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Sadly 2018 won’t be a year any Town fan will look back on with fondness but still for my first piece we’ll take a quick overview of the past 12 months.
Swindon’s record over the year in all competitions: P 53 W 19 D 15 L 19.
Performance of the Year: 22nd September – Yeovil Town 0 – 3 Town
After suffering defeat to Bury at the County Ground the week before, Phil Brown’s side came into the game not only needing the points but had to put on an impressive display after an underwhelming start to the season.
After a great first half without reward Town came to life after the break scoring three superb goals, first from Steven Alzate whose long range effort settled nicely into the bottom corner in front of the soaked 871 Town fans.
Twenty minutes later a trademark free kick from Matty Taylor doubled Town’s lead, with Elijah Adebayo adding a third with another long range strike which flew past the Yeovil keeper to give Brown’s side a convincing win.
This wasn’t to be the turning point Town fans hoped it might be for Phil Brown’s Swindon side and instead turned out to be his penultimate victory in League Two.
Worst Performance of the Year: 23rd October – Town 0-2 Cambridge Utd
Unfortunately this wasn’t as easy to select as the previous category with Town being humbled a number of times over the year.
I’m sure there are other games you could point to as your worst experience over the past 12 months, but the one that comes to mind was the beginning of the end for Phil Brown’s time at Town when struggling Cambridge visited the County Ground.
The visitors found themselves 2-0 up within 15 minutes and sadly Town had zero response throughout the 90 minutes, in a game that will be remembered more for fans turning on their own players, particularly Olly Lancashire.
Goal of the Year: 13th February – Matty Taylor vs. Wycombe
As I mentioned in the first category we’ve seen some impressive goals over the past 12 months, but Matty Taylor’s superb long-range free kick against Wycombe stands head and shoulders above the rest.
Taylor’s 35-yard screamer flew past Scott Brown in the Wycombe goal and leveled up the contest.
Unfortunately it didn’t earn Town a share of the points with the home side snatching a late winner but Taylor’s strike was one of the few highlights from a disappointing 2017/18 campaign.