>A point closer…

>Apologies for the lack of updates over the weekend but fair to say that the Cobblers have made a bit of breathing space over the weekend. The point gained at Bradford can’t be overlooked in terms of importance and with Barnet falling to defeat at home to Morecambe and their free travelling fans it means that we’re a point better off.

Not that it’s the end of the story by any means but what happens tonight could go a long way to deciding whether or not the trembling of relegation return in time for the home game with Torquay United on Friday night. It was, by all accounts, a better performance at Valley Parade but the monkey on our backs that is the eleven games without a win needs to turn around for our sanities at least!

First though, plenty of action of interest tonight as the three teams directly below us are in action. After that defeat at the weekend, Barnet face a trip to Aldershot knowing that time is well and truly running out for their battle against the drop. They, along with the Cobblers, will be praying that Burton continue to be stuck in the mud as they take on Stevenage this evening. And Hereford, who have two games in hand on the Cobblers, are at manager less Port Vale. Jim Gannon was shown the door at Vale Park after just 74 days in charge as they slipped out of the playoff positions over the weekend with a 3-0 defeat at Accrington.

That win took Stanley to within three points of the playoffs and they go to Crewe tonight in one of their two crucial games in hand that could complete a remarkable turnaround for the club in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, the two teams above us, Macclesfield and Morecambe, go head to head at the Globe Arena and Torquay, proprietors of Port Vale’s slip out of the playoffs, look to go up to fourth as they play Cheltenham at Plainmoor.

So still plenty of nerves around if results should go against us this evening but the main threat of Barnet could be a little bit more extinguished because they will have played a game more than us after tonight. Concentration on our own games is obviously the key but if staying in the Football League comes down to other teams’ failings then I’m happy with that!

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