Swindon were well in the hunt for a play-off or automatic promotion place, but recently started to stumble at a crucial stage of the season. This coincided with an injury to their talismanic striker Harry McKirdy, who hadn’t played since March, and the early recall of Tyreece Simpson, on loan from Ipswich, who had scored 9 goals for the Robins during his stay.
With 3 losses, 1 draw and 2 wins in their last 6 outings, Swindon dropped to 9th in the table. But a good 3-0 away win at Hartlepool last time out, the return of McKirdy (who scored twice on his return) mean that Swindon fans will be expecting a play-off place, albeit they are 2 points behind Sutton and 4 behind Mansfield in that race. Automatic promotion is still mathematically, but not realistically, possible.
Swindon and FGR have the best away records in the league and the 2 teams have scored more goals than any other sides in the division. But Swindon’s home form has been something of an Achilles heel – just 28 points from 21 home games compared with 40 from 22 away fixtures. Their last home game was a 2-1 loss to Leyton Orient, this despite playing against 10 men for most of the game.
When the 2 sides met at TFCNL in early October, Swindon won 2-0 with 2nd half goals from Harry McKirdy and Tyreece Simpson.