Match Preview: Scunthorpe United vs Northampton Town

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The Iron face Northampton Town at home in an FA Cup first round replay tonight, with the hope of reaching the next stage of the competition.

The pair drew 0-0 at Sixfields just over a week ago and the winner of the tie will be rewarded with a trip to Doncaster Rovers in the next round.

Scunthorpe secured a last-gasp winner against Bristol Rovers on Saturday, so confidence should be high at Glanford Park, while the Cobblers ran out 2-1 victors away at Oxford United.

Graham Alexander has confirmed that the reason for Josh Morris leaving the field at half-time at the weekend was due to a hamstring injury, and he will be assessed ahead of the match. Sam Mantom, Luke Williams and Jonny Margetts all still remain sidelined through injury. Midfielder Andrew Crofts was called up to the Wales squad yesterday, so he will be unavailable.

Rory McArdle is available again after returning from international duty with Northern Ireland, but his fitness will be monitored by the coaching staff. Conor Townsend could be involved in the tie following his return to training last week.

The United boss may opt to either utilise his squad for the visit of Northampton, or stick to largely the same side that saw off the Pirates on Saturday, with the help of Neal Bishop’s winning goal.

Neal Bishop celebrating winning goal against Bristol Rovers

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The Cobblers are currently on a six-game unbeaten run in all competitions and will be heading to Glanford Park in a confident mood.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side will be without Alex Revell, Aaron Phillips and Leon Barnett, who are all currently struggling with injuries. Daniel Powell is a doubt after being forced off at the weekend, while John-Joe O’Toole should be fit, despite also coming off at the weekend with a knock.

Former Iron loanee pair, Brendan Maloney and Matt Crooks, are both available, after they returned to the squad at the weekend. Sam Hoskins could be back in contention, following his recovery from a muscle strain.

The danger man of the Town side is Matt Grimes. The central midfielder is currently on loan from Swansea City and has recently started hitting form, having set up three goals and scoring one in his last four appearances. Grimes will look to get the ball down and pull the strings in the middle of the park.

Danger man Matt Grimes

Six out of the last seven meetings between the two sides have resulted in the match ending in a draw but, one way or the other, someone will leave victorious on Tuesday night and progress through to the second round of the FA Cup.

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Written by James Murray

Aspiring journalist and Scunthorpe United fan studying at the London South Bank University.

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