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Posh v Northampton Town | Match Preview

A look ahead to Friday night’s local derby.

15 April 2021

Posh host Northampton Town at the Weston Homes Stadium on Friday night (7.45pm).

Peterborough United welcome local rivals Northampton Town to the Weston Homes Stadium in Sky Bet League One action on Friday evening (7.45pm) with Darren Ferguson’s men looking to build on the 3-0 victory at Swindon Town last weekend.

The Cobblers are very much in relegation trouble after a 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers Bristol Rovers at Sixfields last weekend, but as Rochdale, AFC Wimbledon and Burton Albion have proved this season, Posh will have to be at it from the first whistle to avoid falling to defeat.

TEAM NEWS

Posh are without the services of goalkeeper Christy Pym for the rest of the season with a muscle problem, but Josef Bursik kept a clean sheet on debut at the County Ground and will make his first appearance at the Weston Homes Stadium. Ronnie Edwards is back in training, but unlikely to be in the squad.

Sammie Szmodics has been declared fit after a pain-killing injection in his shoulder earlier this week – he missed the win against the Robins. Peter Kioso and Alex Jones are both major doubts to feature in the game for the Cobblers.

Jon Brady is already definitely without a number of players including Mickel Miller, Jack Sowerby, Benny Ashley-Seal and Steve Arnold.

FROM THE GAFFER

“Northampton have played five different formations in the last five games, so it is hard to know what to expect on Friday night, so more than ever, it is about us and how we can affect the game. I have watched them against Bristol Rovers and Hull City and they play with a lot of energy. I am sure they will try everything they can to get a result,” Darren Ferguson said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“We’ve got to go there and give it everything we’ve got because we need to try and get a result out of the game. It’s not a free hit, there’s no free hits left with five games to go. You’ve got to scrap and fight and show your quality as well and who knows – stranger things have happened. Wouldn’t it be great if we got a win there?” Jon Brady said.

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MINUTE’S SILENCE

There will be a minute’s silence ahead of kick-off in memory of HRH, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away last weekend. The funeral is due to take place on Saturday afternoon at 3pm.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Lee Swabey.

 

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Szmodics At The Double As Cobblers Beaten

Posh retain derby day bragging rights after 3-1 victory.

16 April 2021

Posh players celebrate scoring against Northampton Town Joe Dent / theposh.com
Posh players celebrate scoring against Northampton Town

Sammie Szmodics took his tally to 14 for the season with a brace in local derby success.

Peterborough United opened up an eight point gap over Sunderland ahead of the Black Cats clash with Blackpool on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Northampton Town at the Weston Homes Stadium on Friday night.

Goalkeeper Josef Bursik was the first shot-stopper to be called into action on four minutes, keeping out a low effort from Bryn Morris from long-range. Jack Taylor fired well wide from distance on 16 minutes after a more patient build-up from Posh after playing out from the back.

Ward curled a left-foot shot over the crossbar on 26 minutes after cutting inside past the full-back as Posh tried to find a breakthrough against a stubborn Northampton Town defence. Posh did find that opening goal on 32 minutes as a low cross from Dan Butler was superbly converted at the near post by Sammie SZMODICS.

The in-form Ryan Watson volleyed wide from the edge of the box on 37 minutes as Cobblers made a spirited reply. The visitors found a reply out of nowhere as Beevers was penalised for a foul in the box on Jones and HOSKINS sent the penalty straight down the middle to level the scores.

It took Posh three minutes into the second half to get their noses in front again, a fine pass from Taylor picked out SZMODICS and he raced clear, lifted the ball over the keeper and slotted the ball into the gaping net.

Clarke-Harris was a whisker away from converting a low Taylor cross after a fine Posh move on 52 minutes, the striker stretched but couldn’t get enough on the ball to divert it goalwards. McWilliams was cautioned for a foul on Dembele on 55 minutes.

Harrison Burrows replaced Dembele just after the hour mark with Szmodics then denied by Mitchell after good work from Clarke-Harris. On 67 minutes, Posh made it 3-1 from the spot as CLARKE-HARRIS sent the keeper the wrong way from 12-yards after Thompson had been bundled over in the box. It was the 28th league goal of the campaign and 30th in all competitions for the former Bristol Rovers man.

Burrows saw a shot blocked before Szmodics volleyed over from the edge of the box after a flowing Posh move with Ward providing a delightful flick to Taylor as part of it. Substitute Rose was cautioned for a dive on 78 minutes.

Bursik did well to push out a stinging low drive from Hoskins on 83 minutes as Town pressed for a second goal.

Posh: Bursik, Butler, Thompson, Beevers, Kent, Taylor, Clarke-Harris (sub Jones 88min), Dembele (sub Burrows 60min), Brown (sub Hamilton 88min), Szmodics, Ward. Unused subs: Gyollai, Eisa, Reed, Mason.

Northampton: Mitchell, Harriman, Horsfall, Hoskins, Watson, McWilliams (sub Rose 71min), Morris, Mills, Jones (sub Korboa 76min), Marshall (sub Chukwuemeka 58min). Unused subs: Woods, Bolger, Edmondson, Cross.

Half-time: Peterborough United 1-1 Northampton Town
Full-time: Peterborough United 3-1 Northampton Town
Referee: Lee Swabey

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