As the two teams emerged from the tunnel at the County Ground last Saturday a sea of red and white was lifted into the air from the Town faithful and a volume of noise not heard for decades echoed around Swindon, It was clear this would be a moment talked about for years to come.
Any of the 11,000 Town fans that were in attendance last weekend will tell you it was an awesome spectacle, as a near-capacity County Ground witness their side earn a 2-1 victory to move four points clear at the top of the League Two table.
Unfortunately, the fantastic site in the stands could not be replicated on the pitch, as the game itself wasn’t a classic.
Archie Collins’ OG saw Town take a deserved lead from Michael Doughty’s corner, and despite a defensive mistake allowing the away side to level the game up Richie Wellens’ side regained the lead just before half-time thanks to some wonderful work from Diallang Jaiyesimi as he laid it on a plate for new man Hallam Hope to tuck away his second goal in as many games at the County Ground.
When Jaiyesimi arrived in SN1 he made the worst start possible as he was straight on the treatment table and was out for three months with injury, thankfully the manager kept his faith in the young winger and he’s repaid him with some superb performances.
You could tell he had something special when making his first start for Swindon away at Crawley in late October as Town cruised to a comfortable 4-0 win with the young loanee putting in a solid display.
But since the turn of the new year he’s become a regular in the team and had improved at an incredible rate, one difference being his timing in the shot, as before he would hesitate which would see the chance gone, but in a short amount of time his timing with the ball at his feet has improved, it’s clear if he continues in the same upward trajectory he’s on now he’ll end up at the top of the game.
After pulling off the incredible feat of bringing home both Eoin Doyle and Jerry Yates last week I doubted we’d see any business on Deadline Day but Town pulled off another shocker by signing former Burton Albion and Rotherham midfielder Matt Palmer on an 18-month deal.
Despite not impressing in his loan spell at Bradford this season (we won’t hold that against him) the 24-year-old arrives at Town with an impressive CV for someone turning 25 later this month.
As he was a regular for Burton in their impressive rise up the leagues under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink winning the League Two title in 2015, finishing runners up in League One in 2016 and winning the playoff final in the same division for Rotherham in 2018.
It’s a brave move for the box-to-box midfielder as he’s willing to drop down the divisions to get his career back on track, but he’ll have a tough job trying to fit into an already talented midfield line-up.
With Michael Doughty, Danny Rose, Jordan Lyden and Anthony Grant all impressing throughout the season he’ll have to wait and seize upon an injury or suspension to make his mark in a Town shirt.
This Saturday Town makes the longest trip of the season as they travel the 271 miles up the country to face Carlisle United.
Despite sitting in a disappointing 20th in League Two the Cambrian side has enjoyed an upturn in form after taking 8 points from the last 12 available which included a thumping 4-1 win over Forest Green at the New Lawn.
But despite the home side being unbeaten in their last four games Town should be too strong all over the pitch for their opponents which will hopefully result in their lead at the top of the League Two table increasing by 5 pm Saturday.