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Swindon Town 2 Crewe Alexandra 2

Town start the new season with an entertaining draw

12 August 2023

Match Reports

Swindon Town 2 Crewe Alexandra 2

Town start the new season with an entertaining draw

12 August 2023

Swindon Town started the 23/24 season with an entertaining 2-2 draw at the County Ground on Saturday.

Goals came through Udoka Godwin-Malife and Jake Young scoring their first for the club, before two second-half goals from Michael Williams and Rio Adebisi left both sides leaving with a point.

Town made three changes to the starting XI to the side which fought bravely against Peterborough, with George McEachran, Jacob Wakeling and Benn Ward all coming in place of Liam Kinsella, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Tariq Uwakwe.

McEachran made his return from illness alongside Jake Cain who returned from a slight knock following their unavailability in midweek, with Wakeling given the chance to impress from the start as Benn Ward made his full debut for Town.

Swindon's first opening came in the 14th minute, with a neat corner routine seeing the ball fall to Saidou Khan as his first-time deflected volley forced a great save from Crewe's Harvey Davies.

Another chance came five minutes later, with neat work from Dan Kemp, Wakeling and Godwin-Malife teeing up captain Charlie Austin, who saw his close-range effort blocked on the line.

Finally, Town got their opening and it was a home debut goal for Udoka Godwin-Malife in the 22nd minute.

A neat move released Frazer Blake-Tracy who crossed it to the back-post with Ward heading across to his fellow defender Godwin-Malife, who answered the call with a thumping header in the bottom-left corner.

Crewe created their best opportunity to score despite the main pressure from Town, with a cross from the right-hand side finding Shillow Tracey, but Kemp did enough from a Swindon perspective to block the effort and distract the forward from firing a shot on target.

Two late half-chances came Swindon's way with Kemp firing a blocked effort inside the penalty area but Khan saw a similar fortune shortly after in the 42nd minute.

Wakeling could've found himself on the scoresheet just before half-time, with Godwin-Malife's cross picking out the forward whose flicked effort, unfortunately, went over the bar.

This change ended a promising half for Town as they looked to continue their performance in the second 45.

Half Time: Swindon 1 Crewe 0

Two changes were made at half-time, with Jake Young and Tariq Uwakwe coming on and an instant impact from the former gave Town a two-goal advantage immediately after half-time.

The forward picked up the ball just outside the Crewe penalty area before firing a rocket into the near post, giving Davies no chance and Swindon a deserved second goal.

Crewe responded with Baker-Richardson picking out strike partner Chris Long, but the forward's effort was put wide inside the penalty and of no concern for Murphy Mahoney in the Town goal.

The away side did get their goal through Michael Williams with a clever effort from outside the area which did bring Crewe back into the game with 30 minutes left to play.

Crewe then followed this with a spell of pressure that saw Long shoot from a direct free-kick, which Mahoney responded to with a brilliant save in the 73rd minute.

An opportunity for Town came with just under 10 minutes to go, with Austin climbing highest to a Liam Kinsella cross, but the skipper's header went just wide of the near post.

Crewe did find an equaliser with just over five minutes to go as Rio Abebisi's header beat Mahoney at the far post.

A late chance came for Town to find a third, with Kemp shifting the ball onto his right foot, but his drilled effort was gathered by Davies.

This opportunity ended what was a frantic first match for Town, as they now look ahead to next week's midweek league game away to Forest Green.


Swindon Town: Mahoney, Hutton, Ward (Uwakwe 45), Blake-Tracy, McEachran (Kinsella 78), Khan, Kemp, Brewitt, Godwin-Malife, Wakeling (Young 45), Austin (C)
Goals: Godwin-Malife 21, Young 47
Subs not used: Brann, Genesini, Cain, Minturn

Crewe Alexandra: Davies, Adebisi, Williams, Demetriou, Offord, Long, Tracey, Thomas, Tabinor, Baker-Richardson (Nevitt 60), Powell (Cooney 67)
Goals: Williams 60, Adebisi 84
Subs not used: Booth, Holicek, Lunt, O'Riordan, Millington

Referee: Scott Jackson

Attendance: 9,022 (215 away fans)

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