Writer: Joe Brown
Date:Friday April 27 2007
Ding Ding, seconds out, it's round three of the Andy Ritchie comeback special, so far honours are even at one round each.
Stuart Gray - The Cobblers manager 'Huddersfield have a new manager in Andy Ritchie and I'm sure they will have certain players who will be playing for a contract for next season. They got a very good 4-2 result against Millwall last weekend but I'm more concerned about what we do.
Sean Dyche, Brett Johnson, Joe Burnell and Fred Murray are all definitely missing Late decisions will be made on Andy Holt and Jason Crowe.
Most pundits are tipping veteran midfielder Ian Taylor as the one to watch, because of the special circumstance around him.
Tonight's game at Sixfields will be 38-year old Taylor's last ever game as he has decided to hang up his boots, ending a successful 15-year career spanning a total of 578 games. He is best known for his 9-year spell at Aston Villa.
However I don't think you can look much further than Northampton keeper Mark Bunn who has been in fantastic form.
Town travel to Sixfields without 7 first-team players through injury and also without the suspended Michael Collins. Nathan and Tom Clarke are missing alongside Andy Booth, Danny Schofield, Aaron Hardy and Matthew Young with Gary Taylor-Fletcher looking unlikely too. As a result, Town are a little short on strikers with only Luke Beckett and John McAliskey recognized as front-men in the first-team squad. This has led to Andy Ritchie calling up second-year Academy scholar Lucas Akins to the first-team squad for tonight's trip.
Beckett is ending the season on a high with goals galore, let's hope it continues
The two sides played each other in mid-December, when the game ended in a 1-1 draw at the Galpharm Stadium.
Town have only lost 2 games in their last 8 - but they have also won only 2, with 4 games ending in draws.
The Cobblers are in excellent form, with 7 wins from their last 11 games.
Despite Northamptons good run and our continued injury problems, I predict a 1-1 draw, Andy Ritchie seems to have got the lads going again. Bookies odds are 11/10 Home win, 11/5 Draw and 2-1 Town Win
Saturday 5/5/7 Home To Orient
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Date:Friday April 27 2007
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