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Swindon Town 2-4 Stockport County

League leaders leave Swindon with three points

11 November 2023

Despite a strong first-half performance, Swindon fell to a 4-2 home defeat to Stockport County on Saturday.

Town took the lead in the first half through Dan Kemp, before a Will Collar penalty brought things level.

Jake Young gave Swindon the lead once again just after the hour, before a goal each from Kyle Wootton and Odin Bailey gave Stockport the advantage midway through the second half.

A late fourth came for the away side in the way of Callum Camps, as Town will look to bounce back next weekend.

Swindon made two changes to the side that started against Colchester on Tuesday night, with Saidou Khan and new signing Williams Kokolo starting in place of Tyrese Shade and Liam Kinsella.

The first 10 minutes of the game started very even until Swindon keeper Murphy Mahoney sprung into action to deny Stockport's Antoni Sarcevic from close range with a sharp stop just after the 10th minute.

Town's best chance came seven minutes later, with a well-worked corner reaching midfielder George McEachran, who fired first time but could only see his volley blocked by the Stockport defence.

Two minutes later, another great chance came for Swindon, with another set piece reaching the head of Tom Brewitt, who saw his flicked effort direct agonisingly close and over the Stockport crossbar.

However, Swindon would take the lead later in the first half, with quick build-up play setting up Dan Kemp 25 yards from goal, leaving the midfielder able to drift forward and fire a powerful, deflected effort into the top-left corner.

Stockport responded for the remaining 15 minutes of the half, as Swindon held firm for the final part of the first half and gave them the narrow lead going into the break.

Half-time: Swindon 1 Stockport 0

As the second half began, Stockport put the pressure on early, finding an equaliser from the penalty spot from midfielder Will Collar in the 53rd minute.

Despite this initial set-back, Town responded two minutes later and almost took the lead once again with Jake Young who charged forward down the left-hand side and shot from inside the Stockport penalty area, but his effort was saved by Hinchliffe and left the debutant Williams Kokolo inches away from getting a debut goal, as his touch drifted just wide of the far post.

But, Swindon did find their second in the 61st minute, with Young finding the back of the net for successive matches after the ball was worked down the left-hand side before being fed to the forward who struck a powerful effort in at the near post to give Town the lead again.

Stockport did equalise with Kyle Wootton in the 69th minute, before a whipped effort from Odin Bailey gave them the lead four minutes later, leaving Swindon looking for a response.

Kemp almost got his second with just under 10 minutes to go, as the midfielder fired from just outside the penalty area, and saw his effort whistle just past the Stockport near post.

Stockport found their fourth late in the game, with Swindon pushing for an equaliser, the away side countered and the recent substitute Callum Camps found the back of the net with a close-range finish in the 88th minute.

This goal ended what was another game of two halves for Town, leaving them looking to respond to today's disappointment with an away trip up next to Harrogate on Saturday.


Swindon Town: Mahoney, Hutton, Blake-Tracy, McEachran (Kinsella 74), Young, Khan, Kemp, Brewitt, Kokolo (Shade 74), Godwin-Malife, Austin (C) (Hepburn-Murphy 60)
Goals: Kemp 31, Young 61
Subs not used:
L.Ward, Genesini, Dworzak, Minturn

Stockport County: Hinchliffe, Wright, Horsfall, Southam-Hales, Sarcevic (Touray 42), Collar (Knoyle 90), Pye, Croasdale (C), Wootton (Madden 82), Olaofe (Camps 82), Bailey (Powell 82)
Goals: Collar 53 (P), Wootton 69, Bailey 73, Camps 88
Subs not used: Smith, Bryne

Referee: Sam Purkiss

Attendance: 8,475 (770 away fans)

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