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The Crown Ground (ATT 1,616) 5th April 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Accrington Accrington Stanley vs Northampton Town Northamptn

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Cobblers earn vital victory

Last Updated: 05/04/14 6:13pm

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Chris Hackett: Got the only goal

Chris Hackett: Got the only goal

Northampton Town boosted their survival chances with a crucial 1-0 win over mid-table Accrington.

The Cobblers remain in the bottom two but the three points keeps Chris Wilder's men in with a fighting chance of surviving the drop.

The visitors scored the only goal after a dream start. Chris Hackett got to a long crossfield ball first on four minutes and the right winger rounded outrushing goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli and slotted home from a tight angle.

Stanley pressed without finding an end product with striker James Gray the closest when he had goalkeeper Matt Duke beaten but his shot sailed just wide of the far post.

The Cobblers should have doubled their lead on the stroke of half time when Emile Sinclair caught on-loan Fulham stopper Bettinelli out of his goal but the wideman took too long and Tom Aldred got back to block his goalbound effort.

It was scrappy after the break but Sinclair could have orchestrated a second when he broke on the left wing and played in a cross which Dean Winnard cleared with John Marquis waiting to pounce.

However Lee Molyneux almost celebrated a leveller for Stanley just after the hour mark area but fired inches wide.

Marquis came close for the visitors while Duke pulled off a superb save to deny Kayode Odejayi in injury time as Northampton held on for a precious win.

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1 Wycombe Wanderers 27 52
2 Shrewsbury Town 27 51
3 Burton Albion 27 51
4 Luton Town 26 47
5 Southend United 27 47
6 Newport County AFC 27 46
7 Bury 26 41
8 Stevenage 27 41
9 Exeter City 28 41
10 Plymouth Argyle 27 40
11 Morecambe 27 37
12 AFC Wimbledon 26 36
13 Cambridge United 25 35
14 Northampton Town 27 34
15 Accrington Stanley 25 33
16 Oxford United 27 30
17 Cheltenham Town 27 30
18 Portsmouth 26 29
19 York City 27 28
20 Mansfield Town 26 28
21 Tranmere Rovers 26 27
22 Carlisle United 27 27
23 Dagenham & Redbridge 26 26
24 Hartlepool United 27 18