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In opposition: Oxford United v Northampton Town

21 November 2012

Northampton Town have hit form in npower League 2 - with four wins in five - to move to within a point of the Play-Off places, and they are up against Oxford United this weekend, a side who are struggling towards the bottom of the division despite a solid start.

The two teams have produced a number of enthralling encounters over the years, and this weekend's match is shaping up to be another. Here, we preview the game with the help of a supporter from each club.



Name: Jack Johnson.

Club: Oxford United.

Number of years as a supporter: 14.

Favourite moment as a fan: Winning the 2010 Conference play-off final against York City at Wembley.

How many games a season do you attend? I have been at university for the last three years but I had a season ticket before then.

Where do you sit? South Stand Lower.


Name: Alex Butcher

Club: Northampton Town.

Number of years as a supporter: About 20 years, but 11 attending both home and away matches.

Favourite moment as a fan: Abdul Osman slotting home the winning penalty in front of the Kop, as we knocked Liverpool out of the League Cup in 2010

How many games a season do you attend? I usually end up missing three or four a season.

Where do you sit? Behind the goal in the Dave Bowen.


What happened in your last match?

JJ: We drew 2-2 at Barnet.

AB: We recorded a very comfortable 3-0 win over Morecambe at Sixfields, making it 10 goals and 9 points from our last three games.

Why is this game important?

JJ: This game is important because we are without a win in four games but we have not been rewarded for our performances and our league position does not reflect the club's ambitions. Luck hasn't been on our side in recent weeks so hopefully that is about to change.

AB: The table is still very compact, and after a few dismal campaigns it'd be nice to distance ourselves from the relegation places. If we can keep this little run going then we should do that in no time at all, and maybe we can start looking up instead of over our shoulders for once.

How do you see this game going?

JJ: With a big crowd expected and Oxford looking to build upon the draw at Barnet, I can see this going Oxford's way.

AB: It's always pretty tight between the two clubs, and I can't see that changing here. We are hitting a bit of form, and hopefully that can continue. However, Oxford aren't on the best of runs, and we can always be relied upon if a team wants to stop their rot.

Who should we keep our eye on?

The obvious ones to mention are Bayo Akinfenwa and Chris Hackett, whose ability at this level is undoubted, but the stand-out player in recent weeks for me has been Lewis Hornby. Our fringe players have really had to step up to the mark due to an injury crisis, and the emergence of the 17-year old has been remarkable. AB:

The central midfielder has gone from making his debut to looking like a seasoned pro in a matter of weeks, and his ability to do the simple things well has allowed the more attacking midfielders to thrive. Players are now beginning to return to the fold, and the teenager may be used more sparingly over the coming months, but we could have a real star on our hands.

Any memories of previous encounters?

JJ: We beat Northampton 2-0 in this fixture last season to end a seven-match winless run. Tom Craddock and Deane Smalley scored for Oxford with Ryan Clarke saving a last minute penalty.

AB: No fond ones at the Kassam since Oxford's return from the Blue Square Premier. Our last victory there was back in 2006 when we recorded a 3-1 win, putting both teams on the verge of leaving League 2. We went on to seal promotion the following week, with the Us dropping into the non-league on the last day of the season.

The recent home clashes have been more favourable towards us, Brett Williams' superb late strike last season handed us a vital win as we desperately clung on for our Football League status.

Score prediction?

JJ: 2-1 to Oxford.

AB:Oxford United 1-2 Northampton Town.

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