Match Preview: v Northampton Town (H) Match Preview: v Northampton Town (H)
By: Bescot Banter •

Match Preview: v Northampton Town (H)

Here we take a look ahead to the Saddlers' League Two meeting with Northampton Town.
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Pre-Match News & Views

After losing their last five league games, including last Saturday's dismal defeat to Bristol Rovers, the Saddlers play host to Northampton Town this weekend, with Head Coach Matthew Taylor in desperate need of a return to winning ways.
As fan apathy continues to rise and player performance continues to fall, the club appears to be heading for a perfect storm as, despite the man at the helm continuing to claim he believes the team is capable of mounting a challenge on the upper-reaches of the table, we continue to edge ever-closer to the danger zone.
With nineteen games still to be played, there are more than enough points still up for grabs, but it's difficult to envisage a time when the current crop will be able to string together enough results to avoid an inevitable relegation battle, never mind a push for the Play-Offs.
Head Coach Matthew Taylor certainly has his work cut out if he is to convince fans that he is the man for the job, especially as he was unable to secure any new arrivals on Transfer Deadline Day, leaving the team riddled with issues.
Opponents, Northampton Town, will also arrive at this weekend's match on the back of a defeat, however their loss to Barrow was their first such result in four league games, giving them plenty of fuel for their visit to the Banks's this weekend.

Head to Head

Walsall and Northampton Town have met on eighty-five previous occasions, and it's the Saddlers who hold a narrow overall win/ loss advantage having secured victory on thirty-six occasions compared to the Cobblers' thirty-two.

There have also been seventeen draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at the County Ground on Saturday, 5th November 1927 as the two sides met in a Division Three (South) clash which Northampton would win by a comfortable ten-goals-to-nil.

The Saddlers secured their first ever win over the Cobblers just over a year after their first meeting as the two sides clashed on Christmas Day, Tuesday, 25th December 1928, with Walsall winning by four-goals-to-three.

Man in the Middle

The EFL has confirmed that Sebastian Stockbridge, who is based in Tyne & Wear, will be the man in the middle, whilst Mark Derrien and Lee Freeman have been named assistant referees. Ravel Cheosiaua will act as Fourth Official.


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