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MATCHDAY LIVE: Swindon Town v Port Vale

Good afternoon and welcome back to the County Ground for the latest round of League 2 fixtures as Swindon Town host Port Vale. Join Total Sport Swindon's Ryan Walker from 2.30pm as he brings you full pre-match build-up and live commentary across 90 minutes in our Matchday Live blog.

4:57PM
Whistle

FULL-TIME: Swindon Town 1-2 Port Vale

4:56PM

90' Simpson wins a free-kick for Swindon to the left of the Vale box, Reed's delivery is poor and Vale clear.


1-2

4:52PM

90' There will be 5 minutes of added time.


1-2

4:46PM

84' Iandolo floats a delightful ball to the back-post where Kesler-Hayden is waiting but Pett defends well to give Swindon a corner.


1-2

4:44PM

82' Harry Parsons is shown a yellow card for a foul on the edge of the Port Vale box.


1-2


4:43PM

82' The chance came as Gibbons' initial shot ricocheted off the post, falling to Garrity who then smashed the ball past Wollacott with a great strike.


1-2

4:42PM
Goal

80' GOAL PORT VALE


Garrity bags his second of the game as Swindon struggle to clear inside their own box.


1-2

4:41PM
Sub

79' Swindon Sub:


Off - Gilbert

On - Parsons


1-1

4:39PM

78' Port Vale Sub:


Off - Proctor


On - Lloyd


1-1

4:39PM

77' Swindon now looking well on top in this match. They are doing everything right up until the final third and need to be patient as they try to take the lead in this match.


1-1

4:35PM

73' Swindon Sub:


Off - Gladwin

On - Iandolo


1-1

4:35PM

72' Vale look to have found an opening but Tom Pett is deemed to have been offside. Wollacott then plays a long ball upfield, Simpson brings it down before shooting a shot towards goal that rattles the crossbar.


1-1

4:29PM
Sub

68' Swindon Sub:


Off - Williams


On - Mitchell-Lawson


1-1

4:29PM
Sub

68' Vale Substitution:


Off - Rodney


On - Wilson


1-1

4:29PM

67' Gladwin puts a diagonal ball towards the back-post and Gilbert meets it but his pass back across goal should've been a shot and Vale are let off the hook.


1-1


4:25PM

63' Conroy produces a brilliant clearance as sliding towards his own goal he manages to put Conlon's set-piece cross out for a corner that comes to nothing.


1-1

4:23PM
Sub

61' Port Vale Substitution:


Off - Benning

On - Gibbons


1-1

4:22PM


4:22PM

60' Today's official attendance is announced as 8734 with 233 away fans.


1-1

4:21PM

59' Proctor shoots from inside Swindon's penalty box as a corner bounces around inside the box with the shot towards the corner of Wollacott's goal saved well by the keeper.


1-1


4:19PM

57' Vale are starting to put Swindon under pressure again with the hosts not helping themselves as poor passing gifts the opposition possession. This time a cross in from the right is put behind by Conroy.


1-1

4:16PM
Yellow Card

53' Brilliant play from Gilbert again as he skins his man on the left-wing before firing a powerful effort at the bar post that Covolan does excellently to save as Swindon win a corner.


The corner routine is smart and Swindon have another corner. That corner doesn't do as well and comes to nothing. Gilbert is then shown a yellow card for holding.


1-1

4:12PM

50' Swindon were patient in their build-up play and had looked a lot more competent in attack with Gilbert causing the Vale defence a host of problems.


1-1

4:10PM
Goal

48' GOAL SWINDON


Tyreece Simpson pulls Swindon level after latching onto Gilbert's cross for a simple tap-in at the back-post.


1-1

4:08PM

46' Jonny Williams goes down under pressure just inside the Vale half but the ref waves play on as Swindon win a throw-in.


0-1

4:07PM

45' Back underway at the County Ground. Swindon must do better if they are to get back into this game.


0-1

3:51PM

HALF-TIME: Swindon Town 0-1 Port Vale


3:49PM

45' Tyreece Simpson is shown a yellow card after appearing to nick the ball from the feet of Covolan but is deemed to have fouled the keeper in the process.


0-1


3:46PM

45' There will be four minutes of added time.


0-1

3:45PM

44' Apologies for the break in reporting, the internet at Swindon is as dodgy as some of this referee's decision-making. Port Vale still leading and are looking the more likely of scorers at the moment.


0-1

3:38PM

37' Gilbert hits a powerful effort from 20-yards out on target as Covolan spills the effort before collecting the ball.


0-1

3:36PM

35' Port Vale should have their second goal as Rodney rounds Wollacott but then struggles to control the ball as he takes it too wide and Swindon get men behind the ball.


0-1

3:35PM

34' Swindon are struggling to get out of their own half in this match so far as Vale's long throw-ins continue to put Town's defence under pressure.


