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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 Shrewsbury Town 34 64
2 Burton Albion 34 64
3 Wycombe Wanderers 34 63
4 Luton Town 34 58
5 Bury 34 58
6 Southend United 34 58
7 Newport County AFC 34 53
8 Plymouth Argyle 34 52
9 Stevenage 34 52
10 Northampton Town 34 50
11 AFC Wimbledon 34 46
12 Morecambe 34 45
13 Portsmouth 34 44
14 Exeter City 34 44
15 Accrington Stanley 34 43
16 Cambridge United 34 41
17 Mansfield Town 34 41
18 Dagenham & Redbridge 34 40
19 Oxford United 34 39
20 York City 34 36
21 Carlisle United 34 36
22 Tranmere Rovers 34 34
23 Cheltenham Town 34 34
24 Hartlepool United 34 27