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Swindon Town 2-1 Mansfield

A late Jake Young winner give Town all three points on Saturday afternoon

25 November 2023

Match Reports

Swindon Town 2-1 Mansfield

A late Jake Young winner give Town all three points on Saturday afternoon

25 November 2023

Swindon got back to winning ways with a late 2-1 home win courtesy of Jake Young brace against a previously-unbeaten Mansfield Town on Saturday afternoon.

Town took the lead midway through the first half through Jake Young's first of the game, before Lucas Akins equalised for the Stags just after the second half began.

However, there was to be one more twist in the tail, with a dramatic Young second to provide Swindon with all three points.

It was an even opening 10 minutes, with Town's first chance falling just a minute later after neat build-up play from Dan Kemp and Williams Kokolo, which saw the former clip the ball across to the onrushing Remeao Hutton whose side-footed volley was well gathered by Mansfield keeper Christy Pym.

10 minutes later, another opportunity came for Swindon after riding a Mansfield reaction, as Young looked to find space for a shot down the right-hand side, but once again it was another late block from the Mansfield defence before the resulting corner seeing Frazer Blake-Tracy head just wide of the near post.

The game continued to be pressed from either side, as again Young looked to fire an effort goalward in the 36th minute but couldn't get enough connection on it and Pym gathered for Mansfield.

But two minutes later, the threatening Young finally found himself on the scoresheet after a free-kick just inside the Mansfield half was knocked down for the forward who poked it home to give Swindon a lead just over five minutes before the half-time break.

Hutton almost gave Town a second with just under five minutes to play in the first half, but it was unfortunately blocked by another Mansfield defender.

There was a time in the first half for a late Mansfield chance, but Swindon keeper Murphy Mahoney was on hand to deny Mansfield's Aaron Lewis just inside the Town penalty area and keep Swindon's goal advantage going into half-time.

Half-time: Swindon 1 Mansfield 0

However, despite a positive first half the previously unbeaten Mansfield responded and found an early second half through half-time substitute Lucas Akins in the 49th minute.

It was a sharp finish from the forward, with Swindon looking to bounce back from this setback.

Five minutes later, Town could've restored their lead, with Frazer Blake-Tracy teeing up Udoka Godwin-Malife, but the defender's effort was unfortunately blocked.

Swindon kept pushing and more individual brilliance almost gave Town their second, with a mazy run seeing the midfielder looking to find the back of the net from a tight angle, but his chipped effort went just wide of the near post.

Late changes were introduced to the game for Swindon with Tyrese Shade and Charlie Austin looking to make a difference with the next chance coming in the 81st minute after a driving Saidou Khan run teed up Dan Kemp, whose long-range effort was palmed as far as Williams Kokolo, who again saw a Mansfield defender block the shot.

But, there was time for one late, late chance and it would be that man Jake Young again who got the touch to give Swindon all three points with a 94th-minute winner in front of the Town End.

After a late Mansfield effort, fortunately, came back off the crossbar, Swindon provided more pressure to push for a winner and after a Tyrese Shade cross came into the Mansfield penalty area, Charlie Austin's header came back off the post, causing a scramble that saw the post hit once again, before Young reacted first to prod home from close-range and send The County Ground into raptures with his late effort.

Swindon held out for the remaining two minutes of added time and will now look to kick on from their victory today, as they look to the quick turnaround and long trip to Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night.


Swindon Town: Mahoney, Hutton, Blake-Tracy (C), McEachran (Shade 77), Young, Khan, Kemp, Kokolo (Austin 88), Godwin-Malife, Kinsella, Minturn
Goals: Young 38, 90+4
Subs not used:
L.Ward, Genesini, Dworzak, Brown, Hart

Mansfield Town: Pym, Johnson, Cargill, Bowery (Quinn 45), Maris, Flint (C), Lewis, Oates (MacDonald 84), Brunt, Reed, Keillor-Dunn (Boateng 89)
Goal: Akins 49
Subs not used:
Flinders, Williams, Swan

Referee: Lee Swabey

Attendance: 8,322 (685 away fans)

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