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MATCH REPORT: Swindon Town 2-1 Hartlepool United

Williams and Jephcott convert to push Town into play-off places...

22 October 2022

Club News

MATCH REPORT: Swindon Town 2-1 Hartlepool United

Williams and Jephcott convert to push Town into play-off places...

22 October 2022

Two first half goals proved enough for Swindon Town to pick up another win at SN1 as they defeated Hartlepool United 2-1 - three points that sees them move up to fifth in the table.

Jonny Williams close-range tap-in and a superb header from Luke Jephcott saw Town over the line in a game they could, and probably should, have won by more.

Town boss Scott Lindsey stuck with the same starting eleven and subs bench he named in their last League Two encounter against Colchester last weekend, looking for a repeat of their victory at SN1 just seven days ago.

In an even first ten minutes with Swindon seeing most of the ball, it was the visitors who created the first effort on goal, as Clarke Oduor showed good feet to cut inside from the right and unleash an awkward left-footed strike that bounced up in front of Sol Brynn, forcing him to parry it away well.

However, a minute later and the deadlock was broken by Town, as Ben Gladwin sent a dangerous cross into the area from the far right, leaving Jonny Williams with a simple tap-in.

As we approached the 15-minute mark, the Welshman looked to make it a quickfire double, as another tricky Gladwin cross from the right evaded everyone and resulted in Williams colliding with Ben Killip in the Hartlepool goal before the ball was scrambled away to safety.

However, Town fans were soon treated to a second goal, as Remeao Hutton took advantage of the opportunity to cross from the right this time, and there was Luke Jephcott to beat his marker and plant a brilliant header into the top left-hand corner of the net.

Hartlepool’s afternoon went from bad to worse as Keith Curle was forced into an early change, with the injured Mark Shelton making way for Reghan Tumilty, however, they were given a route back into the tie on 28-minutes, as Josh Umerah outmuscled his way past his marker on his way into the box before squaring it to Clarke Oduor who placed it past Brynn for 2-1.

Town looked to respond two minutes later and almost scored a rather fluky third, as Frazer Blake-Tracy crossed from deep, and with Ben Gladwin failing to control in the box, an attempted defensive clearance rebounded off Jacob Wakeling and trickled narrowly wide, leaving Killip stranded.

As The Pools looked to even up the score, Sol Brynn was forced to halt an energetic run by Callum Cooke, who somehow evaded several challenges on the left side before forcing the Town stopper to block his cutback inside the box with his feet.

Three first half goals and Town with the advantage at the break.

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The second period mirrored the first with both sides seeing an equal share of the ball in the first ten minutes with chances at a premium.

In fact, a yellow card apiece for Remeao Hutton and Pools’ Evan Murray was the only action we witnessed until we neared the 55-minute mark, where Ben Gladwin looked to add a third for Swindon.

Great work from Jonny Williams on the left to cut inside and drive at the visitors’ defence saw him spread the ball across to his fellow midfielder, who took a great first touch on the edge of the box before firing narrowly over with a venomous left-footed drive.

We didn’t see another clear-cut chance in the game until minute sixty-eight, but the move of the game almost resulted in Town extending their lead.

Ben Gladwin played a delicious long-range pass across the pitch to Remeao Hutton on the right, who in turn volleyed a first-time ball into the box towards Jephcott, but the angle was tight for the striker and he could only fire over.

This seemed to give Scott Lindsey’s side fresh impetus as Tyrese Shade was introduced into the action in place of the impressive Jonny Williams.

On 72-minutes, more great work down the right by the in-form Hutton saw him nutmeg his marker and cross low into the area, but it narrowly evaded both Jephcott and Wakeling on the stretch.

Shortly after, Ellis Iandolo replaced the Welsh striker, and Hartlepool boss Keith Curle made a triple change in a bid to get that all important leveler for the visitors.

And they almost got it on 80-minutes as substitute Mohamad Sylla found himself with space and time in the box to drive at Sol Brynn’s goal, but the Town stopper got down well to make a superb save and keep Scott Lindsey’s side ahead.

With five minutes of normal time remaining, Tom Clayton was close to opening his Swindon account as Frazer Blake-Tracy nodded a Ben Gladwin corner from the left back across goal which was flicked into the path of the centre-back by Khan, but on the stretch, he volleyed narrowly over with the offside raised seconds later.

Three minutes later Town spurned two great chances to put the game beyond doubt as Ronan Darcy sent Wakeling clear through on goal, only for the defender chasing back to get a toe in ahead of him with Ben Killip making a good save, and from the rebound, Saidou Khan beat a man and shot low, only for the United stopper to save well again.

With three minutes of stoppage time ordered by referee Darren Drysdale, Saidou Khan took it upon himself to try his luck, and his fizzing low strike from just outside the box forced Killip into a low save at full stretch.

But that’s how it finished with Scott Lindsey’s side grabbing another three points at home to push themselves towards those play-off positions.

MATCH INFORMATION:

Swindon Town Line-up: 4-3-3

1. Sol Brynn (GK) – 4. Tom Clayton, 6. Mathieu Baudry, 20. Frazer Blake-Tracy, 2. Remeao Hutton, 10. Ronan Darcy (17. Ricky Aguiar 90+4mins), 7. Ben Gladwin ©, 23. Saidou Khan, 8. Jonathan Williams (28. Tyrese Shade 68mins), 24. Jacob Wakeling, 15. Luke Jephcott (3. Ellis Iandolo 74mins).

Subs not used: 25. Connor Brann (GK) – 34. Ciaran Brennan, 5. Louis Reed, 33. Morgan Roberts.

Scorers: Williams 12, Jephcott 17

Yellow Cards: 2. Hutton 53mins, 10. Darcy 81mins, 3. Iandolo 90+6mins

Red Cards: None

Hartlepool United Line-up: 3-5-1-1

1. Ben Killip (GK) – 24. Alex Lacey, 5. Euan Murray, 4. Mouhamed Niang (14. Brody Paterson 36mins), 27. Clarke Oduor (11. Wesley McDonald 76mins), 8. Nicky Featherstone © (20. Mohamad Sylla 77mins), 3. David Ferguson, 6. Mark Shelton (26. Reghan Tumilty 26mins), 22. Tom Crawford, 9. Josh Umerah (33. Theo Robinson 77mins), 10. Callum Cooke.

Subs not used: 21. Kyle Letheren (GK) – 17. Ellis Taylor.

Scorers: Oduor 28

Yellow Cards: 4. Murray 58mins, 26. Tumilty 90+4mins

Red Cards: None

Referee: Darren Drysdale

Assistant Referees: Abbas Khan & Ryan Whittaker

Fourth Official: Gareth Viccars

Attendance: 8,527 (123 away fans)


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