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Sixfields Stadium (ATT 4,088) 24th August 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Madley

Northamptn Northampton Town vs Torquay United Torquay

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Last Updated: 23/08/13 3:49pm

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Michael Poke: Faces lengthy layoff

Michael Poke: Faces lengthy layoff

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Northampton and Torquay at Sixfields.

Cobblers pair Ian Morris and Matt Heath will be assessed ahead of this weekend's fixture.

Morris (groin) - signed from the Gulls over the summer - and defender Heath (calf) both returned to training on Thursday and will hope to be included in manager Aidy Boothroyd's matchday 18.

Fit-again Chris Hackett serves a one-match suspension following his red card in last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Southend.

Striker Clive Platt returned to the bench at Roots Hall having overcome his calf injury and could start against the Gulls, but Lewis Hornby (back), Kelvin Langmead (knee) and Alex Nicholls (broken leg) remain sidelined.

The Gulls, meanwhile, will be without goalkeeper Michael Poke when they travel to the East Midlands.

Poke looked to be close to a first team return until he was dealt a setback in his recovery from a thigh problem this week.

Poke will now undergo a scan and manager Alan Knill is worried he could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines. It means former Exeter goalkeeper Martin Rice will continue in goal at Sixfields.

Knill has no fresh injury concerns with Kevin Nicholson having recovered from stitches in his cheek. Right-back Dale Tonge returns after serving a one-match ban and striker Elliot Benyon hopes to win his place back after recovering from concussion.

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Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 43 77
2 Chesterfield 43 75
3 Rochdale 43 75
4 Fleetwood Town 43 72
5 Burton Albion 43 71
6 Southend United 43 65
7 York City 43 64
8 Oxford United 43 62
9 Plymouth Argyle 43 58
10 Bury 43 57
11 Dagenham & Redbridge 43 57
12 Mansfield Town 43 57
13 Newport County AFC 43 54
14 Portsmouth 43 54
15 AFC Wimbledon 43 53
16 Cheltenham Town 43 52
17 Accrington Stanley 43 51
18 Morecambe 43 50
19 Hartlepool United 43 49
20 Exeter City 43 49
21 Wycombe Wanderers 43 47
22 Bristol Rovers 43 47
23 Northampton Town 43 47
24 Torquay United 43 39