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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 Carlisle United 21 +12 39
2 Newport County 21 +10 39
3 Cambridge United 23 +14 38
4 Forest Green Rovers 22 +9 38
5 Salford City 23 +12 37
6 Cheltenham Town 22 +9 36
7 Leyton Orient 23 +8 36
8 Crawley Town 22 +6 34
9 Morecambe 21 -5 34
10 Exeter City 20 +14 32
11 Walsall 23 -3 31
12 Colchester United 22 -2 30
13 Mansfield Town 23 +1 29
14 Port Vale 24 -1 29
15 Tranmere Rovers 21 -2 29
16 Oldham Athletic 23 -5 28
17 Bolton Wanderers 23 -8 28
18 Harrogate Town 21 -4 25
19 Bradford City 21 -5 24
20 Barrow 23 -2 23
21 Scunthorpe United 23 -12 23
22 Stevenage 21 -6 21
23 Grimsby Town 24 -21 21
24 Southend United 22 -19 20