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Schofield shuffles pack

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A reshuffled Cheltenham XI are certain to take to the pitch against Northampton as John Schofield prepares to ring the changes.

The acting manager was furious at the way his side rolled over against Torquay on Tuesday night having kept faith with the same XI that thumped Barnet 5-1 the previous week, securing the club's first win in 12 games.

Recent loan signings David Pipe and Ashley Eastham are almost nailed on to make their first starts while those on the fringes have every chance of inclusion.

Schofield will definitely be forced into making one change, with on-loan midfielder Joss Labadie suspended having picked up his fifth booking of the season - three of which were actually accrued during his time at Shrewsbury - at Plainmoor.

Substitute goalkeeper Barry Richardson has completed his three-match ban and is back in contention for a place on the bench while defenders Lee Ridley and Michael Townsend (both calf) are around 10 days away from full fitness. Claus Jorgensen is training with Town but is not eligible to play.

Northampton boss Ian Sampson is facing an injury crisis.

Sampson saw on-loan Middlesbrough midfielder Josh Walker dislocate his shoulder in the disappointing 3-1 defeat at home to Hereford on Tuesday night and the youngster has returned to the Riverside amid fears his season could be over.

Striker Steve Guinan is complaining of a hernia problem that may mean he has to miss out while Adebayo Akinfenwa only lasted an hour in midweek and is struggling for fitness.

Midfielder Luke Guttridge missed out against the Bulls after a recurrence of the knee injury that delayed his start to the season. He has been to see a knee specialist and has been rated at 50/50 to make the trip to Whaddon Road.

Centre-half Dean Beckwith may return from hamstring injuries but Abdul Osman (back), Chris McCready (hamstring) and Liam Davis (foot) remain out.

One bright note from Tuesday night was the return of striker Courtney Herbert as a substitute after nine games out with a back injury and the youngster may start if Guinan and Akinfenwa are ruled out.

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Shrewsbury Town
Josh Walker
Dean Beckwith
Claus Jorgensen
Barry Richardson
Football
David Pipe
Ashley Eastham
Steve Guinan
Lee Ridley
Hereford United
Cheltenham Town
League Two
Joss Labadie
Middlesbrough
Liam Davis
Luke Guttridge
Barnet
Michael Townsend
Chris McCready
Adebayo Akinfenwa
Abdul Osman

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