It’s time for another Tuesday night special!
While the 1-0 win at Colchester on Saturday didn’t set the world on fire, it was a case of the result mattering a lot more than the performance and, as we head into a fixture run that could define our season, the top three is back up for grabs again.
We travel to struggling Harrogate with the aim to make it back to back wins for the first time since November and, at the very least, can go level on points with Carlisle and put the pressure on Stevenage, who go to Wimbledon on Tuesday night, should we come home with three points.
After 17th and 19th place finishes in League Two since entering the league, Harrogate might be forgiven for hoping for a step up this season but, for the most part, it’s been another season of struggle with a start that saw them win just twice in their opening twelve games setting them up for another slog of a campaign.
But the longest serving manager in the entire Football League, Simon Weaver, is trusted to keep the Sulpurites afloat and can still get a performance out of his side when they need it the most like the impressive 3-0 success over Mansfield back in November.
But five draws, four defeats and just one win since the turn of the year has them nervously looking over their shoulders. With Gillingham coming into form and Crawley holding games in hand, Weaver’s side are in need of results to make sure that their stay in the league continues for another season.
Last Time Out
Harrogate were comfortably beaten 3-0 at Swindon on Saturday while the Cobblers were seeing off Colchester 1-0.
One To Watch
Luke Armstrong is still the man that Harrogate rely on for goals and, on his day, is a match for any League Two defence. With ten goals to his name so far this season, the 26-year-old could be the difference between relegation and survival for his team.
Thomas Parsons is in the middle on Tuesday night. Parsons last took charge of the Cobblers in our first away game of this season up at Grimsby. He’s shown 94 yellow cards and 4 reds in 20 games so far this season. Simon Clayton and Conor Brown are running the lines and Martin Woods is fourth official.
Simon Weaver stuck with the same side on Saturday after a run of decent performances and draws but they seemed to tire during the defeat at Swindon so I’m expecting him to freshen it up a bit. Even so, we should be going up there and laying down another marker and I’m going for a 2-1 Cobblers win.
A Cobblers fan all his life, Danny is the most down to earth football supporter from Northampton.
While at university in Southampton, Danny kept up to date with all things NTFC from afar, sharing his thoughts on his ‘A Load Of Cobblers’ online blog.