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Match preview - Swindon head to The EnviroVent in League Two action

16 November 2023

Match Previews

Match preview - Swindon head to The EnviroVent in League Two action

16 November 2023

Victory at Walsall made it four consecutive league wins and five unbeaten overall on their travels and Simon Weaver will be looking to translate that return at home as his side bids to move into the top half of the table.

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Our opponents

Swindon come into the tie two spots and a point above Town. The Robins do come into the game in a patchy run of form though with a run of four league defeats in a row as well as a 7-4 defeat to non-league outfit Aldershot in the FA Cup.

They are winless in eight games away from home since victory at Forest Green back in mid-August and have lost four in five.

Their fixtures so far in the 2023/24 season average a league high almost 4 goals per game. Only Stockport have scored more than their 36 goals but only Newport and bottom side Sutton have conceded more than their 31.

Previous meetings

Town ran riot on the opening day of last 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.

The 2021/22 season saw the Robins come away with a 4-1 victory with both Louie Barry and Josh Davison hitting a brace before Luke Armstrong’s injury time consolation reduced the arrears.

The man in charge

Michael Flynn is the man in the charge, having been appointed at the end of last season.

Flynn had previously been in charge at Newport County, managing 250 games and leading them to the playoffs as well as having an 18-month spell at Walsall.

During his playing career he made over 400 appearances for a number of clubs, notably for County as well as Wigan, Gillingham, Blackpool, Huddersfield and Bradford.

Ones to watch

Forwards Jake Young and Dan Kemp, on loan from Bradford City and MK Dons, lead the way in the scoring charts with 12 and nine goals respectively. Veteran Charlie Austin has four goals and five assists as well.

Full-back Remeao Hutton will look to get forward at every opportunity to support the attack and he has three assists on the season so far

Fomrer Chelsea youngster George McEachran is impressing in midfield following a move last January.

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

Simon Weaver has no fresh injury concerns following on from our midweek defeat to Carlisle. 


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