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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Jimmy Smith (25')
  • Marc Richards (85')

Richards equaliser earns point for Swindon

A late header from substitute Marc Richards rescued a point for play-off chasing Swindon in a 1-1 draw at Crawley.
The much-travelled Richards cancelled out a tremendous first-half goal from Jimmy Smith before a crowd of 5,008, Crawley's biggest of the campaign.
Crawley, whose play-off challenge has faded badly in recent weeks, came under early pressure and Matt Taylor had a shot cleared off the line by Josh Yorwerth in only the second minute.
Midfielder Mark Randall fired wide for Crawley before Swindon were forced into a change when top-scorer Luke Norris was carried off on a stretcher with a dislocated shoulder and replaced by Paul Mullin.
The hosts took the lead in spectacular fashion after 25 minutes when skipper Smith volleyed an angled shot into the top corner following a throw-in by Lewis Young.
Crawley almost doubled their advantage shortly before the interval when a goal-bound shot from Karlan Ahearne Grant was parried by goalkeeper Stuart Moore.
Swindon had a let-off shortly after the break when Randall fired against the post from inside the area after Rollin Menayese had given the ball away.
More slackness at the back by the Robins led to Ahearne-Grant later having a goal-bound shot blocked.
Crawley keeper Glenn Morris parried a shot from Ollie Banks before substitute Richards levelled with a close range header from a cross by Kyle Knoyle five minutes from time.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Lincoln City 43 +34 84
2 Mansfield Town 43 +31 76
3 Milton Keynes Dons 43 +23 75
4 Bury 43 +24 74
5 Tranmere Rovers 43 +15 71
6 Forest Green Rovers 43 +21 70
7 Exeter City 43 +10 65
8 Carlisle United 43 +4 64
9 Colchester United 43 +7 63
10 Stevenage 43 +1 63
11 Newport County 42 -3 63
12 Swindon Town 43 +3 61
13 Oldham Athletic 42 +12 59
14 Crewe Alexandra 43 +1 59
15 Northampton Town 43 0 57
16 Cheltenham Town 43 -6 54
17 Grimsby Town 43 -13 50
18 Crawley Town 43 -17 49
19 Port Vale 43 -15 47
20 Morecambe 43 -21 47
21 Cambridge United 43 -24 46
22 Macclesfield Town 43 -27 39
23 Yeovil Town 43 -25 37
24 Notts County 43 -35 37