Playing Patience

It’s Friday, so it must be time for the latest weekly review by BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan.

Frustrating wasn’t it? Well for the most part it was. Then it was OK. Last Saturday’s game against Fleetwood was a perfect example of how a football fan should never give up hope. The visitors were determined not to take part in an open contest and looked happy to take a point back on the long journey north. I’m not knocking them for that and had it not been for a double save from the ever excellent Wes Foderingham, they may have left with more. Is Wes a Town great? Maybe not yet but he’s pretty close. As I mentioned in last weekend’s Washbag Podcast, his concentration is extraordinary. Perhaps better than any goalkeeper I’ve seen. Wes may not have much to do for eighty minutes but you’d always back him to make a crucial stop.

Ben Gladwin’s winner was well timed and deserved. The win keeps Swindon in the promotion shake up and with a weekend off, there’s a chance to clear up some knocks and bruises. How serious the injury is to skipper Nathan Thompson, we’ll have to see. Nathan, like Wes, is a crucial player in the County Ground set up. Clearly he’s the team leader and inspirational in the way he plays. We as fans love players like that. Prepared to play through the pain barrier for the side. Great to have a captain like that.

Lovely to see the Bank full as well. The initiative to give free tickets to young fans obviously worked. The winning goal was scored in front of them and the club shop following the game was absolutely packed with excited young faces. Hopefully it’ll have made a big impression on them and they’ll return. Should we mention it’ll lead to a life of the emotional highs and lows that a supporter goes through? Maybe not just yet. Congratulations to all concerned in making it happen. Better to see a full Stratton Bank than an empty one.

No game at the weekend then. I’ll go looking for one in my Devon locale. Exeter are due to play Burton on Saturday at St.James’ Park. That may well be my destination.  A chance to catch up with how Ryan Harley is faring on his return to the Grecians and to see how Jimmy Floyd Hasselbank is shaping up in the managerial stakes. Much as I enjoy the short journey to St. James’ it’s not the same and I’m already looking forward to Meadow Lane on the 13th.

Keep it loud, keep it proud, keep it SWINDON!

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