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MATCH PREVIEW - The key details ahead of Saturday's trip to face The Cobblers

20 April 2023

Match Previews

MATCH PREVIEW - The key details ahead of Saturday's trip to face The Cobblers

20 April 2023

After securing a vital three points with a comprehensive 3-0 win at home to Walsall on Tuesday evening we travel to Northampton this weekend for the first of three away games over the course of a week.

And we do so on a unbeaten run of six games, have faced defeat just once in our last 10 matches.

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Our opponents

After a recent run of form where they have taken 21 points from their past ten games, the Cobblers have put themselves on the brink of achieving automatic promotion.

With three games remaining they will kick-off with a five point gap back to fourth-placed Stockport and will hope to secure a top three spot this time around after being pipped at the post a year ago by Bristol Rovers, before then being defeated in the playoffs.

Previous meetings

The teams shared the spoils in late February with two goals in a meeting resulting in a 1-1 draw. Mitch Pinnock had put the visitors ahead shortly after half-time but less than a minute later Luke Armstrong levelled.



The Cobblers did do the double over Town last season, in what was the first encounters between the two clubs. Town had cancelled out Fraser Horsfall's early opener but Jon Guthrie netted five minutes into the second half to ensure a 2-1 at The Envirovent Stadium.

In the return fixture Northampton ran out comfortable 3-0 winners, with a Sam Hoskins brace either side of a Louis Appere 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 hit the 20-goal mark this season, adding seven assists to his goal tally.

Louis Appere has eight goals and is in a good spell of form in recent weeks. Mitch Pinnock has contributed six goals and six assists and will undoubted be a threat.

Forwards Kieron Bowie will also be a threat whilst former Town man William Hondermarck has seen plenty of minutes late in the season.

Jon Guthrie and Sam Sherring usually form part of a solid defensive with former Sunderland keeper Lee Burge in goal.

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 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 continue to have long-term absentees Stephen Dooley and Kayne Ramsay on the sidelines but will hope to have Danny Grant back in contention after he returned to training earlier this week.


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