>Stand up and be counted, boys!

>Aldershot Town v Northampton Town
League Two
Saturday, September 4th 2010

In a week in which we learned of dreadful injury news involving Tadhg Purcell, Ryan Gilligan and Marcus Hall, we now face a trip to Aldershot with the daunting task of coming home with our first win of the season. Sammo is really being tested and it’s a massive challenge to get the fit players tuned up and to get some new faces in that will take us back to the levels needed to challenge.

It’s perhaps a blessing in disguise that some expectations will drop a little lower for tomorrow afternoon and you could even call Aldershot the favourites as they look to cement a place in the top seven. We need mettle, determination and a great deal of spirit…and that’s just as fans!

The Shots unbeaten in Legaue Two so far and have the opposite problem to the Cobblers in that they have players pushing for a starting place after a strong showing in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win over Oxford in the week. One of those is serial Cobblers annoyance Damian Spencer who always seems to score against us. With two in the last two games, Spencer is battling for a chance to start. Meanwhile, Wade Small and Danny Hylton are also putting pressure on the starting eleven.

With Hall, Gilligan and Purcell ruled out, the good news comes in goal as Chris Dunn returned to fitness in mid-week and he’ll be looking to oust loan keeper Oscar Jansson from his final game with the club before returning to Spurs. Paul Rodgers should slot in at left back with Steve Guinan and Billy McKay keeping their places up front.

It’s my first game of the season tomorrow so fingers crossed the Town have been waiting for me to return…Keep the faith with whoever turns out in claret and let’s bring home the points from North Hampshire!

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