Fixture: Northampton Town v Dagenham & Redbridge
Date/kick-off time: Saturday, January 17, 3pm
Venue: Sixfields Stadium, Northampton
Weather forecast: cloudy, 3C
Outs and doubts: Cobblers: Ian Morris (knee), Kaid Mohamed (broken metatarsal). Dagenham: Matt Partridge (hamstring)
Betting: Cobblers 10/11, draw 14/5, Dagenham & Redbridge 18/5
Form guide: Cobblers WDLLLL, Dagenham DWDLLL
Possible line-ups: Northampton: Duke, Moloney, Cresswell, Collins, Horwood, D’Ath, Taylor, Byrom, Holmes, O’Toole, Richards. Dagenham: Cousins; Batt, Obileye, Doe, Connors; Jakubiak, Bingham, Labadie, Hemmings; Cureton, Murphy
Last time out: Cobblers won 2-0 at Exeter City (Richards, O’Toole), Dagenham drew 0-0 with Oxford
Most recent meeting: Saturday, April 26: Dagenham 0 Northampton 3 (Toney 2, Morris)
Cobblers connection: Graham Carr needs no introduction to Northampton supporters, having assembled their greatest team of the past 50 years in 1986-87 when the club’s manager, and also served in the first division side of the 1960s as a capable player. Carr was also in charge of Dagenham, in the mid-1990s, in what was his final managerial position before turning full-time to scouting, which he currently does for Newcastle United.
Jefferson Lake’s preview: Never has the terrace plea of ‘can we play you every week’ been more appropriate than it is when Northampton play Dagenham. Of the eight meetings between the two teams, the Cobblers have won seven and drawn only once – last season’s 2-2 stalemate at Sixfields, and the 3-0 win at Victoria Road in April was critical in securing the club’s Football League safety.
The home side go into the game having partially turned a corner with four points taken from their past two games and they will keep the same starting 11 for a third consecutive match, barring any last-minute injuries.
Ivan Toney is back from suspension but will have to make do with a place on the substitutes bench, and Zander Diamond has recovered from the hamstring pull he suffered at Tranmere on December 28 but won’t force either Lee Collins or Ryan Cresswell out of central defence after the pair’s contribution to a clean sheet in the win at Exeter City last time out.
Dagenham captain Abu Ogogo, forward Christian Doidge and dangerous winger Zavon Hines are all working their way back to fitness so could be on the bench this weekend.
Left-back and former Cobblers player Joe Widdowson signed a permanent contract recently and should also be among the visitors’ substitutes.
If Dagenham are to take anything from the game they will need to improve on a poor recent run of goalscoring form which has seen them notch only once in six outings, although that goal was enough to defeat a talented Bury side two weeks ago.
Their line will be led by Jamie Cureton and Rhys Murphy, who was the subject of major transfer bids from Peterborough United and Barnsley but has scored just once since returning from a hernia injury.
Prediction: Northampton Town 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 0