Northampton Town progressed to the Third Round of the FA Cup with a 3-1 win over National League side Notts County.
The success sees Northampton enter Round 3 for only the second time in 14 years, with three headed goals doing the trick for Keith Curle’s side.
Scott Wharton put the Cobblers ahead in the opening stages, before Vadaine Oliver made it 2-0 in a first half Northampton dominated.
The non-league visitors had opportunities after half-time but couldn’t take them and Northampton sealed progress when Harry Smith headed in during the final 15 minutes of normal time.
Notts County did get one goal back through Kyle Dennis, but it was not enough to prevent Keith Curle’s side from confirming their progress.
The home side went in front within three minutes of kick-off, with Wharton heading in a corner at the back post despite the efforts of a covering defender.
Northampton nearly scored a messy second goal, as Sam Slocombe denied an initial Sam Hoskins effort before the rebound off Ben Turner hit his own post.
But it would be 2-0 not long after, as Oliver headed in a Hoskins cross and made it two goals in as many rounds, having scored in the first round win at Chippenham.
Notts County could’ve got one goal back after the break, as Enzo Boldewijn hit a post while Wes Thomas headed over after Northampton failed to clear an away set-piece.
But any doubt of a home success receded when Smith beat Slocombe to a Nicky Adams cross and headed in.
A late strike from Dennis did give something to cheer for those who travelled down from the East Midlands, but it was too late to prevent Northampton from making passage to the Third Round draw, which takes place later today. (02/12)