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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Swindon Town V Exeter City

Everything You Need To Know Ahead Of Saturday

11 August 2017

Town get their 2017/18 Sky Bet League Two home campaign underway against Exeter City on Saturday (3pm Kick-Off).

Dave Flitcroft’s side will be looking to get off the mark at The County Ground and make it two wins from two on the domestic front following their opening day success against Carlisle United last weekend.

The Grecians will also be on the hunt for a second successive victory after beating Cambridge United in their season opener.

LAST TIME WE MET:

The two sides did battle as recently as last season with Town prevailing 4-2 on penalties in the Checkatrade Trophy in November 2016 after the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

LAST FOUR:

Season/Date Competition Result Town Scorers
2016/17 - Tues 8th Nov (A) Checkatrade Trophy 1-1 (2-4 Pens) Norris
2015/16 - Tues 11th Nov (H) League Cup  1-2  Obika
2011/12 - Tues 4th Oct (A) JPT  1-2  Jervis (2)
2010/11 - Tues 29th Mar (A) League  1-0   

FULL RECORD V EXETER CITY:

P W D L F A
112 50 31 31 192 148

TICKET NEWS:

Town fans will be able to purchase tickets on the day both in-store and online via https://www.eticketing.co.uk/swindontown/.

Exeter fans will also be able to pay on the day from the Away Ticket Office, which opens at 1pm and is located at the Arkells End of the ground.

Turnstiles open at 1:30pm tomorrow.

EVENTS:

Defender Kyle Knoyle will be in attendance at the STFC Store from 2pm tomorrow to pose for pictures and sign autographs.

Both our 17/18 away kit and home & away goalkeeper kits will also be available to buy from the shop on Saturday, which opens from 9am.

ONE TO WATCH:

David Wheeler helped himself to twenty-one goals in all competitions last season and played a vital role in Exeter reaching the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Final.

The 26-year-old formed a formidable partnership with Reuben Reid and he’ll be relied upon to produce the goods once again in 17/18 with the Grecians looking to go one better.

TOP SCORERS:

TOWN – Paul Mullin (2)

EXETER CITY – Reuben Reid, Lee Holmes (1)

TEAM NEWS:

After only being able to name four substitutes in midweek, the Reds have been given a huge boost ahead of tomorrow’s game with Luke Norris set to be involved after his shoulder injury wasn’t as bad as first feared.

John Goddard (foot), Donal McDermott (foot), Dion Conroy (shoulder) and Amine Linganzi (groin) have all made good progress and will be given every chance to prove their fitness.

Exeter are sweating on the fitness of key trio David Wheeler, Ryan Harley and Jordan Moore-Taylor, while the game may come too soon for Dean Moxey.

A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS:

Dave Flitcroft, Swindon Town Manager: “It is a game that we’ve been looking forward to. I know the players want to come and show the town and show the fans what we’re trying to build and what we’re trying to represent.

“We trained at the ground today and the excitement is already building up for it. We can’t wait and we’re just looking forward to tomorrow.

“Exeter were a very expansive football team a few years ago, they moved the ball around the pitch with fluidity and Paul Tisdale has built more of a robust team, more of a direct team to cope with League Two.

“He’s a fantastic football person and he cares about that club.”

Paul Tisdale, Exeter City Manager: “They (Town) will surely be a contender for promotion. They have had this ability to get promoted out of League Two numerous times now.

“I’d be surprised if they are not challenging near the top third of the table come the New Year but, at the moment maybe, there is a spell where their team settles in.

“We will find out on Saturday when we play them. And, as always, we need to be aware that good players can put in good performances and they can hurt the opposition.”

Kaiyne Woolery, Swindon Town Striker: “I can’t wait to get back out on the pitch.

“I’ve heard a lot of good things about the fans here so it will be good to finally show them what I can do.

“Exeter will be a tough test but if we want promotion this season then we need to beat these teams, so it is just another obstacle on the way to success.”

ELSEWHERE IN LEAGUE TWO:

SATURDAY:

Barnet v Luton Town (3pm)

Cambridge United v Carlisle United (3pm)

Cheltenham Town v Crawley Town (3pm)

Colchester United v Stevenage (3pm)

Crewe Alexandra v Newport County (3pm)

Grimsby Town v Coventry City (3pm)

Lincoln City v Morecambe (3pm)

Mansfield Town v Forest Green Rovers (3pm)

Notts County v Chesterfield (3pm)

Port Vale v Wycombe Wanderers (3pm)

Yeovil Town v Accrington Stanley

OFFICIALS:

Referee – Darren Drysdale

Assistants – Ravel Cheosiaua & Chris Husband

Fourth Official – Dean Treleaven

PLAYED FOR BOTH:

Kevin Amankwaah, Aaron Brown, Barry Corr, Jon Gittens, Lee Holmes, Sam Parkin, Christian Roberts, Shaun Taylor, Troy Archibald-Henville, Jamie Cureton, James Dunne, Rhys Evans, Ryan Harley.

FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE:

Can’t make it to The County Ground on Saturday? 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!

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MATCH REPORT: Swindon Town 1-1 Exeter City

Reds Claim A Share Of The Spoils In Home Opener

12 August 2017

Town fought back to claim a point in a 1-1 draw with Exeter City in the Sky Bet League Two at The County Ground this afternoon.

Liam McAlinden struck first for the visitors but Kaiyne Woolery's second-half strike ensured the game finished honours even.

It wasn’t the best of starts to life at SN1 in 2017/18 for the Reds who were put under the cosh by their visitors in the opening exchanges.

Exeter’s pressure paid off too and they were able to take a slender lead in at the interval thanks to McAlinden’s close-range effort.

