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Sixfields Stadium (ATT 4,083) 22nd February 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Northamptn Northampton Town vs Hartlepool United Hartlepool

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Lee Collins: Out for a spell

Lee Collins: Out for a spell

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Northampton Town and Hartlepool United at Sixfields Stadium.

Northampton will be without skipper Lee Collins for the visit of Hartlepool as they embark on three crucial home games in a week.

The centre-back was on Thursday ruled out for the rest of the season with a foot injury which has seen him miss the club's last two matches.

Boss Chris Wilder has drafted in Zander Diamond on loan from Burton as cover while Gregor Robertson is also available after a knee problem ruled him out of last weekend's defeat at Fleetwood.

Emile Sinclair, Alan Connell and Brennan Dickenson will be among those pushing for recalls as the Cobblers look to close the five-point gap between themselves and safety.

Hartlepool boss Colin Cooper could be tempted to make one or two changes for the first time in four matches at Northampton.

Cooper has named an unchanged starting line-up for the last three games, but will assess several players who sustained knocks in the midweek draw at Southend.

Defender Neil Austin remains a big doubt due to the toe injury which has kept him out for four games, so Jordan Richards is likely to continue at right-back.

James Poole, Jonathan Franks, Antony Sweeney, Jack Barmby and Michael Duckworth are among those pushing for recalls.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 46 94
2 Shrewsbury Town 46 89
3 Bury 46 85
4 Wycombe Wanderers 46 84
5 Southend United 46 84
6 Stevenage 46 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 71
8 Luton Town 46 68
9 Newport County AFC 46 65
10 Exeter City 46 64
11 Morecambe 46 63
12 Northampton Town 46 61
13 Oxford United 46 61
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 59
15 AFC Wimbledon 46 58
16 Portsmouth 46 57
17 Accrington Stanley 46 56
18 York City 46 52
19 Cambridge United 46 51
20 Carlisle United 46 50
21 Mansfield Town 46 48
22 Hartlepool United 46 45
23 Cheltenham Town 46 41
24 Tranmere Rovers 46 39