After three failed attempts to take anything away from Moss Rose over the past 13 years, the Town faithful could finally enjoy their trip back to Wiltshire thanks to an injury time goal from Jak McCourt.
The former Chesterfield midfielder hasn’t been a roaring success since his move to Town last summer but has recently found himself in Richie Wellens first team plans, starting the last three games.
It’ll be interesting to see if the manager has finally settled on his holding midfielder’s with McCourt and new signing Canice Carroll, or whether there will be more tinkering to come this weekend.
Thankfully last week we saw the first signings of this transfer window, with both Ben House and the already mentioned Canice Carroll joining on loan until the end of the season.
The signing of Carroll is an interesting one, not because he can play in different positions, which I’m sure will come into play at some point this season, but the fact he spent his entire footballing education down the road at Oxfo*d before making his move to Brentford last summer.
I don’t doubt the 19-year-old will be professional and will give everything he’s got to help Town this season, but there is a part of me that can’t ignore the fact he would’ve grown up an Oxfo*d fan thus resenting anything to do with Swindon Town.
I’m more than happy to give the young midfielder a chance, but he will be under much more scrutiny when he puts on a Town shirt, fairly or unfairly his performances will be judged more than others around him. Hopefully he will calm any doubters with his performances on the pitch over his loan spell at the club.
Ben House also made his Town debut last weekend coming on as a second half substitute and enjoyed an impressive cameo as his cushioned header set-up the all important winning goal last weekend.
House arrives with a glowing reference from Reading U23’s where he’s scored 7 goals in 11 games this season in Premier League 2.
Of course we all know League Two will be a completely different style of football from what he’s been used to in the academy set-up, let’s hope he’s a fast learner and becomes the front man we’ve been missing all season.
With House arriving from Reading, Elijah Adebayo has returned to Fulham after his loan spell was ended. After making an impressive start under Phil Brown scoring 4 goals inside his first 9 league appearances, a mixture of being played out wide in a front three and his form tailing off left him scoring just once in the following 19 games.
I hope another club gives Elijah the chance to further his footballing education, but I doubt it will be inside the Football League again this season.
This weekend Town host top of the league Lincoln City at the County Ground in what will prove to be the biggest test faced by Richie Wellens so far in his short time in Wiltshire.
The Imps arrive with the reputation of being set-piece masters under the management of the Cowley Brothers, Wellens will be well aware his back line has be at the top of their game for Town to take anything from League Two’s best side this Saturday.