Swindon Town are looking for back-to-back home wins as they entertain Harrogate Town on Saturday afternoon.
Swindon Town picked up their second home win of the season in the league on Tuesday night. The first since August 28th which was against Mansfield Town.
At half time at 0-0 you felt you watched the same Swindon Town home performance repeatedly. Great in possession, passing the ball nicely but lacking a bit cutting edge up top in the final delivery. Hartlepool to their credit did not sit back and gave it a go and caused a bit of problems to the Swindon Town defence in the second half.
You could tell there was a bit of edgy and nervousness to the second half performance at stages. A few people around me in the DRS stand were getting a bit vocal of Swindon passing style in the final stages of the game. Swindon were trying to keep the ball and kill the game off, you could audibly here the “get it forward” shout which is becoming a staple diet of an STFC home game. Persistence and hard work paid off as Jack Payne added a third in stoppage time to kill the game off as a contest and give Swindon Town the home win.
It was a good hard-fought win against a Hartlepool United team who liked to play football and caused the Swindon back three a lot of problems.
Ben Garner confirmed that on loan Huddersfield defender Romoney Crichlow is available after his ankle injury which was picked up in the away win at Oldham. Mathieu Baudry is still out with his injury which was picked up away at Crewe. A few selection headaches for Ben Garner coming into this game on Saturday afternoon.
Predicted Swindon Town line up
Wollacott, Odimayo, Conroy, Critchlow, Kesler-Hayden, Reed, Williams, Payne, Iandolo, McKirdy, Simpson.
Harrogate Town are the visitors to SN1 and have had a brilliant start to their second season in the EFL. Last season they finished a respectful 17th in the division, the first after defeating Notts County in the Conference play off in August 2020. This season is a different story, Simon Weaver side are 6th in the League Two standings with twenty-nine points from eighteen games.
The last six games for Simon Weaver Harrogate Town side have been very inconsistent. Two wins, three defeats and one draw. These results have seen Harrogate plummet from the lofty heights of third place to as low as 8th in the division. The sole draw was a 2-2 home draw to Tranmere Rovers. The three defeats were a 3-2 away defeat at Hartlepool, which was followed by a 1-0 home defeat to Bristol Rovers. Last weekend Harrogate Town lost 2-0 at home to Salford. The two wins were a 3-1 away win at Walsall during the November International break and a 2-0 away win at Carlisle United during the midweek round of action that has just gone.
Simon Weaver is the manager at Harrogate Town and has been in the role since May 2009. First as a player manager in May 2009 then took the job full time after his retirement. Weaver has done a brilliant job with his dad as the owner (Irving Weaver). Transformed the club through the 6th tier of English football to the EFL. A fantastic achievement that should never be scoffed at.
By Scot Munroe