>Stevenage Borough 0-1 Northampton Town
Saturday, December 11th 2010
Red cards have been a painful part of this season for the Cobblers with a number of marching orders being given to Town players over the first few months of the campaign. So it was with a great deal of relief that we finally got one the other way on Saturday with Stevenage’s Darius Charles shown red for a dangerous challenge on John Johnson just after coming off the bench at half-time.
By then we had already taken a lead that would just about see us through to the end of the game to claim all three points with after Ryan Gilligan’s well taken volley in the fifteenth minute stole a crucial second win on the road this season to build up some momentum before a decent looking run of games up until the new year.
It was by no means plain sailing though as Boro pushed us all the way and could easily have gone home with a share of the spoils themselves, particularly with a stoppage time effort from former Town loan man Josh Walker that smacked the cross bar and the home side will feel that they were more deserving of better things than coming out of this one pointless.
But the Cobblers had to show character of their own and managed to keep the side fresh and attacking with second half substitutes Leon McKenzie and Craig King putting more doubts into Sammo’s mind as to what his best front pairing is. Chris Dunn also came out of the game with a lot of credit as he was called upon to keep out Boro leading scorer Chris Holroyd with a fine near post stop.
So all in all a positive result at a ground where not many sides come away with three points. Indeed it was only Boro’s second league defeat at Broadhall Way all season and it reminds me of a similar result that was ground out at Dagenham last season on the long road back up the League Two table.
Fingers crossed that this one points us in exactly the same direction.