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FA CUP MATCH PREVIEW: EASTLEIGH V SWINDON TOWN

4 November 2016

Town will be looking to avoid an upset when they take on Eastleigh in the First Round of the 2016/17 Emirates FA Cup tonight (7.55pm Kick-Off).


Luke Williams’ side will take on their non-league counterparts in-front of the BBC Two cameras at the Silverlake Stadium with a place in Round Two at stake.


Eastleigh reached the Third Round of the FA Cup last season and are now set to play in only their fourth-ever First Round tie.


Town haven’t got past the first hurdle of this competition since the 2011/12 campaign, when they pitted their wits against Leicester City in the Fourth Round after stunning Premier League outfit Wigan Athletic at SN1.


STAT ATTACK:


Tonight’s game will be the first-ever competitive meeting between the two sides.


TICKET NEWS:


Tickets are now OFF SALE at The County Ground but fans will be able to pay on the night at Eastleigh – CASH ONLY.


Supporters who have already paid for their tickets but have not collected them yet can do so from The County Ground until 3pm, but they will be available to collect from Eastleigh this evening. 


FORM GUIDE (LAST SIX GAMES IN ALL COMPETITIONS):


EASTLEIGH - WLWDWL


TOWN - DLDWLL


TOP SCORERS:


EASTLEIGH - Mikael Mandron (10)


TOWN - Nathan Thompson/Jon Obika/Michael Doughty/Darnell Furlong/Nathan Delfouneso (2)


TEAM NEWS:


EASTLEIGH - The Spitfires will be without a number of players for tonight’s tie with captain Ryan Cresswell and fellow defender Joe Partington both suspended.


Jamie Cureton, Jack Smith, James Granger and Tony Lee are all cup-tied although striker James Constable (head) and goalkeeper Ryan Clarke (nose) are expected to feature.


TOWN - Defender Darnell Furlong is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season during the defeat to Scunthorpe United last weekend, although Brad Barry is fit enough to slot straight back into the right-back role. 


Jonathan Obika is still on the treatment table but Michael Doughty, Lloyd Jones, Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill, Jordan Stewart and Tom Smith have all shaken off knocks and are set to be involved this evening.


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS:


Ronnie Moore, Eastleigh Manager: “We’ve got to be confident – it is one of those games. They are not playing to their best at this present time and that’s why the TV cameras are here – they are only here for one reason.


“They think there is a chance of an upset.”


Luke Williams, Swindon Town Head Coach: “I’m desperate to try and have a good run in the FA Cup because I’ve not experienced that yet and just a victory in the cup would be fantastic.


“It is going to be a difficult game, we know that, and we’re going to prepare for that as well and as thoroughly as we can and take nothing for granted.


“We totally back ourselves as well and we believe we are a strong side and we will go have a ding dong.”


OFFICIALS:


Referee - Oliver Langford


Assistants - Michael Webb & Robert Dabbs


Fourth Official - Graham Horwood


FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE:


pages.Facebook and (@Official_STFC)Town fans will be able to keep up to date with all of tonight’s action across our Twitter


in the wake of the game. swindontownfc.co.ukSTFC Player HD subscribers will also be able to enjoy full uninterrupted commentary of the match whilst there will be a full report and plenty of reaction from Head Coach Luke Williams and a number of players on


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