>Top half once again in sight as Morecambe visit…

Northampton Town v Morecambe
League Two
Tuesday, February 15th 2011

Another midweek feast tonight as Morecambe travel to Sixfields and the Cobblers aim to move further into the upper mid-table bracket. The Shrimps are without a win in six games heading into tonight and were beaten 2-0 at Lincoln at the weekend to leave them hovering just above the pack at the wrong end of the table.

A victory tonight would, in fact, take the Cobblers into the top half should Lincoln fail to pick up all three points in their game due to Cheltenham not being in action. The Robins have played two games more than Town so it’s a huge incentive for collecting three points.

Sammo is waiting on news from Abdul Osman’s appeal and that will affect the Cobblers boss’ thinking ahead of the game. Nathanial Wedderburn is doubtful after picking up a knock on Saturday but Kevin Thornton is back in contention along with Liam Davis so there’s plenty of options to go with should those two not make it. John Johnson is definitely out but he’s back in training so could return soon.

Morecambe re-signed striker Danny Carlton this week but the former Bury man won’t be available this evening. Chris Shuker will also be missing with a hamstring injury but Andy Holdsworth returns from an illness and should play some part. Laurence Wilson will also be back in the fold after missing Saturday’s game due to the birth of his baby.

So can we take that leap into the top half of League Two? I’ve asked that question endless times in the last few weeks and it’s a big chance again to do it this time. Psychologically we need to be up there if we’re to eye the playoffs because time is running out!

Elsewhere in League Two this evening…

The big game of the evening comes at Gigg Lane with Bury hosting leaders Chesterfield. The Spireites were beaten at Burton on Friday night but only Shrewsbury of the chasing pack took advantage so it was a slight reprieve. Even so, they will be desperate to recover from what is now a four game winless streak at one of their promotion rivals. Bury suffered a surprise defeat at Stockport so will also be wanting to return to the form that’s seen them hold down a place in the top seven in the last few weeks.

Wycombe lost at Bradford to slip to third and face another tricky away game tonight at Southend. Victory will lift the Chairboys back up there but Southend are fresh following the postponement of their weekend game at Accrington. Stanley are away to Rotherham this evening with the Millers another side of the promotion chasing pack to suffer defeat at the weekend at Oxford.

Burton stunned the footballing world by playing a game on Friday night and won it so they will hope to play again tonight at Torquay. The Brewers escaped the bottom two with that victory and left Barnet and Stockport both looking at desperate situations having played a few games more than their competitors in the race to beat the drop. One of those was Lincoln a few weeks ago but the Imps have powered their way up the league with Steve Tilson leading the charge. They attempt to keep up their fine run with a trip to Aldershot this evening. And there’s a battle of two playoff chasing clubs with Stevenage welcoming Oxford to Broadhall Way.

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