After the weather wiped out Lancashire’s Boxing Day football Stanley make a belated start to the festive programme with a trip down the M1.
The Reds take on high flying Northampton Town at Sixfields.
Despite their off-field financial woes this season, Northampton have established themselves as firm promotion contenders and currently look one of the favourites for promotion.
With a blend of youth and experience under the guidance of Chris Wilder, the Cobblers have a good chance of achieving their aim of promotion to League One.
Chris Wilder began his managerial career at Alfreton Town before taking over at Halifax Town and almost guiding them to promotion to the Football League.
After a spell as assistant manager at Bury, Wilder took over at Oxford United and guided them back into League Two before delivering improved finishes each season.
He was then handed the Northampton job in 2014 and saved them from relegation at the end of his first season.
One to Watch
A prolific goalscorer in the lower leagues, Richards joined the Cobblers in 2014 after spending two years at Chesterfield.
Before moving to the Spireites he had spent time at Port Vale and Barnsley where he began to develop his goalscoring reputation.
He has a good scoring record against the Reds and will be a man to watch at Sixfields.
The Reds have gone two games without a win following a draw at Stevenage and the FA Cup defeat at Portsmouth.
However, John Coleman’s side last lost a League Two game against AFC Wimbledon in late October, six league matches ago.
No game on Boxing Day saw them slide out of the play-off places into eighth place but they remain just a point from fifth spot.
The Cobblers also weren’t in action on Boxing Day as their trip to York was postponed due to flooding.
They’ll be looking for a response to their last game, a 2-1 home defeat to Portsmouth, which saw them end a terrific seven match winning run in all competition.
Wilder’s team are third in the table, seven points better off than Stanley and three from top spot.
Stanley Team News
Stanley have no new injury problems to report other than the minor niggles that come during the course of the season.
Defender Dean Winnard has been stepping up his comeback following scans on his ankle problem.
The Cobblers moved to Sixfields in 1994, after previously playing at the County Ground. The current capacity of Sixfields is 7653 and the record attendance inside the stadium is 7557, which was set when the Cobblers hosted Manchester City in Division Two in the 1998-99 season.
The club’s highest ever attendance was set at the County Ground in the 1965-66 season, when 24,523 people watched the Cobblers against Fulham in Division One.
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The official website will have live text commentary on the game.
There will be updates on the club Twitter and Facebook accounts.
At full time a full match report will be posted online and on social media, followed by post match reaction.