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Match Preview - EFL 2 action returns to Town as we look to make it three league wins on the bounce

9 December 2022

Match Previews

Match Preview - EFL 2 action returns to Town as we look to make it three league wins on the bounce

9 December 2022

After last weekend's emphatic win on the road at Rochdale, Town are back on home turf tomorrow in an early 1pm kick-off against Northampton.

And Simon Weaver will be hoping to make it three wins on the bounce in League Two and see his side continue to move up the table, although a difficult task awaits with tomorrow's visitors currently sitting in third place.

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Our opponents

Northampton were pipped to promotion at the very last minute in 2021/22 with a late Bristol Rovers goal seeing them snatch the last automatic promotion spot. The Cobblers then exited in the playoffs at the hands of Mansfield Town.

They come into tomorrow's clash with 39 points from their 20 games, and unbeaten in seven League Two matches. On the road they have the second best record in the league behind Leyton Orient, winning six and losing just once in 10 games.

They can also boats the most potent attack in the division, netting 18 times on the road and 34 times overall.

Previous meetings

The Cobblers did the double over Town last season, in what was the first encounters between the two clubs.

Almost a year ago, Jack Diamond's 23rd minute strike cancelled out Fraser Horsfall's early opener but Jon Guthrie netted five minutes into the second half to ensure a 2-1 win for the visitors at The Envirovent Stadium.

In the return fixture Northampton ran out 3-0 winners, with a Sam Hoskins brace either side of a Louis Appere strike doing the damage.

The man in charge

Jon Brady is the man in the dugout for the Cobblers, with this being his second full season in charge at the club after taking over towards the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

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.

Ones to watch

After netting 13 goals in 2021/22 Sam Hoskins has already reached that total in just 14 appearances this season. Forwards Kieron Bowie (four) – who is on loan from Fulham - and Mitch Pinnock (three) trail behind him in the scoring stakes, with Pinnock also contributing five assists.

Defensive midfielder Shaun McWilliams has also chipped in with two goals so far.

Defender Jon Guthrie has been an ever present in defence, a key figure following the summer departure of Fraser Horsfall, and he will be in front of Lee Burge who arrived from Sunderland in the summer.

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 relegation back to League Two.

Team news

Town's injury concerns continued this week with the news that Lewis Richards will miss around four months of action. He joins Will Smith, Max Wright, Dior Angus, Stephen Dooley and Matty Daly on the sidelines.

Simon Weaver will hope to have both Jack Muldoon and Alex Pattison back from injury and Joe Mattock will be available after missing last week's win at Rochdale due to suspension.
 

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