SWINDON Town recorded their first clean sheet since February as they were held to a 0-0 stalemate at the Energy Check County Ground.

In his second fixture at the Energy Check County Ground, manager Phil Brown opted to make three changes to the team who snatched a 1-1 draw with Crawley Town on Easter Monday.

Luke Norris, who injured his shoulder in that draw earlier this week was removed from the squad as expected, he was replaced by veteran striker Marc Richards, who recovered from a bruised ankle.

Another notable change was the introduction of skipper Olly Lancashire, he returned to action after a six week lay-off with a calf injury.

Youngster Rollin Menayese makes way, but failed to remain in the matchday squad, as Ryan McGivern also returned for a spot on the bench.

The third and final switch saw on-loan winger Kellan Gordon take up a position at the right of midfield, as Keshi Anderson dropped to the bench.

Before kick-off, both sets of fans paid their respects to the late Ray Wilkins, who passed away during the week after suffering a heart attack.

One minute into the game the physios were called onto the pitch after winger Gordon went down just inside the Town half, which subsequently caused him to be stretchered off for Donal McDermott.

Just under 15 minutes into the game, Town had a half chance as Chris Hussey’s cross was deflected into the path of Richards, who spotted the run of Taylor, however the former West Ham man saw his right-footed shot blocked by the Carlisle defence.

Moments later, Taylor’s deep corner-kick found Ollie Banks, who was lurking at the back-post from here the on-loan midfielder knocked it back in the box, only for Richards to find the post with a header of his own. On the half hour mark, Swindon were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position, as Taylor stepped up his effort narrowly clipped the wall before whistling over Jack Bonham’s goal for a corner, which proved no threat as it was over hit.

The visitors then made their first change of the day, which, like Town’s, was forced as Hallam Hope made way for Kristopher Tardek at the County Ground.

In the final quarter of an hour of the first half, Town had brief moments of positivity as they often looked to be in good situations, before a final ball, or a first touch let them down.

Added time of seven minutes was greeted with cheer of encouragement by the Swindon fans, but it was to no avail as the first half ended how it had started.

In the second half, Town had a renewed sense of urgency which almost came to fruition as McDermott drove into the middle of the park from the right, before lashing a left-footed shot towards goal.

Goalkeeper Bonham, who had been having a quiet afternoon, was forced to spring to his left to deny the former Bournemouth man.

The visiting stopper was called into action again 10 minutes after the restart as Taylor’s driven ball from the right was beaten away at his near post.

After clearing the resulting corner, they danger was back as Taylor again pegged a ball to the back post, only for Richards to head wide of the mark.

Former Hull City scholar, Jamie Devitt had proved a handful all afternoon, but none more so that when his vicious free-kick had to be beaten away by Moore in the 63rd minute.

Keshi Anderson was then brought on for Lancashire with 25 minutes to go, as Swindon altered their system to a more offensive approach, as they adopted a 4-3-3 formation.

Taylor slotted in at left-back, as Hussey took the reins at centre half with ben Purkiss, leaving a midfield of Ollie Banks, McDermott and James Dunne, while there was a front three of Richards, Kaiyne Woolery and Anderson.

Traits from the first half spilled over into the second as Town looked good to a point, before a lack of conviction let them down, this was perfectly epitomised by Banks, who had a superb run to wriggle free at the edge of the area, before firing well wide with a curling effort.

With 12 minutes left, Brown opted to make his third and final change as he brought on McGivern, for Richards, which saw them return to 4-4-2.

Full back Hussey and Kyle Knoyle then both had individual chances to pick out a teammate after beating their marker on opposite sides of the pitch, only for neither to do so as Town continued to search for their elusive goal.

Optimism turned into desperation for the Town players and fans alike, as the officials opted for three minutes of added time, but it was too little too late as a lack of conviction saw Swindon claim a 0-0 draw,