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MATCH PREVIEW - We look ahead to Saturday's trip south

23 February 2023

Match Previews

MATCH PREVIEW - We look ahead to Saturday's trip south

23 February 2023

We are again on our travels this coming weekend as Simon Weaver and the lads look to build on another solid point earned away from home on Tuesday evening in our 0-0 draw at Grimsby.

The draw was our third in four away games now without defeat and we take on a Swindon side who rebounded from three consecutive defeats to beat Salford City last time out.

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Our opponents

This is the Robins second consecutive season in League Two following relegation at the end of the 2020/21 season. Last season they finished sixth in the table but exited in the playoffs to eventual winners Port Vale.

They come into the game in eleventh place, four points off the final playoff spot amidst a pack of clubs still harbouring promotion hopes.

At home, they have won one in their past seven fixtures stretching all the way back to October.

Previous meetings

Town ran riot on the opening day of the season when Alex Pattison kicked things off just before half-time before Matty Daly and Jack Muldoon added further goals after the break in a 3-0 win.



In the corresponding fixture last season the two sides played out a 1-1 draw with a late Jack Payne penalty cancelling out Jack Diamond's first-half strike.

The man in charge

Jody Morris is in charge for the Robins having been appointed at the end of January following the departure of former manager Scott Lindsay to Crawley Town. The win at Salford last weekend was Morris's first victory in charge.

Morris has previously been assistant to Frank Lampard during his time in charge at both Debry County and Chelsea, having previously played for the Blues as well as clubs such as Leeds, Rotherham and St Johnstone.

Ones to watch

Welsh midfielder Jonny Williams, who featured in the World Cup at the end of 2022, is the club's leading scorer with eight goals. Young forward Jacob Wakeling has six goals and five assists whilst Luke Jephcott has found the target five times.

Full-back RemeaoHutton provides plenty of creativity down the right hand side and has six assists to his name.

Much-travelled veteran striker Charlie Austin arrived in the January window on a free transfer and has already netted four times in his brief time at the club.

Young midfielders George McEachern and Jake Cain also arrived in the recent window and have slotted into the midfield well following the departures of Ben Gladwin and Louis Reed.

History

The Robins were formed as Swindon AFC back in 1879 before settling on Swindon Town in 1883.

Initially members of the Western and Southern League they were elected to the Football League in 1920, beginning in the third tier before securing their first promotion in 1963 to Division Two.

The club shocked Arsenal in the 1969 League Cup final to secure their first major trophy, but suffered subsequent relegations to end up back in the bottom division in the early 1980's.

With former Manchester United player Lou Macari at the helm the club earned back to back promotions in the mid-1980's to return to the Division Two but were denied a further promotion in 1990 due to breaching Football League regulations.

Future Chelsea and England manager Glenn Hoddle finally took Town to the top flight in 1993 but they were relegated at the first attempt before suffering a second successive relegation a season later.

Although immediately bouncing back they were relegated again in 2000 and have remained in the bottom two divisions over the past two decades.

Team news

Town's continue to have long-term absentees Stephen Dooley, Kyle Ferguson and Kayne Ramsay on the sidelines.


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