SO that's it. It's over. Town's tour of Austria is done and dusted for another year.

And to be honest its finish turned out to be something of an anti-climax.

Facing local third division outfit TSV St Johann – probably the equivalent of a lower Southern League side – in their final match Swindon were expecting to win, and comfortably at that.

However, things don't always go to plan. A three-hour torrential downpour in the afternoon left both sets of players splashing about as they warmed up on TSV's pitch.

So a decision was made, seconds before kick-off, to move to the club's adjoining training pitch which was around a third smaller and in not much of a better state.

Town dominated for large parts and scored three times but some sloppy defending, aided by the unpredictable playing surface, meant they conceded the same amount, with the hosts' equaliser coming right on the final whistle as a low free-kick squirmed past keeper David Lucas.

Boss Danny Wilson spoke after about the match fitness his players will have gained from the experience, and that is probably the only thing he will take from the encounter.

Overall the trip to Austria has been a huge education for me.

From witnessing in close quarters the hands-on and methodical approach of Wilson on the training pitch, to the unsung sheer hard work from people like kit man Roy Jones, no stone is left unturned.

The Swindon Town machine is becoming a well-oiled one, and with Wilson in the driving seat you get a sense of real belief among the camp.

This coming week the picturesque surroundings of Kaprun is swapped for visits to Hungeford, Luton and Chippenham. Hardly the same is it?

But it means the start of the new League One season is getting that bit closer, and I for one couldn't be happier.