by Dean ‘Deano’ Fidler
Tommy Wright’s fledgling managerial career will come up against a much more experienced Manager, this week.
Aidy Boothroyd took Watford from Championship relegation candidates to promotion to the Premiership in 2005/6 season, his first full season in charge.
Although they did finish bottom of the Premier Leage the next season. He left Watford in November 2008, he then had brief spells at Colchester and Coventry and has ended up in the basement with Northampton.
Managers usually work their way up the leagues, he has gone the other way. However, they have not had a bad start to season and are currently 8th in the League, just four places above the Spireites.
Ben Harding their experienced centre midfielder is ruled out with a swollen ankle, with Richards also out for the Spireites with a similar problem. They should sit on the bench and compare ankles.
Although Richards is still waiting for X-rays to see how bad it is, it could be 6-8 weeks out. We need to bring in a loan player, can we ask Aston Villa to kindly loan Bowery back? They won’t mind, will they?
Northampton’s main danger will be their forward Akinfenwa, in his 2nd spell at the club, previously scoring 37 goals from 88 appearances.
So far in his second spell he has scored 18 in 40 games. He is built like a brick outhouse, to put it politely. Hhis strength is his main asset.
Trotman, nicknamed the Animal by fans will have to stand up to him and stop from scoring.
Another one to watch will be Guttridge, a tough-tackling, all action player, also known to score some spectacular goals.
Another danger man is Demontagnac, who had a brief loan spell at the Spireites, he as an abundance of pace and trickery and could cause Spireites some problems on the left wing.
Forbes becoming a Spireite favourite will be the one having to deal with him. In Forbes we trust.
Fans travelling to the ground will have to purchase tickets from the box office, you can’t pay at the turnstiles, so don’t arrive at the last minute if you want to avoid queues.
If you want something to eat and drink, because the ground is built on a leisure complex, there is fast food available a KFC, McDonald’s and a Pizza Hut.
The Sixfields Tavern offers meals and is family friendly, I visited there last time, and was the only town fan surrounded by Northampton fans, although I wasn’t wearing my town shirt, although they seemed friendly.
The best bet would be the bowling Alley which contains a bar, admits away fans and shows Sky Sports. Food on sale in the ground: Cheeseburgers £3.30, Burgers £3, Hot Dogs £3, Pasties £3, various pies £2.50, Sausage Rolls £2.50, Pizza slices £2.50 and chips £2.
For programme collectors there is a used programme stall outside the West stand stocking a wide range from different clubs and seasons.
Let’s just hope for a good performance from the Spireites and another game undefeated for Tommy Wright’s Barmy Army.
Hopefully Lester will start on his own upfront, or maybe Westcarr or Boden to partner him. I think I will take a draw now, you never know, football’s a funny old game.