It looks like we’re finally going to be able to see the ‘new look’ Cobblers side in action this evening with the match with AFC Wimbledon all set to go ahead. It’s not been a quick clear out from Aidy Boothroyd but you get the feeling that he’s nearly there with the shape of his squad as we look to complete a rare league double.
The disappointing departure of Saido Berahino was quickly replaced by promise of fresh blood and in came Brett Williams from Reading. Williams is set for a home debut this evening in his second stint in League Two this season following a brief spell with Rotherham United. He’s another with seemingly bags of potential but what must now be drilled into him is that this isn’t a stage for him to personally kick on – it will be a challenge for Aidy to get his new man’s focus on the task of helping us to safety rather than any personal gain for a 24 year old with a ‘point to prove’.
Another man making his home debut will be Clarke Carlisle who will be desperate to get going in a Cobblers shirt having had his first Town game put back by the two recent postponements.
The Wombles are a funny old team with three decent victories in the middle of January book ended by reverses at Swindon and at home to Aldershot so they’re as unpredictable as anyone in League Two at this time. They’ve also had a two week break since that defeat to the Shots thanks to the weather and will be just as eager to kick on as we will.
Jack Midson is the man helping Wimbledon to keep their heads above water with the summer signing banging in fifteen goals so far this season but Luke Moore is the form striker having netted in each of the last four games. Terry Brown has four loanees at his disposal with the most high profile signing being the return of one of their former players, Jason Euell who is coming to the end of a short term spell from Charlton but who will be available tonight. Gavin Hoyte is also still available this evening with Billy Knott and George Moncur recently extending their loans from Sunderland and West Ham respectively.
So it’s a big Valentine’s night tonight with the club offering half price tickets for ‘partners’ who wish to still spend the night with the love of their life…and their spouses…
Also in League Two this evening…
Aldershot v Hereford, Bradford v Port Vale, Cheltenham v Torquay, Crewe v Burton, Morecambe v Macclesfield, Oxford v Dagenham and Redbridge, Plymouth v Barnet, Rotherham v Accrington, Shrewsbury v Bristol Rovers, Swindon v Crawley