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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Swindon Town V Exeter City

Everything You Need To Know Ahead Of Saturday

11 August 2017

Town get their 2017/18 Sky Bet League Two home campaign underway against Exeter City on Saturday (3pm Kick-Off).

Dave Flitcroft’s side will be looking to get off the mark at The County Ground and make it two wins from two on the domestic front following their opening day success against Carlisle United last weekend.

The Grecians will also be on the hunt for a second successive victory after beating Cambridge United in their season opener.

LAST TIME WE MET:

The two sides did battle as recently as last season with Town prevailing 4-2 on penalties in the Checkatrade Trophy in November 2016 after the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

LAST FOUR:

Season/Date Competition Result Town Scorers
2016/17 - Tues 8th Nov (A) Checkatrade Trophy 1-1 (2-4 Pens) Norris
2015/16 - Tues 11th Nov (H) League Cup  1-2  Obika
2011/12 - Tues 4th Oct (A) JPT  1-2  Jervis (2)
2010/11 - Tues 29th Mar (A) League  1-0   

FULL RECORD V EXETER CITY:

P W D L F A
112 50 31 31 192 148

TICKET NEWS:

Town fans will be able to purchase tickets on the day both in-store and online via https://www.eticketing.co.uk/swindontown/.

Exeter fans will also be able to pay on the day from the Away Ticket Office, which opens at 1pm and is located at the Arkells End of the ground.

Turnstiles open at 1:30pm tomorrow.

EVENTS:

Defender Kyle Knoyle will be in attendance at the STFC Store from 2pm tomorrow to pose for pictures and sign autographs.

Both our 17/18 away kit and home & away goalkeeper kits will also be available to buy from the shop on Saturday, which opens from 9am.

ONE TO WATCH:

David Wheeler helped himself to twenty-one goals in all competitions last season and played a vital role in Exeter reaching the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Final.

The 26-year-old formed a formidable partnership with Reuben Reid and he’ll be relied upon to produce the goods once again in 17/18 with the Grecians looking to go one better.

TOP SCORERS:

TOWN – Paul Mullin (2)

EXETER CITY – Reuben Reid, Lee Holmes (1)

TEAM NEWS:

After only being able to name four substitutes in midweek, the Reds have been given a huge boost ahead of tomorrow’s game with Luke Norris set to be involved after his shoulder injury wasn’t as bad as first feared.

John Goddard (foot), Donal McDermott (foot), Dion Conroy (shoulder) and Amine Linganzi (groin) have all made good progress and will be given every chance to prove their fitness.

Exeter are sweating on the fitness of key trio David Wheeler, Ryan Harley and Jordan Moore-Taylor, while the game may come too soon for Dean Moxey.

A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS:

Dave Flitcroft, Swindon Town Manager: “It is a game that we’ve been looking forward to. I know the players want to come and show the town and show the fans what we’re trying to build and what we’re trying to represent.

“We trained at the ground today and the excitement is already building up for it. We can’t wait and we’re just looking forward to tomorrow.

“Exeter were a very expansive football team a few years ago, they moved the ball around the pitch with fluidity and Paul Tisdale has built more of a robust team, more of a direct team to cope with League Two.

“He’s a fantastic football person and he cares about that club.”

Paul Tisdale, Exeter City Manager: “They (Town) will surely be a contender for promotion. They have had this ability to get promoted out of League Two numerous times now.

“I’d be surprised if they are not challenging near the top third of the table come the New Year but, at the moment maybe, there is a spell where their team settles in.

“We will find out on Saturday when we play them. And, as always, we need to be aware that good players can put in good performances and they can hurt the opposition.”

Kaiyne Woolery, Swindon Town Striker: “I can’t wait to get back out on the pitch.

“I’ve heard a lot of good things about the fans here so it will be good to finally show them what I can do.

“Exeter will be a tough test but if we want promotion this season then we need to beat these teams, so it is just another obstacle on the way to success.”

ELSEWHERE IN LEAGUE TWO:

SATURDAY:

Barnet v Luton Town (3pm)

Cambridge United v Carlisle United (3pm)

Cheltenham Town v Crawley Town (3pm)

Colchester United v Stevenage (3pm)

Crewe Alexandra v Newport County (3pm)

Grimsby Town v Coventry City (3pm)

Lincoln City v Morecambe (3pm)

Mansfield Town v Forest Green Rovers (3pm)

Notts County v Chesterfield (3pm)

Port Vale v Wycombe Wanderers (3pm)

Yeovil Town v Accrington Stanley

OFFICIALS:

Referee – Darren Drysdale

Assistants – Ravel Cheosiaua & Chris Husband

Fourth Official – Dean Treleaven

PLAYED FOR BOTH:

Kevin Amankwaah, Aaron Brown, Barry Corr, Jon Gittens, Lee Holmes, Sam Parkin, Christian Roberts, Shaun Taylor, Troy Archibald-Henville, Jamie Cureton, James Dunne, Rhys Evans, Ryan Harley.

FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE:

Can’t make it to The County Ground on Saturday? Our media team have you covered!

Live updates will be available on our Twitter and Facebook pages, whilst you can also follow the action on our brand new Match Centre.

In the wake of the game, https://www.swindontownfc.co.uk/will be the place to go with a full match report and plenty of reaction and pictures available to view and read through shortly after the final whistle.

Here’s to three points!


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