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From the Archive | A Last Gasp Winner at the County Ground

13 October 2023

This Saturday afternoon, we head to the County Ground to take on Swindon Town. The game has become a popular one among Exiles and Swindon fans, with both teams picking up memorable wins in recent years.

For this week’s From the Archive, we are going to take a look back at our 1-0 win at the County Ground in the 2021/22 season. 

The stakes coming into this game were high. We were sitting eighth in the league, just outside of the play-offs, having failed to win in any of our three previous games. A 1-0 loss at home to Exeter meant we needed to win at Swindon to keep our hopes alive. 

The hosts were also struggling to find consistency and keep their own play-off dreams alive. Their home-record throughout the season had been relatively strong, though, and we knew we were in for a tough battle. 

However, tough battles are something we have excelled in during our time in the Football League, and we took that fighting mentality to Wiltshire with us on April 9th, 2022. 

It is fair to say that we weathered a storm that afternoon. The hosts created the bulk of chances and dominated large portions of the game but could not break down a resilient defence led by James Clarke and Mickey Demetriou. 

In the end, it was the Swindon defence that crumbled. A well-time counterattack saw Finn Azaz break down the wing and go one-on-one with Swindon keeper Joe Wollacott on the edge of the box. Azaz cooly rounded him and played the ball across the face of an open goal. Before an advancing Dom Telford could reach it, Swindon defender Dion Conroy stuck a foot out and converted the ball into his own net, sending the travelling Exiles into wild celebrations. 

Unfortunately, we were unable to maintain that momentum and missed out on the play-offs in the end, but this was an excellent game that provided us with a memorable win over a local League Two rival. 


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