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MATCH REPORT: Doncaster Rovers 0-1 Swindon Town

Town make it two straight wins as Wakeling strikes again to down Donny…

17 September 2022

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MATCH REPORT: Doncaster Rovers 0-1 Swindon Town

Town make it two straight wins as Wakeling strikes again to down Donny…

17 September 2022

A superb professional display saw Town clinch back to back League Two wins as their surge towards the top end of the table continued with a 1-0 win away at Doncaster Rovers.

Another Jacob Wakeling goal, his fourth of the campaign to date, proved the difference as Town kept Gary McSheffrey’s side to few chances throughout the ninety.

Scott Lindsey made two changes from the side that defeated Sutton United in midweek, with Remeao Hutton coming in for the injured Marcel Lavinier, and Jacob Wakeling starting ahead of Luke Jephcott.

The game started slowly, with just a yellow card shown to Tommy Rowe for the hosts proving the only action to report from an opening quarter of an hour as both sides cancelled each other out and looked to grab a foothold in the game.

The first opportunity of the tie went the way of Town though on 16-minutes, albeit a half chance, as Hutton found space out wide on the right before swinging in a curling cross that forced Doncaster keeper Jonathan Mitchell to gather his bearings in order to safely watch the ball sail narrowly wide of the mark.

Town were then dealt a blow as Scott Lindsey was forced into an early change, as captain Angus MacDonald was taken off with an injury and replaced by Mathieu Baudry, with the Frenchman coming on for an appearance against his former employers.

A slight break in play due to a medical emergency on 25-minutes saw a brief halt to proceedings, before Town threatened to break the deadlock as we reached the half hour mark.

Fantastic work from the ever-energetic Jacob Wakeling saw the striker retrieve possession just over the halfway line with a great sliding challenge, before a slick passing move involving Tyrese Shade, Ben Gladwin and Louis Reed found Ronan Darcy just inside the area, but his goal-bound effort was deflected out for a corner by a Donny defender.

The games second booking, this time for Town substitute Mathieu Baudry in first half stoppage time was the last event of a first forty-five of very little action.

As the second half got underway, we saw Town quick out the traps as they created two good chances in the opening ten minutes, with Ronan Darcy involved in both.

First, the midfielder broke from midfield with a driving run, laying the ball out to Jonny Williams on the right before receiving it back from the Welshman, but his powerful, low strike was blocked by a last-ditch interception from a Rovers defender.

Then, from the resulting corner, Darcy controlled the ball well, took a few neat touches before driving a thunderous effort towards goal that sailed narrowly over the bar.

Town continued to probe forward, with Tyrese Shade the next to try his luck, creating a chance through his own endeavours.

He picked the ball up just past the midway point, classily skipped past his marker, switched the ball onto his right foot before cutting inside and forcing a good save from Mitchell to get down low and tip the shot wide.

Doncaster responded well though by creating their first opportunity of the tie, as a dangerous whipped cross from the left caught everyone out but George Miller, who somehow managed to stretch and make contact with the ball, forcing Sol Brynn to tip it over.

Then on 59-minutes the deadlock was finally broken, as Jacob Wakeling found space inside the area to latch onto Ben Gladwin’s clever knock across the area to tap the ball beyond the outstretched Mitchell.

Going in search of a second just past the hour mark, Town pushed forward once again, with Jonny Williams going on a mazey run before sliding the ball left to Tyrese Shade on the edge of the box.

The attacker stayed patient before cutting inside at pace and striking narrowly over the crossbar.


However, Scott Lindsey’s side were grateful to a last-ditch sliding tackle from Tom Clayton moments later to keep them in the lead, as George Miller was sent through on goal but denied by the former Liverpool man just as he shaped to shoot.

Doncaster stopper Jonathan Mitchell, by far the busier of the two keepers on the day, was almost caught out by a stunning half-volley from Jonathan Williams, but he recovered well to launch himself backwards to palm the effort over.

Town boss Scott Lindsey then introduced Luke Jephcott to the action with Ronan Darcy making way, but just moments later, Rovers forced Sol Brynn into a decent save as he reacted well to push a tricky free-kick from Luke Molyneaux wide of the post.

Doncaster manager Gary McSheffrey made another couple of changes to try and effect the game, but Town stayed firm and confident in possession as the minutes ticked by.

George Miller’s tame effort at Sol Brynn proved the last talking point of the game, as Scott Lindsey’s side emerged winners by the single goal.


Doncaster Rovers Line-up: 4-3-3

1. Jonathan Mitchell (GK) – 2. Kyle Knoyle, 6. Ro-Shaun Williams, 28. Bobby Faulkner, 3. James Maxwell (18. Max Woltman 76mins), 10. Tommy Rowe (14. Harrison Biggins 57mins), 7. Luke Molyneaux, 8. Adam Clayton ©, 11. Jon Taylor (21. Kyle Hurst 62mins), 23. Lee Tomlin (22. Kieran Agard 76mins), 9. George Miller.

Subs not used: 13. Louis Jones (GK) – 15. Adam Long, 5. Joseph Olowu.

Scorers: None

Yellow Cards: 10. Rowe 10mins

Red Cards: None

Swindon Town Line-up: 4-3-3

1. Sol Brynn (GK) – 4. Tom Clayton, 21. Angus MacDonald © (6. Mathieu Baudry 19mins), 20. Frazer Blake-Tracy, 2. Remeao Hutton, 10. Ronan Darcy (15. Luke Jephcott 74mins), 5. Louis Reed, 7. Ben Gladwin, 8. Jonathan Williams, 24. Jacob Wakeling, 28. Tyrese Shade (23. Saidou Khan 90+1mins).

Subs not used: 25. Conor Brann (GK) – 3. Ellis Iandolo, 17. Ricky Aguiar, 33. Morgan Roberts.

Scorers: Wakeling 60

Yellow Cards: 6. Baudry 45+2mins

Red Cards: None

Referee: Charles Breakspear

Assistant Referees: Oliver Bickle & David Avent

Fourth Official: Helen Edwards

Attendance: 6,446 (632 away)

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