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Sixfields Stadium (ATT 4,625) 8th December 2012 - Kick off 15:00

Northamptn Northampton Town vs Cheltenham Town Cheltenham

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A Akinfenwa (2)
B Jones (og 14)

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Cheltenham 3

D Carter (25)
C Zebroski (28)
D Duffy (80)

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Last Updated: 07/12/12 1:58pm

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Carlisle: Could miss out again

Carlisle: Could miss out again

Team news ahead of Saturday's League Two clash between Northampton and Cheltenham at Sixfields.

Northampton are waiting to hear from the Football Association regarding the availability of experienced defender Clarke Carlisle.

Carlisle, who was sent off for two bookable offences against Oxford, missed Wednesday's 3-0 defeat to Leyton Orient in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, but he could not have taken part regardless of his suspension since he was cup-tied.

Chris Hackett, Adebayo Akinfenwa and Lewis Hornby are all pushing for a start after being on the bench in midweek.

Manager Aidy Boothroyd has no new injury or suspension concerns and with plenty of options available to him, he may shuffle his pack.

Defensive duo David Artell and John Johnson will be missing until the new year, while striker Alex Nicholls faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a serious leg injury.

Cheltenham's joint-top goalscorer Chris Zebroski is set to return after a bug ruled him out of Monday's 1-1 draw with Hereford in the FA Cup.

The former Torquay attacker had a bout of sickness and manager Mark Yates considered including the 26-year-old against the Bulls but decided against it although he remains confident he'll be fine for Saturday's clash.

Meanwhile defender Sido Jombati was an unused substitute against Hereford having recovered from his hernia operation that has ruled him out since November 10.

Jombati, along with Reading loanee Lawson D'Ath, came through a midweek reserve game unscathed and are ready to feature against the Cobblers as Cheltenham look to close the six-point gap on League Two leaders Gillingham.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 10 22
2 Wycombe Wanderers 10 21
3 Bury 10 20
4 Southend United 10 20
5 Northampton Town 10 17
6 Morecambe 10 16
7 Shrewsbury Town 10 15
8 Portsmouth 10 15
9 Cheltenham Town 10 15
10 Luton Town 10 15
11 Mansfield Town 10 15
12 AFC Wimbledon 10 14
13 Stevenage 10 14
14 Plymouth Argyle 10 13
15 Newport County AFC 10 13
16 Accrington Stanley 10 13
17 Exeter City 10 12
18 Cambridge United 10 11
19 Dagenham & Redbridge 10 11
20 Tranmere Rovers 10 9
21 York City 10 9
22 Hartlepool United 10 8
23 Oxford United 10 7
24 Carlisle United 10 6