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Sutton v Swindon preview

14 February 2023

In the first of two Sky Bet League Two games at the VBS Community Stadium this week, Sutton entertain Swindon Town this evening with both clubs on the fringes of the play-off zone.

Swindon have been in or around the upper reaches of the table for most of the season, but saw manager Scott Lindsey leave for Crawley just after Christmas, with midfielder Ben Gladwin following him to Broadfield Stadium, and new manager Jody Morris is still looking for his first points since taking over, a 2-1 defeat at Newport followed by a home reverse against Doncaster on Saturday which saw Swindon drop down to tenth place, three points outside the play-off area. Last seasons Player of the Year Louis Reed, who scored in the corresponding game last season with an impressive free kick, was another January departure as he joined Mansfield, but among the arrivals at the County Ground was experienced striker Charlie Austin, joining the club for a second spell. Swindon's other scorer in their 2-1 win at the VBS last season, Welsh international Jonny Williams, was also on target when the sides met at the County Ground in October, but he went off injured against Doncaster on Saturday and may be a doubt.

Sutton have lost just once in the last eight games and came back from Hartlepool with a point on Saturday having led 2-0 after half an hour. Craig Eastmond's red card in that game, his second of the season, means he begins a two match suspension tonight, but Louis John and Rob Milsom could both return to the squad after injury. U's are a point and three places behind Swindon in the table, having played a game more, and are looking to end a run of defeats against the Wiltshire side, who have won all three EFL meetings by a single goal margin.

A familiar face will be in charge tonight, with David Rock having first refereed Sutton in National League South. He is in his fourth season as an EFL referee, and took charge of the game at Gillingham earlier this season.

Tickets for tonights game are on sale on line here, price £20 for adults, £14 for concessions and £6 for under 18s. Tickets for under 12s are free when bought in conjunction with an adult or concession ticket. There is a £5 increase for a seat. Tickets are also on sale from the ticket kiosk at the ground tonight, but tickets bought in person tonight have an increase of £2, an increase which does not apply to tickets bought on line, even today.

Supporters unable to be at the game can watch a live stream on our iFollow service for £10. Click here to buy a pass. We have been told that the technical problems that affected the iFollow coverage of Saturday's games has been resolved and no issues are envisaged this evening. Anyone who bought an audio pass for Saturday's game at Hartlepool, either as a match pass or part of a monthly or annual pass, and then missed the game due to the issues, should email to claim a refund.

The fanzone will be open from 6pm tonight serving food and drink, with the Swindon fanzone opening at 6.30pm behind the visiting supporter accommodation.

A match programme is available to order for anyone who won't be at the game and can be ordered by clicking here.

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Match Reports

Match report for Sutton United 2 Swindon Town 1

14 February 2023

Sutton United 2 (Angol 85, Smith 88) Swindon Town 1(Austin 14)

Having looked to be on course for a fourth consecutive EFL defeat at the hands of Swindon, Sutton were rewarded for persistence with two goals in the last five minutes to turn the game round and move U's back in the League Two top ten. Behind from the 14th minute when the experienced Charlie Austin's clinical finish gave the visitors the lead, Sutton had piled on increasing pressure in the second half but when Matt Dennis, one of two substitutes introduced with fifteen minutes to go, hit the bar seven minutes from time it seemed as though U's luck would be out, but two minutes later the other striker off the bench, Lee Angol, did find the net after goalkeeper Sol Brynn had failed to hold a Joe Kizzi cross under pressure from Ben Goodliffe, and in a thrilling finish Ali Smith's close range deflected volley ensured maximum points for U's.

Without the suspended Craig Eastmond and the injured Will Randall, and with Louis John still sidelined, there was return after injury for Coby Rowe as Kizzi reverted to right back and Enzio Boldewijn moved to the left wing, and in a bright start for U's Boldewijn had the ball in the net after seven minutes, following in after Brynn had parried David Ajiboye's shot but denied by an offside flag. However Swindon were moving the ball well, George McEachran impressive on his debut, and he was involved in the neat left wing move which ended with Frazer Blake-Tracey setting up Austin, who had space to fire a shot low past Rose to put the visitors in front.

Swindon continued to have the better of things but were unable to add to their lead, Remeao Hutton's header saved by Rose and Austin sending a left foot shot just past the post, and while Sutton occasionally threatened, Brynn was relatively untroubled, Boldewijn's shot deflected away by a defender before it could call the keeper in to action.

The second half saw U's increasingly on top in terms of territorial advantage but again shots failed to find the target, with both Ajiboye and Rowe having shots blocked, Smith seeing an effort deflected wide and Boldewijn just too high with a free kick. Indeed it was Swindon who came closest to a goal when, after Omar Bugiel had halted Saidou Khan's penetrating run with a foul that earned him a tenth booking of the season and a two match ban, Luke Jephcott's free kick was well held by Rose. The keeper also denied substitute Jacob Wakeling, whose stoppage time goal had proved the winner at the County Ground in September and whose first touch here saw him take advantage of a slip by Goodliffe and fire in a low shot that was well saved. Rose saved again from Wakeling soon afterwards, but by now the introduction of Angol and Dennis had given U's fresh legs up front, and Dennis should have equalised when Harry Beautyman's header fell for him twelve yards out but he smacked his shot against the crossbar.

U's frustration was short-lived, however, as two minutes later Brynn failed to gather Kizzi's cross under pressure from Goodliffe and Angol volleyed in amid claims from Swindon for a foul on the keeper, Ellis Iandolo's protests earning him a yellow card from referee David Rock. The force was now with Sutton, and three minutes later a Sam Hart free kick was cleared as far as Ajiboye, who beat Jake Cain before crossing and Smith's volley took a deflection off Iandolo to loop away from Brynn in to the net and spark wild celebrations among Sutton's players and fans

Sutton: J Rose, J Kizzi, S Hart, C Rowe, B Goodliffe, D Ajiboye, E Boldewijn, A Smith, O Bugiel(sub L Angol 74), H Beautyman, D Wilson(sub M Dennis 74). Subs n/u B House, C Dundas, L Gambin, R Milsom, K Kouassi. Booked: Rowe, Bugiel

Swindon: S Brynn, R Hutton, E Iandolo, T Clayton, G McEachran(sub R Darcy 78), C Brennan, S Khan, D Kadji, L Jephcott (sub J Wakeling 75)F Blake-Tracy, C Austin(sub J Cain 84). Subs n/u R Aguiar, H Minturn, A Kanu, J Copland. Booked: McEachran, Iandolo, Blake-Tracy.

Referee: David Rock

Attendance: 2,928(608 away)

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