As fixtures piled up due to the mid-winter freeze, we had to wait until the middle of the month for our
first action. The game against Torquay, our debut in the Auto Windscreen Shield, was a comical affair -
vicious conditions, with sub-zero temperatures and swirling snow, made the game pretty much unplayable. The
win was less important than avoiding injury and limb amputations due to frostbite.
A bad-tempered affair at Preston saw us emerge with yet another draw, after the home side had a player
sent off and missed a penalty.
The cup tie with Oxford finally went ahead after two weather-related postponements, one of which came two
minutes after the scheduled kickoff time, and a power failure. It was worth the wait too - one of our most
impressive performances saw an efficient, controlled victory over the First Division side. That we relied on two
late strikes after dominating the whole game still left some cause for concern, however.
Sky decided to give us a second chance by televising the vital derby at Luton. We didn't let ourselves down either,
grinding out another draw in typically dour fashion. It was one of the ugliest games I've seen for a long time and we
got what we deserved - a goalless draw when we badly needed a win to make up ground on the leaders.