Date: 20th July 2015 at 7:26pm
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Northampton, with all due respect to those faced previously, stepped up pre-season a notch on Saturday when Derby were faced. They proved just too strong as they edged us out at Sixfields.

With the first football that Sixfields has seen since last season, the surface apparently in ‘immaculate condition’, saw the Championship side go away with a one-nil win.

A strong Derby side, fielding a number of internationals past and present – including former England men Carson, Bent and Warnock, won this thanks to a first half effort from Scottish international Russell.

Cobblers: Adam Smith, Josh Lelan, David Buchanan, Zander Diamond, Ryan Cresswell, John-Joe O’Toole, Joel Byrom, Lawson D`Ath, Alfie Potter, Nicky Adams, Marc Richards
Substitutes: Rod McDonald (trialist), Sam Warburton, Danny Clifton, Chris Hackett, Sam Hoskins (trialist), Paul Corry (trialist), Ivan Toney, Ryan Clarke

Derby: Scott Carson, Cyrus Christie, Craig Forsyth, Chris Baird, Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce, Johnny Russell, Jeff Hendrick, Darren Bent, Will Hughes, Andreas Weimann
Substitutes: George Thorne, Lee Grant, Isak Ssewankambo, Ryan Shotton, Stephen Warnock, Jamie Hanson, Craig Bryson, Thomas Ince, Chris Martin, Connor Sammon

A full report can be viewed on the Official Website

You look at that Rams XI and as said you see plenty of current internationals for the home nations alone, the players on the bench have international experience at various levels too so this was a very strong side that we pushed all the way.

Wilder’s starting XI would be fairly close to the one he’ll name when the season begins in a few weeks time you feel with the trialists continuing to have a chance to prove to him they’ll be worthy of a place in this squad….

A major disappointment of course would be the penalty miss from top goalscorer last season Richards when he failed to work Carson as he didn’t even hit the target.

Better to do this now though isn’t it!

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