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NORTHAMPTON TOWN V GILLINGHAM: MATCH PREVIEW

28 April 2017

The Gills travel to Sixfields Stadium on the final day of the Sky Bet League One season

Sky Bet League One 
Sixfields Stadium
Sunday, April 30
12pm kick-off    

MATCH OFFICIALS       
Referee: Darren England
Assistants: Alan Young and Nigel Smith
Fourth Official: Joe Clark

The Gills travel to Northampton on Sunday to take on the Cobblers in their final Sky Bet League One fixture of the 2016/17 season. Over 1,100 away fans will head to Northamptonshire over the Bank Holiday weekend - Gills fans can still pay on the day at Sixfields Stadium. Click here for more information.

TEAM NEWS
Gillingham go to Justin Edinburgh's Northampton Town knowing that a victory will secure their League One status for the 2017/18 season.

In his pre-match press conference on Friday, head coach Ady Pennock stated that the sole focus has been on his team in training this week. 

"We want to go there with players that are hungry and want to win. Hopefully we will get that win and get over the line," he said.

Bradley Dack (suspension), Aaron Morris (ACL) and Bradley Garmston (hamstring) will miss the trip to Sixfields on Sunday.

The Gills could leapfrog their opponents with a win on Sunday, and could finish the season as high as sixteenth in the Sky Bet League One table. 

THE OPPOSITION
Justin Edinburgh's team sit sixteenth ahead of the game, but come into the fixture on the back of a 3-0 defeat away at struggling Bury. The Cobblers are on a seven-game winless run, but, having worked with most of the Gills squad, Edinburgh and assistant manager David Kerslake believe they have an advantage in knowing what threats their former team could bring.

“I look back on my time at Gillingham with great pride,” said Edinburgh. “I thought the group I had [at Gillingham] were an honest group, and there is no doubt they will be professional and fully focused on the job on Sunday. 

“Myself and Kers are fully aware of what the opposition threats are, and we are quite privileged in that way that we don’t need to do a lot of research.”

LAST TIME WE MET
The last meeting between the two clubs came at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium back in November, with Jay Emmanuel-Thomas's last-gasp winner sealing all three points for the home side.


The teams have met 110 times in total, with the Gills winning 41, drawing 18 and losing 51. 

FANCY A FLUTTER?
Northampton win – 2/1
Draw – 13/5
Gills win – 6/5

For all the latest match odds visit Sky Bet

MATCH COVERAGE 
GillsPlayer will have live match commentary from 12pm with Ben Watts and Peter Lloyd. To subscribe, click here. 

The GillsWall will have interactive text commentary of the match, and the club’s social media channels will bring fans live updates throughout the day. 

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