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REPORT: SWINDON TOWN 2-1 NEWPORT COUNTY AFC

8 December 2018

Kaiyne Woolery sealed a third win in a row for Swindon as they overcame Newport County AFC 2-1 at the Energy Check County Ground.

 Woolery, on his return to the side, rounded Joe Day in the 81st minute to bag the points.

Michael Doughty had put Swindon in front just a minute into the match, but the Exiles equalised almost exactly the same amount of time after half-time through Padraig Amond.

Doughty was involved for the Town’s winner as he reversed the ball to the eventual match-winner, Woolery.  

First Half

Town were quick out of the blocks – after solid hold-up play from Kaiyne Woolery, Kyle Knoyle crossed to the back post. Doughty was lurking, plucked the ball out of the sky and swung a shot into the net, via a David Pipe deflection.

The home side didn’t let up either, camping in Newport’s half and pressing the ball energetically.

Their hard work in the final third was almost rewarded on 16 minutes Ellis Iandolo weaved in and out down the left and found Elijah Adebayo – he opened up his body and shot, Joe Day got a vital touch, pushing the ball onto the post.

From then, Town worked the ball and were very close with shots from distance – Doughty tried to chip Day from 25 yards but it sailed over. Taylor was next from 40 yards but was wide of the mark before a free-kick whistled past the post to round off the action.

Second Half

As quickly as Town had gone in front in the first half, Newport were just as sharp to equalise after the interval. Dan Butler crossed and Padraig Amond headed down and past Lawrence Vigouroux, who up until that point had been relatively unchallenged.

 And Town were under the cosh for a fair amount of the half – long throws and set-pieces had them penned back in for long periods.

They still managed to fashion the best chance following the goal – Doughty found Woolery in the box but he dragged his shot wide of the post.

Again, on 67 minutes, despite a period of pressure from the Exiles it was Town who worked the best effort. Scott Twine’s fancy feet earnt him a yard of space – he shot but Day was behind it.

And it seemed for all the world that the two teams would cancel each other out – but Woolery had different ideas. Doughty drove from midfield and reversed a wonderful pass into the returning striker.

You wouldn’t have known this was his first game back, judging by the finish – he rounded Day and planted the ball into the back of the net sending the County Ground into raptures.

Once again, the home side had to fight off a barrage of long balls right up until the final whistle but once again they showed their grit and determination to see out the game.


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