The Swindon game was a real Christmas cracker! Has there ever been a better league game at the New Lawn? In the first half Swindon were outstanding. They moved the ball well; all players were comfortable on the ball and hot-shot Doyle was the penalty area threat I expected him to be. Their 2-0 lead was well deserved. Had there ever been a better league side coming to Nailsworth? I was in awe. The trouble was so were the Rovers players They had stood back and allowed Swindon to play. Head coach Mark Cooper knew two things were needed; more control in midfield and punch in attack. To achieve this Ebou Adams was moved forward and James Morton came on at the break to pull the strings in midfield.

Rovers were half-a-yard faster and the second half was a different game.

The huge crowd roared Rovers on. Goals looked likely and captain fantastic Joe Mills scored two, the second in injury time and last it was from a corner. As promised at the next home game a slice of Mrs Light’s Christmas cake for the three players involved. A draw was a fair result, Swindon remained a threat and, but for determined defending, could have won. That would have been cruel.