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Preview: Swindon Town (A)

19 November 2019

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Swindon Town and Cheltenham Town go at it again tonight in the FA Cup for a first round replay at the Wiltshire side's County Ground home (kick-off: 7.45pm).

It's a third meeting of the season between the two clubs after Alex Addai's last gasp equaliser in the first tie ten days ago earned Cheltenham another opportunity to try and claim a place in the second round of this season's competition.

Port Vale are the team that await whoever wins this evening's game. With the prospect of being able to play at home in the second round, and being just one game away from the excitement of drawing a big club in the third round, both teams will be going all out once again this evening to see who can come out on top having seen both clashes so far this season end in draws.

Team news

Gavin Reilly is a fitness doubt after picking up a foot injury in Saturday's draw.

Tahvon Campbell misses out. The forward is a few weeks away from a return and it's the same story for Josh Debayo who is making progress after recent surgery.

Will Boyle has recovered from a bout of illness and was back in training on Monday and is expected to be available.

Watch Michael Duff's press conference previewing the match:

Aston Villa loanee Jake Doyle-Hayes has also been previewing the game.


Victory at Salford City on Saturday lifted Swindon to the top of the League Two table. They'll be hoping to carry their impressive league form into their cup showing on Tuesday.

Their FA Cup performances in recent seasons have been patchy - going out at the first round stage in five of the last seven seasons - with a 2011/12 run in the competition seeing them reach the fourth round where they were knocked out by Leicester City.

Tipped to be right up there in the fourth tier this season - the one time Premier League outfit have proven that to be the case so far and carry a large and talented squad that they've added to again since the two teams met at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium earlier in the month.

Scotland international Paul Caddis has returned to add competition for places in a team that has also been boosted by a number of shrewd additions in the loan market. One of whom though, forward Eoin Doyle, missed the first game in the first round and is unlikely to feature again as part of his loan agreement from Bradford City.

Despite that they still pose a significant threat up top with the trickery of Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi, threat of Jerry Yates and speed of Kaiyne Woolery.

Key men in the middle of the park for them include Michael Doughty and Danny Rose. The former was sent off in the first League Two meeting between the Robins and Swindon back in August.

Manager Richie Wellens is in his first full season in charge at the County Ground. The ex-Oldham Athletic manager when it comes to League Two matters has won five, drawn one and lost three when in action at home.

The first meeting

Two stoppage time goals from both sides forced this first round tie into a replay this evening.

Swindon, who dominated much of second half proceedings at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium, thought they had clinched a place in the second round when Jerry Yates popped up with a goal on 91 minutes.

Alex Addai had other ideas for Cheltenham however and the substitute levelled with a well-taken finish seconds after the restart to ensure the match finished all square at 1-1.

That match ten days ago means that Swindon still haven't won on the road at Cheltenham. Watch the highlights from the game:


There are tickets and away travel on sale from the ticket office today at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Ticket prices are £10 for adults, £5 for under-18s and concessions and £2 for under-11s.

If you don't buy from the ticket office in advance then tickets can also be purchased at tonight's match before kick-off.

Supporters who have booked on the Travel Club coaches making the trip are advised that they leave from the Jonny-Rocks Stadium at 5pm.


You can stay updated online by following @CTFCofficial on Twitter. Follow updates throughout the evening and also keep an eye on the club's Facebook page for score alerts.

Listen to commentary online by tuning in with an audio match pass on iFollow.

After the game visit the club website to read a match report and to hear from manager Michael Duff and a member of his playing squad reacting to the result.

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Match Reports

Report: Swindon Town 0-1 Robins

19 November 2019

Alex Addai was the hero once more to score the only goal as Cheltenham Town made it six unbeaten away from home in all competitions with a victory at Swindon Town in an FA Cup first round replay at the Energy Check County Ground.

Goalkeeper Scott Flinders produced an outstanding performance for the Robins, saving a third minute penalty before making a string of good saves during the 90 minutes.

Playing with confidence, Cheltenham went ahead in the 50th minute courtesy of a brilliant individual goal from Addai and despite hitting the post twice, the hosts failed to find a route back into the game as the Robins set up a second round tie with Port Vale at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Manager Michael Duff made two changes from the side that made it five matches unbeaten away from home with a 0-0 draw at Exeter City on Saturday, with both alterations up front as Jonte Smith and Addai came in for Luke Varney and Gavin Reilly.

Addai was the 93rd minute hero at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium just over a fortnight ago, netting moments after Jerry Yates’ late opener to force this replay in Wiltshire, setting up a fifth meeting between the two Robins in just under 12 months.

It was the two new strikers in the side that pressed high early on and forced an early chance as Smith charged down Ellis Iandolo before Addai and Ryan Broom were crowded out in the box.

But Swindon had a golden opportunity to take an early lead from the penalty spot inside the third minute when Kaiyne Woolery was fouled by Charlie Raglan, however the usually reliable Michael Doughty was kept out by Scott Flinders, saving low to his left before Rob Hunt blazed the rebound high into the empty Stratton Bank End.

Buoyed by the save, Cheltenham pushed on and Ben Tozer played an excellent cross-field pass into the path of Sean Long, who drove into the box and delivered a great cross of his own which caused havoc, only for Addai’s close range shot to deflect out for a corner.

Yates then turned and played Hunt through on the wide right and his effort was better this time as he forced Flinders to parry the ball at full stretch as the match started in a very end to end manner.

Cheltenham were forcing plenty of corners at the Town End though and there was another chance, this time for Chris Hussey, as Jake Doyle-Hayes’ corner was met by him at the second attempt, but it went high above the stand.

The lively Yates was then picked out unmarked with a cross from Diallang Jaiyesimi at the other end, only for his header to clip the outside of the post – as Long made way for Chris Clements having picked up a knock, with Connor Thomas moving out to right-wing-back.

The Robins continued to put balls into the box at will, with Thomas in his new position finding Broom, only for the Welshman’s attempted header to squirm well wide just after the half hour mark.

Addai’s pace then caused real trouble as he burst down the left before drilling a low cross that just had too much on it for Smith, as an entertaining half ended all square after Jaiyesimi tested Flinders one more time.

Jaiyesimi was at it again straight after the interval, cutting past Thomas with some quick footwork to fire at the in-form Flinders, who saved the day once more with a stellar block at the near post.

But the game finally had a breakthrough and it was Addai with a fine finish to send the away fans packed in the top corner of the Arkell’s Stand wild after 50 minutes.

The pacey forward beat his man and drove forward into the box before unleashing an unstoppable right footed shot across goal and into the bottom corner beyond a full stretch Steven Benda.

Somehow the hosts failed to score five minutes later, hitting the post for a second time through Doughty after being put clean through on goal.

A flurry of yellow cards were handed out to players on both sides as Duff’s side repelled wave after wave of Swindon attack with some great defending to close out the result to make it eight unbeaten against their hosts and to keep a third straight clean sheet in Wiltshire.

SWINDON: Benda (Gk), Fryers, Rose (Sanokho 75), Baudry ©, Yates, Doughty, Woolery, Iandolo (Reid 88), Lyden, Hunt, Jaiyesimi (Twine 83).

Subs not used: McCormick (Gk), Broadbent, Twine, Curran, Zakuani.

ROBINS: Flinders (Gk), Long (Clements 31), Hussey, Tozer ©, Raglan, Thomas, Broom, Addai (Lloyd 80), Doyle-Hayes, Greaves, Smith (Reid 60).

Subs not used: Lovett (GK), Sheaf, Boyle, Ince.

Referee: Darren Drysdale

Attendance: TBC

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