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Northampton Town 0 Oxford United 0 – match review, player ratings and highlights

Such is the unique way football can divide opinion so wildly, this was one of those afternoons that left social media awash with a wide-range of differing post-match assessments, from the optimists to the cynics.

MIXED EMOTIONS: Town's performance pleased Hasselbaink, but the result didn't. Picture by Kirsty Edmonds

Frustrated boss Hasselbaink criticises Sixfields boos after Oxford stalemate

Cobblers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink once again voiced his criticism of the Sixfields crowd after the full-time whistle of Saturday's goalless draw with Oxford United was greeted with a smattering of boos.
Matt Crooks in action during the Cobblers' 0-0 draw with Oxford United at Sixfields (Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Cobblers stay in relegation mix as they claim just a point from goalless draw with Oxford

Cobblers could not give their survival prospects the boost they craved after being held to a goalless draw by Oxford United at Sixfields for the second season running.

Alan Dickens saw his side suffer late heartache at Sandy Park (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Saints 'devastated' after dramatic defeat at Exeter

Alan Dickens described Saints as 'devastated' after victory was snatched from their grasp late in the day at Sandy Park.
Saints conceded a last-gasp try to lose at Sandy Park (pictures: Sharon Lucey)

Saints suffer late agony at Sandy Park

Saints suffered last-gasp heartache at Sandy Park as Exeter Chiefs snatched a dramatic 31-30 win from the final play of the game.

Cobblers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Hasselbaink says Cobblers have to ‘strip down’ Oxford clash and concentrate on themselves

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink knows a win for the Cobblers at Sixfields on Saturday will drag Oxford United right into the Sky Bet League One relegation mix.

Matt Crooks

Crooks delighted to have ‘the points on the board’ as Cobblers sets sights on Oxford

Matt Crooks says he is pleased the Cobblers ‘have the points on the board’ in the battle to avoid relegation from Sky Bet League One, and says their survival fate is in their own hands.

Chris Long's fine solo goal proved the match-winner at the Kassam Stadium back in November. Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds

James Heneghan’s Northampton Town v Oxford United preview

Fixture: Northampton Town v Oxford United, Sky Bet League One

Fraser Dingwall is currently on England Under-20s duty (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

England youngster Dingwall ready to make his mark at Saints

Saints supporters may not have heard much about Fraser Dingwall as yet.

Christian Day captains Saints at Sandy Park (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints: Tom Vickers' match preview

Fixture: Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints
Harry Mallinder will start at full-back against Exeter after being released by England (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Mallinder to start for Saints at Sandy Park

Harry Mallinder is back in the Saints starting 15 for Saturday's Aviva Premiership trip to Exeter Chiefs after being released by England earlier this week.

Simraun Kaur showed off her title belt at Kings Heath ABC

BOXING: Reeve ready to top bill at Deco show

Nathan Reeve gets in the ring in Northampton next month with a point to prove, writes Matthew Bozeat.

Kait Borsay, Lynsey Hooper and Hayley McQueen

University of Northampton champions role of women in sports media

A Sky Sports star, a BBC football commentator, Welsh football’s top goal scorer and a pioneering sports journalist joined Northants’ leading female sports media industry stars at a University of Northampton event.

Baylie Pyke triumphed in the ladies' February Midweek Medal at Overstone Park

GOLF: Hull the pick of Europeans to tie seventh in Australia

Top county professional Charley Hull finished as the highest placed European golfer in the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open as she grabbed a share of seventh place in Adelaide.

Action from Old Northamptonians' win over Syston (Pictures; Dave Ikin)

MEN’S RUGBY: Wilkinson grabs the winner at Southend

Liam Wilkinson was the Towcestrians hero as his late try earned a 15-14 victory at Southend Swifts in the London & SE Premier.

Rugby union
Action from Northants Men's Midland Counties win over Bedfordshire

BOWLS: Cinato and Walker earn wins for England

Kingsthorpe IBC’s Connor Cinato and Wellingborough’s Danny Walker were in the England team that competed in the British Isles Junior Men’s International Series at the Jim Baker Stadium in County Antrim in Northern Ireland.

The Northamptonshire Titans U16 Girls team claimed a big win at Lancashire Spinners

BASKETBALL: Play-off hopefuls Thunder suffer a surprising defeat

Northants Thunder suffered a surprisingly heavy 117-68 defeat at Team Derby in Men’s National League Division Four Midlands Conference.

THE county's biggest pike this year? Patric Kyte with Ravensthorpe 33-4

ANGLING: Kyte flying high as he lands monster pike at Ravensthorpe

Using a replica roach lure Christmas present from his son brought Patric Kyte a 33-4 from Ravensthorpe – the county’s biggest pike so far this year, probably!

Ash Taylor was on target when the Cobblers beat Oxford United 2-1 at the Kassam Stadium in November

Struggling Oxford ‘not a team to muck about with’ says Cobblers boss Hasselbaink

Oxford United may be managerless and in a state of some disarray, but Cobblers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink insists they are not ‘a team to muck about with’.

Matt Crooks in action during last Saturday's 2-2 draw at Scunthorpe United

Crooks insists Cobblers players don’t feel extra pressure running out at Sixfields

Matt Crooks insists the Cobblers players don’t feel any extra pressure or expectation when they take to the pitch at Sixfields.

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