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FULL-TIME Swindon Town 3 Crawley Town 0
SWINDON Town eased to their first league win of the season with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Crawley Town at the County Ground this evening.
Matt Ritchie, Tommy Miller and Raffa De Vita scored the goals as Town dominated their fellow promoted side, and it could have been more as the Robins fashioned a number of good chances during an impressive display.
Despite not finding the net, strikers Andy Williams and James Collins caught the eye on their first competitive start as a pair, with their movement and strength causing the Crawley defence problems throughout.
Both players like the ball to feet as well as looking to get in behind, and central midfield players Simon Ferry and Miller both found them well all night, allowing them to stretch the visiting defence almost at will.
Ritchie looked back to something close to his best after two quiet games by his standards, as he tore left-back Mat Sadler to shreds in a first half which yielded his first goal of the season.
The winger beat his man with ease before drifting in a cross which evaded visiting keeper Paul Jones, and Miller made it two before half-time as he arrived late in the box to drive home after De Vita’s header back across goal.
Town always looked threatening as they came out after the break, and they were rewarded as De Vita struck his shot back across goal after another good delivery from Ritchie.
The home side never stopped pressing, and although Williams and Collins both had chances they had to settle for a 3-0 victory in their first league outing at the County Ground.
HERE ARE THE KEY MOMENTS FROM THE MATCH
Three mins: Collins sees his effort deflected behind by Claude Davis as Town go close for the first time.
11 mins : Jay McEveley breaks down the left after superb work from Raffa De Vita, and after Paul Jones beats away the full-back's cross, Joe Devera heads over the resulting corner.
15 mins: Matt Ritchie drives in a low cross which Davis is forced to clear with Collins lurking.
16 mins: Town's appeals for a penalty are turned down by referee Keith Stroud as Collins tumbles to the floor, but the striker is penalised for a high boot which forces Davis to receive treatment.
19 mins: Hope Akpan lifts a shot harmlessly over the bar for the visitors after good build-up play from Nicky Adams and Josh Simpson.
24 mins: GOAL 1-0 TOWN (Ritchie): The Town winger is allowed too much time and space to dribble past two men on the right, and when he eventually sends in his right-footed cross it evades keeper Paul Jones and sails into the back of the net.
32 mins : The visitors begin to respond to going behind, as first Gary Alexander's shot is deflected behind, before Kyle McFadzean's header lands on the roof of the net.
35 mins: Andy Williams fires into the side netting after good work from Ritchie.
41 mins: Wes Foderingham dives to his right to tip Billy Clarke's header behind.
44 mins: GOAL 2-0 TOWN (Miller): Ritchie whips the ball in from the right, and after De Vita heads back across goal, Tommy Miller is on hand to fire in from 12 yards.
50 mins: Ritchie shoots straight at Jones as Town have the first effort on goal of the second half.
61 mins: The outstretched James Collins can’t quite reach Simon Ferry’s cross.
63 mins : GOAL 3-0 Town (De Vita): De Vita waits at the back post and picks up Ritchie's ball, and fires back into the corner with the keeper unable to do anything about it.
67 mins: Williams drives into the Crawley half and fires a vicious shot which Jones does well to save.
75 mins: Nicky Adams fires straight at Foderingham as Crawley mount a rare attack.
78 mins: Aden Flint heads home well, but his effort is ruled out for offside.
86 mins: Collins dances round two defenders before unleashing a shot which Jones is forced to punch clear.