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Swindon Preview

By: Richard Hubbert
Date: 17/03/2004

ANOTHER tough away game awaits the Mariners tonight with a trip to high flying Swindon Town. After a draw and a loss in his first games, Nicky Law will be hoping victory is just around the corner...

Home > 2003-2004 Season > Previews > Swindon (a)


The Opposition

Manager
Andy King. . Ex-Mansfield manager who took over the Robins in November 2000. He was replaced within a year by Roy Evans, until he was re-instated in 2001. Starting to win over the fans and looks likely to guide Town to a play off spot come the end of the year. Former assistant for a brief time to ex Mariners manager Kenny Swain.

The Team
In attack, the Robins have perhaps two of the best strikers in the division in the experience of Tommy Mooney (left) and the goals of Sam Parkin, whom between them have scored 36 goals so far this season. In goal will be the young Rhys Evans whilst the midfield will feature the creativity of Sammy Igoe.

Recent Form

 

TownSwindon
DBournemouth(a)1-1
LWrexham(h)0-3
LNotts Co(a)1-3
WBarnsley(h)6-1
WLuton(h)3-2
Currently 19th in Division 2.
LPlymouth(a)1-2
WBrentford(h)2-1
WTranmere(h)2-0
WChesterfield(h)2-0
WStockport(a)4-2
Currently 5th in Division 2.

Top Scorers

 

TownSwindon
Boulding13 (now Barnsley)
Jevons12
Anderson5
Parkin18
Mooney18

Team News

 

TownSwindon

  • Town could be forced into one change from the side that drew 1-1 with Bournemouth last weekend, with fitness doubts hanging over the head of midfielder Stacy Coldicott. If he does not make the starting lineup then Des Hamilton could be recalled. Alternatively, Graham Hockless or Iain Anderson could be recalled down the flanks, with Craig Armstrong moving from left back to midfield, and Barnard reverting to left back.

  • Indeed, Iain Anderson will probably return at least onto the bench after missing the last few weeks through injury

  • Jason Crowe and John McDermott could return in the next week or two but will play no part. The fitness of Isiah Rankin, whose loan ends on Saturday, is unknown as yet.
  • Andy King is unlikely to risk the fitness of Brazilian midfielder Stefani Miglioranzi after missing out at the weekend with an ankle injury.

  • There were worries over the fitness of Alan Reeves and Sammy Igoe, but both should be fit to start the game.

  • Midfielder Steve Robinson is still a few weeks away from fitness, continuing his rehabilitation for a broken fibula.
  • Probable Teams

     

    TownSwindon
    Alan Fettis
    Mike Edwards
    Darren Barnard
    Paul Warhurst
    Greg Young
    John Thorrington
    Graham Hockless
    Stuart Campbell
    Craig Armstrong
    Phil Jevons
    Jon Rowan
    Rhys Evans
    Sean O’Hanlon
    Andrew Nicholas
    Alan Reeves
    Matty Heywood
    David Duke
    Matt Hewlett
    Sammy Igoe
    Brian Howard
    Sam Parkin
    Tommy Mooney

    Subs

     

    TownSwindon
    Darren Mansaram
    Iain Anderson
    Chris Bolder
    Wes Parker
    Des Hamilton
    Rory Fallon
    Grant Smith
    Jon Stevenson
    Ben Martin
    Bart Griemink

    Last Time Out

    It was after the ever memorable and embarrassing 8-1 thumping from Hartepool that Town met Swindon at Blundell Park. Indeed, Town play Hartlepool on Saturday, looking to avenge that defeat. Michael Boulding gave Town the lead in the 23rd minute, but never really in the game, Town let the lead slip with Andy Gurney and Tommy Mooney netting for the Robins to inflict a second defeat in 5 days for Town.

    Town Team: Davison, McDermott, Crane, Ford, Barnard, Cas, Bolder (Crowe, 89), Hockless (Soames, 73), Campbell, Rowan (Nimmo, 39), Boulding
    Subs: (not used) Edwards, Young,

    Swindon Team: Evans, Heywood, Ifil, Viveash, Miglioranzi, Hewlett, Milner, Gurney, Duke, Mooney, Parkin
    Subs: (not used) Griemink, Grant Smith, Stevenson, Herring, Reeves,

    Attendance: 3,535    Report

    Swindon Head-to-Head (65th on The Opposition Ladder).

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    Fishy prediction: 2-2 draw. Reader's POMs

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