Morecambe v Northampton Town
Saturday, March 22nd 2014
We’ve ticked down to just nine games to go in the 2013/14 season and if it isn’t to end in relegation to the Conference then the Cobblers are going to have to get right back on track very soon. Welcoming Town this weekend are a Morecambe side licking their own wounds after a 5-1 trouncing at one of our relegation rivals Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night that manager Jim Bentley called “embarrassing”.
Home form has been better recently for the Shrimps, though, with just one defeat at the Globe Arena since the turn of the year. They’ve also won the last two games there, a 2-1 success against Southend United and a 4-1 hammering of Newport County so we’re in for a challenge if that side of them turns up on Saturday.
Maybe going away from home is a good thing for the Cobblers at the moment with some lethargy from three sides of Sixfields on Tuesday night reflecting a dismal performance on the pitch. That simply has to change and this could turn into a pivotal weekend in the season – if we end up six points from safety by the end of the day with eight games to go then you really have to start asking questions about whether it’s acceptance time but if it goes the other way then three points could bring us back some of the belief that’s been lost in some quarters.
We can do nothing but hope.
Morecambe brought in defender Ryan Edwards on a one month loan deal on Friday with the 20-year-old going straight into the squad to face the Cobblers. Andy Fleming is also back in contention after returning from a two match suspension. Andy Parrish will be missing with a knee problem, though, whilst Shaun Beeley is out with a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, Stuart Drummond is expected to be sidelined for the rest of the season with a fractured toe.
The Cobblers have received a boost ahead of the game with Zander Diamond being passed fit. The defender suffered a pelvis injury during Tuesday night’s game with Rochdale and had to be withdrawn at half time but he’s ready to face Morecambe on Saturday.
Previous Six Meetings…
28/09/13: Cobblers 0-0 Morecambe (League Two)
A tame goalless draw at Sixfields earlier this season as both sides cancel each other out.
12/03/13: Morecambe 1-1 Cobblers (League Two)
Jack Redshaw’s goal looked like winning this fixture last season 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.
The man in the middle…
Taking charge of this one is Chris Sarginson who was the referee for the recent 2-1 win at Torquay United. His last Morecambe game was their 3-2 win at Newport County back in September.
It’s a game that we really, really need to take three points from like every game is from now on and with Morecambe still undecided on whether they plan to fight relegation or go for the playoffs it’s one we could get something from. They’re strong at home so I can’t see any more than a point for Town which would leave us looking nervously at other results once again. 1-1.