Down to Earth…

BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan writes his latest blog for TheWashbag.com…

We set off early to get to Barnsley. It wasn’t with reluctance that I hear the alarm go off after about three hours sleep. Even though working late and rising before the larks don’t usually go together, I was looking forward to the trip to Oakwell.

Don’t know why, but it’s one of my favourite venues. Maybe it conjures up images of football’s northern heartland. It was an image brilliantly captured in Michael Palin’s “Ripping Yarns” some years back. Remember that fictional team Barnstonworth? Brilliant.

Anyway the sun shone on our arrival in South Yorkshire and grounds for optimism were high. The away win at Crewe the week before and the recent influx of new players including Louis Thompson meant a confident feeling for the five hundred or so Town fans who’d made the trip.

Prematch

Pre match sunshine at Oakwell

That optimism was heightened further when a touch of burlesque came to the game. A convergence of goalkeeper, defender and Town striker Wes Thomas saw the ball rather apologetically trickle into the home net.

Great, Swindon on top and a goal in front. Surely nothing could go wrong? Well yes it could and it did.

There haven’t been too many disappointing away performances of late but this was one of them. There was precious little to recommend this game. My highlight? The rather tasty cheese and potato pie. That’s how bad the match was.

Still it means we look forward to the home game with Burton knowing things can’t be as bad as Oakwell.

I was interested to hear that Torquay United are seriously considering playing their home games on a Friday or Saturday night. Those of us with longer memories will remember the Gulls results always featured on “Match of the Day” because they played on Saturday evening.

It’s the latest way in which clubs such as Torquay who now reside in the Conference, down the football pyramid, are trying to attract fans to the game. In harsh economic times nothing can be overlooked in adding to your fan base.

For Swindon it’s a traditional Saturday 3 o’clock kick off against Burton and a welcome return to the County Ground after two long northern trips.

The Brewers have done well since their entry to the League a few years back and look impressive this season. Manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbank was linked with the Town job a few years back, well he’s done very well with Burton. Should be a great game.

Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON!

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