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Jake Jervis, Salford City, Charlie Goode, Northampton Town, Northampton Town 2-0 Salford City, live stream Salford City vs Northampton TownName: Northampton Town FC
Nickname: The Cobblers
Founded: 1897
Ground: Sixfields Stadium (Capacity 7,798)
Manager: Jon Brady
Top Scorer: Sam Hoskins (7 goals)
Head-to-Head: SAL-0 DRAW-1 NTH-2

LAST TIME WE MET

Matty Lund's volley levelled things up against Northampton TownSalford met the Cobblers back in late September in a thrilling fixture at The Peninsula Stadium that ended with the sides sharing the points.

The Ammies came from behind twice that day with Paul Lewis the man that opened the scoring for Northampton. Less than 10 minutes later, Josh Morris picked out Tom Elliott inside the box, and his cushioned header invited the arriving Matty Lund to strike first time (above) and smash a volley into the top corner.

Northampton re-took the lead in the second half through substitute Mitch Pinnock, climbing highest at the back post to nod the visitors in front again. In a neck and neck battle, Ash Eastham found himself on the end of an Ash Hunter cross to poke home in the 90th minute, salvaging a 2-2 draw.

WHAT WE’RE SAYING

Defender, Corrie Ndaba started his sixth game for the club that day and has impressed since. Currently on loan from Ipswich Town, it is Ndaba’s first spell in the football league and has settled nicely at Salford.

It was a fast start to life with the Ammies for the 22-year-old but he is relishing every opportunity to learn. He describes the preparation for this week’s visitors, being thrown in at the deep end and hearing his name sung in the stands.

“I’ve never scored a late goal myself but even just being involved it’s just ecstasy and happiness, I can only imagine what it’s like to be the goal scorer but it’s one of the best feelings there is! If you put in the work and it pays off, just as everyone’s nerves are on edge, it’s unbelievable. 

“Northampton were a good team, big and physical. Defensively we’ll have to be on it but going in off the back of a win on Tuesday we’re full of confidence so we’re going there with the same mentality expecting a win. 

“I didn’t expect to go into the team as soon as I did when I joined. I drove up on the Friday and I was in the team on the Saturday and I think that helped me because I didn’t even have time to think. Going straight in and playing my first football league game was special, probably my favourite so far. 

“I heard a little chant on Tuesday, for me it’s surreal! When you’re younger you always dream of stuff like that and hearing it in the flesh is unbelievable.”

The Irishman picked up an ankle injury away at Forest Green Rovers back in October and has been sidelined until his return at Port Vale, before he played his first 90 minutes at Barrow on Tuesday night. Upon his arrival he was an integral part of Gary Bowyer’s defensive line-up at both centre-back and left-back, and is on his way to re-finding that form.

Unfamiliar with life sidelined through injury, it was a mentally tasking time for the young defender but the 22-year-old is delighted to be finally back on the pitch. Salford recorded another clean sheet to go with Tuesday night’s performance, something Ndaba sees as his main focus,

“That was my first ever long-term injury being out for two and a half months, it was a long process for me because I’d never experienced anything like this before.

“It sounds dramatic but at the start, I felt like my ankle was never going to be the same! When I first started doing rehab on the ankle it just didn’t feel the right but I stuck to the programme and did what the physios told me, and thankfully now I feel 100%.

“I thought we were great defensively the other night, we battled well and threw our bodies on the line. We came out in the second half and did what we needed to do defensively. I think they had one shot on target so we did our job and did well to win the game.”

TEAM NEWS

          
Gary Bowyer has no new concerns prior to the weekend. Ibou Touray (AFCON) and Brandon Thomas-Asante (suspended) remain unavailable, while Josh Morris, Matty Willock, Luke Burgess and Ian Henderson are still out with injuries.

HOW TO FOLLOW

Tickets are available on the day (debit/credit card payments only) for away fans from a cabin near the away turnstile. If you can’t join us at Sixfields then why not follow online?

In the UK you can buy an audio pass to listen to live Club commentary for £2.50, beginning at around 14:55 GMT. Overseas supporters can either buy an audio pass, or for £10 purchase a match pass which will let you watch the game on a single-camera feed, see replays, and hear Club commentary.

Head to https://live.salfordcityfc.co.uk to see what passes are available in your location.

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