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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Stevenage V Swindon Town

Your Essential Guide To Tonight's Game

30 January 2018

Swindon Town are back in action tonight as they head to Stevenage in the Sky Bet League Two.

Dave Flitcroft's side will arrive at The Lamex Stadium later (7:45pm Kick-Off) looking to make it back-to-back victories following Saturday's success against Crewe.

Stevenage are unbeaten in the league so far this year with two wins and two draws, while they haven't been beaten in their last ten outings at home.

LAST TIME WE MET:

It was a day to forget for Town on their last visit to The Lamex Stadium with Stevenage running out comfortable 5-2 victors to book their place in the Third Round of The Emirates FA Cup.

FULL RECORD V STEVENAGE:

P W D L F A
9 5 1 3 17 12

TICKET NEWS: 

Town fans will be able to buy tickets on the gate tonight, although there will be a £3 price increase.

PRICES: 

Category Prices
Adults £24
Concessions (60+) £21
Under 22 £16
Under 16 £12
Under 12 £10

ONE TO WATCH:

Although a fitness doubt for tonight's game, Matt Godden will no doubt be Stevenage's main threat tonight should he be passed fit. 

He has thirteen goals to his name so far this term and he has already found the back of the net against Town this season. 

TOP SCORERS: 

STEVENAGE - Matt Godden (13)

SWINDON TOWN - Luke Norris (12)

TEAM NEWS:

STEVENAGE have a few issues to contend with ahead of tonight's game with key men Ben Kennedy and Matty Godden in a race against time to prove their fitness after picking up knocks in the win against Chesterfield at the weekend.

Joe Martin and Alex Samuel look set to miss out again as will Jamie Gray and Chris Whelpdale.

SWINDON TOWN were able to welcome back Timi Elsnik into the fold at the weekend, and the attacker could well start tonight after an impressive display off the bench against Crewe.

However, the Reds will still be without Donal McDermott, Amine Linganzi and Chris Hussey, while Dion Conroy is still working his way back from a serious knee injury.

A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS:

Darren Sarll, Stevenage Boss: “It is an important time for recovery and to have fresh minds and fresh legs. We have been great at home; we have not been beaten in three odd months now at the Lamex.

“So we are looking forward to going back there, but we also know that Swindon are probably the best side in the league in terms of playing away from home.

“It will be a tough game and it will be a game for who has the right amount of physicality to their game post Saturday."

Dave Flitcroft, Swindon Town Manager: "We've got another game-plan against Stevenage to try and navigate.

"We were poor the last time we went there so we'll go with that wound inside us and try to put it right.

"I was really disappointed as a manager and really disappointed for our supporters. Watching the FA Cup at the weekend, it is a competition I love and to not get the supporters into the next round really hurt me.

"We've got those memories but it is going to have to be a controlled focus and a controlled game-plan that will hopefully set us in good stead."

ELSEWHERE IN LEAGUE TWO (7:45PM UNLESS STATED):

Coventry City v Cambridge United

Lincoln City v Newport County

Luton Town v Wycombe Wanderers

Yeovil Town v Grimsby Town 

OFFICIALS:

Referee - Darren Drysdale

Assistants - Dean Treleaven & Stephen Brown

Fourth Official - Ian Rathbone

HOW TO FOLLOW: 

Not making the trip tonight? There are plenty of ways to follow all the action!

We will have full updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages. 

You can also keep up to date with every kick via our Match Centre.

Alternatively, full match commentary is available on iFollow, while overseas fans can watch the match live. Click HERE for details and to sign up if you haven’t already done so.

In the wake of the game, https:\\www.swindontownfc.co.uk\ will be the place to go with a full match report, 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: Stevenage 0-1 Swindon Town

Reds Come Out On Top In Tight Game

30 January 2018

Swindon Town produced a resolute display to beat Stevenage 1-0 in a hard-fought affair at The Lamex Stadium this evening.

Ollie Banks' second goal for the club got the Reds off to a perfect start on a chilly evening, and that was enough to secure a big three points.

Town Boss Dave Flitcroft opted to make four changes from the side that came from behind to beat Crewe at the weekend and there was a change of formation too.

Luke Norris returned to the Starting XI and took his place up top with Marc Richards in a 4-4-2 system. 

Timi Elsnik, who was so impressive after coming off the bench on Saturday, lined up alongside Ollie Banks in the engine room while Ben Purkiss and Matty Taylor were restored at right-back and left-back respectively. 

