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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Hartlepool United V Swindon Town

Get ready for Saturday

22 April 2022

Swindon Town face another huge game in the EFL Sky Bet League Two on Saturday as they take on Hartlepool United.

Ben Garner's team face a long trip up north to The Suit Direct Stadium tomorrow (3pm Kick-Off), with a return to winning ways key if they want to maintain their push for the Playoffs.

Hartlepool have lost four of their last six outings but, with their form generally good at home, they will be hoping to finish their first season back in the EFL on a high.

Let's get you set for the game...

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LAST TIME OUT

Goals from Jonny Williams, Tyreece Simpson and Jack Payne were enough to secure a convincing 3-1 win for Town against Hartlepool at SN1 in November 2021.

LAST FIVE

Season / Date Competition Result Town Scorers
2021-22 - 23rd Nov (H) Sky Bet League Two 3-1 Williams, Simpson, Payne 
2012-13 - 9th Feb (H) Sky Bet League One  1-1  Ferry 
2012-13 - 18th Aug (A) Sky Bet League One 0-0  
2010-11 - 2nd Apr (H) Sky Bet League One 1-1 Ritchie 
2010-11 - 14th Aug (A) Sky Bet League One 2-2 Dossevi, Austin 

FULL RECORD V HARTLEPOOL

P W D L F A
30 12 12 6 41 32

TICKET NEWS

There will be tickets available on the day, but these will increase by £1 on the day.

TEAM NEWS

Town have been handed a boost ahead of tomorrow's game with Harry McKirdy back in the squad after recovering from a calf injury, although both Rob Hunt (calf) and Joe Tomlinson (knee) have been ruled out for the season.

For Hartlepool, Luke Molynuex could start after working his way back from injury, while both Jamie Sterry and Timi Odusina are also in contention for the hosts.

A WORD THE TOWN CAMP

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Ben Garner, Swindon Town Head Coach: "They will want to finish strong now.

"They will want to turn this little run around and their home form has generally been pretty good over the season for them, so it isn't an easy place to go.

"We'll just have to focus on us and we know what we have to do to go and get a result.

"We have to go and do it.

"We need to get three points tomorrow, we need a good performance and let's get a win on the board and see where that takes us going into the last three."

ELSEWHERE IN THE SKY BET LEAGUE TWO

Barrow v Sutton United (3pm)

Bradford City v Scunthorpe United (3pm)

Bristol Rovers v Forest Green Rovers (3pm)

Exeter City v Rochdale (3pm)

Harrogate Town v Carlisle United (3pm)

Leyton Orient v Northampton Town (3pm)

Mansfield Town v Crawley Town (3pm)

Oldham Athletic v Salford City (3pm)

Stevenage v Tranmere Rovers (3pm)

Walsall v Port Vale (3pm)

OFFICIALS

Referee - Andy Haines

Assistant Referees - Billy Smallwood & Ivan Stankovic

Fourth Official - Adam Herczeg

FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE

Not at Hartlepool on Saturday? Don’t panic because there are numerous ways to keep up to date with all the action.

Live updates will be available on our Twitter and Facebook pages, in addition to our Match Centre on the website, which can be found at the top of the home page on matchdays.

In the wake of the game, https://www.swindontownfc.co.uk/ will be the place to go with a full report, reaction and pictures available to view and read through shortly after the final whistle.

 

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Hartlepool United 0-3 Swindon Town

Reds win big on the road

23 April 2022

Swindon Town recorded a much-needed win after beating Hartlepool United 3-0 at The Suit Direct Stadium in the EFL Sky Bet League Two this afternoon.

Harry McKirdy marked his return with a much-needed goal late in the first-half, and he doubled the advantage after the break with his second of the afternoon.

Mathieu Baudry scored a rare goal late on to put the cherry on the top of the cake for the Reds, who now know what they have to do with three games remaining. 

Town Head Coach Ben Garner opted for four changes with Lewis Ward, Mathieu Baudry and Jonny Williams all coming back into the team, while there was a welcome return for leading scorer, Harry McKirdy, who missed a number of weeks with a calf injury.

