After the disappointing end to the last decade at Vale, Park Town responded perfectly with what felt like a season-defining result and performance at Home Park.
As the dust settles on one of the busiest periods of the season with just over half the campaign in the record books Richie Wellens’ side sits six points inside the top three and eleven inside the top seven in League Two.
Town’s position in the league and well earned three points yesterday seem even more remarkable when the manager came into the game with a host of injuries in key positions, especially at centre-back as Mathieu Baudry, Gabriel Zakuani and Tom Broadbent were all ruled out.
Resulting in Anthony Grant having to step in as he’s done at some points throughout the season, and again show why he’s enjoyed such a long, productive career.
Eoin Doyle’s time at Swindon has been remarkable, he’s easily one of the best goalscorers the club’s ever witnessed, and he’s rightly taken the majority of the headlines, but a player and character like Anthony Grant has been just as important inside the first half of the season.
His never say die attitude to any situation on the pitch, his passing ability, and talents in winning the ball have him down as the MVP of Wellens’ side, and extending his loan deal in the next couple of weeks is vital, as I can’t see us replacing a player of his caliber in the frenzied world of the January transfer window.
Going by noises coming out of the club I would be very surprised if Grant is recalled by Shrewsbury as they’ve made it clear he isn’t apart of their plans. Hopefully, his future is with us for the rest of this season and possibly into next season.
Unfortunately the same can’t be said for Eoin Doyle and Jerry Yates’ deals with Swindon Town as they could both be recalled this month by their parent clubs.
I’ve got a terrible feeling Bradford will recall their Irish striker and try to make him fit into their system but I don’t think Rotherham will recall Jerry Yates with the Yorkshire side playing well and picking up results in League One.
If the worst situation happens and we do lose Doyle I believe Yates possesses all the ability needed to step up and make the No. 9 role his own.
He may not have the experience of Doyle but he does have a natural talent needed to fill this role successfully.
With the man of the moment not able to play this Saturday Yates will get his chance to show he’s the answer to the question no one wants to contemplate as Town welcomes Bradford City to Wiltshire.
With the Bantams form starting to come together in recent weeks resulting in them sitting fourth in League Two the game will be a must-watch for all Town fans as another win cements our promotion challenge just before another tough game next Saturday as we host third-place, Crewe Alexandra, at the County Ground.
If you’ve not made the trip to the County Ground yet this season and are thinking about returning I can’t encourage you enough to come and witness our club finally playing attractive football and winning games in style. Put your faith in this Town side, you won’t regret it.