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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Swindon Town V Macclesfield

Your Essential Guide To Saturday's #HomeOpener

3 August 2018

Swindon Town get their 2018/19 Sky Bet League Two campaign underway on Saturday at home to Macclesfield (3pm Kick-Off).

We've put together a handy guide...

THE LOWDOWN:

After a long and tough pre-season Phil Brown's side will finally get their teeth stuck into competitive action tomorrow afternoon.

There could be debuts for eight players - and a third for Michael Doughty - and expectations are high after an impressive summer in the transfer window.

EFL newcomers Macclesfield are the first test of the new campaign and they enter the game as a bit of an unknown quantity, although former Town loanee Harry Smith will be a big threat.

TICKETS: 

Tickets are currently available in-store and online via https://www.eticketing.co.uk/swindontown/, whilst ticket sales will also continue right up until kick-off on the day.

PRICES:

Category Prices: Side Stands/Better Town End
Adults £23/£19
Over 65s/Students £17/£15
Under 21s £10/£10
Under 18s £6/£6
Under 11s £2/£2
Junior Red Under 11s FREE

MATCHDAY INFO:

The Legends Bar will be open from 12pm for home fans only and will remain open after the game.

Macclesfield fans will be able to use Bar 71 from 12pm, which is located at the end of the Arkells Stand.

Parking is available in the main car park at The Energy Check County Ground, whilst spaces are also available at St Joseph's Catholic College (SN3 3LR). 

Macclesfield supporters heading to the game can also check out our handy Away Fans' Guide by clicking HERE.

ONE TO WATCH: 

Harry Smith is well known to Town fans having spent a short stint at SN1 last season, impressing with his all-action displays.

The towering frontman signed for Macclesfield in the summer and he was in lethal form in pre-season, scoring four goals, and he'll be hoping to take that form into tomorrow afternoon. 

TEAM NEWS: 

SWINDON TOWN will be without strikers Marc Richards (shoulder) and Kaiyne Woolery (leg), although the former is well ahead of schedule.

Chris Robertson is also set for a spell on the sidelines after picking up a stress fracture in his foot.

The Reds could hand debuts to up to nine players, including recent arrival Sid Nelson who is on a six-month long deal from Championship outfit Millwall.

MACCLESFIELD TOWN will be without winger Elliott Durrell (Groin), although the likes of Harry Smith and Callum Maycock could be given debuts for the EFL newbies. 

WHAT THEY SAID:

Phil Brown, Swindon Town Boss: "I am like a giddy kid at the moment - I'm just as excited as the players at the moment. My expectations for this season are to be successful and I believe in myself, I believe in my backroom staff and I believe in my players.

"I named the eleven on Thursday morning and they will be getting a good rest ready for me to unleash them against Macclesfield on Saturday.

"Macclesfield will be a very good challenge. They are newly-promoted and I watched them last week. 

"They can pass the ball for fun on their day and we'll have a plan if they do that and we'll have a plan if they don't."

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Cheltenham Town v Crawley Town

Crewe Alexandra v Morecambe

Exeter City v Carlisle United

Grimsby Town v Forest Green Rovers

Mansfield Town v Newport County

Northampton Town v Lincoln City

Notts County v Colchester United

Oldham Athletic v Milton Keynes Dons

Port Vale v Cambridge United

Stevenage v Tranmere Rovers

OFFICIALS:

Referee - Robert Lewis

Assistants - Andrew Aylott & Bhupinder Gill

Fourth Official - Andrew Williams

HOW TO FOLLOW: 

Can't make the game on Saturday? There are plenty of ways to follow all the action!

We will have full updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages. 

You can also keep up to date with every kick via our Match Centre.

Alternatively, full match commentary is available on iFollow, while overseas fans can watch the match live. Click HERE for details and to sign up if you haven’t already done so.

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.

Here’s to three points! 


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