Nearly three months after Town beat Mansfield Town at the County Ground Ben Garner’s side finally tasted victory back at the County Ground after goals from Jonny Williams, Tyreece Simpson and Jack Payne secure a hard-fought win over newly-promoted Hartlepool United.
In an incredibly open contest, Jonny Williams opened the scoring from a delightful Harry McKirdy cross, Swindon was suddenly on the back foot and didn’t have it all their way as the visitors levelled the contest and could have taken the lead as Town rode their luck.
But after coming through a tough fifteen-minute spell Town’s number nine banished any thoughts of the last League game at SN1 with another impressive performance as he muscled his way through the Pool’s defence to put Town ahead once again.
If the club can lift the transfer embargo’s currently in place over the January Transfer Window, I’d love Clem Morfuni to make funds available to Ben Chorley and test Ipswich’s resolve with Tyreece Simpson, put in a transfer bid, and see if they can tempt him away permanently.
With Simpson’s current contract at Portman Road coming to an end in June 2022 it will be interesting to see if they would be tempted to cash in or gamble on the 19-year-old having a future in East Anglia.
After again soaking up some pressure from the visitor’s Jack Payne put the full stop on the result with his seventh goal of the season and lift Town into third place in League Two with 36% of the league season already completed.
Again, Jack Payne and Jonny Williams were the stars of the show last night after their match-winning performance at the weekend at Newport County.
After coming on from the bench with 30 minutes remaining the Welsh International stole the show and lead Town to an important win against a tough County side.
Similar to last night, Town was put under heavy pressure at the back and after conceding a disappointing equaliser they stayed strong and laid the foundations for Payne to go and win the game with a superb strike.
Incredibly, a side in League Two has players of the calibre of Payne and Williams to call upon, and huge credit must go to Ben Garner and Ben Chorley, but I can see a bigger test coming next year in renewing their current deals.
Managing to keep both players fit over the busy winter months will be vital if Town wants to make a serious bid for promotion in 2022.
This Saturday will be a day of firsts at Town welcomes Harrogate Town to the County Ground in the first-ever meeting between the two clubs.
After finishing 17th in their first season in the Football League Simon Weaver’s side is impressing this campaign and currently sits 6th in League Two after winning 2-0 against struggling Carlisle United this past week, taking them to just three points behind Town but having played a game extra.
If we can repeat our performance from last night and tighten up defensively, I can see Town making it nine points out of nine from the past week before attention turns again to cup competitions next week.