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The Big Match Preview - Northampton Town

19 February 2016

All you need to know about the Sky Bet League 2 meeting at Sixfields on Saturday (k.o. 3pm).

Northampton Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 20th February 2016, k.o. 3pm
Sixfields, NN5 5QA
Referee: Graham Salisbury

With 17 wins from their last 20 outings, Northampton Town are on an unstoppable charge to League 1 - but the challenge of giving them a bump along the way is the type of test Gareth Ainsworth and his side will relish.

The Cobblers have had a season to remember, and not for all the right reasons after the uncertainty of their takeover earlier in the campaign cast the whole club's future into doubt.

But under new chairman Kelvin Thomas and manager Chris Wilder, Town have overcome adversity in style and are set to break a club record if they can overcome the Wanderers to make it nine league wins in a row.

Wycombe's finest moments of the campaign have come against promotion-chasing sides, with victories over Oxford and Plymouth, and go into the game on the back of two successive wins which have strengthened their position at the top end of the table.

They'll be without top scorer Garry Thompson as he remains sidelined through suspension, and Alex Lynch is absent until April with a thigh injury.

The reverse fixture finished 3-2 to the Cobblers at Adams Park in Oxtober and is viewed by many Town fans as the catalyst for their extraordinary run, which has been bolstered by the signing of striker James Collins to add extra firepower to an already explosive attacking force which boasts Marc Richards, Ricky Holmes and John-Joe O'Toole.

Wycombe still hold the best defensive record away from home in the division but this will be their toughest test yet at a virtually sold-out Sixfields.

Wanderers sold 808 tickets in the South Stand (all seated), but due to the home areas now being sold out, this game has been declared all-ticket for away fans which means no tickets can be purchased on the day.

Click here for Adrian Wood's guide for the trip to Northampton.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 7,653 (all seated). Away fans are located in the South Stand at one end of the ground.

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 2.55pm. Alternatively you can follow regular updates on our Twitter account - @wwfcofficial.

Last time out
Luke O'Nien and Danny Rowe scored their first Wycombe goals but it was the Cobblers who triumphed:

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