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📝Swindon Town Preview

A look ahead to the visit of table-toppers Swindon Town.

6 December 2019

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Richie Wellens - Swindon manager
Ticket News

Ticket news for Grimsby Town vs Swindon Town on 07 Dec 19

2 December 2019

Team News

Jordan Cook is likely to miss the game with a slight groin injury, while James Hanson is expected to be fit for the match.

Luke Hendrie (hamstring) and Max Wright (thigh) are getting nearer to being fit for the Mariners. Both players have stepped up training this week and could be ready for recalls.

As for the visitors, long-term absentee Daniel Ballard (knee) remains on the sidelines.

Form Guide

County have won five of their last six Sky Bet League Two fixtures and are a point clear of second-placed Forest Green Rovers at the top of the table.  

Head to Head

Last Time:

Swindon Town 1-1 Grimsby Town 

Ten-man Grimsby Town came from behind to earn a draw at the County Ground.

After losing Ludvig Ohman to a second yellow card on 65 minutes, the Mariners fell behind when Theo Robinson opened the scoring.

But their response was swift, as Luke Hendrie equalised within two minutes, and they were then able to hold out for a share of the spoils.

The Mariners have won four of the last six meetings between the two sides, with Swindon winning one and last season's one-one draw at the County Ground.

14 Oct 2006 Swindon Town v Grimsby Town L 3-0 League Two
17 Mar 2007 Grimsby Town v Swindon Town W 1-0 League Two
21 Nov 2017 Grimsby Town v Swindon Town W 3-2 League Two
21 Apr 2018 Swindon Town v Grimsby Town W 0-1 League Two
15 Dec 2018 Grimsby Town v Swindon Town W 2-1 League Two
23 Feb 2019 Swindon Town v Grimsby Town D 1-1 League Two

Match Coverage:

As usual, match updates will be provided by the club’s official twitter account (@OfficialGTFC). We will keep you up to date with the action to ensure you don’t miss a kick – delivering a match report shortly after the final whistle with post-match reaction from Town's caretaker boss, Anthony Limbrick.

Live on iFollow Mariners

Listen live on iFollow Mariners, with our overseas-based supporters able to watch the game live. 

Alan Buckley and John Tondeur will be your commentary team at Blundell Park. 

Town fans can now purchase an iFollow subscription for a friend, family member or colleague this Christmas, with the introduction of a 'Purchase as a gift' option. more >>

Betting Odds

Swindon are currently priced up at 5/4 with our betting partner SkyBet, while Town are 21/10 to record the first victory under caretaker boss Anthony Limbrick.

The Mariners to win and BTTS is now 6/1 from 5/1 with a Sky Bet Price Boost. more >>

Man in the Middle:

Peter Wright will be the man with the whistle when the Mariners host Swindon on Saturday.

This will be his second season as an EFL official, following his promotion from the National League match officials at the beginning 2018/19 campaign.   

Town fans might remember Mr Wright from last season after he had an easy decision to make following Paul Dixon's two-footed lunge at MK Dons.

In 17 games so far this season, he has produced 52 Yellow Cards and 2 Red Cards.

Key Men for The Robins – Eoin Doyle is the obvious one to look out for on Saturday. The Republic of Ireland frontman already has 17 goals to his name this season.  


The Managers

Anthony Limbrick

“We are playing 4-3-3 and we are trying to pass the ball more. We are trying to be more aggressive and pro-active at home.

“We are really trying to get the fans on our side. That’s how I like to see the game and the players have really bought into that.”

Richie Wellens

“I think with Hanson up there they have not really changed the way that they play," he told their club's website. 

“They’ve got a few new players. We played Grimsby twice last year under Michael Jolley, with a new caretaker manager in there he will be hungry to try and get the job himself. We’ll see if they do anything different.”

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Match Reports

📝Match Report: Grimsby Town 0-3 Swindon Town

Mariners beaten by league leaders

7 December 2019

Paul Burgess
James Hanson

Grimsby Town were heavily beaten by league leaders Swindon Town at Blundell Park.

