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Harrogate Town 1-1 Swindon Town

Town pick up a point away at North Yorkshire

18 November 2023

Swindon picked up a point away at Harrogate with a well-contested game up in North Yorkshire on Saturday afternoon.

Jake Young opened the scoring with a wonderful first-half strike, but Jack Muldoon found the home side's equaliser midway through the second half.

Swindon made two changes to the team from last time out, with Liam Kinsella and Harrison Minturn returning in place of George McEachran and Tom Brewitt who took his place amongst the substitutes to start.

The first opportunity for Town came in the eighth minute, with Jake Young driving forward down the right-hand, riding two Harrogate challenges before firing his effort wide of the far post after a promising run to start things off for Swindon.

Harrogate immediately responded, with Abraham Odoh shooting inside the Swindon penalty area, but Murphy Mahoney was equal to it.

The game levelled out for the next 10 minutes, with the next moment being Jake Young's fantastic opening goal in the 25th minute.

After picking up the ball 25 yards from goal, the forward took a touch and whipped a brilliant effort into the far right corner giving Swindon the lead midway through the first half.

The home side responded and forced another smart save from Mahoney with just over 10 minutes to play in the first half, as Sam Folarin looked to find the far corner, but the Town keeper was equal to his low effort.

This chance ended what was a fairly even first half, with Swindon looking to push on from that one-goal advantage in the second half.

Half-time: Harrogate 0 Swindon 1

Unfortunately, it was the home side who came out the stronger of the two sides following the midway interval, but Swindon initially dealt with the early pressure well.

It would be Swindon who had the second half's first opportunity, with a Dan Kemp corner finding captain Charlie Austin at the front post and forcing a sharp reaction save out of Harrogate keeper Jonathan Mitchell in the 57th minute.

However, the home side responded with an opportunity to level through Abraham Odoh three minutes, before disappointingly finding the equaliser through Jack Muldoon in the 66th minute.

An effort outside the effort from the Harrogate winger bounced off the post and despite Mahoney's best efforts, it gave the home side their equaliser, with Swindon looking to respond.

10 minutes later, it was nearly a first Swindon goal for recent addition Williams Kokolo, who was pushed higher up the pitch late on in the game, but the wide man's effort inside the Harrogate Town penalty was once again saved by Mitchell.

On his 50th league appearance for Swindon, midfielder Saidou Khan almost found himself on the scoresheet two minutes after the Kokolo chance, but his volley on the wide angle, unfortunately, found the side netting as Town continued to push.

Mahoney was called into action late on, with another smart save to deny Folarin one-on-one in the 84th minute, as Swindon thought they had found a late equaliser three minutes from time.

A Remeao Hutton corner caused a scramble in the Harrogate Town penalty, as Mitchell looked to have dropped the cross, Swindon Town players charged in to poke the ball home, but referee Jacob Miles called the goal back for a foul in the build-up, much to goalscorer Jake Young's frustration.

This final moment ended what was a well-earned point on the road as Swindon look to find their next victory next week, with Exeter in their final EFL Trophy on Tuesday, before a return to The County Ground to host Mansfield in their next league test on Saturday afternoon.


Harrogate Town: Mitchell, Thomson (C), Cornelius (Sutton 82), Odoh, Folarin, O'Connor, McDonald, Muldoon, Ramsay, Dooley, Foulds
Goal: Muldoon 66
Subs not used: Thomas, Falkingham, Burrell, Sivi, Horbury, Gibson

Swindon Town: Mahoney, Hutton, Blake-Tracy, Young, Khan, Kemp, Kokolo, Godwin-Malife, Kinsella (Dworzak 82), Minturn, Austin (C) (Brewitt 73)
Goal: Young 25
Subs not used:
L.Ward, Genesini, Brown, Hart, Hubbard

Referee: Jacob Miles

Attendance: 3,004

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