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TEAM NEWS: NO FRESH INJURY CONCERNS FOR VISIT OF TRANMERE ROVERS

Northampton Town v Tranmere Rovers team news

31 August 2018

There are no fresh injury concerns for the Cobblers heading into Saturday’s home game against Tranmere Rovers. Shaun McWilliams (hamstring) has trained this week and could be involved at the weekend.

"Everyone is fine and fingers crossed we should be at full strength," said boss Dean Austin.

"We had a couple of niggles at the end of last week but they seem to have cleared up fine.

"Shaun has trained really well but he did feel his hamstring a little bit right at the end of training last Thursday.

"I wouldn't say it was a setback but because of that we gave him a little break over the weekend. He has been back in training this week and I am very hopeful he will be involved at the weekend."

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NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1 TRANMERE ROVERS 1

Northampton Town 1 Tranmere Rovers 1 - the match report

1 September 2018

Junior Morias cancelled out James Norwood's strike as the game ended 1-1 following a goalless first half.

SKY BET LEAGUE 2       
Saturday September 1st, 3.00pm      
PTS Academy Stadium

NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Junior Morias (61 mins)

TRANMERE ROVERS 1
James Norwood (51 mins)

Attendance: 4,916 (691 away)

Cobblers: David Cornell, Shay Facey, Ash Taylor, Aaron Pierre, David Buchanan, Sam Hoskins, Matt Crooks, Sam Foley, Jack Bridge (John-Joe O'Toole 74 mins), Kevin van Veen, Junior Morias (Billy Waters 66 mins).

Subs not used: Lewis Ward, Hakeem Odoffin, Leon Barnett, Dean Bowditch, Andy Williams.
 
Tranmere: Scott Davies, Stephen McNulty, Manny Monthe, James Norwood, Connor Jennings, Luke McCullough, Jake Caprice, Mark Ellis, Jonny Smith (Dylan Mottley-Henry 54 mins), Cole Stockton (Zoumana Bakayogo 77 mins), Ollie Banks.

Subs not used: Ben Tollitt, Paul Mullin, Harvey Gilmour, Shamal George, Larnell Cole. 

Referee: Nicholas Kinseley

Booked:
Cobblers: none 
Tranmere: Ollie Banks (86 mins) Connor Jennings (90 mins)

5 cautions on or before 19 games; 1 match suspension
10 cautions on or before 32 games; 2 match suspension       
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension

Sent off:
Cobblers: none      
Tranmere: none

Sendings off: 2 cautions in one game; 1 match suspension but cautions do not count towards above totals. Other sendings off; 1 or 3 match suspension. Extra match ban for additional sendings off.

Dean Austin named an unchanged side for the visit of newly promoted Tranmere Rovers to the PTS Academy Stadium. Shaun McWilliams (hamstring) remained the only absentee. Ollie Banks, who spent a month on-loan at the Cobblers in late 2014, started for Tranmere.

Aaron Pierre had an effort deflected behind from an early Cobblers free-kick, Junior Morias curled a shot just wide and Jack Bridge went close with a header in a lively first fifteen minutes. Tranmere’s Connor Jennings looped a shot onto the roof of the net while an unmarked Sam Foley couldn’t keep his shot down following a well-worked Cobblers move.

Sam Hoskins fired into the side netting and a shot from Jonny Smith was deflected behind as the first half ended goalless.

Tranmere took the lead six minutes into the second half, the in-form James Norwood side-footing home his sixth goal in as many games.

Ten minutes later the Cobblers were back on level terms, Junior Morias providing the finishing touch to a move involving Kevin van Veen, Matt Crooks and Jack Bridge.

Morias afternoon was to end prematurely though after the striker, having scored his first goal for the club, picked up what looked like a hamstring injury.

The Cobblers, lifted by the equaliser, were in the ascendancy and Rovers goalkeeper Scott Davies had to be alert to deny Hoskins a shooting opportunity. It was an open game with Tranmere also looking dangerous on the attack, a vital deflection from Ash Taylor seeing the ball go out for a corner.

Davies saved from Hoskins with van Veen’s effort on the follow-up deflected behind as the Cobblers piled on the pressure in search of a winner. They kept pressing deep into stoppage time but despite forcing a trio of late corners there were no more goals and the points were shared.

COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)     
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (7) 11
CORNERS: (3) 7          
FOULS: (3) 7       
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 3
 

TRANMERE MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)      
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 4 
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 3
CORNERS: (3) 4
FOULS: (5) 11
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 2 

SCRATCH CARD GOAL TIME(S): 50m 41s, 60m 42s

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TRANMERE ROVERS TICKETING ARRANGEMENTS

Information for those attending Saturday's game

31 August 2018

Northampton Town welcome Tranmere Rovers to the PTS Academy Stadium on Saturday.

Supporters have been snapping tickets up for the game, and a large attendance is certain, but tickets do remain on sale and it is expected they will be available on arrival.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of matchday via ntfcdirect.co.uk with the best prices available ahead of matchday.

On Saturday, please visit the main ticket office if you are looking to purchase tickets on arrival.

If collecting pre-ordered match tickets, please visit the ticket point opposite the main entrance. If collecting season tickets, please visit the ticket office.

Please note that tickets for forthcoming home and away games are on sale, but for the hour before kick off the ticket office will be selling Tranmere Rovers match tickets and dealing with season ticket collections only.

Remember, you can beat the queues by buying match tickets via ntfcdirect.co.uk and printing your tickets at home!

As part of increased security measures, a 100% search policy will be in operation. Because of this, supporters are advised to arrive as early as possible. Turnstiles will be open from 1pm.

Three points isn't the only priority on Saturday, making sure everyone goes home safe is the most important result.

Northampton Town have been working closely with the police and the EFL to review security. Now we are asking you to do your bit.
It is vital that everyone - players, staff and supporters - remain vigilant and report any concerns to stewards or police.

Attacks might be rare, and the chance of you being caught up in one unlikely, but the message is #ActionCountersTerrorism.

Here's a quick reminder of what you can do to help keep yourself and others safe:
• Arrive early, allowing more time for security checks
• Minimise what you carry, fewer bag searches will speed up entry to the ground
• Be vigilant at all times and if you see anything suspicious, tell a steward right away
• If you see anything that could pose an immediate threat to safety, call 999
• In an emergency, listen to the Public Address instructions and follow them
• If told to evacuate, do so immediately, do not wait around to film events on your mobile
• Move right away from the stadium as quickly as possible for your safety and to allow clear access for any emergency vehicles
• Once you are safe, follow Northamptonshire Police on Twitter for updates

POLITE NOTICE: Supporters are reminded that only food and drink purchased within the stadium should be consumed on the stadium premises please. Thank you.

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