A defining moment?

Last updated : 04 April 2005 By Matthew Gamble
Super Gary Peters
Town gaffer Peters
Peters has been, for the most part, a popular manager at the Meadow since he took over. He has refreshed the squad and removed the side from the relegation places.

Barring a mammoth comeback from Kiddy, Town are safe, and this is largely due to the 3-0 win against over-rated Oxford. But if you were to ask a Town fan about their chances before the game, a comfortable victory would not be the response.

For Peters had made the brave choice of giving 17 year old Joe Hart his first chance of League football. The casualty was stalwart promotion hero Scott Howie - and it wasn't an injury-based decision.

And Peters' plans did not end there. Mike Sheron was employed as a right winger, and Town only had one centre midfielder with any experience in Jamie Tolley.

Fast-forward 90-something minutes and Peters now appears to be the most astute manager in the league. A comprehensive win, some top-drawer saves from Hart, and a peach of a goal from youngster Dave Edwards.

Oh, and there was a confidence boosting goal for hit-and-miss Luke Rodgers. All this before another highly rated 17-year old made his professional debut and young loanee Neil Ashton was named in the League Two team of the week.

So, all in all, a good week. But will it continue at Cheltenham on Friday?