We turn our attentions to Tuesday night's action with a comprehensive preview of The Bluebirds' League Two trip to Sixfields Stadium.
Northampton Town v Barrow
Tuesday 1st February 2022, 7.45pm
Sky Bet League Two
Northampton Town got back to winning ways at the weekend when they edged past Salford City on home turf to secure their first victory since the middle of December.
The Cobblers were struck down by a COVID-19 outbreak just before Christmas which forced the postponement of our scheduled trip to Sixfields on Saturday 18th December.
Since returning to action afterwards, Town had struggled to rediscover the run of form which had seen them win four on the bounce in League Two which lifted them up to second in the table.
Prior to Saturday, they had collected just two points from their four games since resuming so their hard-fought triumph over The Ammies was very welcome for Jon Brady and his players.
Town remain well in the mix for promotion back to League One at the first attempt following their relegation last season and are just a win away from the top three with games in hand on many of their rivals.
One To Watch
Sam Hoskins has been a reliable supply of goals again for Northampton Town this season and has hit the net seven times in League Two action so far.
The long-serving front man has been with The Cobblers since 2015 when he won a deal at the club following a successful trial spell following his release from Yeovil Town.
A former Southampton trainee, Hoskins was one of the scorers as Town were promoted to League One in 2019/20 as 4-0 winners over Exeter City in the Play-Off Final at Wembley.
Head To Head
Tonight’s game will be the first time that Barrow and Northampton Town have met since the 1971/72 campaign which ended with The Bluebirds losing their place in the Football League.
In all, the sides have collided 14 times in competitive action, with Northampton doing the double over Barrow the last time the clubs shared a division 50 years ago.
Lee Swabey will oversee a Barrow fixture for the first time this season when he’s on the whistle for our visit to Northampton Town tonight.
The experienced official is now into his seventh season on the EFL’s list of referees having been promoted from the National League for the start of the 2015/16 campaign.
Swabey’s last appointment came at Prenton Park on Saturday when he saw league-leaders Forest Green Rovers run riot with a 4-0 triumph over promotion rivals Tranmere Rovers.
Fans can buy their tickets for tonight’s game by card payment only from Northampton Town’s ticket cabin ahead of kick-off.
We’re delighted to confirm that we’ll be live streaming all the action from Sixfields Stadium on iFollow for supporters both in the UK and abroad.
Our live coverage will include expert commentary from BBC Radio Cumbria's Adam Johnson, as well as action replays of all the key moments.
Video Match Passes are on sale right now priced at just £10 and every fan who buys on will be directly supporting The Bluebirds.
We are also providing live online audio commentary from every game this season on iFollow as we continue our broadcast partnership with BBC Radio Cumbria.
Fans will be able to listen to expert Bluebirds commentator Adam Johnson, who will once again be joined by former Scunthorpe United boss Russ Wilcox for live coverage at Sixfields Stadium.
You can purchase an Audio Match Pass for £2.50, an Audio Monthly Pass for £4.49 or sign-up for Audio Season Pass which provides all live commentary and video news for just £45.
Northampton Town have been installed as 5/6 favourites for three points tonight, with Barrow rated a 16/5 shot for victory and the draw priced up at odds of 12/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.