The Cobblers are now quite simply down to the very last breath of the season. After hauling ourselves up from the clutches of a relegation battle that none of us wanted, we’ve given ourselves a number of windows to jump up to that final rung of the ladder but haven’t ever really looked like having the stamina to reach it. It all may well be over after Cambridge all too easily stuck one on us at Sixfields but a trip to playoff challengers Stevenage offers that last hope that is sometimes worse than it all being officially over!
Let’s face it – back at Christmas time you wouldn’t have found many who would have said no to a mid-table finish and a final look at the playoffs with five to play and I do think that when the dust settles on the season there will be positives to take. But while there’s the slightest bit of hope we have to give it a shot, take a few risks and see if maybe, just maybe we can still sneak back into the race.
A win is realistically all that will do at Broadhall Way tomorrow afternoon with the Cobblers five points behind the hosts, who stormed into the top seven with a victory at Cheltenham on Monday afternoon. It was the Boro’s first win in six games but they’d been hovering for quite some time and may be timing their run perfectly. For the Cobblers, anything but three points and we’ll be surely out of the running with the more likely trio of Plymouth, Luton and Exeter City lining themselves up above us too.
I’m ready and waiting to try to sum up what’s been a bizarre season even by our high standards but until we’re completely and utterly out of it we can leave the analysis alone. It’s the hope that sometimes kills you but there really isn’t a lot more time after tomorrow to hold on to it any longer. One last effort from the boys in claret and there may yet be room for a last claret surge of the season…