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📝Match Preview: Northampton Town

A look ahead to Saturday's big game.

22 November 2019

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Keith Curle manager of Northampton Town.

Team News

Caretaker boss Anthony Limbrick is hoping that top-scorer James Hanson will be fit to face the Cobblers on Saturday afternoon. Hanson missed the midweek defeat at Newport with a calf problem.

Luke Hendrie (hamstring), Max Wright (thigh) and Moses Ogbu (knee) are all expected to miss the trip to the PTS Academy Stadium.

With Mattie Pollock suspended following his late dismissal at Rodney Parade, Limbrick will be hoping that Ludvig Öhman has recovered from the late bout of sickness that forced him to sit out the FA Cup tie at Rodney Parade. 

Head to Head

The Mariners have got the better of the Cobblers six times in the last 17 games. Northampton have won five of those 17 games and the rest have been drawn.  

FL-4 17-Oct-78 H Northampton T W 4 3 5,529  
FL-4 24-Apr-79 A Northampton T W 2 1 3,450  
FL-3 24-Oct-87 A Northampton T L 1 2 5,388  
FL-3 26-Mar-88 H Northampton T D 2 2 3,406  
FL-3 11-Oct-97 H Northampton T W 1 0 4,778  
FL-3 28-Feb-98 A Northampton T L 1 2 6,932  
PO3-F 24-May-98 N Northampton T W 1 0 62,988  
FL-4 8-Oct-04 A Northampton T W 1 0 5,805  
FL-4 11-Jan-05 H Northampton T L 1 2 3,774  
FL-4 29-Oct-05 A Northampton T D 0 0 6,067  
FL-4 6-May-06 H Northampton T D 1 1 8,458  
FA-1 11-Nov-06 A Northampton T D 0 0 4,092  
FA-1r 21-Nov-06 H Northampton T L 0 2 2,657  
FL-4 14-Nov-09 A Northampton T D 0 0 4,028  
FL-4 2-Apr-10 H Northampton T L 1 2 6,482  
FA-2 7-Dec-13 H Northampton T W 2 0 3,828  
FL-4 24-Nov-18 A Northampton T D 2 2 5,594 698
FL-4 16-Mar-19 H Northampton T D 0 0 3,890 3,492

Last Time

Northampton Town 2-2 Grimsby Town

Town twice came from behind to earn a deserved point against Northampton Town. 698 Town fans made the journey. 

Match Coverage:

As usual, match updates will be provided by the club’s official twitter account (@OfficialGTFC). We will keep you up to date with the action to ensure you don’t miss a kick - delivering a match report shortly after the final whistle with post-match reaction from Anthony Limbrick

This game will be broadcast live on iFollow Mariners. Join Matt Dean and former Town midfielder Paul Bolland for full audio coverage. Book and audio match pass. 

Betting Odds:

Grimsby to win and BTTS is now 15/2 from 13/2 - with a Sky Bet Price Boost. More >>   

Man in the Middle:

Andy Haines will oversee our Sky Bet League Two clash at Northampton Town on Saturday.

The official, who has been involved in the professional game since 2007, is no stranger to the Mariners and took charge of our Leasing.com tie against Scunthorpe United in September, and two of our games last season. 

Key Men for Northampton 

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Cobbler’s frontman Andy Williams is the man to keep a close eye on at the PTS Academy Stadium. Andy already has six goals and one assist to his name this season.

Sam Hoskins and Jordan Turnbull both have four goals apiece also.  

The Managers

Anthony Limbrick

“We have had a good training session with the squad. We have had a look at some video and also got them out on the training ground.

“There has been time to prepare for this game. Northampton are a very good side and Keith Curle has got them going well at the moment. They are six games unbeaten in all competitions.“

Keith Curle

“Our respect for the opposition doesn’t change and Grimsby will have strengths and weaknesses like any other side we play,” Keith told the Official Northampton Town Website.

“Because of the strikers they’ve got, they can cause any team in this division problems.

“They played very well in the first half against Newport on Wednesday night and despite the changes they have had in the last week or so that doesn’t take away from the fact that they have got some very good players.”

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Match Reports

📝Match Report: Northampton Town 2-0 Grimsby Town

First-half goals send Mariners to defeat

23 November 2019

Lee Blease

Two first-half goals sent Grimsby Town to defeat against Northampton Town.

The Mariners started well and created some good chances but fell behind when Scott Wharton's header opened the scoring for the hosts.

Town initially responded well but again, were unable to take their opportunities and the hosts doubled their lead through striker Vadaine Oliver.

In interim manager Anthony Limbrick's first league game in charge, his team looked to keep the ball on the ground where possible and played plenty of good football.

But despite some positive signs, they could not make enough of an impression in front of goal as the home side closed out the game.

Two changes were made to the Town starting XI after the midweek FA Cup defeat at Newport, with James Hanson and Harry Clifton coming in for Ahkeem Rose and the suspended Mattie Pollock.

James McKeown started in goal, with Elliott Hewitt, Harry Davis, Luke Waterfall and Liam Gibson forming the defence.

Clifton, Jake Hessenthaler and Ethan Robson were the midfielders, with Matt Green, Hanson and Jordan Cook in attack.

