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Northampton Town Preview

20 March 2018

Marcus Braddock previews tonight's game

This week sees Town head south to Northampton's Sixfields Stadium to take on the Cobblers who are sitting uncomfortably in 21st place in League One. It seems such a long time since we met on the opening day of the season at Montgomery Waters Meadow. Sadly for the Cobblers, that encounter set the tone for the season for both clubs and they've found the going difficult. Their form at the moment isn't really inspiring but their three draws and two defeats in their last five games could have been more profitable with just a couple of extra goals. So, despite what their form says, they aren't far away from the results they need. Having said that, the way the fixtures have fallen have been a little cruel with in form Rotherham and ourselves lined up just after a 3 consecutive draws looked to be steadying things a little. However, they won’t want a repeat of Saturday’s three goal defeat at home to Rotherham so I expect strong resistance from the Cobblers.

Top Scorers
Chris Long 9
John-Joe O'Toole 5
Matt Crooks 4

Matt Grimes 7
John-Joe O'Toole 3
Shaun McWilliams 2
Brendan Moloney 2
Daniel Powell 2

Clean Sheets
Four at home and one away.

61% of Northampton's goals conceded at home have been scored in the second half but 67% of their goals scored at home have been scored in the first half.
Their worst period of home games is the middle fifteen minutes of the second half, during which they have conceded seven and scored just one.
The Cobblers have lost 53% of their league games at Sixfield stadium and score an average of .8 goals per home game.
The commonest result at Sixfield Stadium this season is 0-1 which has occurred on five occasions.

Andy Davies from Hampshire. Games this season: 23. Yellow cards:84. Red cards:3.

Squad News
Cobblers midfielder Matt Crooks is suspended, top scorer Chris Long is a doubt but striker Kevin van Veen could be available after a month out.

Ben Godfrey is a doubt after being substituted on Saturday but James Bolton is closer to fitness.

After winning five away games on the bounce, you could be forgiven for thinking that this game should be easy. However, none of the last five away wins have been picnics and having a record like that just means teams try that little bit harder. A good result against a team near the top of the division would be a great catalyst for the Cobblers so we need to be as vigilant as possible and sharp in front of goal.

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Match Reports

Northampton Town 1 Town 1

20 March 2018

Town settle for a point in a game that has everything

Town: Dean Henderson, Mat Sadler, Omar Beckles, Shaun Whalley, Abu Ogogo (C), Carlton Morris (Lenell John-Lewis 90), Bryn Morris, Luke Hendrie (Stefan Payne 59), Jon Nolan, Aristote Nsiala, Alex Rodman

Subs: Craig MacGillivray, Max Lowe, Nathan Thomas, Arthur Gnahoua, Sam Jones, Lenell John-Lewis, Stefan Payne

Northampton Town: Richard O'Donnell, Brendan Moloney, Ash Taylor (C), Boris Mathis (Gboly Ariyibi 73), Kevin Van Veen (Kevin Luckassen 59), John-Joe O'Toole, Shay Facey, Hildeberto Pereira (Shaun McWilliams 82), Matt Grimes, Jordan Turnbull, Joe Bunney

Subs: David Cornell, Leon Barnett, Sam Hoskins, Shaun McWilliams, Chris Long, Kevin Luckassen, Gboly Ariyibi

Referee: Andy Davies
Assistants: Daniel Leach and Mark Dwyer
Fourth Official: Oliver Langford

Attendance: 4788 (615)

Shrewsbury Town had to settle for a point after an enthralling game against Northampton Town. Northampton took the lead on the stroke of half-time after Shrewsbury had enjoyed the better of proceedings. Both sides were then reduced to 10-men after a brawl between Abu Ogogo and John-Joe O’Toole saw both men sent-off, but two minutes after the red cards Town found an equaliser thanks to Jon Nolan’s 20 yard strike.

Team News:
Paul Hurst makes one enforced change from the side that beat Scunthorpe United on Saturday. Ben Godfrey was injured in that game and has been replaced by Bryn Morris in the holding midfield role. Stefan Payne is on the bench after coming on for Godfrey, and scoring, on Saturday. He is joined on the bench by Arthur Gnahoua.

It was a quiet opening 15 minutes from both sides as they struggled to really put a decent spell of possession together. Town’s best move came when Nolan, Hendrie and Whalley combined well on the right, but Alex Rodman was offside when the ball was whipped in.

In fact, the most exciting event of the opening 25 minutes came when Mat Sadler was involved in a clash of heads and the Town defender was forced off for a couple of minutes to have a Terry Butcher style bandage applied by Chris Skitt.

It actually took until the 28th minute for either side to have an effort on goal and it was Dean Henderson that was the man forced into the save. Kevin Van Veen picked the ball up 30 yards and he was provided with far too much time and space, allowing him to stride forward before unleashing a 20 yard effort which Henderson did well to tip round the post low to his left.

