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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Swindon Town V Barnet

Your In-Depth Guide To Saturday's Fixture

1 September 2017

Swindon Town will be hell-bent on bouncing back when they take on Barnet at The County Ground on Saturday (3pm Kick-Off).

Dave Flitcroft’s side surrendered their unbeaten run in the Sky Bet League Two last weekend after suffering a 3-0 defeat at home to Crawley Town.

Barnet have endured an indifferent start to the new season and they will also be looking for a return to winning ways having lost their last four games in all competitions.

LAST TIME WE MET:

Goals from Ronan Murray and Oliver Risser handed The Reds a 2-0 victory at Underhill on 3rd April 2012 as Paolo Di Canio’s side moved a step closer to the League Two Title.

Town were also victorious the last time the two sides did battle at SN1 in the league, with efforts from Raffaele de Vita, Matt Richie (2) and Mehdi Kerrouche securing a comfortable 4-0 success.

LAST FIVE:

Season/Date Competition Result Town Scorers
2011/12 - Tues 3rd Apr (A) League Two 0-2 Murray, Risser
2011/12 - Tues 7th Feb (H) JPT  1-0  Connell 
2011/12 - Tues 10th Jan (A) JPT 1-1 Flint 
2011/12 - Sat 24th Sep (H) League Two 4-0 Ritchie (2), de Vita, Kerrouche
2007/08 - Tues 22nd Jan FA Cup 1-1  Paynter

FULL RECORD V BARNET:

P W D L F A
8 4 3 1 12 5

TICKET NEWS:

Both home and away fans will be able to purchase tickets on the day, with Barnet fans able to pay on the gate at the Away Ticket Office, which opens at 1pm and is located at the Arkells End of the ground.

Town supporters can also buy tickets online via https://www.eticketing.co.uk/swindontown/.

Turnstiles open at 1:30pm on Saturday.

ONE TO WATCH:

With John Akinde currently out injured, Deadline Day signing Dave Tarpey could well be called upon to bolster Barnet’s attack tomorrow.

The striker bagged seven goals in just six games for Maidenhead in the National League this term, while he scored 46 goals across all competitions last term.

 

Tarpey will be an unknown quantity at this level for now which could well make him a big threat tomorrow afternoon.

TOP SCORERS:

SWINDON TOWN - Paul Mullin (3)

BARNET - Shaquile Coulthirst (3)

TEAM NEWS:

Town have no fresh injury concerns ahead of tomorrow’s game, with both John Goddard (foot) and Kyle Knoyle (knee) closing in on returns to first-team action.

Deadline Day arrivals Timi Elsnik, Kellan Gordon, Reice Charles-Cook and Keshi Anderson are all available to feature against The Bees.

Barnet are currently contending with a whole host of problems on the injury front and they will be without Curtis Weston (knee), John Akinde (knee), Richard Brindley (foot) and Elliott Johnson for the trip to Wiltshire.

Captain Michael Nelson has returned to first-team training and could be in contention, while Deadline Day signings Dave Tarpey and Malakai Mars could be handed debuts.

A WORD FROM THE TOWN CAMP:

Dave Flitcroft, Swindon Town Manager: “The results say that it hasn’t been a good start for Barnet.

“We watched them the other night and they were really having a go for each other, they looked a compact group in terms of what they were trying to achieve and they’ve not had the best of results but they’ve certainly got a very good togetherness and they are an aggressive team.

“They’ve got a couple of strikers in this week to maybe try and finish some of the good work that they do.

“There’s a lot of dangerous opponents in this league and Barnet will be one, so we’ve got to be absolutely focussed and consistent in what we do to try and achieve the result we all want.”

Keshi Anderson, Swindon Town Striker: “I am over the moon to be here after the interest the club has had in me.

“It is exciting and I feel that we can do well.

“Hopefully the manager plays me on Saturday and I can make an instant impact and help the boys get back to winning ways.

“With the fans backing us I know they can push us on.”

