Tuesday 27th March.
The preparations continued today for the decisive period of 10
games in 39 days as the climax to the season draws ever nearer.
A reserve fixture against Preston at the McAlpine gave Town an opportunity
to field a side likely to closely resemble the side on duty against
Portsmouth on Saturday. When you look at the line up of – Vaesen;
Heary; Moses; Dyson; Smith (Holland), Gorré; Baldry; Irons; Thornley;
Booth (Macari); Gallen (Schofield), it either suggests that Macari
is likely to pair Booth and Gallen on Saturday or that they are
determined to bring some silverware to club in the form of the Avon
Insurance league championship trophy.
Anyway, there was good news from the second string as they took
another step towards the championship with a 2-1 win, and better
news for the fans as Andy Booth took just 43 minutes to head home
his first goal of his second spell at the club. He also contributed
to the second by being brought down in the penalty area with Kenny
Irons converted the spot kick. Both Booth and Gallen played almost
the entire match, with the striking duo replaced by Danny Schofield
and Paul Macari after 86 minutes. The only bad news was that Martin
Smith picked up an injury (what another one?) after just 17 minutes
and is probably now doubtful for the game on Saturday.