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Sixfields Stadium (ATT 4,235) 8th September 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Duncan

Northamptn Northampton Town vs AFC Wimbledon AFC W'don

Northamptn 2

A Nicholls (60)
C Hackett (72)

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Cobblers ease past Wombles

Last Updated: 08/09/12 7:05pm

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Nicholls: On target

Nicholls: On target

Second-half goals from Alex Nicholls and Chris Hackett earned Northampton a 2-0 success at home to AFC Wimbledon.

Following a first half short on quality but full of good chances, Clive Platt had the ball in the net shortly after the restart but was ruled offside, while at the other end Stacy Long saw a penalty appeal waved away after his shot struck Danny East.

But the introduction of Adebayo Akinfenwa paid dividends for the hosts on the hour. Akinfenwa's neat lay-off from Joe Widdowson's pass enabled Nicholls to race into the box and beat Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz with a cool finish.

Nicholls almost doubled Northampton's advantage moments later when he skipped past three defenders before seeing his shot blocked.

But Hackett did just that in the 72nd minute, picking the ball up 40 yards out and racing past two defenders before beating Jaimez-Ruiz.

Platt and Akinfenwa could have wrapped the game up but the outcome was never in doubt as the visitors wilted under Northampton's late pressure.

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1 Luton Town 15 30
2 Wycombe Wanderers 15 29
3 Burton Albion 15 28
4 Shrewsbury Town 15 27
5 Bury 15 27
6 Plymouth Argyle 15 26
7 Newport County AFC 15 23
8 Morecambe 14 23
9 Southend United 15 22
10 Cheltenham Town 15 22
11 Cambridge United 15 21
12 AFC Wimbledon 15 20
13 Portsmouth 15 20
14 Stevenage 15 20
15 Accrington Stanley 15 20
16 Exeter City 14 19
17 Mansfield Town 15 19
18 Northampton Town 15 18
19 Oxford United 15 16
20 Carlisle United 15 15
21 Dagenham & Redbridge 15 15
22 York City 15 12
23 Tranmere Rovers 15 11
24 Hartlepool United 15 11