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Sloppy Street are downed by another away-day failure

By HarryAbbott  |  Posted: February 04, 2013

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Odd Down 2, Street 0

Street suffered another disappointing away day as Odd Down took advantage of some lacklustre defending to secure the Toolstation Premier Division spoils.

The Cobblers have been unable to match their form at the Tannery Ground on the road this season, and boss Dan Badman will be looking to rectify this if his side are to achieve their goal of a top-six finish.

The early exchanges were evenly balanced at Combe Hay Lane but it was obvious from the opening few minutes that clear-cut chances were always going to be at a premium.

If any goals were to be scored, the likelihood was that they would come from a defensive error rather than a bit of attacking magic.

Street were punished in this very manner just before the interval when Leigh Bailey miscued a clearance from Kris Mullen's corner and the ball fell to Ade Harvey, who scrambled a shot home from close range.

The Cobblers' best chance of an equaliser came early in the second half when Steve Murray raced through on goal.

With only the keeper to beat he failed to find the target, although had the striker gone down under a challenge from the last defender, a spot-kick may well have been awarded.

An uncharacteristic mistake by Jack Malone handed the Downers a second goal late on, with the full-back getting the wrong side of Harvey as he attempted to head a long goal kick clear. The ball fell to Lee Edwards-Samuels and he fired past Ryan Lewis to seal the points.

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