Town were a different proposition after the break though and two half-time substitutes combined to haul them level with Woolery linking up with Norris before marking his debut in perfect style with a goal.

Both sides had chances to win the game late on but it finished all-square with the Reds still unbeaten in the league in 2017/18.

In what was his first home game in charge of the club, Dave Flitcroft made two changes from the side that pushed Norwich City all the way in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening with Conor Thomas and Tom Smith dropping to the bench.

Amine Linganzi shrugged off a minor groin injury to take his place in midfield, while Donal McDermott returned from a short lay-off to make his debut for the Reds.

Harry Smith led the line in a 4-2-3-1 formation with the Reds with Paul Mullin, McDermott and Brophy sitting in behind him, while James Dunne and Linganzi were tasked with protecting a back-four of Ben Purkiss, Chris Robertson, Olly Lancashire and Chris Hussey.

Luke Norris and Dion Conroy both made quick recoveries from shoulder injuries to take their place amongst the substitutes, whilst there was also a spot on the bench for new recruit Kaiyne Woolery.

Town were hoping to impress in their home opener but it was their guests who started on the front foot with Lee Holmes seeing a shot deflected behind, before Jordan Tillson warmed the palms of Lawrence Vigouroux with a drive from the edge of the area.

It was then the Reds’ turn to go on the attack with Hussey’s dangerous corner forcing Christy Pym into action, before Smith lashed an effort into the side netting.

Exeter began to impose more pressure on their hosts though with Reuben Reid sending a tame volley at Vigouroux, who performed heroics moments later to somehow claw Troy Brown’s close-range effort off the goal-line with David Wheeler scooping the rebound over.

City’s early pressure paid off though and they took the lead just shy of the half-hour mark after winning a succession of corners.

Moments after Hussey saw his inviting free-kick parried away to safety by Pym, the Grecians broke downfield at pace and although Vigouroux was able to tip Reid’s powerful drive onto the post, Liam McAlinden was in the right place at the right time to tap home on the rebound.

Town hit back immediately or at least they thought they did with Hussey’s wicked cross looping into the back of the net after hitting Pierce Sweeney, but the referee decided to rule out the goal due to an apparent handball.

The Reds were simply struggling to find their groove and they were left to breathe a sigh of relief on two occasions before half-time.

Tillson nodded over at the back-post after rising highest to meet Sweeney’s pinpoint cross, before McAlinden curled wide with his goal proving the difference at the break.

Town opted to make two changes before the second-half with Luke Norris and Kaiyne Woolery, making his Swindon debut, replacing Smith and McDermott respectively.

The Reds had to survive an early scare though with Vigouroux reacting well to keep out Holmes’ shot, while the Grecians did well to put a stop to a swift counter-attack move at the other end.

It wasn’t long before Town sprung into life and they went close through Norris who warmed the palms of Pym with a fierce effort after showing superb strength to beat his man.

And that proved to be a sign of things to come with Norris playing a key role in Town restoring parity just shy of the hour mark, the striker being found by a Brophy header before setting Woolery free who coolly tucked home a debut goal.

Woolery was causing all sorts of problems with his blistering pace and he got in behind the Exeter defence again, only to be denied by Pym who was out quickly.

Town were doing most of the running in the latter stages of the second-half as they searched for a winner, although they were given a brief scare with Jake Taylor hammering wide after being teed up by Reid.

Jack Sparkes then sent a thunderous effort against the post moments after coming on with both sides attempting to throw everything forward in a bid to find a winning goal.

Swindon opted to make one last change in the dying minutes with Conor Thomas replacing Brophy.

With the home crowd urging them forward, Town continued to search for a late winner and they were creating opportunities with Linganzi heading over.

Exeter had one final chance too as Holmes forced Vigouroux into a superb stop, with both sides having to settle for a share of the spoils in the end.

TEAMS AND STATS:

SCORERS - Liam McAlinden (27), Kaiyne Woolery (56).

SWINDON TOWN (4-2-3-1) - Vigouroux; Purkiss, Robertson, Lancashire (C), Hussey; Dunne, Linganzi; Mullin, McDermott (Kaiyne Woolery 45), Brophy (Conor Thomas 84); H Smith (Luke Norris 45).

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

EXETER CITY (4-4-2) - Pym; Sweeney, Brown, Moore-Taylor (C), Woodman; Wheeler (Jake Taylor 45), James, Tillson, Holmes; Reid, McAlinden (Jack Sparkes 74).

Subs Not Used - Hamon, Simpson, Brunt, Jay, Croll.

BOOKINGS:

TOWN - James Dunne.

EXETER CITY - Jake Taylor, Lloyd James.

Referee - Darren Drysdale

Attendance - 7,795.

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Ticket News

Tickets Now On Sale For Opening Two Home Games

Secure Your Seat For Our First Couple Of Games At SN1

11 July 2017

Tickets are now on sale for our opening two home games of the 2017/18 Sky Bet League Two campaign.

We host Exeter City at The County Ground on Saturday 12th August, before welcoming Crawley Town to SN1 on Saturday 26th August.

Tickets for both of those games went on sale this morning and you can find details on how to buy below.

We are also pleased to announce that we have reduced ticket prices for all categories in the side stands, while we are once again offering FREE tickets to U11’s who are Junior Red members.

And, in addition to the above, we have also created a wider range of family packages. Click HERE to see a full break down of prices for the 2017/18 season.

Here’s how you can buy tickets for our home fixtures against Exeter City and Crawley Town.

In person at the STFC Store, online via https://www.eticketing.co.uk/swindontown/ or by phoning 0871 876 1993 and selecting option 1. 

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