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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 38 +30 76
2 Bury 37 +30 70
3 Mansfield Town 38 +24 66
4 Milton Keynes Dons 38 +22 66
5 Tranmere Rovers 37 +12 61
6 Forest Green Rovers 38 +16 58
7 Exeter City 37 +13 58
8 Colchester United 38 +11 57
9 Carlisle United 38 +8 57
10 Stevenage 38 -4 53
11 Northampton Town 38 +1 52
12 Newport County 37 -10 52
13 Swindon Town 37 -3 51
14 Crewe Alexandra 38 -2 50
15 Oldham Athletic 37 +6 48
16 Grimsby Town 38 -8 48
17 Cheltenham Town 38 -10 45
18 Crawley Town 38 -15 43
19 Morecambe 38 -14 42
20 Port Vale 38 -10 41
21 Cambridge United 37 -22 41
22 Yeovil Town 38 -18 36
23 Macclesfield Town 37 -24 33
24 Notts County 38 -33 33