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MATCH REPORT: Northampton Town 1-2 Swindon Town

Shade and Lavinier thunderbolts earn Swindon big victory at Sixfields…

29 December 2022

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MATCH REPORT: Northampton Town 1-2 Swindon Town

Shade and Lavinier thunderbolts earn Swindon big victory at Sixfields…

29 December 2022

Swindon Town bounced back to winning ways with an impressive showing to beat Northampton Town on their own turf, with two special strikes from Tyrese Shade and Marcel Lavinier proving the difference.

League Two top scorer Sam Hoskins added to his growing tally with an impressive goal of his own in stoppage time which made for an uneasy last few minutes, but Swindon held firm to claim all three points in front of a raucous away following of just over 1,450.

There were three changes to the starting eleven by First-Team Head Coach Scott Lindsey from the Boxing Day defeat to Walsall, with Ben Gladwin, Saidou Khan and Luke Jephcott coming in, and Ronan Darcy, Louis Reed and Jacob Wakeling named among the subs.

After a cagey opening twelve minutes as both sides looked to get the upper-hand, it was Swindon who looked to threaten first.

A searching cross from deep on the right from Remeao Hutton looked to find Jonny Williams surging into the opposition box, but the Welshman, on the stretch, was unable to make clean contact with the ball and it was easily scooped up by Lee Burge.

It was a very even game for the ten minutes that followed, but Northampton created their first chance of the game on twenty-one minutes, as Shaun McWilliams brought down a hopeful high ball just outside the Town area before laying it off to Louis Appere, but his powerful left-footed strike was well saved by Sol Brynn diving to his right.

Then the game burst into life on twenty-five minutes.

First, a neat back heel from Appere inside the Town area was gathered by Mitch Pinnock, who with just Brynn to beat, somehow sent his effort wide of the left post when he probably should have scored.

But Swindon, not to be deterred, went straight down the other end and took the lead on twenty-six.

Jonny Williams was found brilliantly in the Cobblers box with space to control the ball and set himself, before a low strike at goal was well saved by the feet of Burge, but there was Tyrese Shade to lash the ball high into the net to break the deadlock.

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Swindon continued to battle with the majority of the tie being contested in the midfield, but it was Northampton who responded next with a chance as they looked to level things up on thirty-five minutes.

A clever cross from the left by Mitch Pinnock found striker Sam Hoskins bursting into the area, but he sent his first-time volley just wide of the left post.

Five minutes later Sol Brynn was called into action again, as Pinnock’s dangerous cross from the right just inside the area was headed goalward by Ben Fox, only for the Swindon stopper to dive impressively and push it away to his left.

Referee Lewis Smith blew his whistle shortly after to bring the first period to a close with Swindon in the lead.

Into the second half and it was Lindsey’s charges who started the brighter of the two, creating their first opportunity on fifty-two minutes, but it was just a half-chance, as Ellis Iandolo received the ball from Hutton on the right and shot from distance, but his effort was always rising.

A minute later, Tyrese Shade looked to add to his tally, as he turned cleverly inside the Cobblers box before unleashing a left-footed strike, but his shot was deflected over the bar for a corner.

Then a moment of sheer magic from Marcel Lavinier to double Swindon’s advantage on fifty-six minutes, as he cut in from the left side at pace and struck a fierce long range effort that nestled perfectly into the top right hand corner of Lee Burge’s goal. A truly phenomenal strike for two-nil.

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Northampton forward Louis Appere looked to go one better two minutes later as he hit one from distance, but the impressive Sol Brynn was there again to repel the effort.

Just past the hour mark it was Sam Hoskins turn to try and beat Brynn as a clever dummy from Appere created space for him, but his low shot was easily gathered by the Town keeper.

Scott Lindsey rang the changes on sixty-six minutes, as Luke Jephcott and Jonny Williams made way for Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Jacob Wakeling, and it was the latter who looked to make an immediate impact a minute later.

He controlled well just outside The Cobblers box and turned his marker, before unleashing a low left-footed strike at goal, but Burge was more than equal to it.

On seventy-two minutes, Lavinier showed his defensive side with a fantastic last ditch block to deny Louis Appere who had weaved his way into the area to make space for a shot.

Two minutes later Sam Hoskins went close as he shot low from an acute angle after Town failed to clear a Northampton corner, but his shot sailed narrowly wide with Brynn rooted to the spot.

With three minutes of normal time remaining, the hosts threatened again as Louis Appere was again denied by Sol Brynn as he did well to shake off his marker and strike one at goal just inside the area, but it was too narrow and the Swindon stopper was able to push it to safety.

Then, as we reached the ninety minute mark, a moment of brilliance from Hoskins saw him reduce the arrears with a fine curling effort from the edge of the area that finally saw the outstretched Brynn beaten, making for a tense finish to the tie.

But Swindon held firm to claim the victory, which ends a run of just one win in seven in all competitions, and keeps Lindsey’s side firmly in the play-off places.

MATCH INFORMATION:

Northampton Town Line-up: 4-3-3

1. Lee Burge (GK) – 3. Aaron McGowan (2. Tyler Magloire 69mins), 5. Jon Guthrie ©, 6. Sam Sherring, 22. Akinwale Odimayo (10. Danny Hylton 85mins), 17. Shaun McWilliams, 8. Ben Fox (19. Kieron Bowie 60mins), 12. Marc Leonard, 11. Mitchell Pinnock (21. Josh Felix-Eppiah 61mins), 9. Louis Appere, 7. Sam Hoskins.

Subs not used: 23. Jon Maxted (GK) – 24. Ryan Haynes, 18. Josh Harrop, 21. Josh Felix-Eppiah.

Scorers: Hoskins 90

Yellow Cards: 7. Hoskins 89mins, 19. Bowie 82mins

Red Cards: None

Swindon Town Line-up: 4-3-3

1. Sol Brynn (GK) – 22. Marcel Lavinier, 20. Frazer Blake-Tracy, 21. Angus MacDonald ©, 2. Remeao Hutton, 3. Ellis Iandolo (10. Ronan Darcy 85mins), 7. Ben Gladwin, 23. Saidou Khan (5. Louis Reed 75mins), 28. Tyrese Shade, 8. Jonny Williams (24. Jacob Wakeling 66mins), 15. Luke Jephcott (19. Rushian Hepburn-Murphy 66mins)

Subs not used: 41. Jack Copland (GK) – 31. Harrison Minturn, 33. Morgan Roberts.

Scorers: Shade 26, Lavinier 56

Yellow Cards: 3. Iandolo 45+2mins, 28. Shade 80mins, 19. Hepburn-Murphy 90+7mins.

Red Cards: None

HT: 0-1

Referee: Lewis Smith

Assistant Referees: Michael Webb & Hristo Karaivanov

Fourth Official: Alan Young

Attendance: 7,156 (1,455 Town fans)


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