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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Swindon Town v Colchester United

All You Need To Know Ahead Of Saturday

24 September 2021

Swindon Town will be looking to put in a strong performance at home when they take on Colchester United on Saturday.

The Reds entertain the U's at The County Ground tomorrow - 3pm Kick-Off - and Ben Garner's team are coming into this encounter off the back of a pleasing point away at Northampton Town last weekend.

Town have been stronger away from home than they have been at SN1 so far, but they will be looking to put that right tomorrow having produced a number of encouraging displays at home this year.

Colchester, meanwhile, are unbeaten away from home in the league this season but they will be without Head Coach Hayden Mullins for tomorrow's game, who tested positive for COVID-19.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the game...


A goal from Daillang Jaiyesimi wasn't enough to help Town avoid a 3-1 defeat away at Colchester the last time these two teams met on January 28 2020, with former Town men Luke Norris and Theo Robinson grabbing the goals for the U's.


Season / Date Competition  Result Town Scorers 
2019-20 - 28 Jan (A) Sky Bet League Two 3-1  Jaiyesimi 
2019-20 - 17 Sep (H) Sky Bet League Two 0-3   
2019-20 - 13 Aug (A) Carabao Cup  3-0  
2018-19 - 2 Mar (H) Sky Bet League Two 3-0 Carroll, Woolfenden, Bennett
2018-19 - 3 Nov (A) Sky Bet League Two 




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Town fans can buy tickets online right now and up until half-time by clicking here.

Tickets will be on sale from the ticket windows at The County Ground until 1pm on Saturday, but we urge all fans to buy their tickets early to avoid queues.


Town will be able to boast a clean bill of health on Saturday with Anthony Grant available again after isolating in the wake of being away on International Duty, while Rob Hunt will also be available after missing Northampton last weekend for the birth of his baby girl.

Harry McKirdy, Jordan Lyden and Mathieu Baudry could also be in contention to feature after recovering from respective injuries.

For Colchester, they will be without Head Coach Hayden Mullins who tested positive for COVID-19, while Miles Welch-Hayes is doubtful for tomorrow's game.



Ben Garner, Swindon Town Head Coach: "They've got really good away form and they are unbeaten away with two wins and two draws. 

"They seem to have done better points wise away from home, not necessarily performance wise, but they are a good team.

"There is a lot of experience in the team

"If you look at the players within the squad, some of them have played Championship and above and have been successful doing so.

"There is a lot of know-how in their squad but they've got a lot of talented young players in there as well, so they have a nice mix.

"As I said, their away form has been good and we know that we need to play well tomorrow in order to win the game."

Alex Dyer, Colchester United Assistant Coach: "Away from home we've been good. It's the home team that's generally on the front foot and you can counter attack them a bit, but saying that we still create a lot of chances. 

"We're looking forward to the weekend now. We've put last weekend to bed and we are ready to go. 

"There's enough experience in the team, and we will get there - we've just got to keep doing the right things. It's just getting that little bit of luck, and it will come. 

"We know Swindon will be a tough team, but the boys are mentally and physically ready for them. They have good players in their side, and a manager who has been around and has good knowhow. 

"It will be a good game, they are a team that likes to play. We have to match that and make sure we impose ourselves on the game. We want our players to go out there and express themselves and it should be an open game."

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Colchester Captain Tommy Smith is as experienced and as battle-hardened as they come, and the no-nonsense centre-back will look to lead by example by frustrating Town's forward players on Saturday. Smith can also be a threat at the other end, and he'll be one to watch on Saturday. 


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Referee - Andrew Kitchen 

Assistant Referee - Marc Wilson 

Assistant Referee - Ryan Whitaker

Fourth Official - Louis Marks


Can’t make it to The County Ground on Saturday? Don’t panic because there are numerous ways to keep up to date with all the action.

Live updates will be available on our Twitter and Facebook pages, in addition to our Match Centre on the website, which can be found at the top of the home page on matchdays.

In the wake of the game, will be the place to go with a full report, reaction and pictures available to view and read through shortly after the final whistle.


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