Before the game I was expecting probably about as much as some of you from the Magpies after the dreadful performance at the McAlpine last week.
But history was on my side, for once, as the last time Notts started a season as bad as this they won, on my birthday, against Bury, 2 seasons ago. Also my brother was the mascot for the first game of that unforgetable record breaking Championship Season.
So after meeting the players I led the team out on to the pitch for the start of the game. I was walking out with another little boy, who was none other than Marco Gabbiadini's nephew, Charlie!
be very hard to improve on anyway!) with both sides having chances but most
falling to Notts. The most memerable one was when Stallard had a shot saved from about 6 yards out when the easier option probably was to score. Heffernan, starting his first match since the 'Pies lost to Oldham in early September, was through on goal with Stallard not far behind. He squared the ball to Stall whose shot was saved by the Cobblers keeper.
Throughout the first half Notts looked the most convincing of the two sides
with some neat passing football being played.
New loan signing Jeff Whitley went straight into the side as Captain, and
looked like he had never been away from the team he left after pulling off
the 'Great Escape' at the end of last season.
Notts went into half-time with the same score as they started the match on.
The second-half was much the same as the first with Notts carrying on where they left off.
It didn't take long for Notts to be rewarded for their efforts with a goal
for Mark Stallard on the 50 minute mark.
Ramsden sent a brilliant ball to Stallard on the edge of the area where he
fired home past Harper in the Cobbler's goal, much to the delight of the
Firstly he saved a shot that looked to be over the line following somewhat of a goal mouth scramble. Then, he made a fantastic save from Jamie Forester, who's 25 yard volley looked to be heading into the top corner of the net, but Garden threw himself full-length (or possibley further!) to tip it round the post.
Northampton had barely chance to drum up enough people to get a chorus of 'You're not singing anymore' echoing around the Kop before Notts fans were
chanting the same straight back at them!
Paul Heffernan scored to put the lads back in the driving seat at 2-1 on 83 minutes, when he scored one of his typical goals - receiving a pass before weaving through the opposition defence and slotting the ball home.
enjoyed my day as mascot and would now like to think of myself as something of a good luck charm - just a pity I can't fork out the £120 every week!
Now lets see if we can carry it on next week when we face Chesterfield!
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