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Barrow 0-2 Swindon Town

Swindon victorious against Barrow away from home

6 April 2024

Club News

Barrow 0-2 Swindon Town

Swindon victorious against Barrow away from home

6 April 2024

Swindon Town picked up a brilliant win away from home on Saturday as they beat Barrow AFC 2-0 at the SO Legal Stadium.

Williams Kokolo’s first goal for Swindon saw The Reds take the lead before it was doubled by Paul Glatzel just before the half-time whistle went.

Some good defending and a brilliant save by Jack Bycroft in the Swindon goal saw the Wiltshire-based side take home all three points.

It was three changes to the side which lost to Sutton United on Easter Monday, with the return of Frazer Blake-Tracy returning to the squad with the midfield duo of George McEachran and Jake Cain also returning to the starting XI.

The game didn’t start as Swindon would’ve wanted with Barrow hitting the post twice within the first ten minutes, sending warning shots to the visitors.

Swindon found themselves with the best chance of the early opportunities as Glatzel managed to beat his man and put himself one-on-one with Paul Farman in the Barrow goal who made himself big to make a great save and deny the in-form Town forward.

Barrow AFC thought they took the lead with Cole Stockton thinking he beat the last line of defence, but the linesman would raise the flag for offside.

After some great defending from Swindon, they would turn defence into attack as the ball was worked well down the left side to McEachran who managed to set up Kokolo whose shot curled magnificently into the top left of the net.

It wouldn’t be long until Swindon doubled their lead as Cain managed to intercept a stray pass and use his instinct to play Glatzel through on goal, as the German kept his cool sending one defender to his right and placing the ball into the bottom left-hand corner.

Half-time: Barrow AFC 0-2 Swindon Town

Town didn’t want to stop there though, as Williams Kokolo fought his man off well down the left-hand side of the pitch and played a ball along the floor for Aaron Drinan, whose shot was saved very well by Farman, as he kept Barrow in the game yet again.

Barrow would show glimpses of still being in the game when Emile Acquah would use his pace to get behind the Swindon backline but a terrific save from Bycroft would prevent the tricky striker from scoring.

However, Swindon continued to dominate as Glatzel would find some space just inside the box and manage to force yet another from Farman as he would parry it to Aguiar whose following cross would be cleared.

By far the most impressive save of the game would be by Swindon’s number 1 Bycroft as Acquah would receive a brilliant ball in behind and unleash a shot that looked destined for 2-1, but a fantastic fingertip save from Jack Bycroft would keep it out,

The last chance would come to fan favourite Harry McKirdy, as the substitute would nearly make an instant impact with Charlie Austin placing a perfect low cross over to McKirdy as his shot was saved by man of the match Farman in goal.

Barrow AFC: Farman (C), Ray, Worrall (Newby 46), Spence, White, Gotts (Foley 58), Chester, Telford (Proctor 69), Stockton, Feely (Warren 46), Whitfield (Acquah 46)
Subs not used: Lillis

Swindon Town XI: Bycroft (C), Elbouzedi, Glatzel (Austin 72), Blake-Tracy (Brewitt 86), Kokolo, Godwin-Malife, Drinan (McKirdy 86), McCarthy, Cain, Ofoborh, McEachran (Aguiar 57)
Goals: Kokolo 35, Glatzel 45
Subs not used: Brann, McGurk, McGregor

Attendance: 3,502 (202 Away Fans)

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