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The Complete History Of Our Trips To Northampton

15 August 2019

The Silkmen have made the journey to Northampton on nine previous occasions and ahead of Saturday's tenth trip, we take a look back at each of these -

Our first visit came back in March 1999, when Sammy McIlroy's illustrious side headed down the M6 for a Nationwide League Division Two fixture.

Having secured back to back promotions at the end of the previous two season's, Sammy's men were embroiled in a third tier relegation fight when they faced The Cobblers and took the game to the hosts right from the off.

After a goalless first period, Steve Wood broke the deadlock just after the hour mark and this was followed by a majestic twenty-five yard drive from Neil Sorvel to seal the points six minutes from time.

Both sides would suffer relegation at the end of the 1998/99 campaign and this meant that we would make our second trip down to Sixfields the following December.

The Cobblers inflicted revenge on Sammy's side that day, as they ran out 2 - 0 victors on a bitterly cold afternoon.

Due to Northampton's immediate return to the third tier at the end of the millennium season, we would not return to Sixfields until September 2003. The match proved to be an uneventful one however, as both sides played out a rather lacklustre goalless draw.

Brian Horton's play-off chasing Silkmen then made the trip to Northampton in March 2005 - yet Danny Crow's second minute strike proved to be terminal as the hosts claimed maximum points for a second time.

Granada Television cameras accompanied the Silkmen faithful during our fifth trip to Sixfields back in January 2006, as they filmed an entertaining montage on Moose Tours.

Broadcast on Granada Soccer Night the following Thursday, it told the story of what proved to be a day to forget for the travelling faithful - as the hosts ran out 5 - 0 winners thanks to braces from Ian Taylor and Andy Kirk, coupled with a 61st minute Scott McGleish strike.

Another goalless draw followed in August 2009, before we registered our second win at Sixfields in March 2011.

Colin Daniel's 54th minute effort gave Gary Simpson's men maximum points that day and sent the Silkmen faithful back up the M6 in joyous spirits.

Our eighth to Northampton came back in February 2012 and despite being an entertaining encounter for the neutral, resulted in our eighth successive league defeat under Gary Simpson.

George Donnelly had opened the scoring for the visitors in the 17th minute, as he took full advantage of some lacklustre defending within the Cobblers ranks - yet parity was to be restores nine minutes later through Michael Jacobs' fortuitous looping cross.

Luke Gutteridge gave Northampton the lead on the stroke of half-time and the iconic figure of Adebayo Akinfenwa struck seven minutes after the interval to give the hosts a two goal cushion.

Ben Tomlinson reduced the deficit with five minutes left on the clock, yet it proved to be too little too late for Simpson's men.

The last time we made the journey down to Northampton was on Good Friday earlier this year, yet there was precious little to celebrate as Macc suffered a 3 - 1 defeat at the newly-named PTS Academy Stadium.

Dean Bowditch opened the scoring on 25 minutes with a venomous drive past Kieran O'Hara from twenty yards out.

Macc would equalise thirteen minutes later however, as Harry Smith tenaciously ran through on goal before taking the ball over the Northampton 'keeper and into the vacant net.

The hosts would regain the lead nine minutes after the interval courtesy of a Daniel Powell strike and would secure all three points two minutes into injury time when Junior Morias stroked the ball home from close range.

All this means that our complete record at Northampton is as follows -

Played 9. Won 2. Drawn 2. Lost 5.


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