"To rake the moon"
A trip to deepest Wiltshire beckons, as we continue our inexorable sleepwalk towards The National League (and beyond?). The League 2 table as illustrated on the BBC website makes grim reading, as we are the only club whose most recent 5 games are recorded as “LLLLL”. Swindon Town (known as “The Moonrakers” according to my reference) are currently comfortably placed in the play-off zone, and will no doubt be keen to maintain or improve that position.
There are a few connections between the two clubs in terms of past personnel … on the management side Dave Mackay was their player/manager (1971-72) before coming to us, and players who have featured for both sides include Dave Bamber, Sam Parkin, Willie Penman, Fitzroy Simpson and Dave Syrett. Current form in League 2 for Swindon Town looks like this:-
Sep 28 Newport County (H) Lost 0-2
Oct 5 Bradford City (A) Lost 2-1
Oct 12 Plymouth Argyle (H) Drew 1-1
Oct 19 Crewe Alexandra (A) Lost 3-1
Oct 22 Stevenaged (H) Won 1-0
Oct 26 Crawley (A) Won 0-4
It should be noted that Swindon Town’s Eoin Doyle is the leading individual scorer in League 2 so far this season. It’s a bit of a worry that he has scored more goals (13) than the entire Walsall team (11).
There is still no point in prophesying the outcome of Darrell Clarke’s thoughts on which Walsall XI will be seen on the pitch. It’s also tricky trying to work out which players will even be available for selection, as so little information on the state of injuries is divulged. The good news is that Kory Roberts has shown himself fit and capable of handling competitive League 2 football, and it’s possible that Caolan Lavery might make an appearance - but in reality, who knows?
Prediction … if we can come away from Swindon with a point, it will be quite an achievement. The problem is that a goal-less draw seems out of the question, and anything involving more than that means that we have to score, and that also seems highly improbable. However, in a really rose-tinted frame of mind let’s go for a 1-1 result, with the bearded wonder notching a long range screamer!!