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Preview: Swindon Town v Barrow

29 April 2022

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The County Ground is home to Swindon Town

We take a closer look at Saturday's League Two action with a full and in-depth preview of The Bluebirds' trip to The County Ground.

Swindon Town v Barrow
Saturday 30th April 2022, 3pm
The County Ground
Sky Bet League Two

In Opposition
Swindon Town know they will give themselves a good chance of reaching the League Two play-offs if they win both of their remaining two games, whilst there also remains a slim chance of reaching the top three.

The Robins are currently eighth and two points behind Sutton United who occupy the final play-off berth but victory over Barrow and another on the road at Walsall next week could push them back into the picture.

Boss Ben Garner has done a fabulous job in Wiltshire since being appointed as the new man in charge at The County Ground during the summer and has got Town playing an attractive style of football.

However, now it’s all about results and Swindon will hope to back up an eye-catching 3-0 win at Hartlepool United and their impressive victory over leaders Forest Green Rovers with a third successive victory on Saturday.

One To Watch
It was no surprise to anyone when Swindon Town striker Harry McKirdy was named in the League Two Team of the Season at the EFL Awards in London last Sunday evening.

The front man has been nothing short of sensational for The Robins since making a switch to The County Ground last summer after impressing boss Ben Garner on a trial after leaving Port Vale.

Vale’s loss has very much been Swindon’s gain and the 25-year-old struck his 19th and 20th goals of the season in last weekend’s brilliant win at Hartlepool, taking his tally to seven in his last nine games.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be just the sixth competitive encounter between the two clubs and the record is totally equal with both having won two and one meeting finishing in a draw.

It was The Bluebirds who had the upper hand when Town came to The Dunes Hotel Stadium in December as penalties from Ollie Banks and Josh Gordon secured a 2-0 win.

However, Barrow’s last trip to The County Ground – way back in May 1969 – ended in defeat when The Robins followed up a 3-0 success in Cumbria earlier in the campaign with a 2-0 success on home soil.

Referee
Robert Lewis will take charge of his second Bluebirds fixture of the season when he’s the man in the middle for Saturday’s League Two visit to Swindon Town.

The vastly experienced official was also on the whistle when Barrow played host to Fleetwood Town in the group stage of the Papa John’s Trophy back in October.

Lewis’ most recent appointment was at Sixfields Stadium on Easter Monday when he watched Northampton Town sweep Harrogate Town aside with a 3-0 win.

Tickets
Barrow supporters can buy their tickets for the weekend online or from the Swindon Town Ticket Office ahead of kick-off on the day of the game.

Click here for full information on buying tickets for Saturday’s game.

Live Streaming
Unfortunately, due to rights issues around the broadcast of Saturday afternoon fixtures we are unable to provide a live stream for supporters based in the UK.

However, those living abroad can access live footage as usual and can buy Video Match Passes now to watch all the action from The County Ground this weekend.

Click here now to visit the Swindon Town Match Centre to buy your Video Match Pass.

Live Commentary
You can listen to live online audio commentary from every game – both home and away - on iFollow as part of our ongoing broadcast partnership with our friends at BBC Radio Cumbria.

It’s the only way access online commentary and fans will be able to listen to expert Bluebirds commentator Adam Johnson who will describe all the action as it unfolds on Saturday.

You can purchase an Audio Match Pass for £2.50, an Audio Monthly Pass for £4.49 or sign-up for Audio Season Pass which provides all live commentary and video news for just £45.

Click here now to subscribe to iFollow.

Betting
Swindon Town have been installed as big 4/9 favourites for victory this weekend, while Barrow are rated a 21/4 shot for three points and you can back a draw at 16/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.

Click here now to take a look at a full list of markets ahead of Saturday’s game.


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