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The Big Match Preview: Swindon vs Wycombe

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30 October 2017

Team news, tickets, travel and more.

Swindon Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Tuesday 31st October 2017, k.o. 7.45pm
The County Ground
Referee: Kevin Johnson

The first of two back-to-back cup games comes around on Tuesday night as Wanderers return to Wiltshire just 10 days since their Sky Bet League Two encounter with the Robins.

Swindon were victorious that day, ending Wycombe’s eight-month unbeaten run away from home, but tonight they’ll be battling to remain in with a chance of qualifying from the Checkatrade Trophy with the losing side likely to be eliminated.

Both clubs lost in the opening round of fixtures, with Gareth Ainsworth’s men succumbing to Bristol Rovers while Swindon went down to West Ham U21s.

In the event of a draw after 90 minutes, there’ll be a penalty shootout to determine which team earns a bonus point.

Team news
Both managers are expected to make changes to their sides, with Gareth Ainsworth stating that he’ll name himself on the bench due to a mounting injury list at Adams Park.

Robins boss David Flitcroft told his local media that he could had chances to younger members of his squad.

Head-to-head
The two clubs have met three times in previous guises of this competition; the most recent saw Town come back from a one-goal deficit to snatch a 2-1 win in November 2013.

Prior to that, Wycombe had won 1-0 thanks to an Ian Stonebridge stunner in 2006, and Swindon recorded a 2-1 victory in January 2001.

Man in the middle
Kevin Johnson has shown 49 yellow and six red cards in his 14 games in charge so far this season.

He was last involved in a Wycombe fixture last December – the 1-0 win at Cheltenham.

Kit
Wanderers will be wearing their first-choice strip for the game at Swindon.

Tickets
Adult: £10
Over 65/Student: £5
Under 21: £5
Under 18: £2

Tickets will be available on the day from the away ticket office situated 50 yards from the away turnstiles at the Arkells end of the ground. They will be open from 12:30pm on the matchday and can take payment by cash or card.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the A404 south, leading to the A404(M) and the westbound M4. Exit the motorway at Junction 15 and take the A436/A419 exit signed Marlborough/Swindon. After 0.7 miles, exit left onto Marlborough Road/A4259 towards Swindon. Follow the A4259 (Queens Drive) towards Swindon. Go across one roundabout and at the next take the first exit onto the A4312 (signposted Swindon/Football Traffic). You will see the floodlights of the County Ground over on the right, as you approach the large Magic Roundabout. The County Ground is on the corner of this roundabout.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 65 (average journey time 1 hour 10 minutes)

Facilities for away fans
Away fans are located in the Arkells Stand at one side of the pitch. The away section can hold up to 1,200 fans. This is an older stand with facilities to match, but at least you are under cover. If you are at the back of this stand there is one supporting pillar which may impair your view of the goal otherwise the view is fine. There is a small kiosk at the back of stand serving pies etc.

Can’t make it?
Tune in to iFollow from 7.40pm for live match commentary courtesy of Phil Catchpole.

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Match Reports

Report: Swindon 1-0 Wycombe

Blues exit the Checkatrade Trophy.

31 October 2017

Wanderers succumbed to a second 1-0 loss to Swindon Town in 10 days, this time in the Checkatrade Trophy, as they exited the competition at the group stage.

Matt Preston headed home the only goal of the game with three minutes remaining after the Robins had resisted a strong spell of Wycombe pressure at the start of the second half.

Gareth Ainsworth named himself on the bench while Yves Ma-Kalambay was handed a debut between the sticks and Luke O’Nien, Matt Bloomfield, Paris Cowan-Hall and Dayle Southwell were given the opportunity to get vital minutes under their belts.

In a cagey opening period, chances were few and far between despite plenty of industry from both frontlines, but it was the defences who found themselves on top with neither keeper being tested.

Ma-Kalambay routinely held a free-kick from Paul Mullin while Cowan-Hall flashed a shot wide under pressure from just inside the area, before Ebere Eze drilled over the top after juggling the ball neatly 15 yards out.

Adam El-Abd deflected Kaiyne Woolery’s powerful effort wide before the break, while there was more energy at the beginning of the second period, with Dayle Southwell forcing two saves from Reice Charles-Cook before Matt Bloomfield’s excellent low shot was well held.

At the other end, Kaiyne Woolery was caught in two minds as he raced onto a through-ball and opted to place it beyond Ma-Kalambay with the outside of his right boot rather than strike it with power, and saw the ball trickle a couple of yards wide of the far post.

Cowan-Hall had a shot saved and Eze curled one wide, both from distance, before Kellan Gordon blasted over on his left foot after Woolery did well to lay it into his path.

Then came a speculative bicycle kick from Cowan-Hall when Southwell’s cross looped up towards him on the penalty spot, but Charles-Cook was equal to it, and substitute Harry Smith fizzed a shot just wide of the far stick as chances began to present themselves for both sides.

Keshi Anderson flicked the ball wide from Timi Elsnik’s curling free-kick, but there was a concern when Adam El-Abd hurt himself whilst challenging the forward and Marcus Bean was required to come on in his place in the centre of defence.

Swindon’s second substitute John Goddard let fly from 20 yards but was denied by Ma-Kalambay, and the keeper tipped the same player’s shot behind for a corner, from which Keshi Anderson hooked a loose ball over the top from close range.

Sam Saunders replaced Nick Freeman as Wanderers shifted to a diamond in midfield with 11 minutes remaining, and as the Robins’ pressure increased, Ma-Kalambay tipped Donal McDermott’s free-kick over the bar and held Smith’s low shot from the corner of the box.

But there were only three minutes left on the clock when Matt Preston broke the deadlock, losing his marker to send a bullet header past Ma-Kalambay from an inswinging free-kick.

Wanderers applied late pressure in a bid to find an equaliser to take the game to penalties, with Eze’s low drive being saved in the finals seconds, but their defeat coupled with West Ham’s win at Bristol Rovers sends Wycombe out of the competition at the group stage, with still one game against the Hammers to play.

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Ticket News

Tickets on sale: Checkatrade Trophy - Swindon (A, 31/10)

Details for Wanderers' next Checkatrade Trophy group game.

30 October 2017

Tickets are now on sale for the Chairboys’ Checkatrade Trophy Group C game at Swindon Town on Tuesday 31st October (k.o. 7.45pm).

Wanderers have been given an initial allocation of just over 100 tickets in the Arkells Stand.

Adult: £10
Over 65/Student: £5
Under 21: £5
Under 18: £2

Tickets will be available on the day from the away ticket office situated 50 yards from the away turnstiles at the Arkells end of the ground. They will be open from 12:30pm on the matchday and can take payment by cash or card.

There are two official car parks open on matchday. The County Ground has limited spaces; coaches are £20 while cars are £10. St. Joseph's School is used as a secondary car park, this is a short five-minute walk to the ground, cars are charged £5 to park here.

Call 01494 441118, buy online, or visit the shop at Adams Park to book in advance.

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