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Youth team coach readhy for Orient test

9 October 2020

Northampton Town U18s manager Jon Brady is looking forward to Saturday morning’s EFL Youth Alliance League fixture at home to Leyton Orient.

A fortnight ago, the Cobblers’ home game against Cambridge United was cancelled due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the United squad before last week’s match away to Stevenage was postponed as the pitch was waterlogged.

Speaking at training on Friday, Brady said, "In this current climate you have to adapt.

"We arranged a friendly against Birmingham City, but we’ve also given the team some rest.

"We’ve trained with intensity and at a high tempo, and the boys are chomping at the bit to play.

"It’s rained a lot in the last few days, but the pitch has held up well and we’re looking forward to Saturday."

The Cobblers opened their campaign with a 0-0 draw at home to Peterborough United, before losing 1-0 away to Milton Keynes Dons the following week.

Many players were unavailable at the start of the season, and Brady added, "We’re starting to get a few bodies back on the bench, but they’re not all match fit and ready to start.

"A few are over illnesses and starting to get over injuries and it’s positive to see more numbers on the training ground.

"If we can keep everyone fit and away from illness our squad will be looking stronger going into the next few weeks."

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