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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Bristol Rovers V Swindon Town

Get Set For Today's

2 October 2021

It is Derby Day as Swindon Town head to The Memorial Stadium to take on local rivals Bristol Rovers in a mouthwatering clash.

AThe Reds prepare to do battle with The Gas later today - 3pm Kick-Off - and both teams will be looking to win in order to secure the local bragging rights.

Town are coming off a 0-0 draw with Colchester United at SN1 last week, while Rovers came from behind to secure an impressive win over Walsall.

With everything on the line today, allow us to get you set for what is a huge game...

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LAST TIME WE MET...

A superbly-taken Jack Payne goal proved to be the difference as the Reds emerged as 1-0 victors over Bristol Rovers at The Memorial Stadium on 23rd March 2021.

LAST FIVE

Season / Date Competition  Result  Town Scorers
2020-21 - 23rd Mar (A) Sky Bet League One 0-1  Payne 
2020-21 - 21 Nov (H) Sky Bet League One 1-0  Pittman 
2019-20 - 13 Nov (A) Leasing.Com Trophy 1-0   
2017-18 - 28 Jan (A) Sky Bet League One 1-0   
2017-18 - 8 Nov (A)  Checkatrade Trophy 2-4 Goddard, Mullin, Gordon, Woolery

FULL RECORD V BRISTOL ROVERS

P W D L GF GA
152 67 20 65 216 226

TICKET NEWS

Today's game has SOLD OUT for Town fans.

TEAM NEWS

Town Head Coach Ben Garner has a full squad to choose from with Jonny Williams (Concussion) and Harry McKirdy (quad) both available for selection again, while midfielders Anthony Grant and Jordan Lyden could also be involved.

Anssi Jaakkola, Mark Hughes, Alex Rodman, Trevor Clarke and Leon Clarke are all ruled out for Rovers, while Sam Finley, Paul Coutts, Sam Nicholson and Luke Thomas are all doubtful for the game.

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ONE TO WATCH

Brett Pitman is a name Town fans know well with the well-travelled striker having had a stint at SN1 last season, scoring 12 goals in over 30 outings.

Now operating as Rovers' lone No. 9, Pitman will no doubt be motivated to score against his former team today and he will be a threat with his know-how inside the box. 

A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS:

Joey Barton, Bristol Rovers Manager: "We're hoping that they turn up with the energy that the fans who travelled to Walsall turned up with last Saturday. They showed our players what an incredible fanbase we have and hopefully we will have 5,6,7 thousand more in the stadium on Saturday. 

'Hopefully, they can drive the lads on because they must realise that they are the 12th man. Over the COVID period, I think everybody in football has realised how important it is to have a passionate fanbase and I certainly  we suffered from not having the Gasheads in the stadium.

'I've mentioned multiple times that they are worth nine to twelve points a season and we've got to give them something to shout about. Hopefully, the fact that it is Swindon and an old Manager returning on Saturday will bring the Gasheads out in numbers and they'll get right behind the lads because these players are desperate to do well for the fans and I think the fans are desperate for these players to do well as well."

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Ben Garner, Swindon Town Head Coach: "Our focus is here and we're looking forward to the game.

"We are concentrating on us and we're not looking out of these four walls. We're focussing in-house and on what we're doing.

"We analyse the opposition and we look at what they've been doing in terms of performances, but our focus is squarely on us and we've got no concerns about what other teams are doing and what they are trying to do this season.

"It is wasted energy for us - all of our energy and focus will be on what we can control.

"It is a derby game but it is the supporters that give it more spice and rightly so - it will be a great atmosphere tomorrow, we'll take a great away following again as we have done in every game but, as professionals, our focus needs to be on our process and our preparation and what we do.

"We can't prepare in any more detail and work any harder than what we do week in and week out, so there is no extra 10 percent to find.

"We're already working at the maximum, we're already putting everything in every single week for every single game because, if we didn't do that, that would be disrespectful to the club and to the supporters because we're not giving everything.

"We give everything every week and the fact that it is a derby game and there is a little bit of extra spice to it, that is added to by the supporters which is fantastic and hopefully that will give us an extra edge tomorrow."

ELSEWHERE IN SKY BET LEAGUE TWO:

Bradford City v Rochdale (3pm)

Carlisle United v Forest Green Rovers (3pm)

Colchester United v Salford City (3pm)

Exeter City v Walsall (3pm)

Mansfield Town v Barrow (3pm)

Newport County v Scunthorpe United (3pm)

Northampton Town v Sutton United (3pm)

Oldham Athletic v Harrogate Town (3pm)

Port Vale v Leyton Orient (3pm)

Stevenage v Hartlepool United (3pm)

Tranmere Rovers v Crawley Town (3pm)

OFFICIALS

Referee - Robert Lewis

Assistant Referee - Christopher Husband

Assistant Referee - Dean Treleaven 

Fourth Official - Joe Clarke

FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE

Haven't got a ticket for today's game? 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: Bristol Rovers 1-3 Swindon Town

Reds Come Out On Top On Derby Day

2 October 2021

Swindon Town produced an incredible away display to beat Bristol Rovers 3-1 in a memorable local derby at The Memorial Stadium this afternoon.

It wasn't an ideal start to proceedings for the Reds as Harry Anderson's neat finish gifted the hosts an early lead, and that strike proved the difference at the break despite plenty of pressure from the visitors who were much the better team.

Town's pressure finally told just shy of the hour mark thanks to Jack Payne's fourth goal of the season, which tied things up, and they continued to hammer home their dominance from that point on.

Ben Gladwin stepped up and converted a superbly-taken penalty, before Harry McKirdy came off the bench to smash home his second goal of the season and wrap up what was a richly-deserved victory for the Reds.

