>December would be another month of transition for the Cobblers and we would end up being very happy to see the back of 2009. Things didn’t start nicely with Hereford taking all three points from Sixfields. Ryan Gilligan gave us a first minute lead but Darren Jones levelled on fifteen minutes. Second half goals from Mathieu Manset and Craig King killed the game and a dismal performance was matched by a scoreline that had many doubting where the season would go from there.
A topsy turvey game at Cheltenham followed with Barry Hayles and Bayo Akinfenwa both scoring twice in a 2-2 draw that did little to enhance a disappointing first half of the season for both teams.
Two penalties was the story a week later with Cobblers old boy Marc Richards netting on the stroke of half-time. But a red card for John McCombe gave the Cobblers a way back and Bayo scored from the resulting spot kick to give us another draw.
Boxing Day finally saw some relief as Billy McKay’s debated goal was adjudged to have crossed the line with just seconds to play as the Cobblers beat Dagenham and Redbridge to give our fans some Christmas cheer.
The re was a typical end to a bad year though at Barnet when we couldn’t get past ten men after Dean Sinclaire’s red card and the game ended goalless.
The turn of the year was certainly welcome and it would take a momentus effort in the first half of 2010 if we were to get anything back from a disjointed 2009.