Rotherham United 1-1 Northampton Town
It’s been tough watching the Football League show this morning. Not just because it’s the last time we get to see the mighty Cobblers play this season but because of the celebrations up and down the country as clubs celebrate promotions or clinching a last ditch place in the playoffs. All this as the Cobblers are playing out a tepid draw at a an athletics track equated to a season finale that could have been completely glossed over had it not been for a dramatic late equaliser from Bayo Akinfenwa.
The big man headed in with one of the last touches of the game and mirrored his stoppage time leveller against Bury in his last season closer for the Cobblers two years ago against Bury at Sixfields. On that occasion we were begging him to stay as his contract came to an end but we at least have the knowledge that the striker is under contract for another year. That doesn’t mean he won’t still have his suitors this summer but hopefully his biggest ever league tally will encourage him enough that Aidy Boothroyd can get even more from him next term.
For Rotherham, even a win wouldn’t have been enough to get them into the playoffs and the game seemed to drift after they took the lead through Alex Revell barring a disallowed Lewis Grabban ‘goal’.
Cue an earlier than usual gathering of home fans ready for the inevitable pitch invasion as the home fans prepared themselves to say their farewells to the Don Valley Stadium. Both sets of fans would have been united in saying it would be good riddance to an arena that really doesn’t suit the atmosphere of League Two.
The Cobblers signed off in style at least and we can go into our summer break relatively happy after another relegation fright in the second half of the season. After the mess of Gary Johnson came the calm and the assurance of the start of the Boothroyd era and the summer speculation, debate and rumours can now begin.
For me it’s good timing…a few weeks ago we didn’t want it to end but after a few dragging weeks to finish things off now is the time to regroup, get the right players in and the right players out and get ready for August. Perhaps by this time next season, maybe just maybe we could be celebrating something other than survival.
Let the summer begin!
(By the way, stay tuned into the blog in the coming weeks as I bring you some playoff previews, season in review and all the up to date transfer news from around Sixfields and League Two!)