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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Barrow V Swindon Town

All you need to know ahead of Saturday

10 December 2021

Swindon Town head to Barrow on Saturday for one of their longest trips of the 2021-22 season in the EFL Sky Bet League Two.

After losing 4-1 to Leyton Orient in the week, Ben Garner's team will be seeking a return to winning ways upon their visit to Holker Street.

It is a chance to build some momentum again heading into the busy festive period, and it is a big game with both teams with Barrow also looking to pick up a positive result.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the game...

LAST TIME WE MET

These two teams have not locked horns since the 1968/69 season when goals from John Smith and the great Don Rogers sealed a 2-0 success for Town in front of over 21,000 fans at The County Ground on May 5th 1969.

FULL RECORD V BARROW

P W D L F A
4 2 1 1 6 2

TICKET NEWS

Town fans will be able to buy tickets on the day with a £1 increase. Those supporters who have already purchased tickets but still need to collect will be able to do so from Barrow on Saturday prior to Kick-Off.

TEAM NEWS

For Ben Garner's team, Mathieu Baudry remains the only name on the injured list with everyone else fit and raring to go for tomorrow's clash.

ONE TO WATCH

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Oli Banks spent a loan spell with the Reds during the 2017-18 season, where he became well-known for his ability to hit the ball from distance.

Now with Barrow, Banks will be looking to make things happen for his team on Saturday and he has the ability to change a game on his own, especially with his ability to strike a ball.

A WORD FROM THE TOWN CAMP:

Ben Garner, Swindon Town Head Coach: "They had a really, really good result at Ipswich in the FA Cup and they had a strong performance at Sutton United and narrowly lost.

"They've got good players there, they can mix up how they play in terms of whether they go through on the floor or whether they go a bit more direct into the channels.

"They've looked really organised defensively in those last couple of games, so every game in this league is a challenge.

"We're looking to bounce back and we want to get a win, we want to go there and get the three points and build some momentum in the league again and that will be our only focus."

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ELSEWHERE IN SKY BET LEAGUE TWO

Bradford City v Sutton United (3pm)

Bristol Rovers v Rochdale (3pm)

Exeter City v Tranmere Rovers (3pm)

Harrogate Town v Northampton Town (3pm)

Hartlepool United v Scunthorpe United (3pm)

Leyton Orient v Crawley Town (3pm)

Mansfield Town v Salford City (3pm)

Newport County v Port Vale (3pm)

Oldham Athletic v Forest Green Rovers (3pm)

Stevenage v Carlisle United (3pm)

Walsall v Colchester United (3pm)

OFFICIALS

Referee - Ollie Yates

Assistant Referee - Paul Graham

Assistant Referee - Gary Hilton

Fourth Official - Sebastian Stockbridge

FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE

Not making the long trip to Barrow? 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: Barrow 2-0 Swindon Town

Reds drop a tough one

11 December 2021

Swindon Town slipped to a second straight away defeat after losing 2-0 to Barrow at the Dunes Hotel Stadium in the EFL Sky Bet League Two this afternoon.

On what was a very wet afternoon in the Lake District, it remained goalless at the interval with both teams battling well in a tightly-contested first-half.

Ollie Banks opened the scoring for the hosts from the penalty spot just past the hour mark in the second-half, and Josh Gordon's late spot-kick wrapped up the three points for Barrow. 

Town Head Coach Ben Garner was forced into one change as Ryan East replaced the suspended Louis Reed in a holding midfield role, while Romoney Crichlow dropped to the bench as Rob Hunt came back into the fray.

It was a tightly-contested opening to the game with the Reds keeping the ball well and sticking to their style of play despite the rather wet weather.

Barrow wanted a penalty after Robbie Gotts went down inside the area under pressure from Birthday Boy Dion Conroy, but Referee Ollie Yates wasn't interested and play was waved on.

Barrow were starting to apply the pressure and they went close just shy of the half-hour mark as Robbie Gotts drove forward, before firing a shot inches over the crossbar.

