Tuesday, November 20th 2012
As the Cobblers look to continue this good run of form of the last month or so, Morecambe are in town attempting to put a spanner in the works of growing optimism around Sixfields. Town have moved into a strong position in the top half of League Two thanks to three wins from the last four games, fixtures that have given us ten points from a possible twelve. The visitors will provide a big test though, having pushed the league leaders all the way a few days ago.
Last gasp agony for Morecambe at the Priestfield…
The Shrimps were on their own four game unbeaten run heading to Gillingham on Saturday and looked like they were going to extend it when Jack Redshaw got on the end of a Kevin Ellison cross to equaliser Lewis Montrose’s first half strike. But as the game entered stoppage time, Deon Burton brought down a ball into the box and smashed in a dramatic winner, meaning that Morecambe will come to Sixfields looking to get right back on track.
Redshaw leading the way…
The man who scored the Shrimp’s goal at the weekend, Jack Redshaw, leads the club’s goal scoring charts so far with seven goals. The 21-Year-Old initially signed from Altrincham in January of this year having come through the ranks at Manchester City and gone on to play for Rochdale.
Half price tickets for ‘Movember’…
The Cobblers are reminding fans that tickets for this match are down to half price with 40% of match ticket sales going towards the ‘Movember’ cause. That means adults can get in for just £10 with children’s tickets set at £5!
Cobblers defender David Artell played over a hundred games for Morecambe between 2007 and 2010 scoring thirteen goals for the club before moving on to Crewe Alexandra.
Morecambe left-back Robbie Threlfall had a short spell on loan with the Cobblers in 2009, playing four times.
Fellow defender Chris McCready is another to have played for both sides, turning out fourteen times in the 2009/10 campaign.
The Cobblers welcome back Louis Moult from his three game ban whilst Emyr Huws also comes back into the squad after recovering from injury. Clarke Carlisle is in line for a second ‘debut’ for the club after re-signing on Monday afternoon but Luke Guttridge and David Artell are still out long term.
Morecambe were dealt a blow last week when striker Jordan Burrow was ruled out for up to three months with ligament damage picked up during their victory over Barnet. Jack Redshaw could return to the starting line-up after scoring from the bench on Saturday. Meanwhile, Wigan defender Jordan Mustoe has signed a further loan deal with the Shrimps until January and goes straight back into the squad.
Previous Six Meetings…
07/01/12: Morecambe 1-2 Cobblers (League Two)
The last time the clubs met goals from John Johnson and loan striker Akwasi Asante gave the Cobblers control. Kevin Ellison pulled one back late on for the home side but Town held on for a good away win.
27/08/11: Cobblers 0-2 Morecambe (League Two)
The reverse fixture earlier that season saw two first half goals – one from Phil Jevons and the other a Laurence Wilson penalty – earn Morecambe all three points as they built on a good start to the season.
07/05/11: Morecambe 1-2 Cobblers (League Two)
On the final day of the 2010/11 season there wasn’t a lot to play for but Gary Johnson picked up a rare win as Cobblers boss with Kevin Thornton giving Town the lead. Ben Tozer sealed it late on before Niall Cowperthwaite netted a late consolation for the hosts.
15/02/11: Cobblers 3-3 Morecambe (League Two)
In a six goal thriller, John Johnson headed the Cobblers in front but Morecambe levelled when Kevan Hurst shot through a crowd of players mid-way through the first half. Kevin Thornton restored the lead before Jimmy Spencer equalised again for the visitors. Leon McKenzie tucked in a penalty to make it 3-2 but for the third time, Morecambe hit back again with Paul Mullin having the final say.
20/03/10: Cobblers 2-0 Morecambe (League Two)
Goals from Liam Davis and Ryan Gilligan give the Cobblers a comfortable victory in the first ever Sixfields meeting between the sides.
24/10/99: Morecambe 2-4 Cobblers (League Two)
Town came out on top in the first ever game between the two with Steve Guinan even getting on the score sheet! Guinan opened the scoring but we were 2-1 down by half time thanks to a Phil Jevons penalty and a Stuart Drummond header. But a second half blitz gave us the victory with Andy Holt equalising and further goals from John Johnson and Bayo Akinfenwa wrapping it up.
The man in the middle…
Refereeing on Tuesday night will be Iain Williamson who was last in charge of a Cobblers match in the 0-0 draw with Accrington Stanley on the opening day of last season. So far this season he has shown forty one yellow cards and two reds in twelve matches.
It’s hard to look past the Cobblers but I have a feeling for a draw against a Morecambe side that are likely to be stubborn and well organised in a bid to frustrate us. I’m going for 1-1.