TOWN FLIER: Swindon ending season with a flourish
ARE the play-offs a bridge too far? Whatever happens in the final two games of the 2013/14 season, Swindon Town’s fine finish to this quite remarkable campaign bodes well for the future, writes Andrew Steele-Davis.
Swindon will go into their final two games of the season, against Notts County and Rotherham respectively, with a very slim chance of snatching the last play-off spot from Peterborough United’s grasp.
Peterborough have one hand firmly on that sixth spot and need just one win from their final two games in order to seal the deal.
Swindon will have to win both their games to keep any hopes alive – but on current form, that doesn’t seem too much of a tall order. Whatever happens, Town's resurgent finish has given fans a fantastic late-season boost.
Swindon have strung together an impressive sequence of six wins from their last seven games, with a defeat away at Carlisle United the only blot on the copybook.
Along the way they have claimed the notable scalps of Preston, Sheffield United and Brentford at home while there was also the last-gasp victory away to Coventry City on Good Friday which will live long in the memory.
If Mark Cooper can keep the nucleus of this squad together, including the key defensive duo of Jay McEveley and Troy Archibald-Henville, in addition to some of the more talented youngsters, then the 2014/15 season could surely lead to a sustained promotion challenge.
TALENTED amateur footballer Josue Antonio will sign a one-year professional contract with Swindon Town FC after winning the Samsung Win A Pro Contract competition.
Defender Josue, 18, from Mitcham, beat more than 5,700 entrants to win the life-changing dream contract with the League One club.
The defender made it through a series of regional trials and assessment days, before competing in an 11-a-side final at Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium on March 2.
Josue, who currently plays for Staines Town FC, impressed Swindon manager Mark Cooper in the game and subsequent training sessions.
Cooper said: “I chose Josue as the winner because he is an extremely athletic young man with great physical stature for his age.”