A tale of two cities
Back for another season of weekly Friday blogs on TheWashbag.com, we welcome back BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan for his first article of the 2015/16 campaign…
Some strange emotions brought by the opening two games of the season weren’t there.
On Saturday, after a poor first half display against Bradford City, there was jubilation at the events of the second 45 minutes. Against Exeter City on Tuesday, there was, well, disappointment after a poor first half display.
It’s not as if Swindon didn’t create the openings against the Grecians after the break, it’s just they couldn’t finish them. Apart from the Jon Obika wonder strike, there was precious little else to trouble the Exeter goal.
There was a different story after the break last weekend of course. Nathan Byrne’s devastating three goal burst in 16 minutes rightly brought many plaudits.
The way in which the goals came were a real throw back to the days of classic wing play. Sheer pace and dribbling skill opening up a defence time and again. Bradford had no answer.
The Bantams must still be wondering how they missed out in Wiltshire after their domination of the first half. In truth if they’d led by two or three instead of just one, nobody could have complained, mind you, I was during the interval.
I was moaning, a rare occurrence obviously, about the fact the day could have been spent in the sunshine rather than watching the football equivalent of paint drying. That all changed though and the shone shone for Town fans both literally and metaphorically.
No such shining light on Tuesday however. Although those sitting in the Don Rogers stand were forced to shield their eyes when a late evening burst of the aforementioned solar rays beamed down upon them.
I was in the curious situation of commentating on the game for BBC Radio Devon. That meant, of course, trying my best not to be too pro Swindon.
I think I achieved that and gave full credit to Exeter for their superb first half display. As good an away forty five minutes as you’re likely to see. Disciplined, they allowed Swindon possession and then scored with two classic counter attacking goals.
Mind you I fear I’m in for some stick when attending my next session of Walking Football at Exeter’s Wonford sports centre on Tuesday.
So a weird opening couple of games to the new season. Just another few ups and downs in the life of a Town fan. Let’s hope it’s less turbulent at Bury on Saturday.
Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON!