Swindon Town 4 Morecambe 0


For the first time in recent home games Swindon faced perfect footballing conditions against Morecambe on Saturday and they responded perfectly.

From the start they played bright attacking football and, without the inconvenience of a strong wind, their passing was slick and accurate.

Morecambe were unable to make much of a game of it despite having a good record on the road in recent weeks.

True, stand-in Swindon goalie Luke McCormick did make two excellent saves in the first half, but these were the result of self-inflicted Town mistakes as opposed to anything constructive on the part of the visitors.

First, he blocked a goal bound shot after Danny Rose had lost possession in midfield. Later, after a Swindon mis-pass, he acrobatically tipped a strong header over the bar.

Town had gone ahead after only nine minutes with a header by Theo Robinson. After some ping-pong play inside the Morecambe box, Mark Halstead palmed away a cross, and the Town striker was on hand to take his chance.

Just before the break Kaiyne Woolery responded to cries of “shoot” when he buried a low shot from 15 yards in the back of the net. Two goals to the good, Swindon were totally in command at half time and carried on in the same vein after the restart.

Swindon’s defence looked strong with Dion Conroy and Luke Woolfenden especially dominant. Conroy capped a fine display with some skilful individual play inside the Morecambe box when, from a tight angle, he turned, made space, and fired home a terrific shot for Town’s third.

Kyle Bennett was having his most productive game to date in midfield, with lots of clever prompting and tenacious play. His reward came ten minutes from the end when a dipping shot bounced wickedly just in front of Halstead, to round off a miserable afternoon for the visiting keeper.

Manager Richie Wellens was rightly pleased with this display. His team had finally created chances and converted their fair share, by not being shot-shy for once. No complaints at all this week, with lots of strong individual performances.

Swindon face probably their sternest test of the season on Saturday when they visit high flying Bury. The Shakers are on a 14 game unbeaten run stretching back to Boxing Day. However, with the degree of expectation now somewhat lessened, the Town might just pull off their best result of the season. Stranger things have happened.