Jojo Wollacott and Joe Tomlinson missed out, while Akin Odimayo and Jake O'Brien both dropped to the subs bench for the Reds.

Needing a win to keep their Playoff hopes alive, Town had to weather a little bit of a storm as they endured a slow start to proceedings.

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Ellis Iandolo made a heroic block to prevent Olufela Olomola from opening the scoring, before Lewis Ward pulled off a superb save to push a Omar Bogle shot around the post.

Jack Payne then forced Ben Killip into a save after trying his luck from a tight angle, before Louis Reed fired a tame shot straight at the Hartlepool keeper, who dealt with it comfortably. 

Killip skewed his attempted clearance and the ball fell to Louie Barry who tried to put the ball in the back of the open goal from distance, but his effort fell well wide of the post.

Olomola had a golden opportunity to open the scoring but he couldn't find the target from inside the box, and he was instantly punished as Town went down and took the lead at the other end with Harry McKirdy finishing from Mandela Egbo's low cross.

Barry nearly doubled Town's lead but his effort bounced back off the post and into the arms of Killip, and that was it for the first-half with Reed thumping a shot wide on the stroke of half-time.

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HALF-TIME: HARTLEPOOL UNITED 0-1 SWINDON TOWN

The second-half started with chances at either end as Luke Molyneux fired over for the hosts, while Payne couldn't get his shot from distance on target.

Ward then had to make a save from a tight angle as Hartlepool enjoyed a spell of pressure, with Town getting their bodies in the way of a number of attempts on goal.

But it was Town who went on to score the next goal of the game as McKirdy finished from Payne's low cross into the box, and McKirdy nearly made it three moments later but his effort was blocked at the death by Jake Hull after rounding Killip.

Bogle sent a snap-shot over the bar for the hosts before McKirdy then made way for Harry Parsons with less than 20 minutes remaining, and the young attacker had an instant chance as he fired over the crossbar after cutting in and beating his man.

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Town then made their final change of the game as Ben Gladwin replaced Jonny Williams, who wasted little time in getting involved after firing a shot into the chest of Killip.

There was a third goal, though, and it came from an unlikely source as Mathieu Baudry converted from close-range to wrap up a big and convincing win for the Reds. 

FULL-TIME: HARTLEPOOL UNITED 0-3 SWINDON TOWN

TEAMS AND STATS

HARTLEPOOL UNITED STARTING XI - Killip; Sterry, Odusina, Hull, Ferguson (C), Shelton (Marcus Carver 80), Crawford, Smith (Joe White 60), Olomola, Bogle, Molyneux.

SUBS NOT USED - Bilokapic, Ogle, Fletcher.

BOOKED - David Ferguson.

SWINDON TOWN STARTING XI - Ward; Iandolo, Conroy (C), Baudry, Davison, Payne, McKirdy (Harry Parsons 65), Egbo (Akin Odimayo 58), Barry, Williams (Ben Gladwin 78), Reed.

SUBS NOT USED - East, O'Brien, Mitchell-Lawson, Aguiar. 

SCORERS - Harry McKirdy (39, 54), Mathieu Baudry (84).

BOOKED - Ellis Iandolo.

Referee - Andy Haines.

Attendance - 4,786 (465 Away Fans). 

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Ticket News

How to purchase Hartlepool tickets

Back the Reds on the road!

18 March 2022

Swindon Town can now confirm the following information on how to buy tickets for our trip to Hartlepool United next month.

Ben Garner's team make the long trip North on Saturday April 23rd - 3pm Kick-Off - and we can now confirm prices and details. 

Town have been allocated 695 tickets in the Simpson Millar Solicitors Away Stand.

THESE WILL GO ON SALE FROM APRIL 12TH.

PRICES

Category  Prices 
Adults  £20
Concession (65+, U19) £14
U16 

£5

PLEASE NOTE - PRICES INCREASE BY £1 ON THE MATCH DAY

Any wheelchair accessible tickets can be purchased with the Hartlepool Ticket Office on 01249 272584.

Hartlepool have asked Town fans to purchase tickets directly through them, which you can do by CLICKING HERE.

Once you have selected the fixture, just click change to away and you will be able to purchase. 

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