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Match Preview: Swindon Town vs Barrow AFC

15 December 2023

Club News

Match Preview: Swindon Town vs Barrow AFC

15 December 2023

Having endured a very successful November, Pete Wild’s men will be looking to continue their excellent form into what is a very busy December.

The Bluebirds’ previous game came in the FA Cup when they faced Maidstone United away. The game saw National League South opposition cause the shock of the Second Round when they defeated the Barrow 2-1.

Switching attention back to the league this weekend Wild’s men currently occupy third place in League Two, having currently gone nine games unbeaten, with five wins in their past five outings.

The Bluebirds’ previous league game came nearly three weeks ago when Barrow produced an inspired second-half performance to come from 1-0 down at the Job Serve Community stadium after a brace from George Ray and two own goals secured a 4-1 win for the Bluebirds in Colchester.

Team News

 Junior Tiensia has undergone successful surgery on his Ankle Ligament following his injury sustained away at MK Dons.

Tyrell Warren has also been stepping up his return to injury and has been involved in light training over the past couple of weeks.

The Opposition

Swindon currently sits in ninth place in the league with 30 points. When you look at Swindon’s previous five league fixtures, they have accumulated seven points with two losses, two wins, and one draw. Whereas, when you compare this to Barrow’s previous five league matches, they have won five out of five matches and accumulated a total of 15 points. Swindon will be up for it as they will be hoping to take advantage of the Bluebirds' recent loss, and looking at the table hoping they can claw back some points to push further into the playoffs.

Taking a look at the opposition in more depth, the star man Barrow needs to look out for is striker Jake Young, who is also top scorer for the club. In August 2023 he made the recent loan move to Swindon where he has made 21 appearances and has scored 16 goals whilst assisting four times. He has become an integral part of the side and only missed one league game this season.

Now another player the Bluebirds supporters should look out for is attacking midfielder Dan Kemp. This season he has made 22 appearances, assisting eight league goals whilst scoring on 10 occasions. He is another one who’s become influential to the Swindon side, only missing one game in the league.

Head-to-Head

The two sides have faced each other a total of four times since we returned to the Football League. Barrow has won one and Swindon has won two, with the other ending in a draw.

Last season the first encounter between the sides came at Holker Street on the 17th of December 2022. Barrow started that game on the back foot, but we didn’t have to wait long for the first goal. The move started well from Swindon, but then when Paul Farman fouled a Swindon attacker in the penalty area meaning the referee blew for a spot kick which was converted by Louis Reed. As the game progressed into halftime both sides had created a multitude of opportunities, however, it was Swindon who had capitalised on their chances. Going into the second half, Barrow started to create some more chances however, they fell just short and the game ended 1-0 to Swindon Town.

The reverse and most recent fixture between the two sides came away at Swindon. Going into the game, the Bluebirds were putting a strong run of form together. Both teams were created multiple chances in the opening stages of the game but neither side was punishing the other. As the game progressed the home side got stronger, but Pete Wild’s men fought with the Swindon side for the rest of the game and tried to get their first goal In the second half. Even though they did everything defensively to stop Swindon from scoring, they were eventually punished for not being creative enough chances with the game eventually finishing goalless.

Referee

The man taking charge of tomorrow’s match is experienced referee Craig Hicks. Hicks has taken charge of two Barrow games since our return to the EFL, with the most recent match coming in January 2022 when Dom Telford scored a brace against us to secure a 2-1 win for Newport County.

Joining him tomorrow is Christopher Husband, Richard Morris, and Jake Clench.

Tickets

Ticket Prices are as follows:

Category

Price

Adult

£27

Senior 65+

£22

Under 21

£15

Under 18

£11

Under 11

£3

 

We can confirm tickets will be available to purchase on the day from the Away End Ticket Point, which is located past Bar 71 at the back of the Arkells Stand (CARD ONLY).

There is an official Car Park on match days which is located at St Joseph’s School (SN3 3LR) and this is a short 5-minute walk to the ground. Cars are charged £5 to park here.

 

Words By Dylan Whitbread


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