The sports blog: turning the corner

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THE old sporting adage of ‘turning the corner’ is probably the main theme of this week - especially when it comes to MK Dons.

Five points from three away games isn’t exactly ground-breaking form for a side chasing promotion from League One, but given the context - nine defeats from 11 on the road - it’s actually a pretty good achievement. Dons’ away panel in the table now makes for far more respectable reading.

And if Karl Robinson’s side have been miraculously cured of their travel sickness, then it couldn’t have come at a better time. Although they remain in the top five, the chances are that at least one - possibly six - of the play-off chasing pack could leapfrog them once games in hand are taken care of. Fifth in the table could become 11th very quickly.

With that in mind, picking up points in their next two away fixtures at Bristol Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday - one of those hot on their heels - really is a must for Dons. That will be a huge test of whether or not Dons really have turned the corner, or in fact just swerved slightly off course.

After their trip to Hillsborough next Saturday Dons’ run of fixtures is relatively kind to them, and by the end of February fans will have a pretty good idea of how realistic their play-off chances are.

Also hoping to have improved their fortunes are MK Lions who claimed their first win in six attempts by beating Worcester Wolves.

Away form has also been Lions’ Achilles’ heel this season - well for the last three years really - and Mike New’s side will need to quickly learn how to win outside of the city if they’re to make the British Basketball League play-offs.

MK Lightning have turned their corner so dramatically that they could yet retain their English Premier League title.

It’s seven games without defeat for Nick Poole’s men, and with games in hand on the sides above them, the rest of the league is starting to pay close attention to what’s happening at Planet Ice again.

Elsewhere on the local sporting scene, Newport Pagnell Town are having a season to remember as they chase the United Counties League Premier title - and will move top of the table if they draw or win at Boston Town on Saturday, with leaders St Neots in FA Vase action.

And on the rugby front, Bletchley travel to Olney this weekend looking for revenge after defeat to their local rivals earlier this season.