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Sutton v Northampton preview

21 January 2022

Having moved back in to the Sky Bet League Two automatic promotion places with Tuesday night's win against Colchester, Sutton face the side whose had previously held third place, Northampton Town, at the VBS in the outstanding game of tomorrow's League Two schedule.

Tuesday's dramatic win, clinched by Will Randall's goal two minutes in to stoppage time, put U's two points ahead of Northampton, who had some stoppage time excitement of their own last Saturday when Mitchell Pinnock's very late equaliser earned a point at home to league leaders Forest Green and avoided a third successive league defeat for the Cobblers, a sequence that follows a run of four consecutive victories.

The Sixfields Stadium saw a notable result for U's at the beginning of October, when goals from Joe Kizzi and Donovan Wilson either side of half time earned a 2-0 win, Sutton's first away win as an EFL club, and since then both sides have established themselves in what is becoming a very competitive promotion picture, Northampton looking to regain the League One place that they lost last season. They have won five times on their travels this season, the standout win coming at Tranmere, currently second in the table, while they have also returned with maximum points from Colchester, Exeter, Harrogate and Newport. Manager Jon Brady is a former team mate of Jason Goodliffe's at Hayes and Stevenage, and was appointed at the end of last season.

Sutton are in buoyant mood after the late goals at Stevenage and against Colchester, and with David Ajiboye back in contention after missing Tuesday's game U's will have a fully fit squad to choose from with the exception of Coby Rowe and Harry Beautyman, who are both making progress towards a return.

Referee tomorrow is John Busby from Oxfordshire, who has been on the EFL list since 2016 and is in his first season as a Select Group 2 referee, officiating in the Championship. He refereed last season's FA Vase Final at Wembley.

Please note that there are no trains through West Sutton on Saturday. Spectators using public transport should use Sutton station and then walk(15-20 minutes), or catch a 413 (home supporters) or 80(away supporters) bus.

Sutton supporters can still buy tickets on line here, while tickets for home supporters will also be on sale from the ticket kiosk, although anyone wanting to buy a ticket on the day should arrive early to avoid queues and congestion around the turnstiles. Northampton's allocation has sold out.

The bars will be open to Sutton supporters before and after the game.

There will be an iFollow audio commentary on the game as usual, and anyone without a valid monthly or seasonal pass can buy a match pass for £2.50 here

Tomorrow's match programme will be on sale around the ground, price £3, but if youre not going to be there you can reserve one to be sent out after the game by clicking here


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