Incredibly good work from the Sixfields ground staff meant that today’s game went ahead as planned but Stockport will be wishing that the snow had got the better of us after goals from Kevin Thornton and Michael Jacobs decided a heated game in the chilly air of Northampton.
The fact that just one other League Two game got the go ahead today, Oxford’s 2-1 win over Barnet, meant that the Cobblers move up to eighteenth and we must use Oxford themselves as an example as team who were in the bottom two a few games ago and who now reside in the top half of the table. In fact, Barnet aside it’s not been too bad a run in the last month or so and we have to take this on into Christmas, the most vital period of the season.
It was two midfielders that won it this afternoon for Sammo’s men with Kevin Thornton beating three men to fire us in front after just four minutes and Michael Jacobs rounding things off in the last ten after coming off the bench to replace Andy Holt at half time.
Apart from that there were plenty of talking points. A denied penalty for a foul on John Johnson that wasn’t deemed an offence, a pull back on Billy McKay by Tom Aldred in the County defence when it looked like he was the last man and Greg Tansey getting booked for booting the ball at Abdul Osman while he was on the deck!
But it’s goals that win you games and this was a massive win for the Cobblers, not least because it was against another struggling side and had we failed to pick up maximum points we could have been looking nervously over out shoulder by the time the rearranged games for everyone else takes place.
As it is, it’s onwards and upwards and the slow recovery gains a little bit more momentum. On a day when freezing conditions threatened to rob us of Saturday football, a good home win is perfect tonic to warm the cockles as winter sets in.