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Sixfields Stadium (ATT 5,202) 9th August 2014 - Kick off 15:00

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John-Joe O'Toole: In line for debut

John-Joe O'Toole: In line for debut

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

Northampton will be looking to kick on from a strong finish to last season when starting the new League Two campaign by entertaining Mansfield at Sixfields Stadium.

The Cobblers closed with four wins from six games to end up two places and three points above the drop zone and manager Chris Wilder has been active in the transfer market this summer.

John-Joe O'Toole scored 13 goals from midfield for Bristol Rovers last season and is one of several exciting signings.

Emile Sinclair arrives from Crawley, former Aberdeen defender Zander Diamond will bring experience to the back four, while Evan Horwood, Daniel Alfei, Lawson D'Ath, Alex Nicholls, Kaid Mohamed and Tottenham keeper Jordan Archer give Wilder added strength in depth, while Lewis Hornby is still out injured.

Mansfield manager Paul Cox should have a fully-fit squad available.

That means a whole host of players could make their Football League debuts for the Stags, including Liam Hearn, Sascha Studer, Fergus Bell and Alex Fisher.

Fellow summer signings Luke Jones, Amari'i Bell, Simon Heslop and Rob Taylor will also hope to be named in Cox's starting line-up for Saturday's curtain-raiser.

"We know how tough it will be on Saturday. I thought Northampton were a tough proposition last season," said Cox ahead of the trip. "They have a lot of resources at the club and have brought in some very good players. We are going to have to cope and show resolve and mental toughness to come away with anything."

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 13 28
2 Bury 13 26
3 Burton Albion 13 25
4 Luton Town 13 24
5 Plymouth Argyle 13 22
6 Morecambe 13 22
7 Shrewsbury Town 13 21
8 Southend United 13 21
9 Newport County AFC 13 19
10 Cheltenham Town 13 19
11 Cambridge United 13 18
12 Northampton Town 13 18
13 AFC Wimbledon 13 18
14 Portsmouth 13 17
15 Stevenage 13 17
16 Mansfield Town 13 17
17 Exeter City 13 16
18 Accrington Stanley 13 16
19 Dagenham & Redbridge 13 14
20 Oxford United 13 13
21 Carlisle United 13 12
22 Hartlepool United 13 11
23 York City 13 10
24 Tranmere Rovers 13 9