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Swindon Town 2-1 Grimsby Town

Town make it nine unbeaten to start the 23/24 season

30 September 2023

Swindon Town continued their impressive start to League Two with a 2-1 home victory against Grimsby Town at The County Ground on Saturday.

Town made one change to the side which drew away to Morecambe last time out, with midfielder George McEachran absent through illness, fellow midfielder Jake Cain came in to start.

It was a tough battle in the first 10 minutes of the game, with both sides receiving an even number of opportunities to hunt for the first goal.

However, it would be Swindon Town who would have the first shot of the half, with an effort from Jake Young, that would deflect behind for a Town corner kick in a dangerous position.

With countless opportunities, the game came to life with a 25th-minute goal with the infamous front-three link-up, in which Young held the ball for Charlie Austin, who would then flick the ball through on goal for Dan Kemp with an excellent volley.

However, it was the visitors who looked the most threatening in the latter stages of the first half, with Town holding firm with strong clearances from both Tom Brewitt and Murphy Mahoney to prevent an equaliser for the away side.

Half Time: Swindon 1 Grimsby 0

Grimsby Town started the second half brightly, with a mis-hit clearance which forced keeper Murphy Mahoney to make a big save early in the second 45.

After a quiet spell, Kemp was released down the left-hand side with inches of space alongside Jake Cain, and he used his intelligence and lifted the ball over the onrushing Grimsby’s keeper Jake Eastwood at the near post for goal number two for Swindon.

However, Grimsby responded midway through the second half and found nothing more than a consolation through recent substitute Donovan Wilson, who squeezed the ball past Mahoney just five minutes after Town took a two-goal lead.

As the game approached the final 15 minutes, Town were keen to keep the pressure ongoing, with a penalty claim that was waved away by the referee, and several half chances for Austin who could not seem to find the back of the net.

Yet another chance would fall to substitute Tyrese Shade, with a close-range effort that was only half-saved by Eastwood before it came back off the Town player whose deflection could only find the side net of the goal.

The last action of the game would see both sides apply pressure searching for another goal just before the whistle blew with the away side taking a shot from range from Gavan Holohan, that just went inches above the crossbar and saved Town for yet another home win of the season.

With this ninth undefeated result secured, Swindon now look ahead to the next mid-week fixture in the league against Notts County next Tuesday evening.

Swindon Town: Mahoney, Hutton, Blake-Tracy, Young (Hepburn-Murphy 58), Khan, Kemp, Brewitt, Cain (Kinsella 77), Uwakwem (Shade 58), Godwin-Malife, Austin © (Minturn 90)
Goals: Kemp 26, Cain 65
Subs not used: L.Ward, Genesini

Grimsby: Eastwood, Waterfall (C), Rodgers, Clifton (Pyke 88), Rose, Eisa (Khan 65), Gnahoua (Holohan 65), Andrews, Hunt (Wilson 65), Mullarkey, Efete
Goals: Wilson 70.
Subs not used: Cartwright, Amos, Driscoll-Glennon,

Referee: Andy Davies

Attendance: 9168 (381 away fans)

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