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MATCH REPORT: Swindon Town 0-2 Doncaster Rovers

Town undone by quickfire Molyneux double and fall to defeat…

11 February 2023

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MATCH REPORT: Swindon Town 0-2 Doncaster Rovers

Town undone by quickfire Molyneux double and fall to defeat…

11 February 2023

Swindon suffered a second straight league defeat as two second half goals from Luke Molyneaux in the space of just two minutes, at a time where Town looked to be in the ascendency, proved their downfall.

Jody Morris took to the home dugout for the first time and made two changes to the side that lost narrowly to Newport last time around, with Ronan Darcy and Tom Clayton coming in for the suspended Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Ciaran Brennan.

Tomi Adeloye, who netted a late consolation in South Wales last Saturday, was named among the substitutes, with academy starlet Abu Kanu also given a place on the bench.

Onto the action, and there wasn’t too much of it in the first ten minutes as both sides took a while to assess each other with neither able to get a foothold early in the tie.

Rovers Luke Molyneux was the first to test the water as he collected a short corner from the right from Charlie Lakin, but he skied his left-footed effort high and wide of the mark.

Then on 13-minutes, the visitors went close to breaking the deadlock, as a long lofted ball forward from defence beat Tom Clayton and set George Miller free, with the striker lobbing the onrushing Sol Brynn but missing the left corner by a matter of inches.

Then, five minutes later, Donny went close again, as good work from Molyneux on the right to beat Jake Cain saw his pinpoint cross find Kyle Hurst, but Brynn was there to acrobatically push it to safety.

Town didn’t create their first opportunity until minute 24, when Jonny Williams turned well to create space and drive one from more than 25 yards out, forcing Jonathan Mitchell in the Doncaster goal to punch over his bar.

And that was pretty much all we saw until first-half stoppage time, when Jacob Wakeling was brought down by Tom Anderson just outside the Doncaster box.

From the resulting free-kick, Williams’ dummied and Jake Cain curled the ball cleverly around the outside of the wall, only to see it beat Mitchell but not the top of the left post and bounce away.

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Just the single minute of added time was ordered by referee Ollie Yates as the first period ended goalless.

The second half started much like the first, with a slightly cagey approach to beginnings.

On 52-minutes, another foul on Wakeling in a dangerous position just outside the Doncaster box saw James Brown booked and Jake Cain presented with another opportunity to strike at goal.

The former Liverpool academy graduate did just that, but although his effort beat the wall, it sailed over the bar and wasn’t troubling Mitchell.

Three minutes later and it was Cain who tried his luck again, this time hitting one from more than 30-yards out, and the powerful strike only narrowly shaved the top of the crossbar.

This seemed to give Town fresh impetus as they looked to take the game by the scruff of the neck and probe forward with purpose.

A couple of Jacob Wakeling crosses from the left looked to cause the visitors some issues, but on both occasions, they were too close to Rovers stopper Jonathan Mitchell who was able to prevent Charlie Austin getting a sniff.

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On 65-minutes, Ronan Darcy looked to open the scoring, as Dylan Kadji did well to regain possession for Town, and the midfielder, following a drop of the shoulder, shifted the ball onto his left but shot over the bar.

The game was beginning to open up, and despite Town looking the better side, Sol Brynn needed to be alert to push a Luke Molyneux header wide of his right hand post after the attacker found himself unmarked in the area.

But Molyneux, who had been a constant menace all afternoon, was to atone for his missed chance moments later, as he and Doncaster hit a quickfire double in the space of just two minutes.

His first arrived on 71, as he did well to dribble into the Town area and shoot low at goal, and although Brynn got a hand on it low down to his left, the ball squirmed in.

Then, on 73-minutes, he did it again, after a clever cutback from George Miller found him unmarked in the box, and he connected well to smash the ball low into the bottom corner.

Luke Jephcott was brought on in place of Jacob Wakeling shortly after as Jody Morris looked to shuffle the pack, with young Abu Kanu and Ciaran Brennan following soon after with seven minutes remaining, as Jonny Williams and Dylan Kadji made way, but Town were struggling to create anything further.

That was the end of the chances until stoppage time, when Donny could have added a third, but substitute Caolan Lavery’s loss cross from the right flashed across the Town box and away for a goal-kick.

The game ended 2-0, leaving Town to dust themselves down ahead of another important league game on Tuesday night away at Sutton.

MATCH INFORMATION:

Swindon Town Line-up: 4-3-3

1. Sol Brynn (GK) – 3. Ellis Iandolo, 4. Tom Clayton, 20. Frazer Blake-Tracy, 2. Remeao Hutton, 10. Ronan Darcy, 21. Dylan Kadji (34. Ciaran Brennan 84mins) 16. Jake Cain, 11. Charlie Austin ©, 24. Jacob Wakeling (15. Luke Jephcott 78mins) 8. Jonny Williams (38. Abu Kanu 84mins).

Subs not used: 41. Jack Copland (GK) – 31. Harrison Minturn, 17. Ricky Aguiar, 9. Tomi Adeloye.

Scorers: None

Yellow Cards: 3. Iandolo 60mins, 10. Darcy 67mins.

Red Cards: None

Doncaster Rovers Line-up: 3-4-3

1. Jonathan Mitchell (GK) – 4. Tom Anderson ©, 18. Ben Nelson, 5. Joseph Olowu, 23. Charlie Lakin (10. Tommy Rowe 65mins), 2. James Brown, 33. Ben Close (16. Aidan Barlow 90+1mins), 3. James Maxwell, 7. Luke Molyneux, 21. Kyle Hurst, 9. George Miller (31. Caolan Lavery 81mins).

Subs not used: 41. Jake Oram (GK) – 6. Ro-Shaun Williams, 19. Charlie Seaman, 20. Todd Miller.

Scorers: Molyneux 71,73

Yellow Cards: 23. Lakin 35mins, 4. Anderson 45+1mins, 2. Brown 53mins

Red Cards: None

HT: 0-0

Referee: Ollie Yates

Assistant Referees: Thomas Harty & Dean Treleaven

Fourth Official: Richard Morris

Attendance: 9,486 (293 away fans)


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