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Kick off 19:00

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01 August 2017 Venue Hardenhuish Park Attendance 680

Kick off 19:00

Chippenham Town
2 - 3
Swindon Town

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PREVIEW: Chippenham Town v Swindon Town

A Look Ahead To Tonight's Pre-Season Finale

1 August 2017

Swindon Town round off their pre-season campaign with a trip to Chippenham Town this evening.

The Reds are in action at Hardenhuish Park later for the final time before the new Sky Bet League Two season gets underway on Saturday – 7pm KO.

With the opening day trip to Carlisle just four days away, a number of first-team players will be rested this evening with U18’s Manager Alan McLoughlin taking a young side to face the National League South outfit.

The likes of Will Henry, Tom Smith, Jesse Starkey, Jordan Young and Scott Twine will all get the opportunity to impress tonight and Town Boss Dave Flitcroft wants to see his young players take their chance with both hands.

“I think it will be a young side against Chippenham,” he said.

“We are light on numbers, I think everyone knows that, so I don’t want to risk any players in this last week.

“I’m looking at trying to improve everyone at the football club and it’s a great chance for the young players to man up a little bit.

“We’ve got to start producing men to come to the first-team. We’ve got to start producing a microwave to develop the young kids so, when they come up to train with the first-team, they are physically ready, they are mentally ready and they know what is expected of them.

“It’s a good game for the young players.”

“It is going to be a big mental test for the younger players and there are going to be young pro’s in there who have been in and around the first-team, so it is important that they turn up and give a good account of themselves because all the first-team management staff will be in attendance."

Alan McLoughlin

Alan McLoughlin will direct proceedings from the touchline tonight and he’s looking forward to seeing how his scholars handle the step-up in quality. 

“It will be a young team and there’s only going to be one or two first-team players involved in the game,” he told swindontownfc.co.uk.

“It is going to be a big mental test for the younger players and there are going to be young pro’s in there who have been in and around the first-team, so it is important that they turn up and give a good account of themselves because all the first-team management staff will be in attendance.

“The boys who will be involved will mainly be second-year scholars and there will be one or two first-year scholars on the bench, so I’m looking for them to just enjoy the game, be dynamic, be athletic and be a threat.

“We have to mix our play up and we’ll be playing a very good Chippenham side who were excellent last year.

“Mark Collier and Tom Jones have got them well organised and it will be a great challenge for our boys.

“I’m expecting a good performance.

“I hope they enjoy the occasion, there should be a good crowd there and it should be a good test.

“We want to give Chippenham a right good game.”

Tickets are available to buy on the gate tonight.

TICKET PRICES:

Adults - £10

Concessions - £5

Kids - £3

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REPORT: Chippenham Town 2-3 Swindon Town

Reds Finish Pre-Season With A Flourish

1 August 2017

A young Swindon Town side combined style with substance to finish their pre-season campaign on a high with a 3-1 victory at Chippenham Town tonight.

Jesse Starkey’s neat finish gave the visitors a dream start and Tom Smith put his side in the driving seat with a thunderous effort on the half-hour mark.

Scott Twine got in on the act just before the interval as a young Reds side produced a hugely impressive first-half display.

However, there was a shift in momentum after the break and Chippenham clawed their way back into the game thanks to a Will Richards header.

Town regained their composure though and, although the Bluebirds pulled another back late on, they were able to round off their summer campaign with a win.

With the opening day trip to Carlisle looming ever closer, the first-team squad were given a night off with a very youthful side lining up at Hardenhuish Park under the guidance of U18’s Manager Alan McLoughlin.

There were opportunities for the likes of Will Henry, Jake Evans, Tom Smith, Ellis Iandolo, Jesse Starkey, Jordan Young and Scott Twine to all impress from the start, while a mix of First and Second-Year Scholars made up the bench.

After surviving an early scare with Andy Sandell flicking an effort wide for the hosts, the young Reds took an early lead with just ten minutes on the clock after Starkey kept his cool to lift the ball over Jared Thompson and into the back of the net following a mix-up at the back.

Twine then tried his luck moments later but his shot from the edge of the area was straight down the throat of Thompson.

Town continued to keep their foot on the gas and, although Young was off-target with a wild effort, their hard work was soon rewarded.

After clearing their lines, Iandolo set Starkey free down the left flank with a sublime pass and the midfielder made the most of it, pumping the ball into the box where Smith was waiting to hammer home a second goal of the night.

And it kept on getting better for the visitors with Twine shrugging off a challenge to fire home on the turn just before half-time following a superb defence-splitting pass by Iandolo.

Chippenham came out with a point to prove in the second-half and they twice came close early on as Jake Andrews saw his drive deflected wide, before Will Richards sent a header over the bar from the resulting corner.

That pressure paid off however and Richards succeeded at the second attempt, powering home a bullet header from a corner.

It was one-way traffic from the home side and Henry had to be at his best to get down low and keep out another header from Richards.

Town eventually settled though and they went close to adding a fourth just past the hour mark thanks to a substitute.

Sol Pryce, who had replaced Iandolo earlier in the half, used his brute strength to move into space before flashing a shot inches wide.

Evans then went closer as he controlled a clearance before unleashing a long-range volley towards goal, although Thompson did well to tip the effort wide.

There were chances right until the death with Chippenham doing their best to get into the game as Richards and Pratt were both denied, before Andrews sent a header over the bar.

Twine then had a golden chance to wrap the game up after seizing on a mistake to burst clean through on goal, but he could only plant an effort against the inside of the post.

That miss was punished moments later with Pratt lobbing the ball over the advancing Henry, although Town did enough to hold out for the win.

SCORERS - Jesse Starkey (10), Tom Smith (29), Scott Twine (38), Will Richards (57), Dave Pratt (88).

TOWN STARTING XI - Henry; Evans, Giamattei, Romanski, Spalding (Ollie Rejek 80); T Smith (C) (Jordan Edwards 56), Ouldridge, Iandolo (Sol Pryce 61); Young, Twine, Starkey.

Subs Not Used - Matthews, Haines, Graham.

Attendance - 680

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