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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Morecambe V Swindon Town

Everything You Need To Know Ahead Of Saturday's Trip

18 August 2017

Town return to Sky Bet League Two action on Saturday (3pm Kick-Off) when they head to Morecambe.

The Reds will be looking to extend their unbeaten league start at the Globe Arena tomorrow, while they will also be aiming to bounce back after the 3-2 defeat to West Ham United’s U21’s in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night.

Morecambe are also undefeated on the domestic front and they will be on the hunt for a second home win of the season.

LAST TIME WE MET:

Paul Benson scored the only goal of the game at the Globe Arena in April 2012 as Swindon edged closer to sealing the League Two Title in Paolo Di Canio’s first season in charge.

LAST THREE:

Season/Date Competition Result Town Scorers
2011/12 - Fri 6th Apr (A) League Two 0-1  Benson
2011/12 - Sat 17th Dec (H) League Two 3-0  Jervis, de Vita, Murray
2006/07 - Sat 2nd Dec (H) FA Cup  1-0  Roberts

FULL RECORD V MORECAMBE:

P W D L F A
3 3 0 0 5 0

TICKET NEWS:

Advanced tickets for tomorrow’s game go off sale at 2pm today, although Town fans will be able to buy tickets on the turnstiles tomorrow with cash ONLY.

TICKET PRICES:

Covered Seating Unreserved:

Adult - £21

Over 65 - £17

Student - £15

Under 23 - £15

Under 18 - £6

Under 11 - FREE

Covered Terracing:

Adult - £17

Over 65 - £14

Student - £10

Under 23 - £10

Under 18 - £5

Under 11 - FREE

ONE TO WATCH:

Garry Thompson was a summer signing at the Globe Arena, arriving on a free transfer from Wycombe Wanderers.

Born in Kendall, the midfielder is back with his boyhood club for a second stint and he’s made a bright start to this season, scoring twice.

Able to both score and create goals, the vastly experienced 36-year-old is a proven performer at League Two level and he’ll be looking to cause the Town defence plenty of problems tomorrow.

TOP SCORERS:

MORECAMBE - Garry Thompson (2)

SWINDON TOWN - Paul Mullin (3)

TEAM NEWS:

Morecambe were not in Checkatrade Trophy action in the week and they could opt to hand a debut to new signing Elliot Osborne, who joined on loan from Fleetwood earlier this month.

Town, on the other hand, are still assessing the fitness of goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux (Achilles) and Donal McDermott (knee) ahead of tomorrow’s game.

John Goddard will miss out with a persistent foot injury, although he’s expected to return to full training next week, while Kyle Knoyle (knee) is still on the long-term injury list.

A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS:

Jim Bentley, Morecambe Manager: “They are a big club who will be desperate to get back into League One.

“They have a good manager in David Flitcroft who has won promotion from this league before and they have the power to go out and spend £350,000 on a player like they did last week.

“It will be tough but we know we will give anyone a game. There was a fantastic feel-good factor at the Cheltenham game and I am hoping we can have that again on Saturday.”

Dave Flitcroft, Swindon Town Manager: “I have massive admiration and respect for Jim (Bentley) and Ken (McKenna) - they are two of football’s top, top people and it is difficult to manage in League Two.

“There isn’t much in terms of resources but these lads do it week in, week out and year in and year out and they do an unbelievable job.

“At times they have not been able to sustain that because of squad size and I know that hurts Jim because he’s an absolute competitor.

“It will be a very committed and competitive performance from Morecambe because they’ve got good players.

“We go there unbeaten in the league and we want that to continue.

“We are looking forward to the trip, we’re looking forward to getting back on solid League Two ground and we’re looking forward to making an impact in the league.

“We’ve got to focus on ourselves and we need to focus on our strengths, how we get stronger and also how we make our weaknesses better.

“It has been a week of learning for everyone and we are trying to become better at what we do.”

Olly Lancashire, Swindon Town Captain: “The lads are looking forward to the weekend.

“We’re confident going into the game. Morecambe will be hard-working and they always seem to start the season well.

“We’ve watched them a little bit and we know what they are going to be aiming to do, but we’ll be going there with our own game plan and we want to stay unbeaten in the league.

“We’ll be going there looking for the three points.”

ELSEWHERE IN LEAGUE TWO:

SATURDAY:

Accrington Stanley v Mansfield Town (3pm)

Carlisle United v Cheltenham Town (3pm)

Chesterfield v Port Vale (3pm)

Coventry City v Newport County (3pm)

Crawley Town v Cambridge United (3pm)

Crewe Alexandra v Barnet (3pm)

Exeter City v Lincoln City (3pm)

Forest Green Rovers v Yeovil Town (3pm)

Luton Town v Colchester United (3pm)

Stevenage v Grimsby Town (3pm)

Wycombe Wanderers v Notts County (3pm)

OFFICIALS:

Referee - Mark Heywood

Assistants - Duncan Street & Mark Cunliffe

Fourth Official - Peter Gooch

PLAYED FOR BOTH:

Chris Blackburn, Michael Rose, Jonathan Smith, Andy Mutch.

FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE:

Not making the trip to the Globe Arena tomorrow? Our media team have you covered!

Live updates will be available on our Twitter and Facebook pages, whilst you can also follow the action on our brand new Match Centre.

