Safety first…

Former BBC Wiltshire commentator Vic Morgan writes his latest blog for TheWashbag.com…

And so we’re safe! At last.

It’s been a long and at times pretty miserable season but now we know definitely we’re in League One next season. The last two games of the campaign are a chance to just relax and enjoy the football and reflect on what’s been. More on the season as a whole in the next couple of weeks.

This week though has been rather odd. It seems an age ago since the home game with Bury. As disappointing a match as you could wish to see. A first half so poor, the thought of another forty five minutes of the same felt like a penance for some past misdemeanours.

Still it brightened up after the break, relatively. The visitors grabbed the points, while we hit the woodwork and that magical safety target was still to be reached. A missed opportunity against a team that had little to play for. The usual pantomime villain performance from Leon Clarke brought out the usual chants and that was that.

On the face of it then, still problems. I’d love to day I’d enjoyed the gathering of four points from our next two matches. However, I’ll declare here and now I missed the draw at Walsall and the victory over Chesterfield.

Not because I’d given up on the season or anything like that, it was just that I’d been asked to take part in a charity cycle ride from Swansea to Plymouth. A little matter of 250 plus miles, lots of mountain like hills and visits to nine professional football clubs. Including a couple in Bristol.

So I can’t really comment on the performances. Suffice to say though that they results were much needed and now the season of ups and downs won’t feature a very big down. That means the trip to Rochdale on Saturday is a chance to enjoy the day, visit the excellent chippy and, hopefully, sit in the sun and watch a Town win.

On my return from the bike ride and a lovely reception at Plymouth Argyle, thanks to them, I received a text from former Town striker Dave Syrett. Dave, as I’ve mentioned before, is battling an inoperable brain tumour. As a player Dave was fearless and that’s how he’s faced this illness.

One of the most genuine people you could ever wish to meet, he shouldn’t have to go through this. He’s done so though with humour and realism. Dave has asked to mention that the tumour might be winning and that time is short. To say that’s sad is a massive understatement. Dave is an inspiration!

I’m sure Dave would only say this, keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON!

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