After last weekend’s trip to Sutton United fell victim to the weather Town are back on home turf on Saturday with Notts County the visitors.
And the game is the first of six that Simon Weaver’s side will face during the festive period, providing an opportunity to put the sort of run together that could see them move into the top half of League Two.
The 2023/24 season is the first for the Magpies back in League Two since their relegation in 2018/19.
County come into the game in sixth place on 36 points, albeit the congested nature at the top end of the table means that they are just a single point behind Wrexham in second place.
They are something of the entertainers of League Two this season, with their 21 games seeing 81 goals at an average of almost four goals per game.
On the road they have taken 12 points from 10 games, winning three matches away from Meadow Lane.
The two sides previously met in the truncated 2019/20 season. Notts had the initial upper hand after securing a 2-0 win at The Envirovent Stadium thanks to strikes from Kristian Dennis and Enzio Boldewijn.
After the re-start to the season the two sides – who finished second and third when the season was brought to a premature close – won their eliminator games to meet in the final at Wembley, where Town ran out 3-1 winners.
The two sides then met in the delayed FA Trophy semi-final, which saw Town - by then a league club - edge out their opponents 1-0 thanks to Will Smith’s goal.
The man in charge
Luke Williams is the main in the dugout opposite to Simon Weaver tomorrow.
Williams held coaching positions at Bristol City, MK Dons and Swansea before taking the Notts job in the summer of 2022, guiding the club to promotion via the playoffs at the first attempt. He was previously manager at Swindon town between December 2015 and May 2017, departing following the clubs relegation.
Ones to watch
Macauley Langstaff has wasted no time settling in to life in League Two. After netting 41 goals in their promotion campaign a year ago he has already struck 14 times this season.
There is no shortage of creativity from midfield either with Jodi Jones contributing ten assists as well as three goals. David McGoldrick, who arrived from Derby in the summer has eight goals as does Daniel Crowley, who has also tallied seven assists.
The veteran John Bostock will also line-up in a midfield packed with quality.
Aden Baldwin will anchor the defensive unit which will also likely see Lewis Macari, on loan from Stoke City, feature in front of Aidan Stone in goal.
Founded in 1862 the club is the oldest professional football club in the world and County were a founder of the Football League in 1888. The club play at Meadow Lane, their home ground since 1910.
In the late nineteenth century the club recorded two top three positions as well as winning the FA Cup final in 1894. The first half of the twentieth century saw the club mostly play in the second tier before relegations to the bottom tier saw them outside the top two divisions until the early 1970’s.
They secured a return to the top flight in 1980/81 and engineered a three season stay before relegation back to the third tier but Neil Warnock guided the club back to the top division in 1991. The club would again suffer relegations though before exiting the league entirely at the end of the 2018/19 season.
Town continue to be without Mark Oxley, Toby Sims, James Daly, Sam Folarin and Rod McDonald, an injury list that was joined by Jonathan Mitchell this week, leaving Simon Weaver searching the emergency loan market prior to the weekend.