Eleven days after Milton Keynes humiliated John Sheridan’s side at the County Ground a new-look Swindon Town turned up at Portman Road and not only produced one of the best performances of the season but our new number 10 scored one of the best goals from a Town player in over a decade.
The manager made seven changes to his side which included two debuts in Mark Travers, Town’s new number one on loan from Bournemouth after Manchester United recalled Matej Kovar, and Dominic Thompson, a much-needed left-back on loan from Brentford.
Both recruits played a big role with Travers blocking Alan Judge’s goal-bound effort to keep Town ahead in the first half and Thompson putting in a truly remarkable first appearance for the club.
The former Arsenal youth team player dominated from start to finish on the left as he easily took care of Ipswich striker and former Town man Kayden Jackson and contributing three assists, out of the three his pinpoint cross for Diallang Jaiyesimi was the standout moment in a near-perfect debut.
One player who won’t be making headlines but played an important role is the returning Jordan Lyden who alongside Matt Smith ran the middle of the park and made wonderkid Andre Dozzell look incredibly average, we need to hope his injury problems are behind him as he will be key to any rescue effort from the unthinkable prospect of relegation this season.
In any other week this season Dominic Thompson would’ve been nailed on MOTM, but after his loan in South Wales was cut short Scott Twine made his return to Swindon with the biggest bang possible as his long-range wonder goal showed why Newport was desperate to keep the 21-year-old at Rodney Parade.
Twine’s 67th-minute strike not only put Town back in front but created a new entry for any best Swindon Town goals compilation.
Not since Simon Cox’s breath-taking goal against Walsall in January 2009 has a Swindon goal been talked about as much as after making some space for himself, he unleashed a strike which no keeper would ever save into the top corner of the net.
DJ put Town in a commanding position seven minutes later and despite the home side scoring again Sheridan’s side deservedly took all the points and lifted themselves to just one point from safety in League One.
After turning professional in 2017 Twine has shown glimpses of the potential, he possesses in a Town shirt, most notably in November 2018 when he and Sol Pryce put Swindon 2-0 ahead after six minutes against Stevenage in League Two, but the vast bulk of his career has been on loan with three spells at Chippenham Town, a few months at Waterford in Ireland and most recently at Newport County.
After being in the same situation this time last year with Eoin Doyle I have some sympathy for Newport fans as exposure to first-team football in League Two has taken the young striker’s game to the next level as Swindon will benefit the most as he takes his wonderful start into this Saturday’s game against Doncaster Rovers.
The only slight dampener is Twine’s current contract situation, where his deal runs out this summer, having that cloud hanging above the club isn’t nice for anyone involved as he could be sold at a reduced rate if no new deal is agreed to several reported Championship clubs, or even leave on a free during the summer.
It would be ideal for everyone if a new contract is worked out this month so we know Scott “he’s one of our own” Twine will be around to develop his game even more whilst in a Town shirt.