Northampton Town 3-1 Fleetwood Town
Saturday, January 5th 2013
Dare we start to dream? Fortress Sixfields continues to be built with a third straight win coming on Saturday and the difference this time was the fact that the opposition was a side holding a place in the playoffs. That, and the fact that the win took us to within one point of the top seven with a game in hand on the four teams above us, breathes life into a season that could yet yield more than mid-table obscurity.
Fleetwood were always going to provide the biggest test of the three home games over the New Year period and so it was but going into a three goal lead against the Cod Army was well beyond expectations. It’s so important that we back up home victories against the lower ranked teams in League Two with three points against those above us and whilst Gillingham and Cheltenham left with wins it was a different story on Saturday.
The story of this game was the emergence once again of Jake Robinson who claimed two goals to continue his fight back into a regular first team place. What started at Accrington has slowly turned into a full blown effort to solidify that place and to justify Aidy Boothroyd’s renewed faith in the man that was sent out on loan to Luton Town earlier this season.
This first of his double strike was more convincing than the second with Robinson got on the end of a swift run and cross from the increasingly effective Chris Hackett to head back across goal and into the corner of the net. Hackett would put a free kick just over before Robinson struck again, his shot from outside the area taking a couple of deflections before nestling in the bottom corner. It would be harsh to deny him the goal but it was a nice helping hand that saw us into the break two goals to the good for the second time in a week.
Another rejuvenated player sealed it in the second half with Clive Platt gaining ever more acceptance from the Cobblers supporters by scoring his second goal in two games, reacting quickest to Bayo Akinfenwa’s parried header and slamming the ball in for 3-0. After further chances for Bayo and Chris Hackett, Fleetwood nicked one back through a very well taken goal from Jamie Allen.
The Cobblers, though, continued a fine run of home form and completed the latest of a run of home games that’s unfolded thanks to two away postponements over Christmas. We must get it right away from Sixfields if we’re to make a serious challenge to the playoff places and starting that next weekend at Chesterfield would be a great way to start. There’s a three point gap between the clubs going into that with Town holding the advantage so any result would be another big stepping stone.
Turn this excellent home sequence and form into away points and maybe those dreams of something even bigger would become a reality.