Northampton Town v Gillingham preview
Northampton Town v Gillingham preview

Gillingham head to Northampton Town tonight looking to extend their great recent run of form.

Lee Martin could be available for The Gills for their trip to the Sixfields Stadium. Midfielder Martin missed Saturday’s draw against Peterborough United with a calf issue.

Scott Wagstaff is pushing for a starting place after he returned to the bench against Posh following a four-week lay-off with a hamstring issue. Alex Lacey however, remains sidelined with an ankle injury.

Conor Wilkinson impressed after coming off the bench on Saturday and may be handed a rare start, whilst Steve Lovell may be tempted to freshen things up in the Gillingham midfield.

Chris Long is pushing for a return to the Northampton starting line up against Gillingham.

Saturday’s win at AFC Wimbledon was the first time since October that Long had not started a league game for the Cobblers, as manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink rotated his strikers and handed recent signing Kevin van Veen his full debut.

Hasselbaink revealed at his pre-match press conference on Monday that he has one or two players nursing hamstring injuries, although he did not go as far as naming those concerned. Shay Facey missed the trip to Wimbledon with such a problem and the right-back remains a doubt.

The Cobblers’ 2-1 win in the reverse meeting was their first in eight encounters with the Gills (D2 L5). They last won back-to-back games against them in October 2010 (three straight wins).

Gillingham have managed to win just one of their last six league visits to Northampton Town (D3 L2), scoring just five goals in that time.

Northampton have won four of their last six matches (D1 L1) in all competitions, as many as they’d won in their 25 previous games combined.

Gillingham’s points tally since Steve Lovell took over in October (34) is the fifth best in all of League One in that time.

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