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The Big Match Preview: Northampton

30 August 2016

All you need to know ahead of tonight's Checkatrade Trophy group stage clash at Sixfields (k.o. 7.45pm).

Northampton Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Tuesday 30th August 2016, k.o. 7.45pm
Sixfields Stadium, NN5 5QA
Referee: Paul Tierney

Tonight marks the start of a new era for the EFL Trophy as its revamped format kicks off in the first round of group stage matches, with Wanderers heading to Sixfields to take on League One Northampton from 7.45pm.

The changes to the competition, voted for by clubs in the summer, mean that clubs with a Category A academy are permitted to enter a side featuring six players under the age of 21, helping to make up groups of four teams who play each other once, either home or away.

West Ham United and Coventry City await at Adams Park in the later group stage matches but first up Gareth Ainsworth's side have the unenviable task of ending the Cobblers' unbeaten run in all competitions since January.

The Blues boss has vowed to make changes to his starting XI following Saturday's disappointing 2-0 defeat at the hands of Colchester United, with places in the side for Saturday's league clash with Luton up for grabs.

Under the new rules of the trophy, matches ending in a draw will be settled by a penalty shootout, with the victor being awarded an additional point.

Meanwhile all cautions and suspensions are exclusive to the tournament, which means that any yellow or red cards collected in the trophy will not affect players' disciplinary records in the league or other cup competitions.

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for under 18s, and are available for purchase on arrival at Sixfields.

Recommended road directions
Take the M40 westwards, exit at Junction 10 and take the A43 following signs to Northampton. At the junction with the M1 (15A) continue to follow ‘Northampton A43’ signs for a further 1.3 miles, over three roundabouts. At the fourth roundabout, go straight on (signposted Coventry A45, Market Harborough A508, and Sixfields Leisure). At the Upton Way roundabout, turn right into the Sixfields complex.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 62

Recommended area for car parking
There is a fair sized car park located at the ground, which costs £4. Parking in the nearby cinema and restaurant car parks is not allowed, and parking there could result in being given a £60 ticket! Ensure you only use the official football parking provided at the ground. Near to the stadium, off the roundabout by TGI Fridays is a hard standing area, known as Duston Mill. On match days it is used as a car park, which is manned and costs £4 per car.

Using the train?
Anyone travelling by this method should note that the Northampton train station is over two miles from the ground. You can use Stagecoach bus D2 towards Daventry which stop 200 yards from the stadium. The buses go from the bridge over the railway at the south end of the station. Journey time is between 10 and 20 minutes depending on traffic.

Facilities around the ground
As the ground is built on a leisure complex on the outskirts of Northampton, visiting fans on arrival are pretty much confined to the complex. At Sixfields Stadium itself is Carrs Bar (the entrance to which is at the back of the Main Stand) which allows in away supporters. However with the recent burning down of the nearest pub, the Sixfields Tavern, this may revert back to being a home fans only venue. Just going past McDonalds towards the top end of the complex there is a Flaming Grill pub, which offers real ale, serves food and shows televised sport. Behind the Flaming Grill is a Tenpin Bowling Alley which also has a bar and shows televised sports. Nearer to the stadium there is a Frankie & Benny's restaurant, which also serves alcohol. There are also a variety of other eating places nearby including a KFC, McDonalds and a Pizza Hut.
Can't make it?
Phil Catchpole and guest are behind the mic to provide live commentary on Chairboys Player and the FLi Player app from 7.40pm. Alternatively you can follow regular updates on our Twitter account - @wwfcofficial. Also keen an eye on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat for more content.

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