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MATCH REPORT: Swindon Town 1-0 Colchester United

Super-sub Shade nets winner as Town claim another three points at SN1…

15 October 2022

Club News

MATCH REPORT: Swindon Town 1-0 Colchester United

Super-sub Shade nets winner as Town claim another three points at SN1…

15 October 2022

Swindon claimed another important victory at The County Ground as second-half substitute Tyrese Shade came on to score the winner to move Town within a point of fifth place in the League Two table.

For the first time this season, Scott Lindsey named an unchanged starting eleven for the clash, with the only switch coming on the bench with Marcel Lavinier replaced with young starlet Morgan Roberts.

It was a bright start from the hosts with the visitors looking nervy in the early exchanges with some hesitant defending, and Swindon had the ball in the net after just seven minutes on the clock.

A dangerous Ben Gladwin corner from the right found Frazer Blake-Tracy hovering at the far post, and the left-back nodded a superb header into the top right hand corner of the Colchester net, but referee Andy Haines ruled the goal out for an alleged foul in the build-up.

Colchester created the next chance of the tie five minutes later, but it was only a half-chance, as a headed clearance from Mathieu Baudry fell to Marley Marshall-Miranda on the edge of the box, but the midfielder volleyed high over the bar.

Then, as we hit the 18-minute mark, Luke Jephcott was presented with the ideal chance to give Town a deserved lead.


Jonny Williams sent a sumptuous chipped ball over the top to the forward who found himself free inside the box, only to be denied by a great save from United stopper Sam Hornby, who raised a hand on the slide to palm it away from the target.

The quality of the game dropped a little after that, with very few efforts on goal until we reached 32-minutes.

More good work from Jonny Williams sent Saidou Khan free in the area on the left side, but his shot at goal was well blocked by a Colchester defender. From the resulting corner, Ronan Darcy fired over from the edge of the box.

Moments later, another Ben Gladwin corner from the right caused problems for Matt Bloomfield’s side, as Frazer Blake-Tracy beat his marker to the ball, but could only direct his header wide of the mark this time.

It was a case of nothing further to report as the clocked ticked down for the remainder of the half with the tie goalless at the interval.

The second half arrived and it was more of the same in the first fifteen minutes, as both sides saw a lot of the ball in the midfield with Town having the majority share, but still chances were at a premium.

The tie did step up a notch as we reached the hour mark though, as Scott Lindsey introduced Ricky Aguiar and Tyrese Shade, replacing Ronan Darcy and Jacob Wakeling, and the pair made an immediate impact, but not before the visitors could have taken the lead just a couple of minutes later.

United won the ball back in midfield with Frank Nouble running the length of the Swindon half and racing into the box, but the forward lacked composure and sent a right-footed shot over Sol Brynn’s bar.

Then came the breakthrough for Lindsey’s side, as Jonny Williams found himself in acres of space on the right and drove to the byline unchallenged, and his low cross towards Shade at the far post was miskicked by a Colchester defender before bouncing off the unsuspecting substitute to make it one-nil.

Not the prettiest of goals, but Shade no doubt delighted to claim his second of the season.

Matt Bloomfield’s charges responded well with various attempts to try and breakdown a stubborn Town defence, but were limited in their efforts.

Ellis Iandolo was brought on in place of Jonny Williams to tighten things up for Town, who continued to stand firm and limit United.

As we reached the final ten minutes of the game, Colchester tried their luck with Marley Marshall-Miranda volleying high over Sol Brynn’s bar from the edge of the box, before Ben Gladwin forced United stopper Sam Hornby to stay alert as he saved a low drive from the midfielder.

Morgan Roberts was handed his first league start for the club as another two changes were made to the outfield eleven by Lindsey, with defender Ciaran Brennan entering the fray too in place of Luke Jephcott and Remeao Hutton respectively.

Ricky Aguiar, who’d impressed since coming on, recorded the last chance of the game, hitting a first-time half-volley that dipped narrowly over Sam Hornby’s crossbar, but Town saw the remaining six minutes of added time out to record another important three points with attentions turning to Bristol Rovers in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night.


Swindon Town Line-up: 4-3-3

1. Sol Brynn (GK) – 4. Tom Clayton, 6. Mathieu Baudry, 20. Frazer Blake-Tracy, 2. Remeao Hutton (34. Ciaran Brennan 86mins), 10. Ronan Darcy (17. Ricky Aguiar 57mins), 7. Ben Gladwin ©, 23. Saidou Khan, 8. Jonathan Williams, 24. Jacob Wakeling (28. Tyrese Shade 57mins), 15. Luke Jephcott (33. Morgan Roberts 86mins).

Subs not used: 25. Conor Brann (GK) – 5. Louis Reed.

Scorers: Shade 64

Yellow Cards: 7. Gladwin 88mins

Red Cards: None

Colchester United Line-up:

1. Sam Hornby (GK) – 22. Junior Tchadameu, 6. Tom Dallison-Lisbon, 4. Luke Chambers ©, 30. Al-Amin Kazeem, 14. Noah Chilvers (3. Ryan Clampin 85mins), 8. Cole Skuse (23. Daniel Chesters 76mins), 33. Marley Marshall-Miranda, 11. Freddie Sears (19. Alex Newby 64mins), 7. Luke Hannant (24. John Akinde 64mins), 45. Frank Nouble (10. Alan Judge 76mins).

Subs not used: 13. Kieran O’Hara (GK) – 18. Thomas Eastman.

Scorers: None

Yellow Cards: 22. Tchamadeu 45+1mins, 33. Marshall-Miranda 37mins

Red Cards: None

Referee: Andy Haines

Assistant Referees: Justin Amey & Alex James

Fourth Official: Steven Plane

Attendance: 8,375 (257 away fans)

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