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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Forest Green Rovers V Swindon Town

Get Set For Saturday's Game!

8 October 2021

Swindon Town will look to continue their sparkling form away from home when they take on Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.

The Reds head to the Fully Charged New Lawn tomorrow for a clash against top of the table Forest Green, which will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Kick-Off is at 12pm.

Town are coming off a superb 3-1 win over local rivals Bristol Rovers last weekend, while they are yet to taste defeat on the road in the league this season.

Forest Green, meanwhile, have enjoyed a stellar start to the 2021-22 EFL Sky Bet League Two season, and they will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the table with a win tomorrow.

Let us get you set for tomorrow's game with everything you need to know...

LAST TIME WE MET...

Goals from Matty Stevens and Ebou Adams were enough to give Rovers a 2-0 win at The County Ground on Saturday 7th March 2020.

LAST FIVE

Season / Date Competition  Result Town Scorers
2020-21 - 10 Nov (A) EFL Trophy 0-1  Broadbent 
2020-21 7 Mar (H) Sky Bet League Two 0-2  
2019-20 - 21 Dec (A) Sky Bet League Two 2-2  Doyle (2)
2018-19 - 12 Feb (H) Sky Bet League Two 2-0  Woolery, Robinson 
2018-19 - 25 Aug (A)  Sky Bet League Two  1-1 

Doughty 

FULL RECORD V FOREST GREEN ROVERS

P W D L F A
10 5 2 3 12

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TICKET NEWS

There will be no on the day sales for Town fans tomorrow.

If you have got tickets for tomorrow's game but haven't collected or been sent them yet, please see below:

All tickets can be collected from the official supporter coaches outside the away turnstile between 10.30am and 11.45am 

We urge any supporters who need to collect tickets to collect in between these times.

If for any reason you arrive later than 11.45am please call Sally from SAS Travel on 07535 917872.

TEAM NEWS

Town will be without Jojo Wollacott, Kaine Kesler-Hayden, Anthony Grant, Jonny Williams and Alex Gilbert tomorrow, with all five players currently away on International Duty.

As a result, Lewis Ward will start in goal for Town while there will be opportunities for other players to step up and impress.

Forest Green also have a player away on International Duty with Ebou Adams currently strutting his stuff for Gambia, while Udoka Godwin-Malife is still recovering from an injury.

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ONE TO WATCH

Jamille Matt has been on fire this season and is one of the top scorers in the EFL Sky Bet League Two with six goals on the year.

Matt is a tricky customer at this level and he will be a consistent threat tomorrow, one that Town will have to be wary of. 

A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS

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Rob Edwards, Forest Green Rovers Manager: "It will be a really exciting game between two good teams. I know we'll get a packed house as well, I think they'll have a good turnout, so we are really looking forward to it.

"They like to have the ball - they have got a really good way about them. They've got a really distinct style and they have the most possession in the league, so we have got to be ready.

"We've got to be good without the ball, we've got to be aggressive and we've got to be brave when we have the ball as well."

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Ben Garner, Swindon Town Head Coach: "They've had a really good start.

"They've been a good template for a League Two team with the way they've gone about their business in the last three or four seasons now.

"They had a really strong squad from last season, they've added to that, particularly in the midfield area and they are a strong team.

"They are very fit, very organised, they get good quality into their front players and they get lots of crosses into the box.

"They've had a really good start and we know we are going to have to go there and play very well, which we're looking to do.

"Jamille Matt is an excellent player in this league, he scores goals, he's a handful and they get good quality into him.

"We know what to expect, we know their strengths, we've worked hard on it this week but we are going there to win the game.

"As always, we'll be looking to impose our way of playing and go there and try and achieve the three points."

ELSEWHERE IN SKY BET LEAGUE TWO:

Tranmere Rovers v Colchester United (tonight, 7:45pm)

Barrow v Leyton Orient (3pm)

Bristol Rovers v Carlisle United (3pm)

Harrogate Town v Scunthorpe United (3pm)

Hartlepool United v Northampton Town (3pm)

Mansfield Town v Oldham Athletic (3pm)

Newport County v Bradford City (3pm)

Rochdale v Crawley Town (3pm)

Stevenage v Exeter City (3pm)

Sutton United v Port Vale (3pm)

Walsall v Salford City (3pm)

OFFICIALS

Referee - Paul Howard

Assistant Referee - Kevin Howick 

Assistant Referee - Matthew Smith

Fourth Official - Christopher Sarginson

FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE

Not heading to Forest Green 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.

The game will also be shown live on Sky Sports, and you can watch the game in the Legends Lounge at SN1.

Doors open at 10:30am, the bar will be open, breakfast rolls will be served for £4 and Town Owner Clem Morfuni will be watching the game with fans via Teams, as well as taking questions, before, during and after the game!

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: Forest Green Rovers 0-2 Swindon Town

Reds come out on top in TV clash

9 October 2021

Swindon Town put on a show for the Sky Sports cameras after running out 2-0 victors over top-of-the-table Forest Green Rovers at The Fully Charged New Lawn this afternoon.

It was another impressive display from the Reds who are really starting to hit their stride now, and it came despite being without five players due to the International Break. 

Tyreece Simpson had a goal disallowed as the Reds impressed in the first-half, and they were unlucky not to be leading at the break given their bright play.

That bright play was rewarded shortly after half-time thanks to Harry McKirdy's second goal in as many games, and Simpson made up for his earlier disappointment by scoring late on to help wrap up a huge three points for the Reds, with Lewis Ward in fine form in goal. 

Town Head Coach Ben Garner was forced in to three changes due to having five players away on International Duty, with Lewis Ward replacing Jojo Wollacott in goal.

