In-form sides meets as Reds host Northampton

Crawley Town V Bristol Rovers (Pic by Jon & Joe Rigby) SUS-151121-221817008
Crawley Town V Bristol Rovers (Pic by Jon & Joe Rigby) SUS-151121-221817008
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Two sides at the top of the League Two form table clash tonight as Crawley Town host Northampton Town at the Checkatrade.com Stadium.

Both sides have taken 13 points from their last six games with the Cobblers sitting third in the league standings overall.

Chris Wilder’s side have shown no hint of their ongoing off-field problems in their fine form so far this season.

While Mark Yates’ resurgent Reds sealed their fourth straight home league win against Bristol Rovers on Saturday to continue their climb up the table.

Reports say workers at Sixfields, including Wilder, the coaching staff and all the office staff, have not been paid since the end of September due to the off-field issues.

But news broke yesterday evening that chairman David Cardoza will sell the club to former Oxford United chief Kelvin Thomas.

Reds boss Mark Yates, however, has said he is staying well away from the non-footballing issues of his opponents as his side prepares for the game.

He said: “All I am bothered about is the 11, the substitutes and the management team. I am not bothered about the situation they are in.

“We have a really tough game on our hands and from Monday the players will be preparing for that.

“They take a big pat on the back from Saturday for beating a decent side, who, with the momentum they gained from getting out of the Conference at the first attempt, have taken to this division really well.

“What we have done over the last six or seven weeks is put ourselves in a position. Like I have said, all we have tried to do is pick off teams above us.”

Crawley have no new injury worries ahead of the clash, although will be without long-term absentees Lanre Oyebanjo and Joe McNerny. Jon Ashton could start after only making the bench on Saturday after taking a blow to the face against Exeter.

Northampton skipper Marc Richards, who is their top-scorer, and key midfielder Joel Byrom are both expected to shake off injury niggles.

Also back in contention is forward Sam Hoskins, while Ricky Holmes is pushing for inclusion in a match-day squad for the first time since August 18.

Follow our live and interactive blog from tonight’s match here.

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