That goal seemed to bring the game alive and Town quickly created a good chance of their own. A prolonged spell of possession saw the ball eventually find its way to the right hand side where Luke Hendrie put in a decent ball. Hendrie’s cross was met by the head of Abu Ogogo but a deflection took it just wide of the post.

Omar Beckles was then yellow carded when he collided with the Northampton goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell as O’Donnell looked to get Northampton moving on the counter following the corner caused by Ogogo’s close miss.

Shaun Whalley was the next to try his luck as the Town winger expertly turned his man on the right before moving inside onto his favoured left foot, but his shot from 20 yards went well over the bar.

A minute later Town almost produced another good chance as Abu Ogogo strode forward from midfield before attempting to slip in Shaun Whalley but a Northampton man did well to put it behind for a corner and Town couldn’t make the most of two set-pieces that followed.

Town were certainly the side that looked more threatening side and it took a good block from a Northampton defender to keep out an Alex Rodman strike.

With half-time beckoning Northampton managed to get themselves in front against the run of play. Some good work from Boris Mathis allowed space for Joe Bunney to deliver a pinpoint cross from the left-wing and his delivery was met by the head of Shay Facey who couldn’t miss from eight yards.

Half-Time: 1-0

The first decent chance of the second-half would fall the way of the hosts. Dean Henderson misplaced a pass which was pounced on by the hosts and the ball found its way to Kevin Van Veen on the left side of the box, but thankfully Toto Nsiala was on hand to put in a terrific block.

Town were then denied two penalties as first Jon Nolan went down on the left edge of the box, before Shaun Whalley was clumsily brought down by Joe Bunney, but referee Andy Davies waved away both appeals.

With just over half-an-hour to go both sides made their first substitutions of the evening with Stefan Payne replacing Luke Hendrie for Town, which brought about a chance in formation to three at the back.

The game then fell into disarray as both sides had a man sent-off for an off the ball incident. Abu Ogogo and John-Joe O’Toole got involved in a brawl and although both sides tried to calm the situation, Mr Davies had no option other than to send both men off with straight red cards.

However, the break in play caused by the sending-off appeared to play into Town’s hands as Northampton took their eye off the ball. Town won a free-kick on the right hand side and although Shaun Whalley’s delivery was cleared, it fell straight to Jon Nolan who rifled in a shot from 20 yards into the bottom left corner on 67 minutes.

The game was now there for the taking for both sides but the longer the game went on the scrappier it became. Toto Nsiala gave away a foul right on the edge of the penalty box, but Northampton couldn’t make the most of the opportunity. Meanwhile, Jon Nolan was shown a yellow card for a late challenge.

Town then created a late opportunity when Stefan Payne did brilliantly well to win a corner and Shaun Whalley put in a fantastic delivery that was headed against the top of the crossbar by Omar Beckles.

With less than a minute of normal time remaining Paul Hurst brought on Lenell John-Lewis, the man who had scored the opening day winner against the Cobbers back in August, but unfortunately lightening didn’t strike twice and Town had to settle for a draw.

Full-Time: 1-1

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Ticket News

Northampton Town Ticket Details

17 March 2018

Ticket details for our trip to Sixfields Stadium

Northampton Town v Shrewsbury Town
Tuesday 20th March 2018 – kick-off 7:45pm
Sixfields Stadium
SKY Bet League One

Ticket prices have been confirmed for our Sky Bet League One trip to Sixfields Stadium to take on Northampton Town.

We have received an inital 600 tickets but more are available should there be demand.

We recommend that you buy tickets in advance as there will be a price increase on the day.

Tickets will be priced at -

Adults - £22 (£24 on the day)
Senior (65+) - £18 (£20 on the day)
U21s - £18 (£20 on the day)
Under 18s - £10 (£12 on the day)
Under 7s - FREE (FREE on the day) 

For U7 tickets please contact the ticket office.

Disabled supporters are charged the same price, which is dependent on their age category. For those supporters who required a Personal Assistant (PA) a free ticket can be issued, however the onus is on the disabled supporters to provide proof that a PA is required if challenged. However supporters attending in a wheelchair would automatically for a free PA ticket.

Wheelchair Spaces - These are situated in the front of the South Stand ranging from seat numbers A41 to A66 (9 pairs), should additional tickets be required in addition to the Personal Assistant (PA) we would suggest utilising row B41 to 68 with the aligning seat numbers in order to be seated as close as possible.

Tickets will go off sale on Tuesday 20th March at 1:00pm.

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways:

In person at the Montgomery Waters Meadow ticket office
By calling 01743 273943
Via our online ticketing site - click here

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