Making a point…
It’s Friday, so it must be time for the latest blog by BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan.
It has been quite a week I think you’ll agree. Last Saturday the journey from Devon to the County Ground began in almost spring like sunshine. I think that particular season disappeared at around twenty past three when the heavens opened and the hurricane strength wind blew.
Swindon were a goal up by then courtesy of new boy Michael Smith. The match seemed to be meandering along as the Stevenage FA Cup tie like conditions blew in from the west. Shrewsbury, although struggling in the league, were not there to make up the numbers. They equalised with a wind assisted rocket before the break. An interval the players must have been delighted to have. I was surprised the referee didn’t take the teams off because playing football seemed almost impossible as corner flags buckled and the ball boomeranged. If you were at the infamous Stevenage game, you’ll remember Fraser Digby’s goal kick turning ninety degrees. There were times like that at the weekend.
The second half was a much more subdued affair. The Shrews were hit by late goals from Smith, a memorable debut, and Nile Ranger. The visiting fans must have been well hacked off. Their team deserved a point from their performance. Sometimes the luck, and an inspired goalkeeper, is with you. There was unanimous agreement when Wes Foderingham was named man of the match. Nobody could argue with that.
To Walsall then and the frustration of heavy traffic around Birmingham. Nothing new there. Town manager Mark Cooper put out an attacking team with Ranger and Smith up front. Sadly though it looked like our recent away form was to carry on. The Saddlers with the advantage at the break and beyond. However the travel sickness came to an end when Smith made it three in two and grabbed a much needed point. Not only needed for our league position, but for the morale of players and fans alike. There was relief at the end and four points from two games, pretty decent.
This weekend Oldham come to Wiltshire. Always difficult opposition and the start of a busy and crucial month. I’ve a feeling our season will be defined in the next four weeks.
News also this week that Charlie Austin has picked up a serious shoulder injury. To be honest if I was Roy Hodgson I would have been taking a look at Charlie before the World Cup. That now won’t be happening and every Town fan must be wishing our former striker all the best for a speedy recovery.
Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON.
Here’s that windy FA CUp tie with Stevenage in 1998…