Town Head Coach Ben Garner opted to name an unchanged Starting XI for today's local derby, although he was able to name Jonny Williams amongst the subs after the Welsh International recovered from concussion.

It was a quiet start to the game as both teams attempted to feel the other out, and it took a while for the first chance of the game to arrive.

When it did, it went the way of Town as a short corner played havoc in the Rovers box with Jack Payne's blocked shot falling to Romoney Crichlow, who saw his effort deflected wide.

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Alex Gilbert couldn't connect with a strike as the Reds caused problems with another corner, and that missed opportunity would come back to haunt them moments later.

A pinpoint through ball split the Swindon backline in two as Harry Anderson raced through on goal before sending a low finish into the bottom corner to give Rovers an early lead just past the 15-minute mark.

Town did look to muster up a quick response as Payne managed to fire a shot on goal through traffic, but his effort was smothered by Rovers 'Keeper James Belshaw. 

It was proving to be a scrappy affair, as most local derby's are, but the Reds were keeping the ball well and were having plenty of possession inside the final-third.

Tyreece Simpson did well to hold off a challenge before spinning his man and getting a shot away, although his effort was high and wide.

Town were the better team and were causing plenty of problems with Payne's fizzing cross just evading a gold shirt, before Gilbert was put through on goal but, under intense pressure from a Rovers defender, his shot was blocked by the onrushing Belshaw.

Dion Conroy's great ball across goal just evaded everyone, and it was Rovers who boasted a slender lead at the break despite the fact that Town had dominated large parts of the first 45 minutes and created plenty.

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HALF-TIME: BRISTOL ROVERS 1-0 SWINDON TOWN

The second-half continued with a similar pattern to the first as Town began play on the front-foot, with Ellis Iandolo's cheeky back-heel from a corner being saved by Belshaw.

Swindon then made their first change of the game with 55 minutes played as Harry McKirdy replaced Gilbert, and the introduction of fresh legs paid off instantly.

After the Gas failed to deal with a McKirdy cross, Payne reacted quickest before firing a shot from a tight angle through the legs of Belshaw to restore parity as Town's pressure finally paid off. 

With the game becoming scrappy as it entered the final 20 minutes, Town made another change with Jayden Mitchell-Lawson replaced Simpson to face his former team.

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Rovers carved out a great chance as Luca Hoole connected with Paul Coutts' cross but his header was well saved by Wollacott, before Jonny Williams replaced Payne in what was Town's final change of the game.

Those added fresh legs made a difference as Swindon continued to press and probe, before eventually getting their just rewards.

The dam began to crack when Crichlow flicked on a header into the path of the excellent Gladwin, who forced a superb save from Belshaw with a pinpoint header.

Gladwin would have the last laugh moments later, though, as after Alfie Kilgour was shown a second yellow for handball, the midfielder stepped up and hammered home the perfect penalty to give Town the lead.

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And the Reds put their foot down on the throat of Rovers late on, killing off the game thanks to McKirdy who was excellent off the bench, with the attacker smashing home a dropped cross by Belshaw to spark sheer jubilation in the away end.

It was plain sailing the rest of the way for Town who saw the game out with ease, and it was a massive three points for the Reds.

FINAL SCORE: BRISTOL ROVERS 1-3 SWINDON TOWN

TEAMS AND STATS

BRISTOL ROVERS - Belshaw; Kilgour, Finley, Coutts (C), Taylor (Luca Hoole 68), Anderson, Evans (Harvey Saunders 62), Harries, Whelan (Aaron Collins 62), Brown, Pitman (Zain Westbrooke 77).

SUBS NOT USED - Ward, Anderton, Spence.

SCORERS - Harry Anderson (16).

BOOKED - Paul Coutts, Alfie Kilgour (2), Harry Anderson.

SENT-OFF - Alfie Kilgour.

SWINDON TOWN - Wollacott; Odimayo, Iandolo (Rob Hunt 88), Conroy (C), Crichlow, Gladwin, Simpson (Jayden Mitchell-Lawson 70), Payne (Jonny Williams 74), Gilbert (Harry McKirdy 55), Kesler-Hayden, Reed.

SUBS NOT USED - Ward, Reed, East.

SCORERS - Jack Payne (57), Ben Gladwin (84), Harry McKirdy (86).

Referee - Robert Lewis

Attendance - 7,625 (700 Town Fans).

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Ticket News

Bristol Rovers on sale to ST holders on Thursday

Ticket Details announced for Derby Day

15 September 2021

Swindon Town can now announce ticket details for our upcoming clash away against Bristol Rovers in October.

The Reds head to The Memorial Stadium on Saturday 2nd October for some Derby Day action in the EFL Sky Bet League Two - 3pm Kick-Off.

Swindon have been allocated the South Stand (seating) and Uncovered Away Terrace.

PRICES:

Category  Seating  Terrace
Adult £24 £20
Over 65/ 16-21 £20 £16
Under 16  £11 £11
Wheelchair / Disabled  Age Related Price  Age Related Price
     

PLEASE NOTE - Supporters have until 12pm on Friday 1st October to purchase tickets for this fixture.

All tickets not collected from STFC will be taken to Bristol Rovers on the day by our Official Coach Travel, SAS Travel, for supporters to collect on the day.

Priority Windows

Season Ticket Holders

10am Thursday 16th September - 1 ticket per ST Holder

General Sale 10am Thursday 23rd September 

Please be aware that the club are in current discussions over final capacity for this game, and a final decision will be made early next week.

HOW TO BOOK

Online - swindontownfc.co.uk

In Person - STFC Club Shop

Telephone - 0330 002 1993 - select option 2

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