The Cobblers go into another huge game at the foot of the League One table as we take on Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road on Saturday afternoon. Coming off the back of a first point in five games at Brighton on Tuesday, Town will be looking to follow up with victory in another crunch game.
Cheltenham have injury doubts over Alan Wright (calf), Michael Townsend (hamstring) and Michail Antonio (ankle). Former Cobblers loan man Nicholas Bignall could be handed a start against the club he played for earlier this season but Alex Russel looks likely to be absent as he finalises a move to Exeter City.
The Cobblers will still be missing Luke Guttridge and Liam Davis ahead of the Robins clash whilst Danny Jackman is facing a late fitness test. Goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler has returned to Manchester United whilst Billy Clarke is back at Ipswich so Chris Dunn should start in goal with Colin Larkin returning to the starting line-up.
Last Time Out: Northampton Town 4-2 Cheltenham Town (09/08/08)
On the opening day of this season, Gabor Gyepes’ own goal gives Cheltenham the lead. But a Chris Doig strike levels the scores at half time and Adebayo Akinfenwa scores two penalties in the second half to give The Cobblers a 3-1 lead. At the other end, Michael Townsend scored from the spot for Cheltenham but Leon Constantine wraps the game up with a debut goal late on.
29/03/08: CHELTENHAM 1-1 COBBLERS
Steven Gillespie fires Cheltenham in front in the first half but Giles Coke volleys home in the second half to give us a share of the spoils.
20/10/07: COBBLERS 2-1 CHELTENHAM
Andy Kirk gives the Cobblers the lead but Damian Spencer equalises five minutes into the second half. With ten minutes to go, Ryan Gilligan scores to win it.
26/12/06: COBBLERS 2-0 CHELTENHAM
A double from Scott McGleish gives us a comfortable home win on boxing day.
26/09/06: CHELTENHAM 0-2 COBBLERS
Goals from Andy Kirk and Scott McGleish seal our first ever win at Whaddon Road.
11/02/06: CHELTENHAM 3-1 COBBLERS
The Cobblers are well beaten at Whaddon Road as Steve Guinan, Kayode Odejayi and John Melligan score. Scott McGleish gets a late consolation.
Head to Head…Robins v Cobblers…
Games Played 15
Cheltenham Wins: 6
Cobblers Wins: 7