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PREVIEW: Swindon Town V Chelsea's U21s

Your Essential Guide To Tonight's Game

7 August 2018

Swindon Town are in Checkatrade Trophy action tonight with Chelsea's U21s the visitors to The Energy Check County Ground.

We've put together a handy guide...

THE LOWDOWN:

Phil Brown's side play the first game of their Southern Group C campaign later on against the Blues' Development side - 7:45pm Kick-Off.

Town were knocked out of the second round of the competition by Forest Green Rovers last season, whilst Chelsea's U21s reached the Semi-Finals.

TICKETS:

Tickets are currently available in-store and online via https://www.eticketing.co.uk/swindontown/, whilst ticket sales will also continue right up until kick-off.

PRICES:

Category Prices
Adults £8
Over 65's/Students £5
U18's £5
U11's £2
Wheelchair/Disbabled £5

PLEASE NOTE - ONLY THE ARKELLS AND BETTER TOWN END STANDS ARE OPEN FOR TONIGHT'S GAME.

MATCHDAY INFO:

The Legends Bar will be open from 6pm for home fans only and will remain open after the final whistle.

Macclesfield fans will be able to use Bar 71 from 6pm, which is located at the end of the Arkells Stand.

Parking is available in the main car park at The Energy Check County Ground tonight.

Chelsea supporters heading to the game can also check out our handy Away Fans' Guide by clicking HERE.

TEAM NEWS:

Town will be without the suspended Keshi Anderson this evening, although James Dunne is available with his domestic ban not applying to the Checkatrade Trophy.

Phil Brown looks set to make changes to his side with Luke McCormick primed for his Town debut.

WHAT THEY SAID:

Phil Brown, Swindon Town Boss: "Continuity is key and momentum is important as well. I don't want to disrupt the feel-good factor created by the players on Saturday.

"I take this competition very seriously and I think the Checkatrade Trophy is a brilliant competition - it can get your season up and running."

OFFICIALS:

Referee - David Webb

Assistants - Steven Meredith & Andrew Laver

Fourth Official - Anthony Da Costa

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 0-4 Chelsea U21s

Reds Lose Out In Southern Group C Opener

7 August 2018

Swindon Town opened their 2018/19 Checkatrade Trophy campaign with a defeat after losing 4-0 to Chelsea's U21s at The Energy Check County Ground this evening.

Goals from Charlie Brown and Charley Musonda Jr. put the visitors in the driving seat at the break, and further efforts from Brown and Ike Ugbo in the second-half capped off a miserable night for the Reds.

Phil Brown plumped for seven changes in total with Luke McCormick and Sid Nelson being handed their club debuts. 

And there were full debuts for Jak McCourt and Toumani Diagouraga, whilst Joe Romanski, Ellis Iandolo and Scott Twine were also given starts.

Town were looking to get off to a positive start in Southern Group C but they had to bide their time following what was a subdued start to proceedings.

However, they were able to carve out the first clear-cut chance of the game following a beautiful and well put-together passage of play.

Scott Twine and Jak McCourt combined to set Joe Romanski through on goal but the youngster could only fire an effort straight at Jamie Cumming in the Chelsea goal.

And the Blues went straight down the other end to punish that missed opportunity with Charlie Brown tucking home from close-range.

Town did look to respond in a positive manner as they launched an attack on the visiting goal, although it came to nothing with Scott Twine dragging a shot wide after being fed by Elijah Adebayo.

But Chelsea were able to double their lead before the half-hour mark thanks to Charly Musonda Jr., who slotted home from the penalty spot after Dion Conroy brought down Taria Lamptey.

Luke McCormick had to be called into action shortly after the restart to deny Brown, before Twine was way off-target with a free-kick at the other end.

Town were struggling to settle into the game and they were deal another blow just shy of the hour mark when Brown slotted home his second goal of the evening.

That led to a change for the Reds with Jordan Young coming on to replace Jermaine McGlashan as Phil Brown's side looked for a way back into the contest. 

Sol Pryce was then brought on for his Town debut as he replaced the injured Young, before Toumani Diagouraga saw his shot blocked on the line.

There was still time for Chelsea to add some gloss to the scoreline with Ike Ugbo heading home later on despite McCormick pulling off a fine initial save. 

And that proved to be the final action of the game with Town suffering a heavy defeat in their Checkatrade Trophy Southern Group C opener.

TEAMS AND STATS:

SCORERS - Charlie Brown (15, 58), Charley Musonda Jr. (29), Ike Ugbo (89). 

SWINDON TOWN (4-3-3) - McCormick; Knoyle (James Dunne 19), Nelson, Conroy (C), Romanski; McGlashan (Jordan Young 66) (Sol Pryce 74), McCourt, Diagouraga; Iandolo, Twine, Adebayo. 

SUBS NOT USED - Vigouroux, Lancashire, Smith, Doughty.

CHELSEA U21's -  Cumming, Musonda Jnr, Dabo (C), Ugbo, Colley, McCormick (Billy Gilmour 07), Brown (Daishawn Redan 63), Guehi, Castillo, McEachran (Tariq Uwakwe 83), Lamptey.

SUBS NOT USED - Lavinier, Ziger, Masampu.

Referee - Brett Huxtable.

Attendance - 1,569.

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