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22:05 9th February 2010

Report: Town 4 Oldham 2

Town ran out 4-2 winners over Oldham Athletic this evening, following an uninspiring 90 minutes at The County Ground. It was the visitors who started the match the stronger, but could only create half chances for strikers Pawel Abbott and Jason Price early on. Town struggled to get into their stride in the first half, with a few passes going astray and in-form strikers Billy Paynter and Charlie Austin barely getting a sniff of goal in a turgid opening 45 minutes. However, it was just as the half drew to a close that Town took the game by the scruff of the neck, with Paynter bagging a brace - first from a stunning 20-yard drive into the top corner, then from the penalty spot after Charlie Austin had been hauled down by Reuben Hazell. The second half started slowly as had the first, but Town were 4-0 to the good within an hour, as both Charlie Austin and Danny Ward sprung the offside trap to race through and finish neatly to put the game beyond the visitors. Danny Wilson took the opportunity to rest some of his players as the half went on, with J-P McGovern, Billy Paynter and Charlie Austin being replaced by Vincent Pericard, Craig Easton and Mark Marshall. Two lapses in concentration from Town allowed Oldham to gain some respectability, as substitute Joe Colbeck stole in at the back post for the first, and Jason Price took advantage of a Phil Smith error to nod home the second. In truth the game had begun to peter out soon after Ward had made it 4-0, but Wilson will be disappointed to have seen his side pegged back as the game drew to a close. However, it was a vital win for a Town side who were far from their best throughout, and a perfect springboard for Saturday's promotion clash with Huddersfield Town. 9 - Charlie Austin has an opportunity but sees his 20-yard drive saved by former Luton keeper Dean Brill in the Oldham goal. 20 - Polish front man Pawel Abbott almost gives his side the lead but his right footed strike from 12-yards drifts wide of Phil Smith's goal. 23 - Jon-Paul McGovern swings in a right-footed corner in front of The Adkins Family Stand, but his centre of cleared by Joe Jacobson. 27 - Billy Paynter goes close - drilling a shot wide right with Town trying to exert some forward pressure. 28 - Oldham's JJ Price fires into the Town End when well-placed on his second outing for his new club. 40 - Price wins a free-kick from former Doncaster teammate Greer, with the resulting free-kick swung in by Dale Stephens but Phil Smith claims the ball to eradicate the danger. 45 - GOAL! Billy Paynter produces a moment of magic to open the scoring. The striker picks the ball up 20-yards from goal following a fine inside pass from Jean-Francois, turns well before unleashing an unstoppable right-foot shot which rockets into the top corner. 45 + 3 - GOAL! Town are awarded a penalty with Jacobson penalized for a foul on Austin, with Paynter stepping up to roll in his second of the night from the spot. 48 - GOAL! A fine ball through from Danny Ward finds Charlie Austin, who shows no hesitation having beaten the offside trap before rifling the ball past Brill into the net for his 11th of the campaign. 54 - A foul by Reuben Hazell hands Town another opportunity, although Jon-Paul McGovern's 25-yard free-kick fails to find the target. 58 - GOAL! The best move of the match sees Swindon score their fourth with Ward on target. A ball through from Douglas is met by Ward who clips the ball into the bottom left hand corner from 18-yards out. 61 - Town are on the attack again with Billy Paynter seeing a low effort from the left fly narrowly wide. 73 - A foul from centre-back Reuben Hazell presents Swindon with another opportunity, with Jonathan Douglas doing his best to open his Town account but his 25-yard free-kick sails over the bar into the Town End. 74 - Town boss Danny Wilson makes a double switch with Vincent Pericard and Craig Easton replacing Charlie Austin and Jon-Paul McGovern. 79 - GOAL! The Latics score a consolation through substitute Joe Colbeck. A strike by Chris Taylor drifts across the face of goal with Colbeck on hand to fire the ball in from an acute 12-yard angle. 84 - Mark Marshall is introduced into the action, replacing two-goal front man Billy Paynter with Marshall taking his place alongside Pericard in the frontline. 90 + 3 - GOAL! Oldham score their second of the night with Joe Colbeck's cross not dealt with by Smith and Price is on hand to open his Latics account with a close range header. Full-time: Swindon Town 4 Oldham Athletic 2
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