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The Big Match Preview: Swindon vs Wycombe

All you need to know ahead of the trip to the County Ground.

20 October 2017

Team news, tickets, travel and more.

Swindon Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 21st October 2017, k.o. 3pm
The County Ground
Referee: John Brooks

It’s now six unbeaten in Sky Bet League Two for the Chairboys as they head to the County ground to take on Swindon Town this weekend.

Wanderers go into the match in fourth position after salvaging a point late on at Carlisle in midweek, as Paris Cowan-Hall’s injury time header ensured Gareth Ainsworth’s men are now 13 games without defeat on the road – a run that stretches back to February.

Saturday’s opponents currently sit four points and six spots below Wycombe after enduring indifferent form of late. Tipped by many for an immediate return to Sky Bet League One, David Flitcroft’s side will be looking to bounce back from a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Lincoln on home turf on Tuesday.

The Robins have recorded back-to-back victories just once this season, but have also only lost two on the bounce just once, and within their opening 14 games, there have been impressive wins at Luton and Mansfield, so Wycombe will have to be ready for the threat Town pose.

Team news
David Flitcroft could make changes for this one following the defeat to the Imps in midweek. Reice Charles-Cook will continue to deputise in goal whilst Lawrence Vigouroux completes a four-match ban.

Wycombe will have Marcus Bean available for selection again after serving a one-match ban for receiving five yellow cards.

Luke O’Nien returned to the bench at Carlisle on Tuesday and will be pushing for a starting place, whilst Josh Umerah, who has sat out the last two games, will be assessed ahead of this one.

Long term injury absentees, Scott Kashket, Michael Harriman and Nathan Tyson remain out for the foreseeable future.

Head-to-head
Swindon hold the upper hand with nine wins from the 23 meetings in all competitions.

The last time the two sides faced each other came in November 2013, in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy (now known as the Checkatrade Trophy), where Swindon came out on top in a 2-1 victory.

Man in the middle
John Brooks will take charge of Saturday’s game, which will be his first involving Wycombe since the 4-2 defeat at Exeter City in January this year.

So far this season he’s shown 49 yellow and three red cards in 15 games.

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

Tickets
Tickets can now only be purchased on arrival at the County Ground.

Wanderers were given an initial allocation of 400 tickets in the Arkells Stand which has now sold out, but there will be plenty available on the day.

Tickets for the game are priced as follows:

Adult: £23

Over 65/Student: £17

Under 21: £10

Under 18: £6

Under 11: £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 Saturday 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)

Suggested car parking area
If you arrive early there is street parking on Shrivenham Road just by the ground. The town centre multi storeys are also nearby – from the Magic Roundabout, follow signs “Swindon Centre and Parking” into Fleming Way. Another option is to park at the St Joseph Catholic College in Ocotal Way (post code SN3 3LR). This costs £5 per car and is about a ten minute walk from the ground.

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 12.00 - Advance bookings only.

Fancy using the train?
Great Western Railway offers a very regular service out of London Paddington, fastest journey time 55 minutes. The County Ground is about a 10-15 minute walk. Directions: leave the station, cross the road and proceed up the road between the two pubs (Great Western and Queen's Tap), continue to end of road.  Turn left, proceed along Manchester Road, through traffic lights as far as you can go.  At the junction turn right. The County Ground is about 300 yards up this road on the left. Fast train times for the return trip are at 17:16, 17:42, and 18:15.

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.

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Match Reports

Report: Swindon 1-0 Wycombe

21 October 2017

Wycombe Wanderers' unbeaten away record came to an end at the County Ground, as they went down 1-0 to Swindon Town.

Harry Smith's strike in the 15th minute was enough to hand the Robins all three points in a game marred by blustery conditions.

Gareth Ainsworth made three changes for this one, with Marcus Bean, Matt Bloomfield and Paris Cowan-Hall coming into the side. Injuries to Sido Jombati, Anthony Stewart and Jack Williams meant that the Chairboys could only field five subs, with Dominic Gape slotting in at right back.

Wanderers started the game on the front-foot with some teasing low balls into the box which asked questions of the Swindon defence.

It was Scott Brown who was the first keeper to be called upon, diving to his right to deny Amine Linganzi's header, and again he was alert to deny Smith from the resulting corner and pounce on the loose ball.

The striker would get his goal on 15 minutes however, as he stole a march on Joe Jacobson to latch on to Matt Taylor's cross and volley in off the post.

A few minutes later, Adebayo Akinfenwa could only head wide after JJ's free kick from halfway was only half-cleared, before Marcus Bean struck wide of the target from 30-yards.

In terms of possession, it was all Wycombe, but the clear-cut chances were falling to Swindon. Brown yet again with superb reflexes to deny Smith a second with a free header at the back-post on 27'.

Sam Saunders showed good skill to drive at the Robins defence, bursting into the box and shooting just over with ten minutes of the first half remaining.

Just before the first 45 was up, both Akinfenwa and Nick Freeman connected with crosses, but both saw the headers miss the target.

Half-time: Swindon 1-0 Wycombe

Wycombe came out the traps quickly in the second half and put their footprint on  proceedings, as Swindon struggled to get the ball out of their half.

Akinfenwa produced the Chairboys' first shot on target, as he appeared to balance the ball on his head in the box before letting the ball drop to his feet and force Reice Charles-Cook into a smart stop to his right.

At the other end Smith missed a glorious opportunity to put breathing space between the sides as he shrugged off Adam El-Abd before snatching his shot wide on 57 minutes.

Cowan-Hall, shortly after being booked for a late challenge on Swindon defender Matt Preston was substituted alongside Saunders, and were replaced by Craig Mackail-Smith and Ebere Eze on 65 minutes.

Adam El-Abd put in a brave block to deny a goalbound shot from Donal McDermott in the box - the handball appeals were waved away by referee, John Brooks.

With just over 15 minutes left of normal time, Brown - yes Scott Brown - forced Charles-Cook to nervously tip over as his free kick from well inside the Wycombe half picked up pace in the wind. Eze then saw his shot blocked on the edge as the Blues looked to make it a grandstand finish.

Ainsworth's final roll of the dice was to introduce Dayle Southwell in place of Freeman with just under 10 minutes to go.

Brown would the next to be called upon as time ran out - Denying sub Mullin at his near post after the winger found space as the Chairboys committed bodies forward.

The biggest chance came in the dying minutes of the five added on, as the ball dropped to Eze. The playmaker, cut-in and and looked to curl one towards the top-right corner which was within a whisker of drawing Wycombe level.

1-0 it finished though, and Gareth Ainsworth's men will look to bounce back next weekend, in a home fixture vs Cheltenham Town.

Attendance: 7,114.

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Ticket News

Ticket details: Swindon (A, 21/10)

Details for the Chairboys' Sky Bet League Two fixture at the County Ground.

20 October 2017

Tickets for the Chairboys’ Sky Bet League Two game at Swindon Town on Saturday 21st October (k.o. 3pm) can now only be purchased on arrival at the County Ground.

Wanderers were given an initial allocation of 400 tickets in the Arkells Stand which has now sold out, but there will be plenty available on the day.

Tickets for the game are priced as follows:

Adult: £23
Over 65/Student: £17
Under 21: £10
Under 18: £6
Under 11: £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.

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park until 1pm on Friday, or from 1.30pm from the County Ground on Saturday.

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