Phew! Huuuge sigh of relief on Saturday with that slightly unexpected victory over Gillingham and my evil plan of predicting treacherous waters worked as the Cobblers piled on the away day misery for Gillingham. It was a much more direct and hard working line up from the Town and it worked wonders despite an early goal, not from Bayo, but from Chris Palmer for Gillingham. But the turn around was complete even before half time with Dean Beckwith finally netting his first goal for the club and Leon McKenzie slotting home a penalty to contiue his excellent start in a claret shirt.
With Kevin Thornton dropped to the bench in favour of a work horse of a midfield foursome in Gilligan, Osman, Wedderburn and Holt and Billy McKay partnering McKenzie up top it was a dogged display that was very much needed and hopefully we can push on tonight at Lincoln. If we are to record a first win at Sincil Bank since 1992 and pull further away from the bottom two – Saturdays’ results pushed us up to the heady heights of 21st with Lincoln down to 22nd – we will need to be at our best against a side trying to prove their worth in front of new boss Steve Tilson. Tilson has overseen two draws so far in his reign and will be desperate to achieve a first win tonight.
A big crowd is expected with reduced prices for home fans and an expectancy that’s been lifted by the decent start from Tilson. Coming from behind twice at Wycombe is no mean feat and they’ll be a tough nut to crack. Gavin Hoyte and Luke Howell came into their squad at the weekend and should keep their places to make home debuts while Josh Gowling and Ashley Grimes may all be handed first starts after joining on loan.
So plenty to think about for Sammo who will have to decide which route to take in terms of battling for the points in a route one direction once more or trying to play through the Imps by bringing Thornton back in. All may lie with McKenzie who is battling to be fit with a knee problem so if he doesn’t make it there could be another reshuffle.
Thankfully, we didn’t get the expected beating on Saturday so fingers crossed for another turn in fortune at Sincil Bank.
Come on Town!