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Match Preview: Northampton Town

1 December 2022

Sky Bet League Two action returns this weekend as Rovers look to gain a crucial three points against Northampton Town at Sixfields Stadium. 

This weekend’s game follows a 0-2 defeat to Wimbledon at Prenton Park in the League and a penalty shootout Football League Trophy exit at the hands of Burton Albion, but Rovers will be looking to kick on from solid performances on the road in recent weeks.

As for Northampton Town they will be hoping to carry on a fine vein of form which has seen them beat both Gillingham and Bradford in quick succession, with goals from Pinnock, McWilliams and Sherring sealing victory for the Cobblers in their most recent outing. Their recent form has seen them climb to third in the table, just two points behind title-chasing Stevenage.

Team News:

In Thursday’s press conference, Micky Mellon revealed that a few members of the squad are feeling the affects of an illness in the camp with Josh Hawkes, Kane Hemmings and Kyle Jameson needing to be assessed.

Jordan Turnbull and Dynel Simeu are both ruled out through suspension.

Joel Mumbongo, Charlie Jolley, Luke Robinson and Reece McAlear are all still in the treatment room.

One to watch: Sam Hoskins:

The former Southampton player has experienced a wide range of loan spells throughout his career each with differing success, however, it is safe to say that he has found his feet, his scoring boots and his home in Northampton where he has been scoring goals consistently throughout the last seven years.

Whilst on Southampton’s books from 2011-2013, Hoskins made 2 appearances in the Premier League before having three successive loans with Preston North End, Rotherham United and Stevenage before moving to Yeovil in the summer of 2013. 

Again being loaned out, 2014 saw the tricky midfielder head to National League side Barnet where he made 6 appearances scoring 2 goals. 

Summer 2015 saw Hoskins signed for Northampton Town on a one-year deal and he has been a mainstay ever since. Having played 269 games and scored 57 goals for the East Midlander’s it is safe to say he has found a permanent home.

He is currently joint top scorer with Bradford’s Andy Cook, the pair currently sit on 13 goals apiece and Hoskins will be looking to add to his tally for the season this weekend. Especially with Mitchell Pinnock, who is currently ranked 4th in the League for assists, joining him in midfield. 

Manager: Jon Brady:

Following managerial spells with Brackley Town, the Australia U17s and the Northampton Town youth setup, the 47-year-old Australian was given charge of the first team in 2021, putting pen to paper on a two-year deal.

Brady was offered a spell as caretaker manager following the sacking of Keith Curle in February 2021, becoming the permanent manager less than 4 months later. Despite his best efforts, Northampton were immediately relegated from League One but his side have fared better upon their return to League Two this season.

After an extremely positive start to the season, Brady and his side will be hoping to continue their push for an immediate return to League One with a victory against Rovers this Saturday 

Match Coverage:

As a result of the ongoing FIFA 2022 Qatar World Cup, our games will be streamed live on iFollow throughout the tournament with all UK supporters having access Rovers’ games with a match pass.

To purchase you pass for the upcoming games, simply click here to access the ‘next match’ tab followed by the ‘Buy a video pass option’.

You can also follow all the action through our social media pages that can be found below. Each game will have side-by-side full text coverage during and will be followed by a match report. 

Twitter: @tranmererovers 

Facebook: @trfcofficial 

Instagram: @tranmererovers 

Match reaction from Micky Mellon and a player will also follow on both here and on our YouTube channel.

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Match Reports

Northampton Town 0-0 Tranmere Rovers

3 December 2022

Third place Northampton Town kept out a bright Rovers side in a 0-0 Sixfields stalemate.

Heading into the game on the back of two defeats, Rovers were keen to take the battle to their promotion-chasing hosts on a cold afternoon in Northamptonshire.

A bright start from Tranmere saw the first real chance of the game fall to Josh Hawkes in the 14th minute, after he controlled a flicked header from Kane Hemmings and forced Lee Burge into a smart save at his near post.

Five minutes later, Burge produced a spectacular double save to keep the scores level as he clawed a Hemmings header off the line before superbly blocking Neill Byrne’s rebounded effort. Hemmings was incensed as he believed the ball had crossed the line, but the game remained goalless.

Northampton looked a threat when on the break, especially through in-form Sam Hoskins, but he couldn’t add to his impressive 13 goals in 13 starts with a curling effort that sailed past the far post seven minutes before half-time.

Goalless at the break, Tranmere were hoping to be more ruthless in front of goal in the second period.

Rovers introduced this season’s top scorer Elliott Nevitt on 53 minutes in an attacking substitution by Micky Mellon, who perhaps sensed his side’s attacking dominance in the first half and aimed to capitalise on it. 

Instead, Nevitt was almost the provider for Hemmings as he found the striker in the 64th minute but the right-footed effort from outside the box was skewed wide of the target.

Northampton substitute Max Dyche had his head in his hands four minutes later, as he put a free header from 8 yards into the grateful gloves of Ross Doohan.

In the 71st minute, a dangerous Rovers counter started with a wonderful pass from Chris Merrie to Hemmings, but his eventual layoff to Lee O’Connor was sliced wide from a promising position to mark an unfortunate end to that attack.

Entering the final five minutes of regulation time, Hemmings resumed his linkup with Nevitt to put the substitute into a good scoring position after excellent hold up play, but Nevitt’s final shot was scuffed wide. 

Northampton looked to steal all three points as they entered 8 minutes of additional time, but a robust defensive display from Tranmere, and particularly Tom Davies, ensured the clash at Sixfields ended with the points shared.

With no wins at Northampton’s ground since 2006, Tranmere can be satisfied with a point against a Northampton side unbeaten in seven league fixtures and look to take maximum points next time out away at Grimsby Town next week,

Tranmere team: Doohan, Dacres-Cogley, Davies, Byrne, Bristow, Morris, Merrie, O'Connor, Hawkes, Lewis (Nevitt 55'), Hemmings

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Ticket News

Northampton Town ticket details

28 November 2022

Tickets for our away game against Northampton Town on Saturday 3rd December are now on sale.

We have received an initial allocation of 600 tickets with more available if needed.

Ticket prices:

Adults: £22

Senior (Over 65): £18

U21: £18

U18: £10

U7: Free with a paying adult

Please note that tickets are available on the day with a £2 increase in price and tickets can be bought from their ticket cabin with card payment only.

Parking is available at The North car park for £4 per car and the home side strongly recommend using this due to parking restrictions around the ground.

Coach travel is also available from Prenton Park, leaving at 9:45 am. You can buy your travel ticket online here or in store in person.

Match tickets will go off sale on Friday 2nd December at 11am and you will be able to collect tickets up until 4pm on the same day.

You can purchase your tickets by visiting us in store at the ground or by clicking here to buy online

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