Somewhat remarkably Swindon found themselves sitting at the top of the League 2 table after a thoroughly deserved point in a 1-1 draw at Exeter City. After just three games no team has managed to maintain a 100% record, writes Peter Mitchell.

Over 1,000 Town fans made the trip to the south coast, a level of away support that Forest Green and Cheltenham must drool over.

Swindon were totally dominant in the first half, carving out numerous chances. After only 5 minutes they were denied a possible penalty kick when Lloyd Isgrove was brought down by keeper Ward as he advanced on goal. Debutant Eoin Doyle came closest when his 20th minute effort struck the base of the Exeter post.

After the break the hosts had more of the game with Nicky Law and Randell Williams constantly probing the Town defence.

The Grecians finally broke through after 72 minutes when Matt Jay fired into the roof of Swindon’s net.

Just when it looked as though Town would return home empty handed, their perseverance and endeavour were rewarded.

Doyle, only signed on Friday on loan from Bradford, converted well from a Zeki Fryers cross to give Town a deserved share of the points.

This was a good performance from Swindon, with lots of pinpoint cross field passing, but it emphasised that the defence needs a lot more work yet before it is anywhere near resilient.

When Jerry Yates returns from suspension it will be interesting to see what attacking options are preferred, with Doyle looking as though he has plenty of goals in him. Kaiyne Woolery put in another average performance and might find himself falling down the pecking order.

Unexpectedly manager Richie Wellens is now looking for a new central defender after loanee Danny Ballard returned to Arsenal following an unfortunate injury sustained against Colchester, that will keep him out until at least January.

Midweek Swindon entertain the Cobblers and next Saturday is a game that will provide a good pointer for the season. Town visit Cheltenham, local opponents who we have never done well against, so even a point will show improvement.