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23 February 2019 Venue The County Ground Attendance

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PREVIEW: GRIMSBY TOWN (H)

21 February 2019

Swindon will look for their third win in three games as they host Grimsby at the County Ground on Saturday.

Both sides are level on 46 points in Sky Bet League Two following good spells in the league.

Richie Wellens’ side have only lost once in their last six, winning four, including back-to-back victories over play-off chasing MK Dons and Forest Green.

The win over Mark Cooper’s Rovers was Town’s first win at home in 2019 with Kaiyne Woolery and Theo Robinson providing the goals that day. 

Four days earlier, Michael Doughty bagged two goals, with Keshi Anderson contributing a fine effort too, in an impressive 3-2 win over the Dons. 

The Oppo

Grimsby’s form this season has been up and down, to say the least – the Mariners have won their last four, lost before that, and won the four before that. Michael Jolley’s side have only drawn four times all season.

Wes Thomas tops the goals for the Lincolnshire side with 11 to his name two of which came in the reverse fixture at Blundell Park, the start of a four-game winning streak for the Mariners.

Head-to-Head

Town’s last win against Saturday’s visitors came back in 2006 – Michael Pook, Andy Monkhouse and Lee Peacock were on the scoresheet that day.

Since Grimsby’s return to the EFL in 2017, Town haven’t been able to overcome them, losing each time the two have faced – all by a single goal.

17 Mar 2004       Swindon Town v Grimsby Town W            2-0          League Division 2

14 Oct 2006         Swindon Town v Grimsby Town W            3-0          League Two

17 Mar 2007       Grimsby Town v Swindon Town L              1-0          League Two

21 Nov 2017        Grimsby Town v Swindon Town L              3-2          League Two

21 Apr 2018        Swindon Town v Grimsby Town L              0-1          League Two

15 Dec 2018        Grimsby Town v Swindon Town L              2-1          League Two

The Gaffer

Michael Jolley has never played a professional football match and has a degree in Economics from Cambridge University. After graduating, Jolley worked for HSBC in London and New York before getting back in the professional game for the first time since he left Barnsley at the age of 16.

While obtaining a sports coaching diploma he managed the Stirling University side in 2008 before going onto Burnley Under-23s, AFC Eskilstuna and Grimsby in March of last year.

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Match Reports

REPORT: SWINDON TOWN 1-1 GRIMSBY TOWN

23 February 2019

Swindon stayed level on points with Grimsby in the League Two table after the two sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Energy Check County Ground.

Theo Robinson scored his second in two games at SN1 after Ludvig Ohman was sent off for the visitors in the second half.

However, just a minute later Grimsby were level through Luke Hendrie and despite Town dominating proceedings they had to settle for a point.

Team News

Kyle Bennett made his full debut, coming in for the injured Michael Doughty. Luke McCormick made his first start since Swindon played Woking with Lawrence Vigouroux missing out with a shoulder injury.

Academy graduate, Jacob Bancroft made the bench for the first time.

First Half

Swindon’s first-half dominance was kickstarted by a blitz on the Grimsby goal straight from the whistle. Kaiyne Woolery battled past his man on the edge of the 18-yard box before unleashing a powerful effort that stung the palms of James McKeown less than a minute into the match.

From the resultant corner, the Mariners stopper was called into action again – this time off the back of Dion Conroy’s backheel the almost found its way to Keshi Anderson who was baring down on goal.

Still under five minutes, Theo Robinson was next to go close – he rounded McKeown after chasing down a long channel ball but his touch forced him wide and he couldn’t get a shot away.

In the second wave of that attack, Canice Carroll attempted to guide a shot from 20 yards but it was deflected into the hands of the Grimsby keeper.

Despite their fast start, the Mariners managed to shut the Robins out for large parts of the half, although only registering the one shot target at the other end – Jake Hessenthaler with an effort that Luke McCormick tipped round the post.

That was until the end of the half when Swindo created their best chance – Keshi Anderson took a hard pass from Tom Broadbent on the half turn and poked a pass through to Woolery who tried to round the keeper with acres of time. McKeown smothered and sent the sides in level.

Second Half

After long periods of the first half were shaky, the game opened up in the second. Kyle Bennett set the tone for the latter 45 when his shot from distance called McKeown into a smart stop less than a minute into the half.

Theo Robinson was next to go close – McCourt floated a corner into the six-yard box and the loan striker rose highest but couldn’t keep his header down guiding it over the bar.

McCormick was called into action for the first time in the second period on the hour mark – the visiting side broke away with Jordan Cook drilling a shot that the experienced goalkeeper was more than equal to.

Grimsby went down to ten men on 65 minutes – Woolery drove towards the visiting back four and Ludvig Ohman  brought down the speedy striker. On a yellow already, it was inevitable he would given his marching orders.

Eight minutes later, and Town were ahead. Dion Conroy floated a delightful cross in from deep and after his first header was saved, he made no mistake with the rebound, half-volleying into the net.

Town’s delight was short-lived though – Luke Hendrie snuck in at the back post a minute after Swindon had scored and bundled into the corner to equalise for the Mariners.

Swindon’s best chance in the last ten minutes both came through Ali Koiki on the left-hand side – the young left-back got to the byline on 80 minutes and crossed to the near post. Woolery arrived onto the ball to flick goalwards but his header struck the upright and was cleared.

As the board went up announcing five minutes added time, the Burnley loanee near grabbed the winner – he cut inside, nutmegging his man, and drilled to McKeown’s right but the Grimsby keeper got a strong right hand to deny Koiki and the Robins three points.

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