Fleetwood Town v Northampton Town: Match Preview

After disposing of the plastic Dons and the real Dons in the last two games in the JPT and League Two respectively, it’s back to the road for the Cobblers on Saturday with a first ever league trip to Fleetwood Town. The Cod Army have made a good start to their first ever season in he Football League and will provide a huge test, especially after a fantastic result last weekend.

Parkin off the mark in style…

Fleetwood stormed to a 4-0 win at Morecambe last weekend with the star of the show undoubtedly summer signing Jon Parkin. ‘The Beast’ scored a hat-trick at the Globe Arena -his first goals since joining on a free transfer from Cardiff City in the summer – and made the other one for Barry Nicholson to propel his side up to fourth place in the table after five games.

Mellon going for promotion number three…

Fleetwood have been transformed over the last few years and leading the charge is manager Mickey Mellon who has overseen two promotions since taking charge in 2008. Mellon led the club to top spot in the Conference last season with the Cod Army collecting 103 points along the way to pip Wrexham to the title. A summer of big recruitment followed as Mellon looks to write another chapter in the growing history of the club.

Team News…

Fleetwood have the luxury of a fully fit squad to choose from and Mickey Mellon is set to name an unchanged side to the one that hammered Morecambe at the Globe Arena last weekend.

The Cobblers aren’t likely to make too many changes to the side that saw off AFC Wimbledon last weekend at Sixfields with Luke Guttridge the only possibly one incoming to the starting eleven after he shook off a virus this week. Louis Moult came in for him and did a good job as well as scoring a hat-trick in a behind closed doors friendly with Notts County this week though and could keep his place. Goalkeeper Shane Higgs played his first 45 minutes for months in the same game but won’t be considered for selection for a while yet.

Previous Meetings…

The clubs have only met once before and that was three years ago in the FA Cup First Round. Fleetwood were a Conference North side back then, though, and the Cobblers ran out 2-1 winners at Sixfields. Luke Guttridge put the Cobblers in front before Sean Clancy levelled for the visitors just before the break. It was to be Guttridge’s day though as he settled the tie on the hour mark.

The Man in the Middle…

Steve Rushton is the man to take charge of this one. He was the official for last season’s dramatic 1-0 win at Burton and the not so memorable 2-1 defeat at Bradford.

Prediction…

It’s likely to be a tough examination for Town at Highbury and with both clubs on a decent run in front of goal it should be a high scoring game. I’m going for a score draw of 2-2.

 

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