The Mariners had no answer to their visitors, who played with the confidence expected of a team who have now won their last six games.

There was an element of fortune in both of Swindon's first-half goals as Eoin Doyle gave them the lead aided by a mistake by Town keeper James McKeown, before Jerry Yates' shot appeared to take a heavy deflection to double their lead.

But Yates' second of the game seven minutes after half-time was brilliantly crafted and put the result beyond doubt.

Just one change was made to the Town starting XI after the goalless draw with Cheltenham last time out, as Charles Vernam was recalled early from his loan at Chorley to take a place in the side.  He replaced Ahkeem Rose, who dropped to the bench.

McKeown started in goal, with Elliott Hewitt, Harry Davis, Luke Waterfall and Liam Gibson forming the defence.

Harry Clifton, Jake Hessenthaler and Elliott Whitehouse were the midfielders, with Vernam and Matt Green either side of James Hanson in attack.

Rose was joined on the bench by Luke Hendrie, Ethan Robson, Max Wright, Moses Ogbu, Sam Russell and Mattie Pollock.

Swindon were looking to continue a fine run of form that saw them sitting on top of the League Two table at kick-off, having won each of their previous five games.

The division's top scorer Doyle led the line for Richie Wellens' side, while former Town loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi was among the substitutes.

The first corner of the afternoon came when Davis had to clear a low cross from midfielder Michael Doughty but the ball from the flag was headed away by Hanson.

Grimsby's first attack of note led to a cross from Hessenthaler on the left but it was just too high for Whitehouse.waterfall.png

The Mariners fell behind on 11 minutes when a header from DOYLE looked like it had been caught by McKeown but the keeper slipped and the ball went over the line, with the assistant referee indicating for a goal before the loose ball was put into the net.

Doughty tried to catch McKeown out from a free-kick three minutes later but the keeper was alive to the danger and this time, made a comfortable catch.

A foul on Hessenthaler by Anthony Grant gave Town a free kick on the halfway line on 18 minutes but they were unable to create a chance from it as Hewitt's ball to the edge of the penalty area was cleared.

Another free-kick, this time from Hessenthaler on the right, was collected by Swindon keeper Steve Benda.

The game's second goal came on 24 minutes and saw Town fall further behind.  Again, there was a huge element of good fortune in favour of the visitors as YATES' low shot was deflected past McKeown and into the corner of the net.

Swindon were now dominating the game and they won a corner on the left on 29 minutes, although a good header from Hanson got the ball clear.  The visitors worked it back though and a foul on Jordan Lyden gave them a free-kick near the edge of the box, which led to Yates firing just over the bar.

A cross from Doyle on the right after a quickly-taken free-kick led to another corner but this time, Swindon were unable to create a chance from it.

Kaiyne Woolery saw a shot blocked after a quick break by the away side, with the Mariners getting the ball away for a corner, which was headed clear.

At the other end, Town had struggled to cause significant problems but a low cross from the right had to be cleared for a throw-in and a corner came soon afterwards, although the short-corner routine resulted in an offside decision against Hessenthaler.

Good pressure by Hessenthaler earned a corner on the left as the game moved into two added minutes but Waterfall failed to connect with a header and the ball went out for a goal kick.

No further chances came for either side before the half-time whistle, leaving Swindon in control at the break.
Rose was sent on in place of Green and Robson replaced Whitehouse as Mariners interim boss Anthony Limbrick made a double substitution before the restart.

An early free kick was headed wide by Waterfall, before the defender had to clear over his own bar at the other end after a cross was parried by McKeown. 

Robson was spoken to by the referee after a late challenge on Grant,  before Swindon made it 3-0 with a superbly crafted goal on 52 minutes.  A neat build-up in and around the penalty area eventually led to YATES working the space to curl a low shot beyond McKeown and into the far corner of the net.

Doyle volleyed over the bar after being flagged offside as the visitors continued to attack, before a more promising spell for the Mariners saw Rose call keeper Benda into action as he dived to stop a low shot from 20 yards.

