It’s Friday, so it must be time for the latest blog by BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan.
Hands up those who thought our season was over? Yep that’s right most of us. Well last Saturday’s win over Sheffield United proved that it’s not quite.
Two things were settled. The first that any lingering fears of a dramatic slide down the table into the bottom four (we are Swindon fans we do think that way) was removed and there remains a glimmer of hope that we might reach the play-offs. It’s amazing what three wins on the bounce will do.
It wasn’t just the win against the Blades, it was the way it was achieved. Some energetic attacking football against a more than decent team. A total contrast to the insipid affair at Bramall Lane earlier this season. You might remember the famous “let’s pretend we’ve had a shot” chant.
It was also wonderful to see the winner scored by Louis Thompson. Along with brother Nathan, Louis has been one of the stand out players this season. Both want to do well and both, importantly, want to play for the Town. It was a great moment and one of the best of the campaign. Alright it wasn’t the screamer that Louis probably dreamt about for his first, but he’ll never forget that feeling will he?
The finish to the game reminded me of a match in the dim and distant past. It was the first New Years Day fixture if I recall. It was a part of a miserable Swindon season in the days of power cuts and short working weeks. Like Wes Foderingham last weekend, Jimmy Allan pulled off a wonder save. The ball quickly moved to the other end and like Louis, Ray Treacy grabbed the winner. From defeat that day a victory grabbed from the jaws of, well, defeat.
Whether this means a glorious end to a decent campaign remains to be seen. What we do know is that we have young players wanting to wear the red and white and that’s great. New central defensive partnership between Troy Archibald-Henville and Jack Stephens looks excellent. One of the major reasons for Swindon’s upturn in form.
This weekend Troy returns to a club he played for on loan recently, Carlisle United. Those of us also making the journey will hope for a better day than last year. It was a day spent mostly on the motorway and a late arrival for the game. You might remember there was no late kick off and we missed all the goals. That made last Saturdays delayed start all the more ironic. While being frustrated by the long journey to Cumbria it was because of a fatal road accident. We understood. What we couldn’t grasp was the failure to hold back the start. Still can’t.
If you’re going to Brunton Park see you there (hopefully) we’re leaving early enough. If not keep your fingers crossed for another Town win.
Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON.