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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Swindon Town V Macclesfield

Your Essential Guide To Saturday's #HomeOpener

3 August 2018

Swindon Town get their 2018/19 Sky Bet League Two campaign underway on Saturday at home to Macclesfield (3pm Kick-Off).

We've put together a handy guide...

THE LOWDOWN:

After a long and tough pre-season Phil Brown's side will finally get their teeth stuck into competitive action tomorrow afternoon.

There could be debuts for eight players - and a third for Michael Doughty - and expectations are high after an impressive summer in the transfer window.

EFL newcomers Macclesfield are the first test of the new campaign and they enter the game as a bit of an unknown quantity, although former Town loanee Harry Smith will be a big threat.

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 on the day.

PRICES:

Category Prices: Side Stands/Better Town End
Adults £23/£19
Over 65s/Students £17/£15
Under 21s £10/£10
Under 18s £6/£6
Under 11s £2/£2
Junior Red Under 11s FREE

MATCHDAY INFO:

The Legends Bar will be open from 12pm for home fans only and will remain open after the game.

Macclesfield fans will be able to use Bar 71 from 12pm, which is located at the end of the Arkells Stand.

Parking is available in the main car park at The Energy Check County Ground, whilst spaces are also available at St Joseph's Catholic College (SN3 3LR). 

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

ONE TO WATCH: 

Harry Smith is well known to Town fans having spent a short stint at SN1 last season, impressing with his all-action displays.

The towering frontman signed for Macclesfield in the summer and he was in lethal form in pre-season, scoring four goals, and he'll be hoping to take that form into tomorrow afternoon. 

TEAM NEWS: 

SWINDON TOWN will be without strikers Marc Richards (shoulder) and Kaiyne Woolery (leg), although the former is well ahead of schedule.

Chris Robertson is also set for a spell on the sidelines after picking up a stress fracture in his foot.

The Reds could hand debuts to up to nine players, including recent arrival Sid Nelson who is on a six-month long deal from Championship outfit Millwall.

MACCLESFIELD TOWN will be without winger Elliott Durrell (Groin), although the likes of Harry Smith and Callum Maycock could be given debuts for the EFL newbies. 

WHAT THEY SAID:

Phil Brown, Swindon Town Boss: "I am like a giddy kid at the moment - I'm just as excited as the players at the moment. My expectations for this season are to be successful and I believe in myself, I believe in my backroom staff and I believe in my players.

"I named the eleven on Thursday morning and they will be getting a good rest ready for me to unleash them against Macclesfield on Saturday.

"Macclesfield will be a very good challenge. They are newly-promoted and I watched them last week. 

"They can pass the ball for fun on their day and we'll have a plan if they do that and we'll have a plan if they don't."

ELSEWHERE IN LEAGUE TWO (3PM UNLESS STATED):

Bury v Yeovil Town

Cheltenham Town v Crawley Town

Crewe Alexandra v Morecambe

Exeter City v Carlisle United

Grimsby Town v Forest Green Rovers

Mansfield Town v Newport County

Northampton Town v Lincoln City

Notts County v Colchester United

Oldham Athletic v Milton Keynes Dons

Port Vale v Cambridge United

Stevenage v Tranmere Rovers

OFFICIALS:

Referee - Robert Lewis

Assistants - Andrew Aylott & Bhupinder Gill

Fourth Official - Andrew Williams

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 3-2 Macclesfield

Reds Come Out On Top In Thriller

4 August 2018

Swindon Town got the 2018/19 Sky Bet League Two campaign off to a winning start in the most dramatic of ways after beating Macclesfield 3-2 this afternoon at The Energy Check County Ground.

Michael Doughty scored a dramatic hat-trick on his third debut for the club as Town scored twice in stoppage time to secure their first three points of the new season.

It was all one-way traffic in the first-half with the Reds completely on top, although they were unable to make their dominance count before the break despite creating a glut of clear-cut chances.

Doughty capped his third coming with a goal to quickly cancel out Koby Arthur's strike a minute into the second-half, and he notched two penalties late on to turn the game on its head after Arthur had added a second for the guests.

There were debuts for five new signings with Michael Doughty, Martin Smith, Steven Alzate, Jermaine McGlashan and Elijah Adebayo all handed starts.

Fellow summer arrivals Luke McCormick, Jak McCourt and Toumani Diagouraga started the game from the bench, as did on-loan Millwall defender Sid Nelson who signed for the club on Thursday.

Town opted to line-up in a 4-3-3 formation with Olly Lancashire and Dion Conroy partnering each other at the heart of defence following their respective return from injuries, whilst Kyle Knoyle and Matty Taylor lined-up in the right and left-back roles respectively.

Doughty, Smith and Alzate formed a midfield three with Keshi Anderson and McGlashan slotting in either side of Adebayo in a three-pronged attack.

The air was full of excitement as the new season finally got underway at a sun-kissed SN1 with both sides looking to get off to the perfect start.  

It was a positive opening for the Reds too as they sprayed the ball about nicely, although they had to survive an early scare after Danny Whittaker sent an effort wide from a corner. 

Town were looking full of confidence going forward, however, and they were beginning to fire warning shots as Matty Taylor saw a long-range effort blocked following a smart passage of play.