Rob Hunt and Harry McKirdy took the places of Kaine Kesler-Hayden and Alex Gilbert respectively, while there was a place on the bench for Jordan Lyden who was involved in a matchday squad for the first time this season after recovering from injury.

With the Sky cameras rolling at the Fully Charged New Lawn, both sides took a while to feel the other out on what was a perfect day for football.

Harry McKirdy slipped in Jack Payne who's cross was blocked before Rob Hunt saw his ball across the box smothered by Luke McGee, while Lewis Ward charged down Jack Aitchison at the other end as Jamille Matt and Matty Stevens both tried their luck from close-range.

Town did have the ball in the back of the net early on as McKirdy's strike from distance was only parried by McGee and Tyreece Simpson was on hand to smash home the rebound but, for some reason, a foul was given and the goal didn't count. 

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It was a tightly-contested affair as both teams battled well in the first-half, although the Reds were having the better of the chances as they nearly took the lead just shy of the half-hour mark.

Hunt's cross wasn't dealt with properly by the Forest Green back-line, and the ball came out to McKirdy on the edge of the box with the attacker drawing a superb save from McGee who turned the shot around the post.

Lewis Ward had to stay sharp, however, in order to rise highest and tip Nicky Cadden's well-struck free-kick out for a corner as the hosts began to apply some pressure.

Aitchison flashed a pass across goal which Matt couldn't reach with Ward stranded, and that proved to be the final action of the half.

HALF-TIME: FOREST GREEN ROVERS 0-0 SWINDON TOWN

Town nearly found themselves a goal down shortly after the restart as Aitchison burst clean through on goal, but the attacker could only curl an effort wide.

And that missed opportunity came back to haunt the hosts as Town took the lead moments later, thanks to that man McKirdy who produced a beautiful first-time finish from a superb Ben Gladwin cross to give his team the lead.

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It was an outstanding strike and McKirdy nearly doubled his tally minutes later after flicking a header inches wide of the far post from Payne's cross into the box.

Ward had to come up big at the other end to get down low and push away an effort from Matty Stevens after Kane Wilson had burst into the box.

Romoney Crichlow charged forward and slammed a shot wide with what was a good effort, before McKirdy put a shot over the bar following another good ball into the box.

It was proving to be a good afternoon for Ward who produced another great save to this time push a Jake Young shot out for a corner, and the 'keeper was thriving against his former team.

With Forest Green pressing and piling on the pressure in the closing stages, Ward had to come up huge yet again and he pulled off his best save of the afternoon with an unreal stop to somehow get down low and deny Josh March.

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And, thanks to Ward's heroics, Town were able to add some security to their lead thanks to Simpson, who was in the right place at the right time to apply the finishing touch to McKirdy's cross.

Mathieu Baudry replaced McKirdy - who came off to a standing ovation - as the Reds looked to protect their lead in the closing stages. 

With time running out, Town made two more changes as Ryan East and Jordan Lyden replaced Jack Payne and Ben Gladwin respectively.

There was still time for some late drama as Ward was adjudged to have brought down March inside the area, but the goalkeeper dusted himself off and made another incredible save to deny March from the penalty spot to secure his clean sheet and a huge three points as Town put on a show for Sky. 

FINAL SCORE: FOREST GREEN ROVERS 0-2 SWINDON TOWN

TEAMS AND STATS

FOREST GREEN ROVERS - McGee; Wilson, Bernard, Sweeney (Baily Cargill 76), Stevenson, Stevens (Josh March 76), Aitchison (Jake Young 68), Cadden, Matt (C), Moore-Taylor, Hendry.

SUBS NOT USED - Thomas, Evans, Edwards, Diallo.

BOOKED - Dan Sweeney.

SWINDON TOWN - Ward; Odimayo, Iandolo, Conroy (C), Crichlow, Gladwin (Jordan Lyden 90), Simpson, Payne (Ryan East 89), McKirdy (Mathieu Baudry 84), Hunt, Reed.

SUBS NOT USED - Mitchell-Lawson, Aguiar, Parsons, Dabre.

SCORERS - Harry McKirdy (54), Tyreece Simpson (81).

BOOKED - Harry McKirdy.

Referee - Paul Howard

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Ticket News

Forest Green Rovers tickets to go on sale on Thursday

Season Ticket Holders to get first priority

29 September 2021

Tickets for our upcoming fixture away at Forest Green Rovers will go on sale to Season Ticket holders from 10am this coming Thursday.

Swindon Town head to the New Lawn Stadium on Saturday 9th October to take on Rovers in the EFL Sky Bet League Two.

With the game to be televised live on Sky Sports, kick-off will be at the earlier time of 12pm.

Town have been given the West Terrace for this fixture, with the stand divided in covered seating, covered standing and uncovered standing sections.

We have been given 1,224 tickets in total for this fixture. 

However, please note that seated tickets will be limited due to the attendance of Sky Sports.

Those who wish to purchase seated tickets will need to phone or come into the STFC Store direct.

Priority Windows:

Season Ticket Holders  Thursday 30th September - 10am
General Sale Tuesday 5th October - 10am 

Prices:

Category  Uncovered Standing Covered Standing Covered Seating
Adult £18 £20 £23
Over 65 £14 £16 £18
Under 21 £9 £10 £14
Under 16 £6 £7 £8
Under 11 Free With Adult Free With Adult Free With Adult

For Wheelchair spaces, please contact Forest Green Rovers direct on 0333 123 1889, between 9-3pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Please be away that the West Terrace is exposed, so please take appropriate clothing with you for this game.

HOW TO BOOK

Online - swindontownfc.co.uk

In Person - STFC Club Shop

Telephone - 0330 002 1993 - select option 2

STFC Store is open from 10am-4pm Thursday and Friday this week.

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