>So the cup run is over and the focus now turns back to the league and getting ourselves out of this miserable predicament we find ourselves in. Joint bottom of the football league, we must hope that Gillingham’s own poor run away from home continues. 33 games have gone since the Gills last won away and that all points to a victory at Sixfields for the returning Bayo and Jackman. The last set of fixtures that we need right now are against a side that need a win away in Gillingham and at a haunted ground for Cobblers teams of recent history, Sincil Bank, on Tuesday night.
The form book shouldn’t, of course, play much part but that niggling feeling is that the Cobblers will hand out that long awaited win to Gillingham – both because of that run and because Bayo will more than likely get on the score sheet! Then it will be to Lincoln on Tuesday night, a place where we haven’t won since 1765…
I could, and most definitely hope I am, wrong, but I’m sure a lot of you have the same feeling going into this double header, one of trepidation and inevitability. On the other hand, I still wish I was there to lend my voice and support. We all want Sammo to lift the side out of the doldrums and back into mid table security that is looking mightily attractive right now, if it wasn’t before.
The back four should at least be functioning a bit better again tomorrow afternoon with Dean Beckwith returning, John Johnson back in the fold after seeing out his suspension at Ipswich as well as Craig Hinton, who put in ninety minutes on Tuesday night, to further boost the cause. Holty’s strength is needed now more than ever to boot Bayo into touch but, as attractive as the prospect of kung fu kicking Danny Jackman into another fake injury might be, please no more red cards this week lads!
All I can say is that the footballing Gods need to be back on our side this week…four points from these two will be a real good start in the long road back.