The Opposition: Northampton v Morecambe

Northampton have won nine of their last 10 league games.
Northampton have won nine of their last 10 league games.

Morecambe will be hoping their four-game unbeaten run will stand them in good stead when they head to high-flying Northampton Town on Saturday.

Manager

Chris Wilder

Former Oxford boss has more than justified his decision to swap the promotion-chasing U’s for then struggling Cobblers. Steered his side clear of relegation before finishing 12th last season. Now Northampton look all set to be involved at the sharp end of League 2 come May.

Key Man

Marc Richards

With 15 goals the 33-year-old front man is one of League 2’s top marksmen. Returned to the club for a second spell in the summer of 2014 after turning down a new contract with Chesterfield going on to score 18 goals to become the Cobblers’ player of the year. As if his striking prowess wasn’t enough, Wilder has also added prolific lower league front man James Collins on loan from Shrewsbury this month.

Form

Wilder’s side have lost just one of their last 13 in League 2, winning nine of the last 10, which means they are currently second in the table, level on points with leaders Plymouth Argyle. The run includes a 2-1 win at Home Park earlier this month with formidable forward duo Collins and Richards both on target. Won by the same scoreline last time out on Saturday as they came from behind to win at Dagenham & Redbridge. Exited the FA Cup with a 3-0 defeat at MK Dons on Tuesday night.

History

The Shrimps have a poor record against the Cobblers having won just one of 13 meetings between the sides, 2-0 at Sixfields back in August 2011. Earlier in the season Northampton were 4-2 winners at the Globe Arena in September, a result that ended a four-game Shrimps winning streak.

Possible line-up

Smith, Moloney, McDonald, Diamond, Buchanan, O’Toole, Byrom, Holmes, Collins, Adams, Richards.

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