Taylor went close again but this time from a set-piece after drilling a low free-kick into the danger zone with Rhys Taylor on hand to parry the shot away from danger.

That was followed by the best move of the game so far with Martin Smith driving towards goal before floating the ball up towards Elijah Adebayo, the striker nodded it down into the path of Michael Doughty who saw his effort kept out by Taylor.

There was soon action at the other end too with Lawrence Vigouroux getting down well to smother Whittaker's tame strike.

Town were looking the more dangerous of the two sides though and they created yet another opening with Taylor sending a wicked cross onto the crossbar. 

The chances kept on coming and it was Adebayo's turn to threaten next, the on-loan Fulham man latching onto a long, searching ball from Dion Conroy before drawing another fine save from Taylor.

Adebayo was seeing plenty of the ball in the right areas but he just couldn't add a clinical touch after planting a header against the crossbar from Alzate's pinpoint cross.

Town were launching wave after wave of attack on the visiting goal but they couldn't make the breakthrough with Taylor producing another sublime save to somehow keep Doughty's close-range effort out. 

However, for all of their first-half dominance the Reds found themselves a goal down straight after the interval.

A free-kick was taken quickly and slipped into Koby Arthur who kept his composure to slot home the opener into the bottom corner.

But Town soon shrugged off that set-back and it took less than a couple of minutes for them to restore parity with Doughty perfectly placed at the back post to head home from Kyle Knoyle's cross.

Cheers soon turned to groans, however, as Macclesfield wasted little time in restoring their lead thanks to Arthur, who punished a mistake from Vigouroux after lobbing the ball over the keeper's head and into the back of the net. 

Town responded well to going a goal down again but their lack of a clinical touch in-front of goal continued to hurt them with Martin Smith only able to lash a shot high and wide.

Scott Twine then came on to replace Alzate in order to inject some fresh legs into the attack, but the same old problems continued to linger. 

Vigouroux did well to deny former Town loanee Harry Smith before there was yet another chance at the other end. 

Doughty did well to win back possession high up the pitch before feeding Adebayo who saw his drive kept out by Taylor. 

Another free-kick presented Taylor with another chance to work his magic but his strike clipped the crossbar before going over as Town's frustrating afternoon continued.

Jak McCourt replaced Smith and the debutant could have made himself a hero but he could only fire over at the back post.

However, Town were handed a shot at redemption and they took it with both hands as the game exploded into a thrilling finale.

McCourt curled a shot against the crossbar and the rebound fell into the path of Adebayo, who was taken out with the referee eventually pointing to the spot following a lengthy delay.

Doughty stepped up to stroke home his second goal of the day despite Taylor getting a hand to the effort, and the drama wasn't done there.

With the wind firmly in their sails, Town launched one more attack and it paid off as Anderson was brought down inside the area with Doughty remaining the coolest person inside the stadium to hammer home the winner which sparked jubilant scenes at the final whistle. 

TEAMS AND STATS:

SCORERS - Koby Arthur (46, 54), Michael Doughty (48, 90+6, 90+8). 

SWINDON TOWN (4-3-3) - Vigouroux; Knoyle, Lancashire (C), Conroy, Taylor; Doughty, Alzate (Scott Twine 67), Smith (Jak McCourt 87); Anderson, Adebayo, McGlashan.

SUBS NOT USED - McCormick, Nelson, Romanski, Diagouraga, Iandolo. 

MACCLESFIELD TOWN - Taylor, Hodgkiss (C), Fitzpatrick, Kelleher, Grimes, Marsh (Malachi Napa 81), Smith, Maycock, Arthur, Whittaker, Rose (Keith Lowe 87).

SUBS NOT USED - Wilson, Lloyd, Blissett, Welch-Hayes, Simpson. 

BOOKINGS: 

SWINDON TOWN - Jermaine McGlashan, Olly Lancashire, Jak McCourt. 

Referee - Robert Lewis.

Attendance - 7,024.

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Ticket News

Macclesfield Tickets Now On Sale

Secure Your Seat For Our Home Opener!

20 July 2018

Tickets for our 2018/19 Sky Bet League Two season opener against Macclesfield Town are now available to purchase.

Phil Brown's side will welcome the division newcomers to The Energy Check County Ground on Saturday 4th August - 3pm Kick-Off. 

It will be the first taste of competitive action and fans can now get their hands on tickets for our home opener.

TICKET PRICES:

Category Side Stands Better Town End
Adult £23 £19
Over 65/Student £17 £15
Under 21 £10 £10
Under 18 £6 £6
Under 11 £2 £2
Under 11** FOC FOC
FAMILY PACKS    
1 Adult 2 U18s £32  
2 Adults 1 U18s £48  
2 Adults 2 U18s £53  
2 Adults 3 U18s £58  

 *Family Tickets are NOT available in the Town End. 

** Must be a 2018/19 Junior Red Member.

HOW TO BUY:

IN PERSON - Visit the STFC Store at The Energy Check County Ground.

ON THE PHONE - Call STFC Store on 0871 876 1993 (There is a £2 charge per ticket booked). 

ONLINE - Visit the STFC Online Ticket Site at https://www.eticketing.co.uk/swindontown/

For more information on all STFC tickets for the 2018/19 season, please call the STFC Store on 0871 876 1993. 

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