Saturday, September 28th 2013
It may be too early to call games ‘must win’ but tomorrow afternoon’s visit of Morecambe really is one that we have to be collecting points from. The Shrimps, though, are going well and sit on the fringes of the top seven following a good start to the season and are likely to cause plenty of problems for a Cobblers side looking for only their second victory of the season.
Jim Bentley’s side come into the game off the back of a run of four wins and a draw in the last five games with only last weekend’s late equaliser from Dagenham and Redbridge’s Rhys Murphy preventing them from making it five from five.
They’re also scoring plenty of goals at the moment with thirteen from eight games, though they’ve also conceded the most goals of any of those sides in the top eleven places in League Two. Hoping to stop them from adding to their own goals tally will be new Cobblers recruit, and an old face to us, Paul Reid who re-signed for Town on Friday. Reid is on a contract until January and is reunited with Aidy Boothroyd who was his manager at Colchester United.
With still no clean sheets all season in any competitions it’s a wise move and one that will hopefully provide the leadership we’re crying out for at the moment. Reid was a popular figure during his last spell and has bags of experiences at this, and a higher, level.
Dwindling crowds, poor results and a general feeling of a hung over club we still need that remedy to make us all feel a lot better – that starts with three points tomorrow afternoon. Keep the faith!
The Cobblers have signed up Paul Reid today with the defender, who made over fifty appearances for Town between 2002 and 2004, going straight into the squad to face Morecambe. That could mean that last weekend’s debutant Mathias Doumbe drops down to the bench. Matt Heath has been ruled out for 3-4 weeks with a thigh strain whilst Kelvin Langmead and Lewis Hornby remain on the sidelines.
Morecambe should have Andy Parrish and Andy Fleming fit but they will still be without striker Jack Redshaw who is recovering from hip surgery. Former Cobblers loan defender Robbie Threlfall is suspended and Marcus Marshall has a hamstring problem.
Previous Six Meetings…
12/03/13: Morecambe 1-1 Cobblers (League Two)
Jack Redshaw’s goal looked like winning the last clash between the sides but a Kelvin Langmead special of a last minute goal earned us a point.
20/11/12: Cobblers 3-0 Morecambe (League Two)
After a goalless first half, Bayo Akinfenwa set the wheels in motion for an eventual comfortable win at Sixfields. An own goal from Kevin Ellison on the hour mark and a late strike from Ishmel Demontagnac sealed an important three points for the Cobblers.
07/01/12: Morecambe 1-2 Cobblers (League Two)
The Cobblers picked up a good away win at Morecambe soon into Aidy Boothroyd’s tenure as Town boss. John Johnson put us in front before loanee Akwasi Asante doubled the lead just after half-time. Kevin Ellison got one back but we held out for a solid three points.
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.
The man in the middle…
Taking charge of this one is Darren Sheldrake who refereed two Cobblers games last season – the 4-0 shambles at Barnet and the 1-0 home win over Torquay United at the end of March.
One day I’ll predict a win and it’ll happen…it really, really needs to happen tomorrow afternoon but Morecambe are tough opposition and won’t have any sympathy for our current plight. I’m staying positive and going for a 2-0 Cobblers win to lift the gloom slightly!