IS THERE anything worse for a travelling supporter than a 94th-minute defeat?

And it wasn’t as though the 1,402 away fans at Cheltenham Town on Saturday got to enjoy a good match, as the Swindon Town faithful endured a poor afternoon all-round.

David Flitcroft’s side again looked weak and outplayed in midfield as James Dunne and Amine Linganzi failed to take control of the game.

Former Cambridge United man Dunne has failed to find much form since his move to the County Ground in the summer, and again on Saturday he struggled as he conceded a penalty and the free-kick that resulted in another defeat this season.

Another summer recruit, former Port Vale defender Ben Purkiss, has also failed to make an impact this campaign.

Neither himself nor Matt Taylor could handle Cheltenham’s wingers and were exposed far too often.

With back-up full-back Kyle Knoyle waiting in the wings to get his chance, hopefully the manager will show some faith in the former West Ham United youngster in the coming weeks, as Purkiss shouldn’t be a regular for Town this season.

It was good to see new goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook make an instant impact between the sticks for Town, following on the grand tradition of saving a penalty on your debut.

The former Coventry City stopper had a comfortable afternoon and didn’t look rusty after his time away from first-team football.

When Lawrence Vigouroux returns from suspension, he now knows a couple of mistakes and his place would be in more danger than in previous seasons.

This weekend, Town are again on their travels as Mansfield Town host Flitcroft’s side in a big game for both clubs.

After being one of the favourites for promotion in the summer, Mansfield haven’t lived up to their expected potential as they sit on 19 points, a couple of spots from the play-offs.

If Town have any ambition for success this season themselves, they need to build up some consistency with their results, and that needs to start this Saturday in upsetting Steve Evans and his Stags side.