A better way to travel…
It’s Friday, so it must be time for the latest blog by BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan.
How do you explain it? This game called football.
A couple of Saturdays ago Swindon Town made national news for the wrong reasons. Humbled by a non-league team in the FA Cup (again) and a tad embarrassed. Seven days on it was back to form and the flowing passing game had returned.
Just as well because the match was played on a cold, dank November afternoon. It was real football weather. Time for woolly hat, coat, scarf and gloves. The first twenty minutes were somewhat poor. Both sides struggling to impose themselves. Swindon playing without an out and out forward, Colchester trying to work out why Swindon had no out and out forward.
Then step forward Nicky Ajose. We’ve not seen too much of Nicky in full matches. Suffice it to say though he was excellent in Essex. So much so that the travelling 300 Town fans got to grips with their new Ajose song. Nicky was there to turn in the opener after Massimo Luongo’s shot was parried by the home ‘keeper. For the rest of the afternoon he was a constant threat to the bewildered home defence still trying to work out who they were supposed to be marking. Three goals in two games for the on loan player.
The second goal arrived courtesy of Dany N’Guessan. Now this was a player inspired after half time. Can’t imagine how you would stop him in this mood. Strong and quick, he must terrify defenders. So all good? Well the old defensive frailties allowed Colchester to score near the end. A free header inside the penalty box and it led to a tense final few minutes before the second away win of the season was secured.
Last week it was difficult to think of one player for man of the match, this week there were several. Ajose and N’Guessan, Ryan Harley, Louis Thompson and Jay McEveley, all of them in the frame. Leaving a ground after winning away is a great feeling and so much better than the dejection of Moss Rose.
So a week in which to ponder and anticipate this Saturday’s game against Leyton Orient. Now if ever there was a true test of Town’s potential this is it. Orient have had a marvellous season so far. An extraordinary winning run at the start of the campaign, has seen Russell Slade’s team lead the division until just recently. Its a game to look forward too. Hopefully a big crowd and a great atmosphere.
I’m N’Guessan we’ll play with forwards in this match. so a return for Nile Ranger? Ranger’s absence was a mystery to most Town fans I spoke to on Saturday. You would think he’ll play a part this weekend. Whatever is going on we’ll leave for another time. Right now its about how he performs for Swindon.
While we sit and shiver our cricketers are toiling in the heat. Yes the Ashes are back. The footballers of our national side give us little to get excited about, but the old England-Australia battles are something to be relished. Years of misery have been replaced by a English dominance in this particular contest. LONG may it continue, certainly over the next few weeks.
To the County Ground then.
Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON.