Northampton beat 10 men Exeter in League Two play-off final at Wembley to win promotion

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Northampton beat 10 men Exeter in League Two play-off final at Wembley to win promotion

Northampton will be playing football in the League One next season as they beat Exeter 4-0 in the League Two play-off final at Wembley on Monday.

First half goals from Ryan Watson and Callum Morton set the Cobblers on their way to promotion before Sam Hoskins and Andy Williams netted late on.

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Ryan Watson opened the scoring for Northampton

Callum Morton scored Northampton’s second

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Callum Morton scored Northampton’s second

The Grecians had to play the last 30 minutes with 10 men as they were failed to match their opponents in the behind closed doors final at the national stadium.

It took Northampton just 11 minutes to break the deadlock when Watson’s strike from the edge of the area took a deflection to find the bottom right corner.

Their lead was doubled in the 31st minute when West Brom loanee Morton volleyed in from close range following Charlie Goode’s free-kick.

Both teams took a knee before the final at Wembley

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Both teams took a knee before the final at Wembley

Dean Moxey was sent off for Exeter

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Dean Moxey was sent off for Exeter

Moments earlier, the Cobblers suffered a blow when they lost winger Nicky Adams through injury.

It was all Northampton, though, and nearly had a third if it was not for an acrobatic save by Jonny Maxted.

Exeter started better in the second half but their task became harder when they were reduced to 10 men in the 59th minute.

Sam Hoskins scored the third for Northampton

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Sam Hoskins scored the third for Northampton

Dean Moxey was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Watson, which received few complaints from his teammates.

Northampton made it 3-0 in the 80th minute when Sam Hoskins poked home from close range before Andy Williams put the result beyond doubt nine minutes later.




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