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02 September 2017 Venue The County Ground Attendance

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Preview | Swindon Town (a)

1 September 2017

Team News: 

Michael Nelson is back in first team training. Curtis Weston (knee) and John Akinde (knee) will also not be included in the squad, Richard Brindley (foot) and Elliott Johnson (knee) are out.

Last Time We Met:

Swindon were 2-0 winners at Underhill in April 2012 on their way to clinching the League 2 title under manager Paolo Di Canio.

The Robins made a good start, taking the lead in the 14th minute when Ronan Murray raced through on Dean Brill’s goal and poked home.

A Jay McEveley free kick found OIiver Risser who fired home in the 32nd minute to secure the three points.

Barnet line-up: Brill, Downing, Hector, Saville, Yiadom, Byrne, Deering, Hughes, Mustoe, May, McLeod. Subs: O’Brien, Parkes, N’Diaye, Holmes, McGleish.


Current manager David Flitcroft arrived at The County Ground in June 2017, replacing Luke Williams after the clubs relegation.

His coaching career began at Rochdale, before being named caretaker and subsequently permanent manager at Barnsley. He became manager of Bury in 2013 and helped guide them into League 1 in the 2014/15 season.


Summer signing Paul Mullin has already scored three goals in six games across all competitions so far this season.

Previously with Morecambe, the 22-year-old striker joined the Wiltshire club to add some much needed goals to their attack, having scored 10 the previous year. 


Bees midfielder Curtis Weston made 29 appearances for Swindon in the 2006/07 season. His only goal for the side came against local rivals Bristol Rovers in a 2-1 victory. At the end of the season, Curtis was sold to Leeds United.

Last Time Out:

Swindon picked up their first league defeat of the season, beaten 3-0 by Crawley Town.

Despite dominating in the opening quarter, Swindon couldn’t make the early pressure count.

Oliver Lancashire headed Lewis Young's cross into his own net in the 36th minute, before late goals from Jordan Roberts and captain Jimmy Smith sealed the points for the visitors.

Swindon: Vigouroux, Purkiss, Conroy, Lancashire, Hussey, McDermott, Linganzi (Taylor 53’), Dunne (Smith 78’), Mullin, Norris, Woolery (Brophy 53’).

Ticket info:

Adult - £23             

Over 65/Student - £17        

Under 21 - £10      

Under 18 - £6        

Under 11 - £2

Wheelchair/Ambulant disabled - Age related price - Carer (if required) FOC

Supporters can pay on the day or can call 08718761993 option 2 to book in advance.

Keep up with the game:

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You can also get live match updates on Twitter throughout the afternoon. We are also on Facebook and will go behind the scenes on our Instagram.

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Match Reports

Report | Swindon Town 1-4 Barnet FC

2 September 2017

The Bees run riot in Wiltshire as a hat-trick from Shaq Coulthirst and a Jamal Campbell-Ryce spot kick send Barnet home victorious.

The hosts flew out of the traps, a flurry of crosses were half cleared by the Bees and in the 7th minute Keshi Anderson had a shot deflected behind.

The Bees took the lead 9 minutes in following a defensive mix up. Chris Robertson and ‘keeper Lawrence Vigouroux left the ball to one another which allowed Shaq Coulthirst to nip in and tap home.

Just over 5 minutes later it was 2 as Ricardo Santos was hauled down in the area and the Bees were awarded a spot kick.

Jamal Campbell-Ryce stepped up and placed it low into the bottom right hand corner.

Debutant Dave Tarpey had a chance blocked by a Swindon man in the 24th minute, Andre Blackman’s follow up was also blocked.

Early into the second half, the hosts were reduced to ten after Donal McDermott saw red for a very late tackle on David Tutonda.

Swindon continued to press, Craig Ross pulling off a fantastic save to deny a bullet header from Robinson.

Barnet had a golden chance on the counter attack, Jack Taylor sent through Dave Tarpey but his looping effort cannoned back off of the bar.

Moments later, Ross was called into action again, this time getting down low to save a Keshi Anderson shot.

In the 64th minute, Shaq Coulthirst got his second after JCR set him up one-on-one with the ‘keeper and he made no mistake.

Five minutes later he got his hat-trick. Good passing play in the build-up found Coulthirst who twisted and turned to find space and sumptuously curl a shot left footed past Vigouroux.

Swindon pulled a goal back in the 77th minute, Luke Norris rising highest to head past Craig Ross.

Two minutes later, Barnet were reduced to 10 – Andre Blackman dismissed for an off the ball incident spotted by the fourth official.

Barnet would lose one more player in stoppage time, Ricardo Santos stretchered off.

Barnet: Ross, Santos, Nelson, Campbell-Ryce, Coulthirst (Mason-Clark 87’), J. Taylor (Fonguck 90’), Tutonda, H. Taylor, Vilhete, Blackman, Tarpey (Akpa Akpro 59’)

Unused: R. McKenzie-Lyle, Clough, Bover, Amaluzor.

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