The hosts were having the better of the play but Town did fire a couple of warning shots with Tyreece Simpson sending a shot into the side netting after being played in by Jack Payne, before Ben Gladwin fired wide of the post after driving through the middle of the pitch.

A missed ball at the back gifted Jordan Stevens with an opportunity to pull the trigger, but the forward's shot was blocked and the danger passed.

Kaine Kesler-Hayden went close on the stroke of half-time after connecting with a shot that was tipped behind by Barrow Goalkeeper Paul Farman, and that proved to be the final action of the first-half.

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HALF-TIME: BARROW 0-0 SWINDON TOWN

Joe Grayson raced towards goal before stabbing an effort wide as rain continued to soak Holker Street, before Barrow were given a golden opportunity to take the lead after Kesler-Hayden was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the area.

With 60 minutes played, former Town loanee Ollie Banks stepped up and successfully smashed home the resulting penalty to give his team the lead and snap Barrow's five-game streak without a goal.

Jonny Williams replaced Ryan East as Town looked to get back into the game, but it was Barrow who went closest to scoring again as Gotts hit the base of the post with a low shot.

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Second-half substitute Josh Gordon nodded wide for the hosts while Payne blasted over for Town, before Jayen Mitchell-Lawson came on for Harry McKirdy as the game entered its final 10 minutes.

Jojo Wollacott had to produce a fine save to deny Remeao Hutton, but Patrick Brough was tripped after going after the rebound and Gordon was able to step up and stroke home Barrow's second penalty of the afternoon to double their advantage and, ultimately, seal a second straight away defeat for Town.

Dion Conroy was sent-off for Town in the wake of the defeat, and that summed up what was a frustrating day at the office for Ben Garner's team. 

FINAL SCORE: BARROW 2-0 SWINDON TOWN 

TEAMS AND STATS

BARROW STARTING XI - Farman; Brown, Brough, Ellis (C) (Matt Platt 45), Zanzala (Josh Gordon 63), White, Jones, Gotts, Grayson, Banks, Stevens (Remeao Hutton 72).

SUBS NOT USED - Lillis, Taylor, Jones.

SCORERS - Ollie Banks (61), Josh Gordon (86)

BOOKED - Connor Brown, Robbie Gotts, Ollie Banks, Paul Farman, James Jones.

SWINDON TOWN STARTING XI - Wollacott; Odimayo, Iandolo, Conroy (C), Gladwin, Simpson, Payne, McKirdy (Jayden Mitchell-Lawson 79), Kesler-Hayden, Hunt (Alex Gilbert 84), East (Jonny Williams 68). 

SUBS NOT USED - Ward, Crichlow, Lyden, Dabre.

BOOKED - Ben Gladwin, Harry McKirdy, Jayden Mitchell-Lawson.

SENT-OFF - Dion Conroy.

REFEREE - Ollie Yates.

Attendance - 2,863 (577 Away Fans). 

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Ticket News

Barrow Ticket Prices & Details

Important Info Ahead of December Trip

15 November 2021

Swindon Town can now confirm ticket prices and details for our upcoming trip to Barrow AFC in the EFL Sky Bet League Two.

The Reds will head to The Progression Stadium on Saturday 11th December to take on the League Two newcomers - 3pm Kick-Off.

Town have been allocated a total of 646 tickets in the Away End - including 112 seats and 534 terracing. 

For Wheelchair access and tickets, please contact Barrow directly on 01229 666010.

PRICES

Category Main Stand  Terrace
Adult £19 £16
Concession  £15 £14
Under 18 £6

£5

Under 7  FREE  FREE 

PLEASE NOTE - PRICES WILL INCREASE BY £1 ON THE DAY - SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY FROM THE BARROW TICKET OFFICE.

PRIORITY WINDOWS

Tuesday 16th November  Season Ticket Holders (1 per ST) - 10am
Thursday 18th November  Six-Game Flexi Ticket Holders (1 per Membership) - 10am
Friday 19th November  General Sale

 

HOW TO BOOK

Online - swindontownfc.co.uk

In Person - STFC Club Shop (Ticket Office Windows ONLY)

Telephone - 0330 002 1993 - select option 2

 

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