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Morecambe 2-2 Swindon Town

Town make it eight unbeaten to start the 2023/24 league season

23 September 2023

Match Reports

Morecambe 2-2 Swindon Town

Town make it eight unbeaten to start the 2023/24 league season

23 September 2023

Town settle for a point away from home against ten men Morecambe at the Mazuma Mobile Stadium.

It was a bright start from Town, with Dan Kemp nodding home to give Swindon a deserved lead in the 12th minute.

However, Jake Taylor gave Morecambe their equaliser almost 20 minutes later with a powerful header.

Swindon named an unchanged side to the team which professionally overcame Walsall 2-0 last weekend, with the only change to the matchday squad being returning midfielder Liam Kinsella onto the bench.

A couple of corners early on gave Swindon a promising start to the first 45 minutes and were rewarded with Dan Kemp scoring his sixth goal of the season.

Captain Charlie Austin released Jake Young down the left-hand side before his strike partner clocked the run of Kemp to the back post and chipped the ball across to the onrushing midfielder, to head home from close range.

Despite going ahead after their promising start, Morecambe responded with a spell of pressure which saw the ball thankfully bounce off the post twice and a succession of corners, with Town holding firm until the 31st minute when the Shrimps would unfortunately find the equaliser.

A clever cross to the back post saw Jake Taylor able to head home with a powerful header, which saw Swindon looking for a similar response to Morecambe to give themselves the lead once again.

With Morecambe threatening late in the first half, forcing a brave block from Frazer Blake-Tracy in the 38th minute to deny JJ McKiernan, Town nearly found their second in the 43rd minute through Kemp once again.

A neat move allowed the goal-scorer to shoot inside the Morecambe penalty area on his weaker right foot, which unfortunately could only find the hands of the grateful Stuart Moore, with both sides going into the break level.

Half Time: Morecambe 1 Swindon 1

However, similarly to previous weeks, Town came out strong in the second half and found a second from the penalty spot in the 56th minute.

After another tricky run from Kemp, Morecambe's Yann Songo'o is forced to foul him and pick up his second bookable offence in just a couple of minutes, leaving the Shrimps with 10 men and Town skipper Charlie Austin the chance to put Swindon ahead.

In typical Charlie Austin style, the skipper stepped up from 12 yards after a small delay and found the bottom left-hand corner to give Town the lead shortly after the second half resumed.

This second goal left Town with a superior advantage and the chance to go further in front and almost found this in an unfamiliar source with Remeao Hutton, who drove forward and fizzed an effort just wide of the far post in the 63rd minute.

However, just like in the first half, Morecambe responded and found a late equaliser through recent substitute Ethan Walker in the 80th minute.

After driving forward into the box, Walker would beat his defender with his strength and pace and also manage to get enough power behind the ball in order to beat Mahoney in goal, as it would be the last of the action in the half and also see Town take a point back home.

 

Morecambe: Moore, Love (C), Bedeau, Songo'o, Bloxham (Walker 77), King, McKiernan, Senior (Tutonda 77), Slew (Smith 77), Taylor (Davenport 77), Connolly (Rawson 77)
Goal: Taylor 31, Walker 80
Red Card:
Songo'o 55
Subs not used: Smith, Stokes

Swindon Town: Mahoney, Hutton, Blake-Tracy, McEachran (Cain 90), Young (Hepburn-Murphy 64), Khan, Kemp, Brewitt, Uwakwe (Shade 64), Godwin-Malife, Austin (C)
Goals: Kemp 12, Austin 56 (P)
Subs not used:
L.Ward, Genesini, Kinsella, Minturn

Referee: Scott Talis

Attendance: 3,737 (568 away fans)


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