In the wake of the game, https://www.swindontownfc.co.uk/ will be the place to go with a full match report and plenty of reaction and pictures available to view and read through shortly after the final whistle.

Here’s to three points!

BUILD-UP TO MORECAMBE:

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MATCH REPORT: Morecambe 0-1 Swindon Town

Reds Produce Gritty Display To Come Out On Top at Globe Arena

19 August 2017

Swindon Town extended their unbeaten start to the 2017/18 Sky Bet League Two campaign after beating Morecambe 1-0 today.

Donal McDermott’s first goal for the club made it a dream start for the Reds and the midfielder’s fine strike proved to be the winner on an eventful afternoon at the Globe Arena.

Town’s bright start was rewarded early on thanks to a stunning strike from McDermott, who picked his spot perfectly.

There was plenty of action in all areas of the pitch and Lawrence Vigouroux had to be alert on a couple of occasions to keep his side’s lead in-tact.

It was all one-way traffic in the second-half as Swindon looked to extend their lead, although they had to settle for just the one goal with the three points returning to Wiltshire.

Dave Flitcroft made just two changes to the side that suffered defeat in the Checkatrade Trophy in midweek with Lawrence Vigouroux returning from a minor injury to replace Will Henry in-between the sticks.

Ellis Iandolo dropped to the bench with Paul Mullin coming in to start against his former club, while Luke Norris and Kaiyne Woolery were tasked with leading the line.

There was a frantic start to proceedings with both sides looking to land the first blow of the afternoon.

Town were looking the more dangerous of the two teams going forward and they threatened early on through Mullin who rose highest to nod wide from a Chris Hussey corner.

However, that proved to be a warning sign that Morecambe didn’t heed with the Reds opening the scoring with just thirteen-minutes on the clock.

A free-kick was taken quickly and Donal McDermott decided to take matters into his own hands, lashing home a stunning strike into the far corner from distance to open his account for the club in style.

That put the wind in Town’s sails and there was a real urgency about their play as they attempted to score a quick second.

Woolery dragged an effort wide from twenty-yards before they were forced to do their fair share of defending.

Michael Rose’s long-range free-kick proved to be no trouble for Lawrence Vigouroux, although he was tested twice in quick succession moments later as his clearance bounced off Aaron Wildig and into the side netting, before he was forced to parry Andrew Fleming’s deflected strike.

Both teams were giving it their all and there was one more chance before the break with Vigouroux racing off his line to deny Wildig with a fine save.

Town carried on from where they left off in the second-half and they went close seconds after the restart with Mullin sending a dipping effort just over the bar.

The former Morecambe striker was continuing to cause problems for his old side and he was able to pick out McDermott with a clever pull-back, but the midfielder’s shot was blocked.

The chances kept on coming for the visitors as Hussey warmed the palms of Barry Roche with a long-range drive, before Mullin saw a cross drop just wide of the far post.

Town then opted to freshen things up with James Brophy coming on to replace Woolery in attack.

And it nearly paid instant dividends as Hussey pumped a ball into the box with Brophy waiting to pounce, but the winger could only send a header inches over the bar.

Chances were cropping up at both ends of the pitch as the game entered its closing stages with Steve Old hammering wide for the hosts.

Mullin was desperate to score against his former club and he tried his luck once more with a 30-yard curler straight at Roche, while Garry Thompson leathered over at the other end.

With only five minutes remaining and a slender lead still to protect, Town brought on an extra defensive reinforcement with Chris Robertson replacing McDermott.

Harry Smith then replaced Norris and that proved to be the final talking point of the game as Town held on to claim a big three points and their first clean sheet of the new season.

TEAMS AND STATS:

SCORERS - Donal McDermott (12).

MORECAMBE (3-5-2) - Roche; Kenyon, Old, Winnard; Brough, Fleming (Adam Campbell 87), Rose (C), Wildig (Kevin Ellison 77), Lund (Rhys Turner 60); Oliver, Thompson.

Subs Not Used - Nizic, Conlan, Lavelle, Osborne.

SWINDON TOWN (4-4-2) - Vigouroux; Purkiss, Lancashire (C), Conroy, Hussey; McDermott (Chris Robertson 85), Dunne, Linganzi, Mullin; Woolery (James Brophy 65), Norris (Harry Smith 89).

Subs Not Used - Henry, Thomas, T Smith, Iandolo.

BOOKINGS:

MORECAMBE - Michael Rose.

TOWN - Paul Mullin.

Referee - Mark Heywood.

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Ticket News

Morecambe Tickets Now On Sale

Prices Confirmed For Shrimpers Clash

3 August 2017

Tickets for Swindon Town’s trip to Morecambe in the Sky Bet League Two are now on general sale.

Dave Flitcroft’s side head to the Globe Arena on Saturday 19th August - 3pm Kick-Off.

TICKET PRICES:

Covered Seating UNRESERVED:

Adult - £21

Over 65 - £17

Student - £15

Under 23 - £15

Under 18 - £6

Under 11 - FREE

Covered Terracing:

Adult - £17

Over 65 - £14

Student - £10

Under 23 - £10

Under 18 - £5

Under 11 - FREE

For disabled tickets please call 0871 876 1993 and select option 2.

PLEASE NOTE - Advance ticket sales from Swindon will stop at 2pm on Friday 18th August.

Tickets can be purchased on the day for CASH ONLY.

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