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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Swindon Town V Cheltenham Town

Your Essential Guide To Saturday's Game

9 March 2018

Swindon Town will finally get back to it on Saturday with Cheltenham the visitors to The Energy Check County Ground.

It has been a lengthy break from action for the Reds who were without a game last weekend due to the freezing cold temperatures.

Matty Taylor will take charge of his first game since taking over as Interim Manager last Thursday, and he'll be hoping to get his tenure off to the perfect start with a win.

LAST TIME WE MET:

It was heartbreak for Swindon at Whaddon Road in October 2017 after a late Danny Wright goal secured a 2-1 victory for the hosts.

FULL RECORD V CHELTENHAM TOWN:

P W D L F A
11 2 2 7 9 21

TICKET NEWS: 

Home fans will be able to buy on the day from the ticket windows right up until kick-off.

Click HERE to buy tickets now.

Away supporters will be able to purchase tickets right up until kick-off from the Away Ticket Office, which is located at the far end of the Arkells Stand. 

PRICES: 

Category Side Stands Better Town End
Adults £23 £19
Over 65's/Student £17 £15
U21's £10 £10
U18's £6 £6
U11's/U11's Junior Reds £2/FREE £2

ONE TO WATCH: 

Mohamed Eisa has been on fire for Cheltenham this season and he leads the club in scoring with eighteen goals. 

The youngster was plucked from non-league by The Robins in the summer and he has repaid their faith in emphatic style. 

His pace, trickery and eye for goal will no doubt be the biggest threat to Town tomorrow afternoon.

TOP SCORERS: 

SWINDON TOWN - Luke Norris (12)

CHELTENHAM TOWN - Mohamed Eisa (18)

TEAM NEWS: 

SWINDON TOWN were able to welcome Chris Hussey back to training this week, although it isn't clear whether or not the defender will be available for Saturday's game. 

Both Amine Linganzi and Donal McDermott will miss out whilst Ollie Banks will start the first of his three-game suspension.

CHELTENHAM TOWN will be without Harry Pell who serves the second of a two-game ban, although Nigel Atangana is expected to be fit after shaking off a knock. 

A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS:

Matty Taylor, Swindon Town Interim Boss: "I went to watch them on Tuesday night, they've got two young boys on loan from Bristol City who I was very impressed with.

"They pose a threat in-behind, they beat us at their place in the 93rd minute and they are a good team.

"It will be a local derby so it will be a little bit feisty and I imagine there will be some added spice with me being in charge on an interim basis.

"It will be a good game but it is about Swindon Town and it is about what we do."

Gary Johnson, Cheltenham Town Manager: "We don't quite know what we are going to come up against at Swindon with Matt Taylor taking over. 

"We have to wait and see what sort of shape he wants and what sort of team he wants to select.

"It's a bit of a mystery to us and we have to work on a few things, but they are still a good side who will want to keep themselves in the Play-Off situation."

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OFFICIALS:

Referee - Tom Nield

Assistants - Oliver Bickle & Michael Webb

Fourth Official - Marvyn Amphlett

HOW TO FOLLOW: 

Can't make the game on Saturday? 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: Swindon Town 0-3 Cheltenham Town

Reds Comfortably Beaten At Home

10 March 2018

Swindon Town suffered their first home defeat in six games this afternoon after suffering a 3-0 loss to Cheltenham Town at The Energy Check County Ground.

Jake Andrews' well-struck free-kick put the guests in the driving seat at half-time, a lead that was extended by Mohamed Eisa minutes into the second-half.

Eisa added his second and Cheltenham's third late on to wrap up a torrid day at the office for Town.

Matty Taylor, in what was his first game in Interim charge, opted to make five changes to the side that lost to Chesterfield last time out.

Stuart Moore was handed a Town debut between the sticks with Reice Charles-Cook dropping to the bench. 

Chris Robertson, James Dunne, Timi Elsnik and Luke Norris were all restored to the Starting XI as Olly Lancashire missed out through injury, Ollie Banks was ruled out through suspension and Kellan Gordon and Paul Mullin dropped to the bench.

There was also a place amongst the subs for Chris Hussey, who was involved in a Matchday Squad for the first time since September 2017.

There was a sense of excitement in the air as Town prepared for life under Taylor and they were looking to get off to the perfect start under their Interim Manager.

And it was a bright start by the hosts who won a succession of early corners in the opening stages of the game.

Despite a lively opening there was no clear-cut chances for either side, although Luke Norris did have a sight of goal as he sliced an effort over the bar after seeing his initial shot blocked.

Matty Taylor sent a free-kick crashing against the wall before Jake Andrews was off-target with a free-kick of his own at the other end.

Proceedings had become a bit scrappy though with Carl Winchester's tame effort straight into the arms of Stuart Moore the only real action of note at the half-hour mark.

There was a goal before half-time but it went the way of the visitors with Jake Andrews curling home a superb free-kick from 25-yards out with Moore well beaten.

Town did come close to restoring parity on the stroke of half-time but Timi Elsnik's deflected shot was tipped onto the crossbar by Scott Flinders.

It didn't take Cheltenham long to double their advantage after the restart, with Mohamed Eisa pouncing on a defensive mistake before slotting home. 

Moore then had to be at his best to tip a pile-driver from Winchester around the post with Cheltenham pressing for a third.

That prompted Swindon to make their first change of the afternoon with Kellan Gordon replacing Kyle Knoyle.

Cheltenham were looking dangerous every time they went forward and they nearly grabbed a third just shy of the hour mark. 

Eisa danced his way through the Town defence and played a couple of neat one-two's before letting fly, but his curled effort was well kept out by Moore.

Winchester had another chance in-front of goal after he won back possession before drilling wide from distance, while Marc Richards could only fire a shot into the arms of Flinders from close-range at the other end.

Kaiyne Woolery then replaced Luke Norris but Town's afternoon failed to improve after that with the visitors soon adding a third.

Oluwasanmi Odelusi, who had only been on the pitch for a matter of minutes, was allowed to break down the right, he picked out Eisa in the middle and the striker was able to add his second of the afternoon.

Eisa could have completed his hat-trick moments later but he could only blaze over under pressure from a Town defender.

With ten minutes remaining, Town made their third and final change of the afternoon as Paul Mullin replaced Keshi Anderson, although that proved to be too little too late with the final whistle bringing a bad afternoon to a close.

TEAMS AND STATS:

SCORERS - Jake Andrews (41), Mohamed Eisa (50, 71).

SWINDON TOWN (3-5-2) - Moore; Purkiss, Robertson, Menayese; Knoyle (Kellan Gordon 55), Dunne, Elsnik, Anderson (Paul Mullin 80), Taylor; Norris (Kaiyne Woolery 68), Richards (C). 

SUBS - Charles-Cook, Hussey, Iandolo, Twine.

CHELTENHAM TOWN - Flinders, Grimes, Atangana, Dawson (George Lloyd 80), Winchester (C), Boyle, Eisa, Morrell, Moore, Chatzitheodoridis (Jordan Cranston 84), Andrews (Oluwasanmi Odelusi 68).

SUBS - Lovett, Wright, Graham, Rodon.

BOOKINGS:

SWINDON TOWN - James Dunne, Matty Taylor

Referee - Tom Nield

Attendance - 6,658

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