The FA Cup - First Round
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Cheltenham Town 5-0 Swindon Town

Byron Harrison scored a hat-trick as League Two Cheltenham thrashed 10-man Swindon in the FA Cup first round.

Harrison set the hosts on their way against their League One visitors when he tapped the ball in and away captain Nathan Thompson was sent off on 21 minutes for tripping Terry Gornell.

Gornell added a second from close range before Harrison struck number three.

A 20-yard shot by Matt Richards put the hosts 4-0 up before Harrison sealed it after poor Swindon defending.

The striker's third goal of the game - another close-range effort - took his season tally to five, meaning he scored more goals in one game than he managed in 18 previous appearances this term.

Swindon, for whom Nathan Byrne hit the post with their best effort, afterwards confirmed they would appeal against Thompson's red card.

It was the third season running that Swindon have lost to lower-league opposition in the first round after twice being knocked out by Conference side Macclesfield Town.

Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"I probably feared that we might be on the end of a scoreline like that, after I saw them at Chesterfield.

"We scored goals at the right time, that's helped us and probably flattered us, but it was a good convincing win and we're glad to be through to the next round.

"They've got a really young team and I felt Byron might fancy it. I thought he might be able to impose himself, not that he's overly physical, but just his presence, his size and his willingness to receive the ball with his back to goal.

"I felt that (the red card) could have made the game even harder for us, but to be fair to the players, their discipline and their attitude was so good that nothing changed."

Line-ups

Cheltenham

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Carson
  • 5Brown
  • 6Elliott
  • 18Black
  • 2Vaughan
  • 28De VitaSubstituted forHanksat 85'minutes
  • 25Taylor
  • 8Richards
  • 3Braham-BarrettBooked at 38minsSubstituted forKotwicaat 90+2'minutes
  • 9Harrison
  • 10GornellBooked at 74minsSubstituted forMarquisat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Haworth
  • 12Gould
  • 15Deaman
  • 16Hanks
  • 17Kotwica
  • 19Sterling-James
  • 26Marquis

Swindon

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Foderingham
  • 5StephensSubstituted forRossi Brancoat 62'minutes
  • 2ThompsonBooked at 21mins
  • 6TurnbullBooked at 70mins
  • 3ByrneBooked at 88mins
  • 8KasimSubstituted forGladwinat 81'minutes
  • 4Luongo
  • 19Thompson
  • 15Toffolo
  • 10Williams
  • 20ObikaSubstituted forSmithat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Gladwin
  • 9Smith
  • 14Reeves
  • 23Barthram
  • 25Belford
  • 26Rodgers
  • 29Rossi Branco
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
3,470

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamSwindon
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home8
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cheltenham Town 5, Swindon Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 5, Swindon Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Gladwin (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Zack Kotwica replaces Craig Braham-Barrett.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Harry Toffolo.

  6. Post update

    Louis Thompson (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town).

  8. Booking

    Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Joe Hanks replaces Raffaele De Vita.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Cheltenham Town 5, Swindon Town 0. Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

  13. Post update

    Jason Taylor (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Louis Thompson (Swindon Town).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Swindon Town. Ben Gladwin replaces Yaser Kasim.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Steve Elliott.

  17. Post update

    Foul by John Marquis (Cheltenham Town).

  18. Post update

    Raphael Rossi Branco (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Marquis (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. John Marquis replaces Terry Gornell.