0-1

3:33PM

31' Louis Reed carries out his defending duties well as he is on hand to turn Mel Benning's cross behind for a corner. Wollacott comes off his line to punch clear but he doesn't get as good a connection he would like and Vale have another corner that Worrall takes and is behind for a goal-kick.


0-1

3:31PM

30' Crichlow is up and we are back underway again.


0-1

3:30PM

29' Break in play here as Romoney Crichlow goes down with a head injury. He looks to be in some discomfort here as the physios attend to him.


0-1

3:28PM
Yellow Card

26' Vale have another corner, it comes to nothing, Williams then wins a free-kick for Swindon in midfield and Conlon is shown a yellow card for stopping Town taking the set-piece quickly.


0-1


3:25PM

24' Worrall provided the cross for that opening goal, and what a goal it was. Ben Garrity probably won't ever hit a ball sweeter.


0-1

3:23PM
Goal

22' GOAL PORT VALE


Ben Garrity hands Port Vale the lead with a thunderous volley from the centre of Swindon's penalty box. Wollacott had no chance.


0-1

3:21PM

19' Brilliant passage of attacking play from Swindon as Alex Gilbert skips past his man before firing a shot towards goal. A Vale defender blocks his shot as the ball comes back out to Payne who eventually shoots on-target but his effort lacks power and is saved easily.


0-0

3:19PM

17' Simpson uses his strength to muscle Dan Jones off the ball before firing his shot inside the Vale box before firing his shot at Smith.


0-0


3:16PM

15' Vale win their fourth corner of the game. Benning whips the ball into Swindon's crowded penalty area and Wollacott does really well to claim the ball with both hands.


0-0

3:15PM

14' Ben Garrity is found with a cross from the right-wing but his header is soft and straight into the hands of Wollacott.


0-0

3:14PM

12' Jack Payne is shown the first yellow card of the game for bringing down Vale Captain Tom Conlon in the middle of Swindon's half. Their free-kick is poor and Wollacott collects easily.

3:12PM

11' Crichlow and Proctor have a coming together as Swindon are awarded a free-kick. Referee Neil Hair has a word with both players but no card is shown.


0-0

3:10PM

9' Nathan Smith nearly hands Swindon their easiest goal of the season as he tries to pass it out his six yard box but rolls the ball into Gilbert instead. He eventually gets the ball back and clears upfield when're Rodney gets the better of Crichlow and winning his side a corner that comes to nothing.


0-0

3:07PM

6' Devante Rodney with the game's first shot on target as he breaks through the middle and forces a save from Wollacott. It was straight at him but had to be dealt with.


0-0

3:05PM

4' Gilbert kick-starts Swindon's first attack as he tries to find the running Jonny Williams with a through ball but Vale defend well.


0-0


3:04PM

4' This corner is aimed towards the back-post but goes straight out of play.


0-0

3:04PM

3' Worrall whips the corner into the box and Gladwin is on hand before Kesler-Hayden slices a clearance back out for another corner;


0-0

3:03PM

0-0

3:03PM

2' Port Vale put a long throw-in into the box which takes Swindon a few attempts to clear. Vale have another throw-in that results in Vale getting the first corner of the game.

3:01PM

KICK-OFF: Port Vale get the match underway.


0-0

2:54PM

Under 10 minutes to go at the County Ground which means it's time for our pre-match predictions. The return of Kesler-Hayden combined with full league debuts for Alex Gilbert and Jonny Williams will be too much for Port Vale but I fancy Vale to bag a consolation goal.


Prediction: 3-1

2:53PM

STAT Time: Swindon Town haven't lost at home against Port Vale since 2005 when Vale's Mickey Bell and Chris Cornes cancelled out Rory Fallon's opener.


2:44PM

And here is how Darrell Clarke lines his side up for today's fixture:


L Covolan

D Jones

N Smith

D Worrall

B Garrity

T Conlon (C)

M Benning

J Proctor

D Rodney

T Pett

L Cass

2:40PM

So let's take a look at how the two team's line-up for today's fixture.


Ben Garner makes 8 changes from the Swindon Town team that beat Arsenal's U21 side in mid-week with Alex Gilbert and Jonny Williams making their first league starts for the club.


Swindon Town XI:


J Wollacott

D Conroy (C)

R Crichlow

R Hunt

K Kesler-Hayden

L Reed

J Williams

A Gilbert

J Payne

B Gladwin

T Simpson


2:31PM

Ben Garner and Swindon Town currently sit just two points off the top of the league on 11 points with Vale arriving at the County Ground having won just once this season acquiring just 6 points in the process.


2:28PM

Good afternoon and welcome back to the County Ground for the second time of the week as Swindon Town return to League Two duties today with Darrell Clarke's Port Vale side the visitors.

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