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Preview: Northampton Town (A)

28 December 2019

Match Previews

Preview: Northampton Town (A)

28 December 2019

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The difficult games keep on coming for Cheltenham Town in League Two with a Northampton Town side just a point behind the Robins next up on Sunday (kick-off: 3pm).

Cheltenham see out 2019 and the decade with a journey to the PTS Academy Stadium to face a Cobblers outfit who have been on a fantastic run of home form of late.

It'll be a strong test of Michael Duff's charges credentials on the road, having been impressive on their travels this season. The team are unbeaten away from home since the beginning of September.

Aiming to end what has been a brilliant and progressive year for the club, the target is to pick up another positive result on Sunday to finish 2019 on a high.

Team news

Luke Varney has returned to training but won't be expected to feature at Northampton after knee surgery.

Goalkeeper Rhys Lovett may be back involved after a recent bout of illness. Jonté Smith will however be unavailable due to illness.

Tahvon Campbell is back fit though currently lacks playing time.

Watch Duff's preview of Sunday's encounter:


The summer of 2019 was a big one for recruitment at Northampton as experienced boss Keith Curle (pictured) aims to help the Cobblers find a way back into the third tier.

The former England centre back, who had a playing career that featured spells at Man City, Wolves and Sheffield United, is an experienced manager at this level having also been in charge at Carlisle United, Notts County and Mansfield Town as well as working as an assistant to Neil Warnock at QPR and Crystal Palace.

His side boasts one of the best home records in the division having taken 22 points from 11 games at the PTS Academy Stadium this term. They head into Sunday's clash looking for a seventh straight home win in all competitions, their last a 1-0 success over Forest Green.

Currently 9th in League Two, they're a point behind Cheltenham who occupy the last play-off spot having played a game more than Michael Duff's side.

Imposing goalkeeper Steve Arnold was back in their starting XI at Crawley in place of Welshman David Cornell who was on the bench and could return to their starting line-up.

Defensively left back Joe Martin could feature in their backline alongside Blackburn Rovers loanee Scott Wharton. Ex-Scunthorpe man Charlie Goode and former Wycombe Wanderers man Michael Harriman are also possible options for the Cobblers to call upon.

Their midfield boasts the likes of Nicky Adams, a promotion winner at this level last season with Bury, ex-Bristol Rovers skipper Chris Lines and former MK Dons man Ryan Watson. The highly experienced Alan McCormack, who can name Swindon Town and Preston North End among his old employers, brings knowhow to the spine of their team.

Up top the nimble Sam Hoskins is one to keep a watch out for. Former Cheltenham academy youngster Andy Williams offers bags of Football League experience, and the 28-year-old Vadaine Oliver lined up for Morecambe at this level last season.

Last time at the PTS Academy Stadium

You have to go back to September 2018 for the last time Cheltenham travelled to the Cobblers at the start of last season's League Two campaign.

Under the caretaker management of Russell Milton, he managed to guide the Robins to a second win of the campaign thanks to two second half goals.

Will Boyle put Cheltenham in front in the first half however Northampton drew level when Kevin van Veen equalised with a penalty.

Another penalty would see the Robins restore their lead. Conor Thomas kept his cool from the spot to make it 2-1.

And it was 3-1 and game over in the last ten minutes when Kelsey Mooney finished inside the box to wrap up victory.

Watch the highlights from that game:


Tickets are available to purchase on the day of the game. Prices on a matchday at Northampton are as follows:

Adult £24
Senior £20
Under 18s £12
Under 7s FREE

Cheltenham supporters who have booked on the Travel Club coach are reminded it leaves from the Jonny-Rocks Stadium at 11am.


Keep up to date with how events unfold by following @CTFCofficial on Twitter. Twitter is the best way to keep an eye on the match with regular updates, while there will also be score updates available on the club's Facebook page.

It's possible to listen to full match commentary on iFollow by purchasing a match pass.

After the game visit the club website to read a match report and to see reaction from Michael Duff and those inside the camp to the full time result.

Highlights will also be available on the club website on Monday, as well as on the club's YouTube channel.

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