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In focus: Northampton Town match preview

1 April 2021

Take a closer look at the latest stats and facts in our match preview ahead of Town's Sky Bet League One clash with Northampton Town.

Since earning promotion from the Sky Bet League Two Play-Offs last season, Northampton Town have been battling to secure their spot in Sky Bet League One next season. Following the departure of Keith Curl, Jon Brady has taken over in the hot seat as his team looks to steer clear of the relegation zone.

Town will be looking to stop the home side and start another string of positive results with the trip to Sixfields Stadium having narrowly lost the last Sky Bet League One fixture with Portsmouth. Ryan Watson is the danger man in this fixture for the Shrews as the midfielder is the Cobblers top goalscorer with Ryan Watson.

Name: Northampton Town Football Club

Nickname: The Cobblers

Founded: 1897 (124 years ago)

Stadium: Sixfields Stadium

Capacity:  7798

Chairman/owner: Kelvin Thomas

Biggest win: 10-0 v Walsall, Division Three (South), 5th November 1927

Biggest loss:  0-11 v Southampton, Southern League, 28th December 1901

Highest League finish: 21st, Division One, 1965-66

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The Manager - Jon Brady

A former winger in the Sky Bet Football League and below, Jon Brady spent the majority of his career playing for Hayes and Rushden & Diamonds - as well as spells with Swansea City, Chester City and Hereford United.

The Australian began his coaching career with Brackley Town as was manager of the Saints for six years before moving to Northampton Town as an under-16 coach. Since the move in 2016, Brady has progressed through the ranks to take charge of the under-18's and then the first team.

Goalkeeper - Jonathan Mitchell

Former Salop loanee, Mitchell joined the Cobblers at the start of the 2020/21 season on loan from Derby County.

The 6ft 2in keeper has solid EFL experience under his belt having spent the first half of the 2018/19 season on loan with Oxford United in Sky Bet League One, playing 15 times and recording six clean sheets. The second half of that campaign was also spent with Salop.

Mitchell made nine appearances for the Shrews and kept four clean sheets, leading to a total of ten clean sheets in 24 League One appearances that season. Either side of those spells, he played five games for Luton Town in a previous loan spell and appeared 11 times for Macclesfield Town in 2019/20 before the season was suspended because of COVID-19.


Defender -  Fraser Horsfall

Northampton Town signed centre back Fraser Horsfall in August 2020.

The highly-rated 6ft 3in defender began his career at Huddersfield Town, and after a number of loan spells, moved to Kidderminster Harriers in 2017 - making 76 appearances for the Aggborough side. His performances attracted the interest of EFL clubs with a number of Championship clubs monitoring his progress before a move to Macclesfield Town in the summer of 2019 and he made 31 appearances at the Moss Rose in the 2019/20 season.

Midfielder - Ryan Watson

Midfielder Ryan Watson became Northampton Town's sixth signing of the summer of 2019 by putting pen to paper on a two-year contract at Sixfields Stadium.

Watson is in his third spell with the Cobblers having been twice signed by former boss Chris Wilder on loan spells in 2014 and 2015. After making more than 50 appearances in a two-year spell with Barnet, Watson spent the 2018/19 season helping MK Dons to promotion, playing 28 times for the Dons. Scored at Wembley in the 2020 League 2 play-off final as the Cobblers beat Exeter City 4-0.

So far this season, the midfielder has been the beacon of light for the Cobblers having netted on seven occasions from midfield. Town number eight is yet to register an assist for his team this season.


Forward - Sam Hoskins

Northampton Town signed striker Sam Hoskins after a successful trial spell in August 2015.

Hoskins began his career at Southampton, making four substitute appearances for the Saints before enjoying loan spells with Rotherham United and Stevenage. He permanently moved to Yeovil in the summer of 2013 and during his two years at Huish Park, he enjoyed a loan spell with Barnet, scoring twice in six games.

Hoskins signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract at the PTS Academy Stadium in December 2017 and won the club's Goal of the Season award in 2018/19. The forward also scored at Wembley in the 2020 Sky Bet League Two Play-Off final as the Cobblers beat Exeter City 4-0.


Referee: Ross Joyce
Assistants: Darren Blunden and Michael Webb
Fourth Official: James Adcock

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Match Reports

Match report: Northampton Town 1 Shrewsbury Town 0

2 April 2021

Town fall to a narrow 1-0 defeat against Northampton Town.

Town's afternoon away from home at the Sixfields Stadium came to an end with Salop falling to a 1-0 defeat.

Ryan Watson's 8th goal of the season in the first-half was the difference between the two sides as the Cobblers claimed all three points.

In a first-half limited with few chances, Matija Sarkic was the first keeper called into action. A deep cross found its way to the back post and Sam Hoskins did well to slide in for a shot on goal. Town's shot-stopper had work to do and stretched across goal to make an impressive diving save for his team.

However, the home side didn't let the next chance pass by. Peter Kioso whipped in a powerful cross from the right wing and Ryan Watson was on hand to smash a first-time effort into the corner of the Salop net - earning the lead in the 27th minute.

As the second period began, Town were pushing to find a leveler and nearly did through Donald Love. In the 54th minute, Curtis Main slotted a through ball to Town's right-back but the defender couldn't get his shot off quick enough as the Cobblers man got across well to put in a block.

Despite a tightly contested battle between the two sides, it was the home side who eventually saw the game out to earn all three points.

The teams:

The Cobblers: Jonathan Mitchell, Fraser Horsfall, Sam Hoskins, Ryan Watson, Peter Kioso, Shaun McWilliams, Bryn Morris, Joseph Mills, Ryan Edmondson (Alan Sheehan, 78), Lloyd Jones, Danny Rose.

Subs not used: Michael Harriman, Cian Bolger, Alex Jones, Caleb Chukwuemka, Dylan Berry, Mark Marshall.

Salop: Matija Sarkic, Aaron Pierre, Ro-Shaun Williams (Sean Goss, 88), Ollie Norburn (David Edwards, 88), Josh Vela, Nathanael Ogbeta, Donald Love, Curtis Main (Rekeil Pyke, 78), Ethan Ebanks-Landell, David Davis, Harry Chapman (Shaun Whalley, 88).

Subs not used: Harry Burgoyne, Ryan Sears, Matthew Pennington.


Referee: Ross Joyce
Assistants: Darren Blunden and Michael Webb
Fourth Official: James Adcock


Joseph Mills was shown the first yellow card of the game in the 53rd minute for a poor late-timed challenge on Donald Love.

Shaun McWilliams was shown a yellow card in the dying moments of the game for a foul in the middle of the park.


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29 March 2021

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