An opportunity for Town came when a poor kick by Benda fell for Rose but he was unable to work an opening for a shot and Hanson eventually sent a weak effort through to the keeper.
A Swindon corner from the left was caught by McKeown as he beat Doyle to the ball in the air.

Vernam was replaced by Wright on 65 minutes, before Hanson was fouled to give the Mariners a free kick inside the Swindon half.  It came to nothing though as a foul on Benda brought the attack to an end.

Good play by Clifton and Wright led to a shooting opportunity for Rose on 71 minutes but his effort was blocked.
Yates volleyed over the bar at the near post at the other end on 81 minutes, before Jaiyesimi replaced Doyle three minutes later.

A foul by Davis on Yates gave Swindon a free kick around 30 yards from goal with three minutes to go but Doughty's chipped delivery was headed clear by Waterfall.

Lyden was replaced by Danny Rose for the away side for the closing stages of the game, which was to include a minimum of six added minutes.

Davis did well to deny Doughty a shooting chance and get the ball away for a corner and after it was half-cleared, Rose sent a low shot just past the post from the edge of the box.
At the other end, a run by Rose saw him cut in from the right and win a corner but the ball from the flag was cleared.

A cross from Gibson was caught by Benda as the Mariners continued to search for a consolation goal.

Yates was replaced by Taylor Curran in the fourth of the added minutes as Swindon saw the remainder of the game out to collect all three points.

Town are next in action on Saturday, when they travel to Carlisle United.

Town: McKeown (c), Hewitt, Davis, Waterfall, Gibson, Hessenthaler, Whitehouse, Clifton, Vernam, Hanson, Green. ⁣

Subs: Russell, Pollock, Hendrie, Robson, Ogbu, Rose, Wright.

Swindon Town:  Benda, Caddis, Hunt, Baudry (C), Fryers, Lyden, Woolery,  Grant, Doughty, Yates, Doyle.

Subs: McCormick, Broadbent,  Curran, Iandolo, Isgrove, Jaiyesimi, Rose.

Referee: Peter Wright

Attendance: 3723 (318)

Next Up: Carlisle United (A)

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Ticket News

📝Next Up: Swindon Town (H)

Table-toppers Swindon Town are next up for the Mariners and will visit Blundell Park this Saturday.

2 December 2019

Table-toppers Swindon Town are next up for the Mariners and will visit Blundell Park this Saturday.

Last time out, The Robins cemented their place at the top of the pile with a 1-0 victory over Mansfield Town at the County Ground.

That makes it five league wins on the bounce for Richie Wellens’ side.

Early Bird tickets are now on sale for the game.

Early Bird tickets will be available right up until midday on the day of the game. 

Match Prices for the 2019/20 Season

Young's Upper Early Bird Match Day
Adult (Over 18) £22 £22
Junior (1-14) £5/£7* £5/£7*
Senior Citizen (65+) £15 £15
Young Adult (15-18) £15 £15
Student/ Unemployed N/A N/A

Young's Lower Stand

Young's Lower Early Bird Match Day
Adult (Over 18) £20 £22
Junior (1-14) £5/£7* £5/£7*
Senior Citizen (65+) £13 £15
Young Adult (15-18) £13 £15
Student/ Unemployed N/A N/A

Main Stand

Main Stand Early Bird Match Day
Adult (Over 18) £20 £22
Junior (1-14) £5/£7* £5/£7*
Senior Citizen (65+) £13 £15
Young Adult (15-18) £13 £15
Student/ Unemployed N/A N/A

Pontoon Stand

Pontoon Stand Early Bird Match Day
Adult (Over 18) £20 £22
Junior (1-14) £5/£7* £5/£7*
Senior Citizen (65+) £13 £15
Young Adult (15-18) £13 £15
Student/ Unemployed £13 £15

You can book you match tickets ONLINE, by CALLING 01472 605050, or from the TICKET OFFICE at Blundell Park. 

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