Dubious goals committee to decide the scorer of Town's fourth against Pompey

Both Hoskins and Edmondson tried to claim it

Monday, 8th March 2021, 5:18 pm
Ryan Edmondson.

The dubious goals committee will decide who scored Cobblers' fourth goal against Portsmouth on Saturday with both Sam Hoskins and Ryan Edmondson trying to claim it.

Town led 3-0 with a few minutes of the first-half to go when Pompey goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray raced out of his goal and attempted to head the ball clear.

But he only succeeded in finding Hoskins who got the ball under control and produced an audacious lob that was heading for the net with the stranded MacGillivray beaten all ends up.

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But Edmondson and a Portsmouth defender both raced in with Town's striker appearing to touch it over the line. The key question in deciding who scored it will be whether or not Edmondson got there before the ball crossed the line.

Both men claimed the goal afterwards but whilst Hoskins seems to have been given it for now, referee Andy Haines told Town manager Jon Brady that he put it down as Edmondson's goal, which would be his first for the club.

"What I would say is that it was an incredible bit of quality from Sam and Ryan rightly followed it in," said Brady on Monday.

"He threw himself into the net to make sure that ball went over the line. Potentially, had he not been there, there was a chance the defender could have hocked it off the line.

"That just shows how hungry all the boys are but whoever's it is, I'm happy to sit on the fence for this one!"

The dubious goals committee will make their ruling later in the week.