ELSEWHERE IN LEAGUE TWO:

SATURDAY:

Cambridge United v Colchester United (3pm)

Carlisle United v Mansfield Town (3pm)

Cheltenham Town v Stevenage (3pm)

Chesterfield v Coventry City (3pm)

Crawley Town v Yeovil Town (3pm)

Exeter City v Newport County (3pm)

Grimsby Town v Crewe Alexandra (3pm)

Lincoln City v Luton Town (3pm)

Morecambe v Accrington Stanley (3pm)

Port Vale v Notts County (3pm)

Wycombe Wanderers v Forest Green (3pm)

OFFICIALS:

Referee - James Linington

Assistants - Neil Davies & Lee Venamore

Fourth Official - Keith Stroud

PLAYED FOR BOTH:

Ahmed Abdulla, George Barker, Mark Marshall, Kevin Watson, Jake Hyde, Curtis Weston, Joe Devera, Giuliano Grazioli, Anthony McNamee.

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 keep up to date with events at SN1 via our Match Centre section on the website.

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 1-4 Barnet

Reds Suffer Heavy Defeat At Home

2 September 2017

Swindon Town suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat to Barnet at The County Ground this afternoon as both sides finished the game with ten men.

Strikes from Shaquile Coulthirst and Jamal Campbell-Ryce proved to be the difference at the break with the Reds once again punished for failing to strike while the iron was hot.

Coulthirst went on to complete his treble and although Luke Norris found the back of the net, it proved to be scant consolation with Dave Flitcroft’s side suffering their second defeat on the bounce.

For the second game running, it was all one-way traffic in the opening exchanges as Town looked to land the first blow.

Keshi Anderson came close to marking his debut in style but, for the second week running, the Robins found themselves a goal down against the run of play after Coulthirst took full advantage of a lapse in concentration at the back.

It only got worse for the hosts too with Campbell-Ryce adding a second from twelve-yards, a goal which handed the Bees a comfortable cushion at the break.

Despite showing signs of promise, Town were unable to mount a comeback in the second-half and their fate was sealed when Coulthirst added two more goals to his personal tally.

Luke Norris added a late consolation but it proved to be too little too late as Barnet ran out comfortable victors.

After surrendering their unbeaten run in the league last weekend, Dave Flitcroft decided to freshen things up by making four changes.

Dion Conroy, James Dunne, Paul Mullin and Kaiyne Woolery all dropped to the bench with Chris Robertson coming in to partner Olly Lancashire at the heart of the defence, while Matty Taylor was handed his first full start for the club.

There were Town debuts for Deadline Day arrivals Timi Elsnik and Keshi Anderson, while fellow new signings Reice Charles-Cook and Kellan Gordon were named on the bench.

Anderson, on a six-month loan deal from Premier League outfit Crystal Palace, formed one part of a three-pronged attack alongside Luke Norris and Donal McDermott while Elsnik slotted into a three-man midfield with Taylor and Amine Linganzi.

Town were looking for a return to winning ways and they started off in the right manner by getting a number of early crosses into the box.

Elsnick couldn’t quite connect with a bouncing ball in the penalty area while Norris was putting himself about in a bid to unsettle the Barnet defence.

There was so nearly an opener for the hosts with just seven minutes on the clock as Linganzi’s drive rebounded into the path of Anderson who saw his close-range effort deflected over the bar.

But, as was the case in the 3-0 defeat to Crawley the previous weekend, the Reds were hit with a sucker-punch just moments later.

A mix-up at the back between Robertson and Lawrence Vigouroux presented Shaquile Coulthirst with the easiest of tap-ins to hand his side a dream start.

Vigouroux then did well to tip Almeida Santos’ glancing header over the bar, although he was powerless to prevent the visitors from adding to their lead minutes later.

Lancashire was adjudged to have tugged on Santos’ shirt inside the box and Jamal Campbell-Ryce made no mistake from the penalty spot, slotting home beyond Vigouroux and right into the corner.

Barnet were looking dangerous every time they poured forward and Ben Purkiss had to put his body where it hurt in order to block shots from both Campbell-Ryce and David Tarpey.

Town were looking for an immediate response but their efforts proved to be in vain as Norris saw his header loop off a defender, before Chris Hussey could only send a free-kick into the Stratton Bank.

