So after a storming bestival in both senses of the word, I’m back on the mainland for some catching up ahead of tonight’s big clash with AFC Wimbledon.
Saturday was spent slowly getting nearer and nearer to the main stage at Bestival in anticipation of The Cure’s headline set and trying in vain to find out the Cobblers result against Torquay. There was absolutely no signal whatsoever in the confines of the crowds on the Isle of Wight and it wasn’t unil around 1am on Sunday morning that I got final confirmation of a 0-0 draw thanks to a pile of texts catching up to my phone!
From reports I’m reading it sounded like a decent battle and to nick a point from one of the better sides in the league is nothing to frown about. We could have won the game but worryingly misfired in front of goal. At the other end there was a solid performance with a good clean sheet but the news that Byron Webster will miss the next six weeks with a metatarsal problem is concerning. Ashley Westwood and John Johnson will be the probable back up plan for central defence tonight with Ben Tozer also putting in shifts at the back in recent weeks.
Arron Davies also went off injured which sounded like a turning point with the former Posh man bossing the midfield up until that point but his injury doesn’t seem as bad as Webster’s with a late decision to be made on him for this evening’s clash with AFC Wimbledon.
It’s certainly a tricky one tonight with the Wombles finding their feet well in the early stages of their Football League career. But for a late, late equaliser from Aldershot’s Danny Hylton for Aldershot on Saturday, it would have been back to back wins for Wimbledon after they saw off Port Vale 3-2 in their last home fixture.
It points to a tough encounter in the capital on a Tuesday night where we really could do with bagging three points. It’s all that’s needed to lift some anxiety from the club, to give us something to cheer after a worrying few weeks and to get everyone’s minds back on the league campaign.
What a win would mean tonight is more than three points, it’s a change of mood that’s crucial to any assault on a fight back from the doom and gloom.