>Festive season begins at Stevenage

>Ian Sampson begins his eighteenth year at the club by visiting Stevenage Borough, a place full of controversy last time the sides met at the same venue. Almost exactly five years ago in December of 2005, the Cobblers were held to a 2-2 draw here in the FA Cup by the then non league club but the main talking point made headlines across the country. Lionel Perez, the ex professional goalkeeper for Cambridge among others, was a coach for the Boro’ at the time and took offence at something that Cobblers coach Dave Watson said/did and poked him in the eyes on the touchline!

The Cobblers, and Scott McGleish, had the last laugh in the replay as the Cobblers striker re-enacted the assault in the goal celebrations during the 2-0 win at Sixfields and the clubs haven’t met again until now.

I’m sure that’s the last thing on any of the players’ minds going in to this one but Sammo will certainly remember the last visit to Broadhall Way.

Boro’s top scorer will be back in action for the Cobblers’ visit – Chris Holroyd was ineligible for the FA Cup victory over Wimbledon – whilst Ben May could also come back into contention after being rested for the same game.

Sammo could stick with the same team as in the 2-0 home win over Stockport last weekend as we look to kick start the Christmas period. The one decision he might have to make is whether or not to include Michael Jacobs in place of Andy Holt who came off at half time in that one.

With a lot less drama expected then our last trip to Stevenage we’d settle for a simple and scrappy one goal win thank you very much!

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