It’s days like this coming Monday that get the blood pumping days in advance. Even thousands of miles away, I’m here longing for kick off at Whaddon Road where the Cobblers go looking for a win that would be as precious as any victory in the last few years. This is a six pointer in all senses of the word…the Rubies are three points behind Town having played a game more but will draw level with any sort of win.
But should the incredible happen and the Cobblers win the big one away from home, we will see a six point gap open up between ourselves and Mark Yates’ men with his side then only having twelve left to play for. If only it were that easy! Cheltenham are baying for blood after letting a 2-1 lead slip on Friday against another promotion seeker, Port Vale, and are out to banish the memories of last season’s playoff final defeat to Crewe Alexandra. They’ll be desperate to avoid the lottery of the playoffs this time around and possess enough artillery in their ranks to come out and pummel the Cobblers into submission should they be in that mind-set.
But this is the sort of game that Cobblers supporters thrive for. Say what you like about the atmosphere at Sixfields during parts of this season, when it comes to big away games like this we usually leave nothing on the terraces. There’s set to be a couple of thousand away fans packed into Whaddon Road tomorrow and hopefully those that make the trip do us proud, as this spirited, battling team we cheer on have done for the majority of this season.
There’s still plenty of twists and turns to come, no matter what happens on Easter Monday but this is the start of the final straight of the season. It’s been a long one, full of last minute winners, dodgy decisions, brave heart performances and plenty of sub plots but it now comes down to who has the bottle to last. Four away games out of the six do us no favours for the run in, particularly with the form we’ve shown on the road this season but if ever there’s a time to put it right it’s now.
This is where heroes are made and memories etched. Welcome to the home straight…