Match report: Swindon Town 0 - 2 Doncaster Rovers

By Alfie Howlett - 13 February 2023


A match report from Swindon Link's STFC correspondent Alfie Howlett.

Jody Morris, in his first home game in charge, saw his Swindon side slip to a lacklustre two-goal defeat.

A second half brace, in two minutes, from Luke Molyneux compounded a miserable afternoon for Town in which they looked second best from start to finish. With Swindon losing further ground in the table, those in red were dismissed from the pitch at full time to a crescendo of boos.

Following defeat on the road at Newport last week, Jody Morris made two changes to his eleven. The first was an enforced change with the suspended Rushian Hepburn-Murphy coming out for Ronan Darcy. The second saw Tom Clayton replace Ciaran Brennan in defence. Town's visitors, Doncaster Rovers, sat 11th in the standings following success over Tranmere on Tuesday night.

The opening exchanges saw Doncaster have the Lion's share of possession which won them two quick-fire corners. On 14 minutes the first opening of the contest went the way of the visitors. George Miller latched on to a long ball before directing a lob over the onrushing Brynn which fell past the post.

Next, midfielder Ben Close sized up a shot from range which he dragged wide of the target. Moments later from the resulting goal kick a loose Jake Cain touch allowed Luke Molyneux to steal in and drive to the byline. There the Rovers Number 7 hung the ball up into the box for the arriving Kyle Hurst. Fortunately for Town the wide man didn't have the pace on his header to beat Brynn.

With 24 minutes on the clock Swindon had their first sight of goal. After some excessive build up play, Jonny Williams decided to pull the trigger from distance with his fizzing effort requiring Mitchell to punch away. That would be the final time either side was involved in any notable action until injury time. Seconds before the interval Jake Cain rattled the crossbar with a curling left footed free kick. It meant that both sides went in level pegging.

The second half saw Swindon start the better side. However for all their possession they failed to engineer anything meaningful. On 56 minutes Cain fired a loose ball narrowly over the bar from range. Then past the hour mark Jacob Wakeling flashed a ball across the face of goal which only just evaded the sliding Williams.

However the tables soon turned as Doncaster gained the ascendancy. Rovers came close to opening the scoring on 70 minutes when Sol Brynn denied a Molyneux header. However, moments later Molyneux beat Brynn to open the scoring.

Ellis Iandolo was caught asleep as Molyneux ran onto a ball down the touchline, then Molyneux chopped inside and easily skipped past Clayton before beating Brynn at his near post from close range. Just two minutes later he'd repeat the trick as he added he and Doncaster's second of the afternoon. A Rovers break allowed George Miller to pull the ball back to Molyneux, outside the box, to fire home past the diving Brynn. It put the final nails in the coffin of a dismal afternoon for Town.

Swindon were unable to respond showing nothing in the way of spirit. It meant that Jody Morris would have to wait another game for his first victory as Town gaffer. The Robins will be hoping for a better Valentine's Day on Tuesday as they travel to play mid table Sutton United. 

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