Northampton’s next opponents.. Torquay
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The football season is back and Northampton open their League Two account with a trip to south coast side Torquay United.
Nicknamed ‘The Gulls’, the team will line up in all yellow kit with blue trim. Torquay returned to the football league last season after a two year absence. Many tipped them for top half finish, in the end settling for a respectable 17th place, finishing on 57 points.
Torquay is located within Torbay and lies within the county of Devon.
Torquay will be the Cobblers longest away trip which they will encounter this season, the team bus racking up a mighty 208 miles by the time they reach Plainmoor on Saturday.
The One To Watch
The one possibly most likely to cause the Northampton defence the most problems could be 5 foot 9 inch striker Elliot Benyon, small yet quick, he hit a good spell of form towards the end of last season, and will be looking to improve on his total of 11 goals which he scored throughout the 2009/10 campaign.
Torquay play their home matches at Plainmoor, which can hold up to 6000 people. The ‘Sparkworld Away Stand’, which the Cobblers supporters will be situated in, can hold up to 1,100 people, with another 200 added on to that for those who prefer to sit.
Adults can expect to pay in the region of £16 for admission on Saturday, OAP’s paying £13, and £6 for under 16’s.
Currently in the hotseat is 39 year old Paul Buckle, who has been manager since 2007, he took his side to Wembley twice in two consecutive seasons (07-08/08-09) winning promotion at the second attempt with former Cobblers player Chris Hargreaves amongst the scorers in a 2-0 win. Buckle kept the Gulls in the league with a 17th placed finish last season.
Last season Northampton’s trip to Plainmoor ended in a 1-0 defeat, former Cobblers great Chris Hargreaves grabbing an 89th minute winner. In this years home meeting at Sixfields the sides shared the points in a goalless draw.
And how will the game pan out?
Saturday’s game will be a tight one, but I do expect the Cobblers to start the season alot stronger than last year. It will be tough but we will just come out on top in a 1-0 win.
Next up on the road..
Northampton’s second away trip is this time up north, where they will face Bury on the 21 August.
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