Northampton’s next opponents.. Shrewsbury
Next up on the road for the Cobblers is Shrewsbury Town who currently lie joint top of the League Two table.
‘The Shrews’ also known as ‘Salop’ are the form team in the basement division so far this season sharing top spot with Torquay United who defeated the Cobblers on the opening day of the 10/11 League Two season.
The last meeting between the two sides towards the end of last season was classed as a ‘must win’ game for both sides at that stage, both teams desperately needing the three points to maintain their promotion challenges. Unfortunately for The Shrews the 2-0 defeat at Sixfields ended all hope meaning mathamatically the could not finish in a top seventh position.
Shrewsbury lies within the West Midlands and is part of the county of Shropshire. The team bus and away support will spend at least 100 miles on the road on the drive north-west to Grenhous Meadow this weekend making it a 200 mile all round trip.
The Shrews are now in their fourth season at their new ground Greenhous Meadow which was completed in time for the start of the 07-08 football season. Shrewsbury’s previous ground, Gay Meadow, had been their home ground for a staggering 97 years.
Cobblers fans will be accomodated in Greenhous Meadow towards the north end of the ground, situated behind the goal. Fans can expect to pay £16 for adults and £11 concessions on entrance to the ground this weekend. The north stand can hold around 1000 visiting supporters out of a total attendance of 9875.
The One To Watch
Salop have a number of goal scoring threats who have racked up 10 goals in 6 games so far this league season. But with Jake Robinson, who has credit for half of those goals, will be the one to keep an eye out for. Wearer of the number 10 shirt, Robinson has filled the void left by Dave Hibbert who was The Shrews top goal scorer last season. Hibbert rejected a new contract at Greenhous Meadow in favour of signing for Cobblers’ rival Peterborough over the summer.
62 year old Graham Turner is the man leading the Shrews currently in his second spell as manager at the club. Turner made over 350 appearances for Shrewsbury as a player and became manager for the second time at the start of the season replacing Paul Simpson who was sacked after a disappointing end to last season. Graham Turner rejoined the Shrews 26 years after his first spell as manager came to an end.
Right towards the start of Ian Sampson’s reign as Cobblers boss Northampton travelled to Shrewsbury first in September ’09 of last season. The Cobblers were on the end of a 3-0 battering from then Paul Simpson’s side with Jake Robinson, Josh Labadie and Kevin Langmead grabbing the goals.
The reverse fixture was a whole different story at Sixfields where Ian Sampson’s side ran out eventual 2-0 winners. Two second half goals from Billy McKay and a 25 yard screamer from Kevin Thornton ending Shrewbury’s play off hopes.
Both sides facing probably their toughest opponents to date. Both teams come into this game in good form. Shrewsbury are unbeaten at home so far this season but the Cobblers are unbeaten in five league games. Both teams should settle for a point, the game finishing 1-1.
Next Up On The Road..
The Cobblers are next on the road this Wednesday where they face their dream third round tie to take on European giants Liverpool at Anfield in the Carling Cup.