TOWN warmed up for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Area Semi-Final with Stevenage by becoming the latest Sky Bet League 1 club to take on the Johnstone’s Paint Pot Challenge.
The Robins braved very strong winds to take on the unique test of accuracy, which is run in conjunction with the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
In preparation for that tie, ten players from the Swindon squad attempted to chip the ball from the angle of the penalty area into a giant inflatable paint pot on the six-yard line in the Johnstone’s Paint Pot Challenge.
The squad members were joined by 30-year-old Swindon fan and painter and decorator Neil Squibb, who won the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy’s 11th man competition, giving one lucky supporter a unique chance to join their football heroes for the challenge.
Ten points are awarded for a successful chip-in, with one point accumulated each time the paint pot is struck.
Midfielder Alex Pritchard proved Swindon’s star performer, chipping the ball in to earn his side ten points.
Mohammed Elgabas, Yaser Kasim and Ryan Mason all struck the paint pot to give the Wiltshire club a credible total of 13 points, three short of current leaders Fleetwood Town.
“With our Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game against Stevenage coming up, we were delighted to take part in the Johnstone’s Paint Pot Challenge ,” said Swindon manager Mark Cooper.
“The conditions weren’t ideal with the wind but the players enjoyed it and acquitted themselves well.”
Ben Wilde, brand and sponsorship manager for Johnstone’s Paint, said: “Swindon certainly weren’t helped by the conditions they encountered on the day.
“The strong wind made it very difficult for an accuracy challenge but they performed very well and had a few attempts which were very close to giving them a higher score than they achieved.
“We thank the club for their participation and wish them well for the rest of the season.”
For all the latest information regarding the Johnstone’s Paint Pot Challenge, please visit www.johnstonespainttrophy.com
The nearest Johnstone’s Decorating Centre to Swindon Town at can be found at the Equity Trade Centre, Swindon, SN2 8YS.