That meant that Chris Robertson, Ellis Iandolo, James Dunne and Kaiyne Woolery all dropped to the bench. 

This was the third meeting of the season between the two sides with both teams having one win apiece, and Town were certainly out for revenge for their heavy Emirates FA Cup defeat at The Lamex in December.

There was a cagey opening to proceedings however with much of the play being contested in the middle of the park.

Swindon did enjoy a brief spell of pressure after winning a couple of corners, although Olly Lancashire was unable to get his header on target.

However, that proved to be a warning sign and one the hosts failed to heed as Town opened the scoring with less than twenty-minutes on the clock.

Matty Taylor swung another cross in and Ollie Banks rose highest to power home a header with a little help from the crossbar.

Stevenage did muster up a positive response straightaway as Jonathan Smith tried his luck from outside the area, although the strike was easy enough for Reice Charles-Cook to deal with.

Timi Elsnik was able to pounce on a loose ball moments later before opting to pull the trigger, but his drive lacked power and it was an easy save for Tom King.

And there proved to be just one more chance before the break with Banks sending a long-range free-kick inches wide of the post. 

There was a let-off for Town shortly after the interval as Fraser Franks' fizzing cross flashed across goal with no Stevenage players on hand to attack it. 

Play was congested in the middle of the park and there wasn't really much between the two sides with action and chances both at a premium. 

Stevenage did carve out a chance on the hour mark but Smith could only slice an effort well wide from 25-yards out. 

Town then had an opportunity of their own and from an unlikely source as Ben Purkiss drove forward and, after being encouraged to shoot by the away fans behind the goal, opted to pull the trigger from distance but his low drive was smothered by King. 

There were signs that the game could open up though as Banks fired a shot into the chest of King before Jamie Gray, who had only been on the pitch for a minute or two, curled a superb effort inches past the post at the other end.

Town were defending well and were dealing with whatever Stevenage had to throw at them as the hosts frantically searched for an equaliser late on.

It was then time for Swindon's first change of the game with Paul Mullin replacing Marc Richards in a bid to add some fresh legs to the attack.

James Dunne replaced Keshi Anderson in the closing stages as Town looked to give the defence some added protection.

Town then tried to shave more time off the clock by bringing Chris Robertson on for Kellan Gordon and that did the trick with Banks' first-half effort proving the difference. 

TEAMS AND STATS:

SCORERS - Ollie Banks (17).

STEVENAGE (4-4-2) - T King; Henry (C) (Luke Amos 45), Wilmot, J King, Vancooten; Franks, McKee (Jamie Gray 67), Smith, Kennedy; Godden, Newton (Tom Conlon 33). 

SUBS NOT USED - Fryer, Wade-Slater, Wilkinson, Georgiou.

SWINDON TOWN (4-4-2) - Charles-Cook; Purkiss, Preston, Lancashire (C), Taylor; Gordon (Chris Robertson 90), Elsnik, Banks, Anderson (James Dunne 82); Norris, Richards (Paul Mullin 78). 

SUBS NOT USED - Moore, Knoyle, Iandolo, Woolery. 

BOOKINGS:

STEVENAGE - Terence Vancooten, Ronnie Henry, Luke Amos.

Referee - Darren Drysdale.

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Ticket News

Stevenage Tickets To Go On Sale Next Week

Prices & Info For Sky Bet League Two Clash

4 January 2018

Swindon Town Football Club can confirm that tickets for our trip to Stevenage later this month will go on sale on Monday 8th January 2018.

Dave Flitcroft's side were due to head to The Lamex Stadium this weekend but, due to Stevenage's involvement in The Emirates FA Cup, the Sky Bet League Two fixture will now take place on Tuesday 16th January 2018 - 7:45pm Kick-Off.

Tickets for this game will go on sale at 11am on Monday but, due to the possibility of Stevenage being involved in an FA Cup replay, tickets will only be available to purchase from Stevenage's E Ticket site or via their Box Office.

Click HERE to purchase tickets. 

However, fans will also be able to buy tickets on the night with an increased price of £3. 

PRICES:

Category  Prices
Adults £21
Concessions (60+) £18
Under 22 £13
Under 16 £9
U12  £7
Family of 3 (1 Adult, 2 U16's) £35
Family of 4 (2 Adults, 2 U16's) £50

PLEASE NOTE - FAMILY TICKETS ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON THE DAY OF THE GAME.

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