AFTER Swindon Town’s 2-2 draw with Oldham Athletic at the County Ground last night, Link Sport’s Sam Morshead picks up on five things we can take from the game…
1. The Town End is attracting top class goals
JAMES Dayton and Andy Williams both found the net in blistering style on Tuesday night, with both stunning strikes taking place in front of the Town End, which is becoming something of a Mecca to “worldies”, if you’ll excuse the footballers’ parlance. Rohan Ince’s seismic volley was something special for Brighton, while Yaser Kasim ran through half the Seagulls’ defence to pop in a consolation in that same match, as well as bending home a sumptuous free-kick against Crewe. The Stratton Bank, on the other hand, has seen tap-ins and penalties, like the runt of the litter. No wonder it’s deserted.
2. The County Ground crowd is more forgiving than it used to be
IN recent seasons, Swindon would have played as lethargic and uninspiring football as they did at times against Oldham and found themselves being berated by sabre-toothed critics from the sidelines. This game was different. When they saw their team go behind, the supporters supported and played a part in reviving Town. Even when the late equaliser went in they urged the Robins back for more. Now if only there were more of you in the stands…
3. The Latics know health and safety is important
OLDHAM have obviously been well drilled by their relevant HR bods to be careful on their travels. Their high-vis get-up was brighter than the County Ground floodlights and bordered on the radioactive. In fact, it was so luminescent that one RAF Fairford flight was reported to have momentarily mistaken the SN1 pitch for a landing strip. The stewards even had to put on extra, orange bibs to differentiate themselves from the visitors – and that’s saying something.
4. Marcus Cassidy the grass-charmer
MOST people who grow grass for a living are really quite well off or really quite high. Marcus Cassidy is neither (as far as Link Sport knows) but he doesn’t half produce a good cut. The County Ground carpet is ridiculously slick to the point at which it looks like been painted on. It is certainly the best in the division and surely one of the best in the entire Football League.
5. Mr Horwood has yellow fever
REFEREE Graham Horwood is suffering from an untreatable case of yellow fever. The whistleblower issued three bookings to Oldham players, meaning that he has now gone the best part of four years without officiating a match in which no one ended up having their name taken.