McDermott tried to make something happen for his team with a long, raking ball into the box which picked out Anderson perfectly, but the debutant could only flick a header wide.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the Reds opted to make a couple of changes at the interval with Dion Conroy and Paul Mullin replacing Olly Lancashire and Matty Taylor respectively, with the former going off due to the fact that his wife had gone into labour.

Those changes certainly seemed to work following a promising start to the second-half, but Town were dealt another hammer blow with 50-minutes on the clock after Donal McDermott was shown a straight red card for a very late challenge on David Tutonda.

However, being reduced to ten men didn’t seem to deter the Reds as they continued to look for a way back into the contest.

Craig Ross pulled off a sensational stop to somehow keep out Robertson’s header from point-blank range, while Tarpey saw his lob cannon back off the crossbar and into the arms of Vigouroux as the game all of a sudden burst into life.

Anderson warmed the palms of Ross with a well-struck shot before Conroy did well to block Coulthirst’s effort on the line at the other end.

Coulthirst and Barnet would not be denied again though and the attacker grabbed his second goal of the afternoon after being teed up by Campbell-Ryce.

Town responded by bringing on Kaiyne Woolery in place of Anderson, but their afternoon soon went from bad to worse with Coulthirst slamming home a superb strike to complete his hat-trick.

The Reds did pull one back courtesy of Norris who rose highest to head home beyond Ross after being picked out perfectly by Hussey’s sublime cross.

Barnet were then reduced to ten men themselves after Andre Blackman was given his marching orders following an off-the-ball incident with Mullin.

There were still chances being created at both ends despite time running out, with Norris sending a drive from distance straight down the throat of Ross before second-half substitute Jean Louis Akpo-Akpro flashed a shot into the side netting at the other end.

Norris had one final chance of the afternoon as he stung the palms of Ross, with the final whistle sounding shortly after to end a forgettable day for Town.

TEAMS AND STATS:

SCORERS - Shaq Coulthirst (9, 65, 69), Jamal Campbell-Ryce (16), Luke Norris (78).

SWINDON TOWN (4-3-3) - Vigouroux; Purkiss, Robertson, Lancashire (C) (Dion Conroy 45), Hussey; Taylor (Paul Mullin 45), Elsnik, Linganzi; McDermott, Norris, Anderson (Kaiyne Woolery 65).

Subs Not Used - Charles-Cook, Dunne, Brophy, Gordon.

BARNET (3-5-2) - Ross; Santos, Nelson (C), Tutonda; H Taylor, Vilhete, Campbell-Ryce, J Taylor (Wesley Fonguck 90), Blackman; Tarpey (Jean Louis Akpo-Akpro 59), Coulthirst (Ephron Mason-Clark 88).

Subs Not Used - McKenzie-Lyle, Clough, Bover, Amaluzor.

BOOKINGS:

SWINDON TOWN - Luke Norris.

RED CARDS - Donal McDermott, Andre Blackman.

Referee - James Linington.

Attendance – 5,895 (246).

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Barnet 'Bring A Friend For A Tenner' Promotion!

Special Offer Launched For Home Fixture

24 August 2017

Swindon Town’s Sky Bet League Two fixture against Barnet next month has been set as a ‘Bring A Friend For A Tenner’ promotion.

The Reds host The Bees at The County Ground on Saturday 2nd September 2017 – 3pm Kick-Off.

Dave Flitcroft’s side have made a good start to the new league season and we want to see as many fans at SN1 as possible for the visit of Barnet.

As a result, we are encouraging supporters to ‘Bring A Friend For A Tenner’ in order to make it an electric atmosphere for Flitcroft and the boys.

PLEASE NOTE - THIS OFFER ENDS AT 5PM ON FRIDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER.

Season Ticket holders can ‘Bring A Friend For A Tenner’ in the same category as their Season Ticket.

This offer is not available for U18’s.

Season Ticket holders can only purchase ONE ‘Bring A Friend For A Tenner’ ticket.

Non-Season Ticket holders can also take advantage of this offer.

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