BWFC 2 : 1 Northampton
After a fantastic start to our Grand Tour, it was time to take some home leave and welcome Matt Taylor, Greg Wylde and Keshi Anderson and the rest of their Northampton Town team mates to the Macron. The Doombar deliberations were particularly upbeat as the good news has flooded in this week. The return of three experienced players, Dorian Dervite, Darren Pratley and Jay Spearing has been like signing three new players. Jem Karacan coming on board for a month has given us additional depth to our depleted resources, while the settlement between Messrs Anderson and Holdsworth can only be good for Bolton Wanderers. The fans are buzzing, eagerly waiting for each match now.
Fortunately, Phil Parkinson could name an unchanged team and was able to include Jay Spearing on the bench. Any thoughts of another easy victory were soon dispelled as the Cobblers put up a resolute display in the first half and they edged in front in the second half when a superb cross from Matt Taylor was prodded home by Michael Smith. I knew we shouldn’t have given Matt Taylor such a good welcome. It was game on now as we finally roared into gear. Matt Taylor handled as we laid siege to their goal and ALF blasted the penalty home. Filipe Morais who had had a quiet game, turned out to be the hero as he fired home the winner. John-
Phew! We had to dig deep and battle to get the points today but we had the quality and the spirit to do it. There are going to be periods in the next nine cup ties when things are not going our way and it is at these times that it is important that we stick together like today and get behind the team. Nobody said it was going to be easy and I’m still in amazement that we have got ourselves in this promising position against all odds. The true Bolton spirit is coming out now, living up to the town motto ‘Supera Moras’, which means ‘Overcoming Difficulties’. Maybe it should be 'Supera Morais'?