The substitutes were Sam Russell, Elliott Whitehouse, Rose, Harry Cardwell, Sebastian Ring, Moses Ogbu and Joe Starbuck.

Northampton occupied League Two's final play-off place at kick-off and would look to the likes of Oliver and Sam Hoskins to get the goals to keep them there.

The Mariners had the first chance of the game in the second minute, when a flick by Hanson sent Hessenthaler away down the right. The midfielder took the ball towards the penalty area but could only shoot against the side-netting.

Hanson then shot wide as Town's positive start continued, before the visitors survived a penalty shout and quickly counter-attacked, with Green being denied by home keeper David Cornell from close range.

A Northampton corner on 15 minutes was headed behind for another one by Waterfall and this time, it was eventually scrambled away by Davis.

Hessenthaler tried his luck from 20 yards after good hold-up play but his effort took a deflection and looped over the bar for a corner, which came to nothing.

A foul by Davis on Andy Williams gave the home side a free kick level with the right edge of the penalty area on 25 minutes. And it led to the opening goal, as Nicky Adams' delivery to the far post was met by WHARTON, who guided a header beyond McKeown and into the net.

The hosts were on top after taking the lead and they had an opportunity to make it 2-0 on 35 minutes when a mistake by Cook in midfield led to Adams taking the ball forward and sliding it through for Oliver. McKeown did well though, coming off his line to make a good block.

Two minutes later, the Mariners created a chance but they were unable to take it, as Cook headed wide from Hessenthaler's right-wing cross.

Another cross from Hessenthaler on the right found Hanson at the far post but his header back across goal proved too far ahead of Cook for him to capitalise.

But after Town showed signs of getting back into the game, they fell further behind four minutes bfore the break when a cross from the Northampton left was not dealt with and after a tussle with Waterfall, OLIVER eventually bundled the ball into the net.

Two added minutes were played at the end of the half, with the hosts taking a commanding two-goal lead into the dressing rooms at the interval.

No changes were made before the resstart and Northampton won the first corner of the second half two minutes in, which led to Paul Anderson smashing a shot high and wide from 25 yards.

Green was booked for a handball, with the home side continuing to ask most of the questions in the early stages of the half and McKeown called into action to make a save from a Hoskins volley.

Whitehouse replaced Robson in the first substitution of the game on 55 minutes, before a foul by Gibson gave Northampton a free kick on the right but Adams' delivery was glanced wide by defender Charlie Goode.

Oliver was booked after putting the ball into the net after the game had already been stopped when he was caught offside.

A good strike by Hanson from 25 yards stung the palms of keeper Cornell, before Oliver headed straight at McKeown after being picked out by a cross from Adams.

Harry Smith replaced Williams for the home side on 67 minutes, with the Mariners sending Ogbu and Rose on for Green and Cook at the same time.

Jordan Turnbull hit a low shot from distance that took a deflection off Waterfall on its way out for a corner but the hosts were unable to do any further damage frrom the flag.

A foul on Whitehouse gave the Mariners a free kick in a central position on 72 minutes. Hessenthaler touched it to Ogbu before chipping a cross to Waterfall at the far post but nobody in black and white could profit after he headed it back across goal.

Oliver was replaced by Scott Pollock, then Clifton became the next to be shown the yellow card for pulling Chris Lines back.

Five added minutes were played at the end of the game but despite some promising signs throughout the game, Town were left to reflect on another defeat.

The Mariners are next in action on Tuesday, when Cheltenham Town are the visitors to Blundell Park for a rearranged league game.


The Teams

Northampton Town: Cornell, Turnbull,Wharton,Goode (C),Hoskins, Adams, McCormack, Lines, Anderson, Williams. Oliver.

Subs: Arnold, Hall-Johnson, Harriman, Pollock, Watson, Smith, Warburton.

Town: McKeown (c), Hewitt, Davis, Waterfall, Gibson, Hessenthaler, Robson, Clifton, Cook, Hanson, Green.

Subs: Russell, Whitehouse, Rose, Cardwell, Ring, Ogbu, Starbuck.


Attendance: 5,211 (597)

Next Up: Cheltenham Town (H)

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Ticket News

Northampton Town Ticket Information

5 November 2019

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Northampton Town play their home games at Sixfields Stadium

We have received 600 tickets ahead of our away fixture at Northampton Town on Saturday 23rd November.

Tickets for the fixture are priced as follows:

Adults - £22 (£24 match day)

Over 65 - £18 (£20 match day)

Under 21 - £18 (£20 match day)

Under 18 - £10 (£12 match day)

Under 11 - (Trust members only) - £9 (£12 match day)

Under 7 - Free of Charge

Tickets can be purchased on the day from their cabin via cash only at the prices mentioned above. 

Please note that evidence of trust membership will be required if purchasing an Under 11 trust member ticket. Those who do not have trust membership must purchase an Under 18 ticket. 

Tickets can be posted via standard first or recorded delivery until 3pm on Wednesday 20th November. Please note that standard first class delivery does not include tracking or insurance and can not be reissued or refunded as a result of failed delivery or loss. The final day for special delivery is 3pm on Thursday 21st November. 

Tickets can be purchased direct from the Blundell Park ticket office, calling 01472 605050 or by visiting our online ticket store. Remember, GTFC receive 5% of all away league ticket sales made from Blundell Park!

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