The 12th of March is a big day for Cambridge United, making the small trip to the Sixfields Stadium to take on the team at the top of the league, Northampton Town. The reason this is important for Cambridge is because they have a very good recent record against the high-flying Cobblers, winning all 3 of these two teams’ last meetings, including a 2-1 win last October. Another win for The U’s would help their claim for a top half table finish this season. It is not going to be an easy game however, that’s for sure.
Northampton Town have been undefeated at home since late December (a close defeat to Portsmouth) and they don’t look like losing any time soon. The Cobblers’ last game may prove this. Northampton picked up a 4-1 win on the road against a Carlisle United side just shy of the play-off places who, before that match, had picked up a few wins. That match proved that Northampton don’t have to be playing at home to get an easy win, that victory being the second time in a month that they have scored 4 away from home against a top 12 side. Northampton are by far the strongest team in League 2 and their 13 point gap on Oxford United in 2nd place shows that. The point gap between Northampton Town and Cambridge United is a whopping 28 points, so I’ve only got one thing so say to Shaun Derry and his Cambridge side… Good luck, because you are going to need it.
It’s not just good form that will help keep the Cobblers fans in good spirits, as Chris Wilder has been named League 2 Manager of the Month for the second successive month. Wilder has kept a steady head and his players motivated while they sweep all before them, adding 16 points from a possible 18 in February.
Wilder said: “As I have said about the other awards, this is a group effort.
“February was a hectic schedule for us as a football club, and on and off the pitch we achieved great results in that period.
“We had some tough games against teams in and around us, there was a lot of travelling as well, so it is testament to the preparation from everybody, the coaching staff and the professionalism of the players that we got the results we did.
“It was all of those things combined, and we had fantastic backing from our supporters as well.
“So it has been a big effort from everybody for the award, which we are grateful for, and we now move on to another big game on Saturday.”
This momentum will help to motivate the players and fans to grab another 3 points for the club, putting the Cobblers one step closer to promotion.
As for team news, Paul Corry remains on the sidelines alongside Northampton’s top scorer Marc Richards, who is still on the road to recovery. A knee injury picked up in a reserve game with Gillingham on Tuesday looks to have ruled out Ryan Donaldson for Cambridge, with the midfielder joining Conor Newton, Barry Corr and Greg Taylor on the U’s injury list.
It is certainty going to be an exciting game and one that both teams desperately want to win, so keep your eye on this one.