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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Dartford V Swindon Town

Get In The Mood For Sunday's FA Cup First Round Tie With Our Extensive Guide

4 November 2017

Swindon Town are in Emirates FA Cup First Round action on Sunday when they make the trip to Dartford (2pm Kick-Off).

The Reds haven't progressed beyond the opening round of this competition since the 2011/12 season, and they will be hoping to put that right tomorrow afternoon at Princes Park.

TICKET NEWS: 

There will be NO tickets available on the day tomorrow.

ONE TO WATCH:

Alfie Pavey joined Dartford in the summer after leaving Championship outfit Millwall and he's doing his chances of earning an immediate return to the EFL no harm after notching twelve goals in just fifteen outings so far this season.

The striker is blessed with talent, pace and an eye for goal and he will pose the biggest threat to the Town defence on Sunday.

TEAM NEWS: 

DARTFORD have defenders Tom Bonner and Keaton Wood available again after injury and suspension respectively, although striker Andy Pugh will serve a suspension and will miss tomorrow's game. 

Duane Ofori-Acheampong (knee) is also expected to miss out. 

SWINDON TOWN will be without Luke Norris (shoulder) and Chris Hussey (groin) tomorrow, although the pair are both making good progress. 

Dion Conroy remains on the long-term injury list while the club were still waiting to hear if Keshi Anderson, Timi Elsnik and Kellan Gordon had permission from their parent clubs to feature tomorrow.

A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS:

Tony Burman, Dartford FC Manager: "It's very important our fans get as loud as they can and get behind the guys.

"The supporters are close to the pitch here and when there's a big crowd here, it's a great atmosphere.

"I want it to be hostile in our favour and in the right spirit.

"It is up to us to make it a day to remember. These games don't come around too often and we go into the game in the right frame of mind with our recent results.

"But we're up against a good team, we know that, and they are in good form themselves."

Dave Flitcroft, Swindon Town Manager: "It is the people's cup and it is a massive competition. 

"Being from a football family, it is the one cup that we all loved and wanted to be a part of.

"It is a trophy I absolutely love.

"The preparation has been no different and we've done all the detailed planning.

"If they come at us we've got a strategy for that, if they sit deep we've got a strategy for that and I think that is testament to the group of players we've got.

"They are flying high in the league, they will have confidence about them and they will want to raise their game against us."

Olly Lancashire, Swindon Town Captain: "Swindon have struggled in the last few years to get through the first couple of rounds, so it is not going to be easy but we'll be working hard to make sure that we've got the best chance possible to progress further in the competition.

"Everyone is looking forward to it, it should be a good atmosphere and it always is in The FA Cup. 

"I'm sure there are going to be a lot of shocks this weekend but we've got to make sure we're not one of those and hopefully come Sunday night we're still in the hat."

OFFICIALS:

Referee - Darren Drysdale 

Assistants - Michael Webb & Rob Smith

Fourth Official - George Warren 

FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE: 

Not making the trip Sunday? There's plenty of ways to follow all the action!

There will be full updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages, while you can also keep up to date with every kick via our Match Centre.

Alternatively, full match commentary is available on iFollow.

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


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