Swindon Town have a chance to end their home campaign on a high and push for that converted play-off spot with a strong performance against Barrow AFC.
A win on Tuesday night at home under the lights against already promoted Forest Green Rovers kept the dream alive of a play-off spot come the end of the season. At times it was nervous, and the anxiety was felt around the stadium. But at the end it was relief, joy, happiness, excitement, or all the above.
Tuesday night performance against Forest Green Rovers was something special, we saw a different Swindon Town. The second half performance showed a lot of fight and determination after Ellis Iandolo red card after a second booking, we wont talk about the nonsensical first yellow card. But that is a topic for another day. Everyone including the substitutions did their job and put the bodies on the line for the cause. We go again on Saturday looking for a positive result against rejuvenated side with a familiar foe on the touchline.
Ben Garner in his pre-match press conference confirmed that everyone who played on Tuesday came through unscathed. On JoJo Wollacott he is continuing with training and rehab on his shoulder injury. Garner also confirmed that he did not want to risk him and re-aggravate the injury especially when the deputy in Lewis Ward has done well in Wollacott absence.
Predicted STFC Line up
Ward, Egbo, Baudry, Conroy, Odimayo, Reed, Payne, Williams, McKirdy, Barry, Davison.
A lot has changed since the last two teams in the previous meeting in the middle of December on the wet and windy Saturday. Barrow AFC are under new management after Mark Cooper departure. The club is now safe from Relegation after Oldham Athletic relegation last weekend. Phil Brown side are twenty first in the league table with forty-four points from forty-four games. The same as Stevenage who are below Barrow on goal difference.
Phil Brown came in on March 21st, 2022, after Mark Cooper left the day on mutual consent and has steadied the ship and kept Barrow in the football league.
In the last seven games which has been Phil Brown tenure at the club, Barrow AFC have picked up seven points from seven games which has been two wins, four defeats and one draw. It did start poorly with three defeats in a row. All without scoring against Leyton Orient, Port Vale and away at Crawley Town. Then on Easter Friday was that 4-0 home win over Forest Green Rovers. On Easter Monday was a 2-2 away draw at Salford. A 1-0 win over Sutton United last weekend confirmed safety. In midweek, Barrow AFC travelled to Exeter in a re-arranged fixture. The Grecians came away with a 2-1 win and clinched promotion to League One.