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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 21 42
2 Shrewsbury Town 21 40
3 Luton Town 21 40
4 Burton Albion 22 40
5 Plymouth Argyle 21 37
6 Southend United 21 35
7 Newport County AFC 21 34
8 Exeter City 22 34
9 Bury 21 31
10 Morecambe 21 30
11 Accrington Stanley 21 30
12 Cambridge United 21 29
13 Stevenage 21 28
14 Portsmouth 21 27
15 AFC Wimbledon 21 27
16 Mansfield Town 21 26
17 Oxford United 21 25
18 Cheltenham Town 21 25
19 Northampton Town 21 24
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 21 21
21 Carlisle United 21 21
22 York City 21 20
23 Tranmere Rovers 21 19
24 Hartlepool United 21 13