>Beware the banana skin

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Ah, the magic of the cup…

It’s that time again as we beckon in the first round of the FA Cup this weekend. When the draw was made and we had sat through just about every team until the Cobblers were pulled out of the hat and paired with either Kidderminster Harriers or Fleetwood Town. Great, a non league side at home, we couldn’t have asked for more! Well that is, until Fleetwood won through in the replay and the cup drew ever nearer with talks of the usual banana skins and slip ups.

I’m becoming a little nervous about the game and the possible pit falls it holds. Knowing the Cobblers’ history with non league sides it could well be a more nervous afternoon than needed. All I need say is Canvey Island for shivers to go down claret spines. Sammo was, of course, a part of the side beaten by Julian Dicks et al down at Canvey and he’ll be desperate to avoid becoming a victim of the headlines this weekend.

Fleetwood come into the game in a good run of form, sitting just outside the playoff places in Conference North with a game in hand and boast the experience of Alan Wright and Steve Torpey in their ranks.

The Cobblers will need to try and hit back from the anger and frustration felt at Torquay from both the referee and the late defeat and hopefully we will be back firing on all cylinders. There were clear signs of anger towards the end of the Plainmoor defeat with Ryan Gilligan and Bayo both showing signs of fire in the belly. They must now use that as a positive and blow Fleetwood away this Saturday.
Something tells me it won’t be as easy as that though. Something called the FA Cup.

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