Undefeated run over as Northampton come from behind to beat Stevenage
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Northampton came from behind to bring an end to Stevenage’s mini-revival.
Boro had come into the game on the back of a three match undefeated run.
But goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Alfie Potter cancelled out Steven Schumacher’s opener.
Stevenage’s goal, on 25 minutes, came slightly against the run of play.
A cross to the edge of the Northampton box wasn’t cleared far enough and Schumacher pounced, pinching the ball of the feet of a defender before taking two strides and crashing it home off the post.
It signalled a purple patch for the visitors with Armand Gnaduillet getting behind the defence a couple of times and Tom Conlon and Tom Pett combining before denied by Adam Smith in the home goal.
Chris Whelpdale had Boro’s best chance of a second in the first half following a fantastic move.
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With the referee playing advantage for a foul on Michael Tonge, the cross from the left found the midfielder on the stretch but he couldn’t divert it home.
Northampton had started the brighter and eventually would force nine corners in the first 45 minutes.
The driving rain and swirling wind made these a concern and John-Joe O’Toole should have converted from one, completely missing his kick at the back post.
From another Jesse Joronen did well to reach behind him and claw it off the line.
But it was the Cobblers bright start at the second half which brought them the equaliser and ultimately the win.
Four minutes in a shot by Sam Hoskins from the edge of the area found its way through the crowd, deflecting in off Calvert-Lewin.
The second, in the 64th minute, had an element of farce about it.
Calvert-Lewin broke down the left, and his bobbled shot looked like it would be cleared off the line but Potter slid it to divert the clearance into the net
Northampton could have had a third but a shot by Marc Richards was deflected over.
Then O’Toole broke clear but Stevenage managed to scramble back and snuff out the danger.
Stevenage had one clear-cut chance opportunity to equalise.
Fraser Fanks was found unmarked in the box with 20 minutes to go but pulled his shot wide of the far post.
It was a good as it got for Boro who couldn’t conjure up another late, late show.
Boro: Joronen, McCombe, Franks, Hughes, Whelpdale (Akinyemi 68), Schumacher, Pett, Tonge, Okimo, Gnaduillet (Williams 80), Conlon (Lee 85)
Subs (not used): Day, Williams, Wells, Loza
Northampton: Smith, Diamond, Byrom, Richards, Adams, Hoskins (Potter 59), Buchanan, Calvert-Lewin (Watson 82), O’Toole, Furlong, Brisley (McDonald 10)
Subs (not used): Moloney, Taylor, Hackett, Clarke