Brady delighted to put on a show as Cobblers hold Cambridge in FA Cup cracker

Town twice led but were twice pegged back

By James Heneghan
Saturday, 6th November 2021, 5:45 pm
Updated Saturday, 6th November 2021, 5:48 pm
Jon Brady.
Jon Brady.

Cobblers boss Jon Brady was delighted to put on a thrilling show for home supporters at Sixfields after his side earned a deserved 2-2 draw with Cambridge United in the first round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Town twice led in an entertaining and ding-dong affair but Sam Smith and then Conor Masterson ensured United would get another chance in a replay at the Abbey Stadium.

Kion Etete played a starring role in both goals for Cobblers, scoring a fine solo goal early on before setting up Paul Lewis late in the first-half.

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The home side also looked the more likely side to grab a winner in a thrilling final 20 minutes but in the end they had to settle for a replay.

"It was a really good game of football," said Brady. "I think any neutral who came today would have found it very exciting.

"At times it was probably a bit too open for how they wanted and how we wanted and it became a bit end-to-end and it almost ended up like a game of park football.

"Both teams went at it and it was end-to-end stuff and we feel disappointed not to win but I think they will probably feel the same.

"But both teams really went for it and it was a proper FA Cup tie and now we move onto the next game."

Brady was booked by Martin Coy for his protests at some bizarre decision-making from the referee.

He added: "I am disappointed with the referee but what I don't want to do is take the shine off the game by moaning about the referee because it was a fantastic game of football and both teams really went toe-to-toe."