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REPORT | Rovers 0 Swindon Town 1

17 September 2022

Club News

REPORT | Rovers 0 Swindon Town 1

17 September 2022

Rovers fell to a third consecutive defeat as Jacob Wakeling’s strike was enough to hand all three points to visitors Swindon Town.

It was a flat performance from Rovers, who struggled to create opportunities throughout the 90 minutes.

Gary McSheffrey made three changes to his side from the midweek defeat at Barrow.

Jon Taylor was handed his first league start in ten months while Bobby Faulkner and James Maxwell were both restored to the starting XI. Joseph Olowu was named on the bench following his injury.

Play was rather ponderous from both sides during a first half of little incident and scant chances.

Bobby Faulkner produced an excellent block to prevent Ronan Darcy’s shot finding the bottom corner in the best opportunity for the visitors, who enjoyed the better of the possession in the opening period.

It was the only threat on goal from either side in the first half.

Rovers arguably should have had a penalty inside the first minute of the second half when Taylor was tripped chasing a loose ball in the box but referee Charles Breakspear was unmoved.

Jonathan Mitchell produced a brilliant reaction stop with his legs after a Jonny Williams strike deflected off Ro-Shaun Williams.

And from the subsequent corner, Ronan Darcy fired narrowly over the bar.

Shade tested the alertness of Mitchell with a low strike to the near post but the Rovers keeper comfortably pushed the ball away.

Rovers finally forced the opposing keeper into action ten minutes into the second period when Lee Tomlin’s cross was turned on goal by George Miller.

The visitors took the lead on 59 minutes. Ben Gladwin lofted the ball into the near post where Wakeling side-footed home from close range.

Swindon were close to doubling their advantage four minutes later when Shade cut inside and powered a shot narrowly over the bar from the edge of the box.

Mitchell pushed a shot from Williams over the bar with 20 minutes remaining.

Luke Molyneux drew a good save from Swindon keeper Sol Brynn and he scuttled a free kick on target from 25 yards.

Moments later Miller struggled to make a clean connection on the ball as he looked to pounce on a Tomlin centre.

It took a pair of vital interceptions from Faulkner to prevent the visitors from adding to their score on a disappointing afternoon for Rovers.

Rovers: Mitchell, Knoyle, Williams, Faulkner, Maxwell (Woltman 76), Clayton, Rowe (Biggins 57), Molyneux, Tomlin (Agard 76), Taylor (Hurst 62), Miller. Subs: Jones, Olowu, Long, Hurst.

Swindon: Brynn, Hutton, Macdonald (Baudry 19), Clayton, Blake-Tracy, Darcy, Reed, Gladwin, Williams, Wakeling, Shade. Subs: Brann, Iandolo, Baudry, Jephcott, Aguiar, Khan, Roberts.

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