub John Hodge), Roy Hunter, Daryl Burgess, Jamie Forrester (sub Derek Asamoah), Chris Hargreaves and Chris Marsh.

Unused subs: Adam Sollitt and Paul Dempsey.

Goal scorers: Posh – Jimmy Bullard 2 minutes. Northampton – Sam Parkin 17 mins and Jamie Forrester 39 mins.

Bookings:  Simon Rea, Tom Williams and Richard Forsyth (Posh).  Marco Gabbiadini and Daryl Burgess (Northampton).