It's amazing what one good win can do for team and fans alike. Before Tuesday night we were thinking the worst and realising that relegation was a very strong possibility. Now we have the future to look forward to and the world is our oyster.
Well, maybe not quite but I for one am a lot more confident. With the addition of Adi Viveash from Swindon we looked really solid at the back, probably the most solid looking display since the days of Brindley, Grainger and Webb.
With that new found confidence in their defence the midfield found themselves more able to get forward and supply the frontmen with some delightful through balls. In turn Foster, Bennett and John Williams capitalised with a continuous raid on the Northampton goal.
We will now be expecting more of the same against York City. They also had a good result the following evening at Oxford when they halted a run of four defeats with an admirable 0 - 0 draw. That game saw the debut of Andy Bell who had joined them prior to the game on a non-contract from Wycombe.
It makes you wonder why Wycombe are dispensing with strikers when they are firmly rooted to the bottom of the 2nd Division.
City were also boosted in midweek with Leigh Wood and Stewart Wise returning from long term injuries. Wood has been out for a number of months with a shoulder injury caused by a bone growth behind the shoulder blade. This gave rise to a cancer scare but thankfully it wasn't.
Darren Edmondson is struggling with a re-occurrence of a calf injury sustained at the beginning of the season and Richard Hope could also be out with a hamstring injury. They'll also be without their player manager, Chris Brass, due to him serving a one match ban and he's not alone in being banned, they will also be without Darren Dunning who serves the second of a two game ban for picking up 10 yellow cards.
We should be starting with basically the same side as Tuesday night with probably the only change being Jesper for John Williams. Scott Rickards, who was strangely missing then, is also likely to be missing again. Word is that he is injured there has been no news of this injury from the club. I hope he's still with us.
Bo Henriksen also seems to be out of favour now and didn't even make the bench. He really does need to sort himself out because his career is on the line. No, not that kind of line!
The usual faces will also be out. Kenny Coleman and Lee Jenkins are now back in training but Adam Willis is now officially attending the Priory Clinic. I was told two weeks ago that he was there but it seems that he's only just gone in.
We dropped back down a place on Wednesday night after Southend beat Boston but I think we can climb even higher after the end of this game on Saturday night.
Happy days are here again.
Brock, Danby, Stamps, Gadsby, Sall, Hatswell, Murray, Coleman, Yates, Hinton, Keates, Parrish, Viveash, Bennett, Betts, Ward, Christiansen, Henriksen, Rickards, J Williams, Foster.
York City from:
Ovendale, Stockdale, Porter, Edmondson, Cooper, C Smith, Bullock, Nogan, George, Wise, Ward, Brackstone, Fox, Law, Downes, Merris, Wilford, Wood, Yalcin, Hope, Stewart, Bell, Dickman, Reid.