Town Flier

After a weekend without a game, Swindon supporters are looking forward to seeing their team at home for the next two Saturday's writes Peter Mitchell.

With the memories of that Forest Green Rovers win fresh in their minds, most fans will have moved into optimistic mode once again.

And the stats are there to support that frame of mind.

There is no doubt that since the arrival of manager Richie Wellens in mid-November, there has been a definite upturn in both results and performances. As Wellens has recently brought in nine of his “own” players, and only now feels he has the measure of his squad, there is some logic in looking at just the recent set of results to get any meaningful trend.

Based on the last eight games (which includes home defeats against Crawley and Exeter), Town are in fourth place, and based on just the past six games, they are in third – behind Crewe and Bury.

Crewe and possibly Oldham, with new manager Paul Scholes, look like two teams who could join Swindon in a late push.

Having won their last three away games, Town’s form on the road is equal to second placed Bury, so there is no problem there.

It is the home form, for their remaining seven games at the County Ground, that is likely to determine the success or otherwise of this season.

Swindon lie in 14th place, but their adverse goal difference puts them bottom of no less than five teams on the same number of 46 points.

That shows how easy it would be to climb another half a dozen spots, with a run of just two or three wins.

They are still only six points from the play-off places.

With six of the 10 ten teams in League Two playing each other on Saturday, a win against Grimsby should mean more progress up the table than usual.

The key to all this then is that Swindon embark on some consistently good home form.

The lack of punch up front is of course of some concern, but newcomer Theo Robinson’s form in his two games, and hopefully supported by a fully fit Marc Richards, might just be enough.

Wins against Grimsby and Colchester will more than crack open the door for a dramatic end of season run in.