SWINDON TOWN......................... 3

COLCHESTER UNITED................. 0


Swindon’s Town's win over the Colchester on Saturday gave them a lot more than three reasons to be cheerful.

Apart from the three goals, it was a home win, a clean sheet and it extended their unbeaten run to four games. It also brought their goal difference back to zero - a factor that could prove useful in 12 games time. Swindon are now up to tenth place, only four points outside the playoff places, and with a vital game in hand on all the teams above them.

Town made three changes from the Grimsby game with fit again Lawrence Vigouroux returning in goal. Both Ali Koiki and Keshi Anderson dropped to the bench with Luke Woolfenden and James Dunne taking their places.

Largely as a result of the difficult windy conditions, the first half proved to be a poor spectacle until Swindon suddenly conjured up two well taken goals in the last five minutes. Until that point the visitors had matched the Town and had created probably the best chances of the half.

With six minutes until the break, visiting keeper Rene Gilmartin kicked poorly, straight to the feet of Theo Robinson. The ball worked its way to Kaiyne Woolery who headed back across goal, where Canice Carroll finished well into the top of the net. Just two minutes later, after a good move up the left, Dunne hit a pinpoint cross, enabling unmarked Woolfenden to crash in a great header at the far post.

Mid-way through the second period, Kyle Bennett, who was having a quiet afternoon and looking favourite to be subbed, latched onto a loose ball and tried a speculative 25 yarder. Gilmartin could only help the ball on into the net for Town’s third of the afternoon. His trip home must have been miserable enough without having the “dodgy keeper” taunts echoing in his ears.

In the end Colchester were disappointing for a side in the top six but all credit to Swindon for their excellent pressing and closing down, and for the energy shown all over the pitch.

There were good individual displays throughout for Swindon, and once again Robinson impressed with his hold up play and excellent lay-offs. In injury time the manager gave a debut to 17-year-old striker Jacob Bancroft giving Robinson another chance to display his now familiar slow,slow,slow departure from the field.

Next up, Swindon make the arduous 500 mile round trip to Carlisle, who lie just one place above them in ninth position. Bringing home one point would be a very good result.