With the 2013/14 League 2 fixtures due to be released on Wednesday 19th June, wwfc.com takes a look at who the Wanderers will be up against next season.
Last season: 16
Distance from Adams Park: 229 miles
Postcode: LA4 4TB
Rating from last season’s Following the Blues feature: 8/10
Ground: Globe Arena (6,476)
Manager: Jim Bentley
The Shrimps lookedwell placed for a top-half finish, but a run of just two wins from their final 10 games put paid to those ambitions.
Livewire striker Jack Redshaw finished as Morecambe’s top league goalscorer with 15, while Kevin Ellison weighed in with 11.
How the Wanderers fared: Blues looked set to secure a convincing victory against Morecambe at Adams Park in December as they outplayed their visitors, but Joel Grant’s red card handed the visitors which they took to secure a 2-2 draw.
Dean Morgan scored both of the Chairboys’ goals, including a stunning second which made the final five for goal of the season.
The Blues went into the return fixture without a win in four, but Stuart Lewis’ second-half strike ensured that Gareth Ainsworth’s side made the long journey home with all three points.
Newport finished 10 points adrift of Mansfield, but Justin Edinburgh’s side secured promotion at Wembley as goals in the final four minutes from Christian Jolley and Aaron O’Connor earned them a 2-0 victory over Welsh rivals Wrexham.
(Blue Square Premier – promoted via play-offs) rd Last season: 3
Distance from Adams Park: 121 miles
Postcode: NP19 0UU
Rating from last season’s Following the Blues feature: N/A
Ground: Rodney Parade (5,511)
Manager: Justin Edinburgh
Former Chairboys Andy Sandell and Scott Donnelly both featured for County with the former scoring eight times in 45 appearances.
Last season: 6
Distance from Adams Park: 62 miles
Postcode: NN5 5QA
Ground: Sixfields Stadium (7,653)
Manager: Aidy Boothroyd
Northampton’sseason ended in disappointment as they were beaten 3-0 by Bradford in the League 2 play-off final at Wembley. The Cobblers had edged out Cheltenham 2-0 on aggregate in the semi-finals.
Aidy Boothroyd’s side built their season on a superb home record, winning 17 of their 23 games at Sixfields. However, they flattered to deceive on their travels, securing just four victories.
How the Wanderers fared: Blues were unable to secure victory against Northampton in either game last season, despite enjoying plenty of the play on both occasions.
Chairboys lost 3-1 at Sixfields in November, despite create a number of promising opportunities, before securing a 0-0 draw at Adams Park in April.