Missing a Swindon Town match…

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

When deciding to take a day off, the fixture list plays an important part. The choice was either the  away game at Rochdale or next Tuesday’s home match with Walsall. I figured because the County Ground date was part of the season ticket it seemed the best bet. Well you know how that decision went.

Okay we’ve no idea what’ll happen when the Saddlers come to town next week. Sadly I can’t think it’ll have the same drama as was evident at Spotland. Watching scores come through when you’re not there is a frustrating business. A one or two nil win is great and annoying at the same time because you want to be present. When the goals were flying in like last Tuesday, well, irritating doesn’t do it justice.

Still, what a win and what a performance from Ben Gladwin! Here’s a player in his first full professional season and he’s been one of the mainstays of this extraordinary campaign. A hat-trick for anybody must be special but for someone who’s come in from the non league game it must be even more memorable.

Congratulations then to Ben and his landmark comes hot on the heels of another Town man plucked from outside the league. Jermaine Hylton’s first goal for Swindon against Peterborough was the highlight of an otherwise forgettable game. A sweet moment and hopefully the first of many.

Following the Posh game there was an opportunity to relax a bit at the annual Supporters Club dinner. It was brilliantly hosted by former Swindon full back Phil King. The ability to keep an audience smiling is a great one to have and Phil is certainly able to do that. Nathan Byrne was the Town player on our table and what a friendly and open person he is. It can’t be easy to talk to people who you don’t know and are somewhat older than you are. Nathan was great though and it made for a very pleasurable night.

This weekend sees the return of Paul Sturrock to Swindon. One of a handful of promotion winning Town managers “Luggy” is now boss at Yeovil. The Glovers have seen a rapid decline. From the Championship to League Two in short order. It’s up to Sturrock to steady the ship. Hopefully that won’t happen till after Saturday. Traditionally teams that have been relegated relax with the pressure off. Yeovil showed that in midweek and mustn’t be underestimated.

Looking forward to it after being absent, literally, without leave on Tuesday.

Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON!

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