>Northampton Town v Aldershot
Saturday, February 19th 2011
The Cobblers aim to forget about one late equaliser and avenge another tomorrow afternoon as Aldershot are in town. Morecambe’s leveller with a couple of minutes to spare needs to be put on the back burner now whilst we’re still hoping for revenge for that stoppage time goal that earned the Shots a point in our game down at the EBB Stadium back in September.
Town will once again be without Abdul Osman and Kevin Thornton has said that he’s willing to play anywhere along the midfield line if it means getting a game – enthusiasm that’s very much needed at the moment. Apart from the Osman suspension there’s nothing new to report injury wise but Sammo has indicated that he may well have one or two changes in mind.
Aldershot are another team who need to turn draws into victories so will be just as desperate to claim all three points. Jack Rendall has suffered his second broken leg of the season and is out long term whilst Anthony Straker and Damian Spencer are both out on loan. Promising youngster Jermaine McGlashan is the only minor doubt other than that but he should at least make it onto the bench.
Plenty to focus on as we head into a vital few days once again and with consistency the key for both sides it could be another entertaining/nervy ninety minutes!
Also in League Two this weekend…
This evening, Port Vale look to get an early advantage over their playoff chasing rivals when they host Bradford at Vale Park. The Bantams recorded a first win in seven on Tuesday night by beating Wycombe and will be praying that this is the beginning of the corner being turned.
Third play Second in a crunch game on Saturday with Rotherham welcoming Shrewsbury to the Don Valley. The Shrews are just a point above the hosts going into the game and that should be a belter of a game. Top club Chesterfield will be looking for a first win in six games but it won’t be easy at Lincoln who are absolutely flying if you discount the home defeat to Shrewsbury a couple of weeks back.
Meanwhile, Wycombe can guarantee themselves a place back in the top three with all three points against Accrington at Adams Park and sixth plays fifth with Bury’s trip to Gillingham – both sides scrambling for points in the top seven.
Just as vital games at the bottom and Stockport can overtake opponents Macclesfield with victory over them at Edgeley Park. Barnet have slipped to the bottom of the table in recent weeks and go to Cheltenham hoping for a change of fortune. Burton still have plenty of games in hand but will still want to come away with something from Hereford whilst Morecambe, on the brink of the relegation scrap play Oxford, on the brink of the playoffs.
Crewe are still around the upper echelons of the league and will need to see off Stevenage if they’re to get back in the playoff mix. And Torquay, on the back of three straight league wins, host Southend who had a stunning 3-2 win over Wycombe in the week.