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Swindon Town 2-0 Walsall

Town make it seven games unbeaten in the league with victory over Walsall

16 September 2023

Match Reports

Swindon Town 2-0 Walsall

Town make it seven games unbeaten in the league with victory over Walsall

16 September 2023

Swindon Town continued their impressive start to League Two with a 2-0 home victory against Walsall at The County Ground on Saturday.

An early goal from captain Charlie Austin gave Town an ideal start, before fellow forward Rushian Hepburn-Murphy made it two late on in the game.

Town made one change to the starting XI of the side which defeated Sutton this time last week, with midfielder Saidou Khan replacing Jake Cain following his international duty with Gambia, with Cain taking his place on the bench.

It was another bright start and another early goal for Swindon, with skipper Charlie Austin climbing highest to a brilliant Remeao Hutton cross down the right-hand side, and finding the back of the net with a bullet header after just two minutes.

The game continued at an even tempo after the goal, but Town thought they'd doubled their lead in the 21st minute when that infamous combination of Jake Young and Dan Kemp released the latter into the Walsall penalty area as he found the back of the net with a well-taken finish, before being unfortunately called back for offside shortly after.

Two minutes later and another nearly moment for Town when Austin looked to cross for his strike partner Young, who was inches away from connecting with his cross from the left, as Swindon continued to push for a second goal.

However, it was the visitors who looked the most threatening in the latter stages of the first half, with Town holding firm to see out the narrow lead going into the break.

A shot from range from full-back Liam Gordon came in but was no trouble for Murphy Mahoney, who responded to a flicked effort from Walsall's Freddie Draper to deny the young forward from close range with a good save.

Half Time: Swindon 1 Walsall 0

The second half started with another opening for Town with Remeao Hutton and Dan Kemp combining down the right-hand side, before the creative midfielder's cross just out of reach of either Jake Young or Charlie Austin four minutes into the second half.

The game evened out for the next 15 minutes until an opportunity fell the way of defender Frazer Blake-Tracy from a Swindon Town corner.

George McEachran's corner met the feet of defender Blake-Tracy, but unfortunately, his drilled side-footed effort was gathered gratefully by Walsall keeper Owen Evans.

Another twist in the game unfolded following this chance, with Walsall's Tom Knowles shown his marching orders a minute later with a late challenge giving referee Matt Corlett no choice but to send the Walsall man off.

Late on in the game and Town wrapped up the victory with a close-range finish from recent substitute Rushian Hepburn-Murphy in the 88th minute.

The rapid forward made the most of his striker's instincts and after a loose pass in the box between the Walsall defence, poked home from roughly six yards out to give Town a comforting second goal.

Following this, Swindon saw out the remainder of the game with a two-goal advantage, a clean sheet and a seven-game unbeaten one in League Two so far.

Swindon now look ahead to their next fixture in the league as they look to the away trip to Morecambe next weekend.


Swindon Town: Mahoney, Hutton, Blake-Tracy, McEachran, Young, Khan, Kemp, Brewitt, Uwakwe (Shade 81), Godwin-Malife, Austin (C) (Hepburn-Murphy 67)
Goals: Austin 2, Hepburn-Murphy 88
Subs not used:
L.Ward, B.Ward, Genesini, Cain, Minturn

Walsall: Evans, Gordon, McEntee (Riley 80), Daniels (C), Farquharson, Hutchinson, Knowles, Draper (James-Taylor 70), Allen, Stirk (Johnson 61), Tierney (Oteh 20)
Red Card:
Knowles 66
Subs not used: Smith, Okagbue, Matt

Referee: Matt Corlett

Attendance: 9131 (641 away fans)

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