Northampton Town 3-1 Dagenham and Redbridge
Tuesday, January 1st 2013
A new year at Sixfields and rather than a new dawn it’s the continuation of the one that had started around about a year ago. Aidy Boothroyd’s rebuilding work has made results such as this now a lot more expected than they once were. After this afternoon’s win over Dagenham, our sixth in six meetings against John Still’s men, only two sides have scored more goals at home than Town and only Burton Albion have collected more points on home soil with Sixfields beginning to become the fortress that it so needs to be.
After two away postponements at the end of 2012 it was business as usual and the Cobblers leapt back up to tenth place having dropped a couple through other results over the festive period. Dagenham, on the other hand, must be sick of the sight of us. Logic would have it that they are due a result against us but once again they were disappointed despite a spirited battle.
Before the game it was announced that Danny East, Henoc Mukendi and Chris Smith were all returning to their parent clubs at the end of loan spells while Clarke Carlisle’s deal had technically ended too. Carlisle is set to return whilst of the other three I would say East would be the one, if any, most likely to re-sign. The recoveries of Dave Artell and John Johnson are imminent, though, and Luke Guttridge made an appearance from the bench in the second half so the squad is actually in good nick going into the transfer window.
Results are what will decide how ship shaped we are ultimately and this was another good step in the right direction with the Cobblers again scoring two quick fire goals to get themselves going. Clive Platt’s flick on was diverted past his own keeper by Abu Ogogo, creating the comedy videprinter line of “Ogogo og”. The Daggers fans can’t have found it too funny, though, especially when their side went two down thanks to Chris Hackett’s fantastic finish into the bottom corner.
The visitors could well have clawed their way back into the game just after the break but Matthew Saunders’ header crashed against the cross bar. That was perhaps the last of their chances to realistically take something from the game because minutes later it was 3-0 when Ben Harding’s cross was put in by Kelvin Langmead.
Scott Doe did momentarily give the Daggers hope with a long range effort that beat Lee Nicholls but it wasn’t enough and Town saw out the game well.
It means that the game against Fleetwood Town on Saturday becomes very intriguing. The Cod Army sit four points ahead of the Cobblers in sixth place and are one of the teams that we’re chasing so a victory would mean that the gap would significantly close. We’ve been on the cusp of the playoffs for a lot of the season with one or two victories between us and the top seven so we have to hope that Fortress Sixfields continues to be built as 2013 kicks right into gear.
Happy New Year everyone!