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Northampton Preview - A closer look at our first trip to Sixfields

16 April 2022

Match Previews

Northampton Preview - A closer look at our first trip to Sixfields

16 April 2022

Town are back on the road this coming Monday as they look to put the difficult afternoon against Swindon behind them when they head south to face promotion hunting Northampton Town.

The Cobblers will be tough opposition though and will be looking to build on a  2-0 win on Friday that saw them keep pace with the promotion chasing pack.

Our opponents

Northampton are currently in the midst of the playoff pack, sitting in fourth position with 70 points. They still have one eye on the automatic spots, currently five points off the automatic positions.

They have though suffered a loss and a draw at the start of April before returning to winning ways on Friday, which had allowed other sides to take advantage.

The Cobblers do have a strong home record in 2021/22, with 12 wins and 40 points from their 21 games at Sixfields.

Earlier this season

Northampton came away with all three points from the clash earlier this season at The Envirovent Stadium. Jack Diamond had cancelled out Fraser Horsfall's early opener but a Jon Guthrie strike shortly after the break sealed a 2-1 win for the visitors.

Ones to watch

Sam Hoskins has netted nine times this season so far, adding five assists to this tally. Forward Mitch Pinnock is the creative hub, having assisted on 12 goals as well as finding the back of the net seven times.

Fraser Horsfall has eight goals from a defensive position with Jon Guthrie also hitting the target on seven occasions.

Liam Roberts has been an ever present between the sticks with Paul Lewis also been a regular feature in the midfield positions.

The man in charge

Jon Brady is the main in the dugout for the Cobblers. Although he was unable to prevent the side from being relegated at the end of last season he was appointed manager on a permanent basis.

Brady had previously coached junior sides at the club and was previously manager of Brackley Town and played 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.

Team news

Town's wretched luck with injuries continued in the defeat to Swindon with Ryan Fallowfield stretchered off after already having lost Alex Pattison to injury at half-time.

Simon Weaver was already without the services of Mark Oxley, Lewis Page, Josh Falkingham, Brahima Diarra, Lloyd Kerry, Calum Kavanagh and Lewis Richards before the weekend's fixtures.

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