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26 February 2021

The Reds take on familiar domestic rivals Northampton Town in a what is a proper six pointer at The County Ground.

Town travelled to then top of the table Lincoln City on Tuesday night and hauled themselves out of the relegation zone with a battling 2-2 draw at the LNER Stadium.

Jordon Garrick’s first goal for Swindon Town as well as another fox in the box finish from Brett Pitman, helped secure a magnificent point against top quality opposition.

This weekend Swindon have the perfect opportunity to move even further away from the relegation zone as they take on their promotion rivals from last season, Northampton Town.

It is a vital contest for both sides as The Cobblers are currently second bottom of the table in 23rd place, however, victory at The County Ground could lift them right out of the relegation zone depending on other results elsewhere.

This fixture, the 107th between the two sides, is an absolute must win for both sides, and there will be no shortage of tension at the County Ground.

The Opposition:

Northampton Town are currently enduring an extremely difficult spell having only secured one victory in their last fifteen League matches – a 3-1 home victory against Gillingham back on the 29th December.

They recently parted ways with former manager Keith Curle at the beginning of February and are currently under the stewardship of caretaker manager Jon Brady.

Results have improved under the former Northampton Town U16's manager, securing 0-0 draws away at Ipswich and at home to Rochdale and they were very unfortunate not to secure a point in an entertaining 4-3 away defeat to MK Dons.

The Cobblers fielded a 4-4-2 narrow diamond formation in their most recent 0-0 draw against Rochdale, but they are also capable of fielding a strong 3-4-2-1 formation as well.

Danny Rose and Sam Hoskins are the Northampton dangermen topping their goalscoring and assist charts respectively and proving to be a handful for opposition defenders on multiple occasions this season.

Rose is a classic poacher, while Hoskins had recently operated well as a number 10 attacking midfielder, despite playing as a right midfielder for most of his career.

How to watch:

All Season Ticket Holders will be able to watch the match on iFollow STFC at no extra cost. Those who do not have a Season Ticket can purchase a Match Pass for a fee of £10.

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