So that’s another box ticked, winning at the ground where the Crazy Gang dream ultimately unravelled, perhaps the most depressing game of football I can ever remember. Except it’s not quite forgiven and forgotten, many Dons fans such as myself missed yesterday’s victory, so we’ll have to turn them over at Kingsmeadow before we can officially say Bye Bye Bradford, and Dons-Bantams fixtures become a normal occasion again.
Unfortunately I’m only able to do one long away trip a month, and that was taken up this month by the trip to, erm, Aldershot. I will be heading up to Morecambe though, a fixture that might well turn out to be an early season top of the table clash. Yes seriously, I bet you never thought you’d read that after the Northampton game. If anything its an example of just how tight this division is. I know its early days, but it wouldn’t surprise me if we were never more than a couple of wins or defeats away from the top and bottom of the table respectively all the way up to Christmas.
We’ve reached ten games, the point in which the League table looks less like a form guide and starts serving its purpose, and despite an inconsistent start performance-wise, you can’t ask for more than five wins and a couple of draws… it’s play-off form (which explains how we currently find ourselves in seventh place). Not that we should start making plans for a season of success just yet – although a fearsome looking October will tell us a great deal more about our true position in this division.
Our challenging month starts with the visit of Gillingham next week, in a much-anticipated encounter for one obvious reason. Yet the Gills also represent a side with serious promotion ambitions, and will provide the stiffest challenge we’ve faced so far. Coupled with the aforementioned trip to Morecambe, as well as tough looking journeys to Torquay and Shrewsbury, the Dons face Crawley and Crewe at Kingsmeadow, in a month we’ll do very well to finish still in the top half of the table.
Before then we welcome back Danny Kedwell next Saturday, and I’ll be building up to that later in the week…