Thursday, July 14, 2011

Town Squad Return To Wiltshire

The ten day tour of the small Italian town Norcia ended today with pre-season set to finish closer to home. Their stay in Italy consisted of two matches and more importantly intensive training as well as an opportunity for the squad to bond.

The first game was against a Norcia XI where Town showed their superiority with an 11-0 victory. Swindon notched up a 5-0 win against Marche XI yesterday. Whilst quality in the opposition was lacking, you have to be impressed that at no point the players took the foot of the gas.

Photographic evidence would tell you the aim of further improving the fitness of players and building a good team spirit has been successful. From the outside in, training sessions looked thorough and intense. In spite of this, the Town players appeared all smiles through the blood, sweat and tears.

The team now continue the pre-season much closer to home, starting with a short trip across town to face non-league side Swindon Supermarine on Tuesday 19th July. This is shortly followed up by an away tie to Cirencester Town on the following Monday.

The aforementioned games are unlikely to be a challenge for the players. The same cannot be said for the final friendly of pre-season against local rivals Reading. Unlucky to fall at the final hurdle in the Championship play-offs the Royals will give Town supporters more of a true indication as to if the squad is ready and ultimately good enough.

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