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Northampton Preview - A look at a first meeting with the Cobblers

9 December 2021

Match Previews

Northampton Preview - A look at a first meeting with the Cobblers

9 December 2021

Town have another fixture against a top-two side this Saturday when they entertain second-placed Northampton Town at the EnviroVent Stadium.

It will be the first ever meeting of the two sides following the Cobblers relegation from League One last season.

Our opponents

Northampton have hit their stride in recent weeks, taking 22 points from the 27 available, tasting defeat just once since suffering a four-game winless run at the start of October.

Whilst much of that return has been driven by their superb home form, they have posted a respectable away record this season, taking 15 points from their ten games so far. In those ten away games, the Cobblers have scored 11 and conceded just nine.

Ones to watch

Sam Hoskins has netted six times this season so far, also notching three assists along the way. Midfielder Paul Lewis and defender Jon Guthrie, both summer arrivals, follow closely behind having found the back of the net four times each.

Young forward Kion Etete, on loan from Tottenham, has scored three goals so far.
Former Huddersfield Academy player Fraser Horsfall has been a standout defensively for the club this season.

The man in charge

Jon Brady is the main in the dugout for the Cobblers, having initially taken temporary charge following the dismissal of Keith Curle in February of this year, before being appointed manager on a permanent basis.
Brady had previously coached junior sides at the club and was previously manager of Brackley Town as well as playing for a number of non-league sides before hanging up his boots.

Recent history

Formed in 1897 the club were members of the Midland League and Southern League before admitted to the Football League in 1920.

After spending four decades in Third Division South the club achieved three promotions in five seasons to reach the top tier of English football in the mid-1960's, albeit spending a single season at that level before being relegated.

Subsequent relegations saw them back in the bottom tier by 1969, meaning they had progressed from the Division Four to Division One and back again in just nine seasons.

Since then the club have spent their time between the bottom two divisions, most recently being promoted to League One in 2015/16 and 2019/20 before suffering relegations back to League Two.

The club's record appearance holder is Tommy Fowler who made over 500 appearances in 15 seasons with the club, whilst Jack English is their all-time leading scorer with 143 goals.

Team news

There is positive news for Town fans on the injury front with defensive duo Rory McArdle and Ryan Fallowfield stepping up their return to fitness, whilst Lewis Page is available after serving a one-game suspension. Forward Aaron Martin and defender Will Smith remains on the sidelines though.


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