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🧐 The Opposition: Swindon Town

We take an in-depth look at Richie Wellens' side ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League Two clash with the Robins

14 December 2018

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Richie Wellens

Grimsby Town look to make it six home Sky Bet League Two games unbeaten as they welcome Swindon Town to Blundell Park on Saturday (3pm).

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Michael Jolley’s men are currently five home league games unbeaten, after wins over Port Vale, Colchester United, Crawley Town, and Tranmere Rovers, and a goalless draw with Exeter City.

And the Mariners will be hoping to make it six without defeat at Blundell Park as they host 11th-place Swindon Town this weekend.

The Robins were convincingly beaten 4-0 by Carlisle United in Richie Wellens’ first game in charge as boss in November.

But Swindon are now in good form, and will be looking to record their fourth straight league win as they face the Mariners on Saturday.

Last five league results

Grimsby Town: L, W, D, W, L

Swindon Town: L, L, W, W, W

One to watch: Michael Doughty

The midfielder is the Robins’ top goalscorer so far this season, with six goals in 13 league games, following his move from Peterborough United in the summer.

The 26-year-old scored his first goal in eight league games last time out, as Wellens’ side beat Newport County 2-1, and he will be looking to get another against Town on Saturday.

Doughty scored four goals in his first two league games this season, including a hat-trick in the Robins’ 3-2 home win over Macclesfield Town on the opening day.

Last starting XI

The Robins made it three league wins on the bounce with victory over Newport last time out, thanks to goals either side of the break from Doughty and Kaiyne Woolery, respectively.

The Robins opted for a 4-3-3, with Lawrence Vigouroux in goal, and a back four of Kyle Knoyle, Sid Nelson, Luke Woolfenden, and Ellis Iandolo.

Ex-Portsmouth and Bolton Wanderers midfielder, and captain, Matthew Taylor, James Dunne, and Michael Doughty made up the midfield three, with Elijah Adebayo, Scott Twine, and Kaiyne Woolery up front. 

Important win over Robins last season

Town picked up an important 1-0 win over the Robins at the County Ground, thanks to Mitch Rose's penalty, in April last season as Jolley got his first away win as Town boss.

And the Mariners will be hoping for a similar result against Swindon this weekend.

Tickets are still available for Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Swindon Town.


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