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MATCH PREVIEW: GILLINGHAM (A)

4 December 2020

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A third consecutive away fixture for Swindon Town will be a trip to Kent, as we take on 12th placed Gillingham.

After a great start which saw Anthony Grant and Tyler Smith give the Reds a two-goal lead, Town were defeated 4-2 by Crewe Alexandra, after the home side raised their performance levels in the second half.

It was a difficult result to take for the boys, just days after a jubilant victory at rivals Oxford United in the previous fixture.

However, there will be no time to dwell, as a Saturday afternoon match at the Priestfield Stadium beckons.

Despite the frustration of Tuesday night, Town can take solace in the fact, the away form has improved since the arrival of Sheridan.

Since his arrival, the Reds have taken four points out of a possible nine on their travels, when they had not registered a single point away from home in the League.

The face off against Steve Evans’ side will conclude a difficult and intense run of three consecutive away games against Oxford and Crewe Alexandra, where the Reds have travelled a fair number of miles.

The Opposition:

The Kent side have enjoyed a bit of a purple patch in recent weeks, recording League victories away at Bristol Rovers (0-2), at home to AFC Wimbledon (2-1) and away at Crewe Alexandra (0-1).

Within that run of victories, they also came close to beating promotion chasers Charlton Athletic and were only pegged back by a Chuks Aneke penalty in the last ten minutes.

They have not lost a League game since a 2-0 home defeat to Sunderland on Halloween; however, they were knocked out of the FA Cup at home by Exeter City (2-3) and were also beaten in the Football League Trophy by Arsenal U-21 who ousted the Gills on penalties.

This Saturday will be the 99th meeting between the Reds and Gillingham and it is also coming up to the 100th anniversary since the sides first faced each other just after the First World War.

The overall record between the two sides is also very close, with the Reds recording 36 victories, while the Blues have registered 32 wins – there have been 30 draws between the two sides also.

However, despite the history between the two sides which spans a whole century, this Saturday’s meeting will be the first match between the two sides since 28th February 2017 where goals from Rohan Ince, Jon Obika and Raphael Rossi-Branco helped the Town to come from behind to overcome the Gills 3-1 at County Ground.

Town are unbeaten in the last three matches against Gillingham; however, they have only won two of the last ten meetings between the sides (2W, 4D, 4L).


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