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MATCHDAY LIVE: Forest Green Rovers v Swindon Town

Good afternoon and welcome to Total Sport Swindon's Matchday Live blog as we bring you full updates from The New Lawn Stadium for today's derby fixture. A derby by name but not by nature, Swindon Town take on table-toppers FGR in this early kick-off. Join Ryan Walker from 11.30am as he brings you all the pre-match build-up and live text commentary.

1:53PM
Whistle

FULL-TIME: FOREST GREEN ROVERS 0-2 SWINDON TOWN

1:53PM

90' PENALTY SAVED


Ward dives to his right and saves!! Swindon keep their clean-sheet in tact.


0-2

1:52PM

90' PENALTY FOREST GREEN


Ward brings down March. March to take this.


0-2

1:50PM
Sub


90' Swindon sub:


Off - Gladwin

On - Lyden


0-2

1:49PM

90' There will be 4 minutes of added time.


0-2

1:48PM
Sub

90' Swindon Sub


Off - Payne

On - East


0-2

1:43PM
Sub

84' Swindon Sub


Off - McKirdy


On - Baudry


0-2

1:40PM

80' GOAL SWINDON


Simpson gets Swindon there second as he taps in from close-range after being found by Harry McKirdy's cross.


0-2

1:38PM

78' BRILLIANT SAVE


Ward keeps Swindon in the game as he denies Josh March's header from close-range. Brilliant reaction save from the keeper as the follow-up corner produces a throw-in.


0-1

1:36PM

76' Simspon produces some great footwork on the left-wing and fires a ball to the back-post with Hunt looking to come onto it but denied by Bernard who clears for a corner. Swindon's corner comes to nothing.


0-1

1:35PM
Sub

76' Forest Green Subs


Off - Sweeney, Stevens

On - Cargill, March


0-1

1:33PM

73' Substitute Jake Young almost gets Forest Green back into this match as his shot from the edge of the box takes a deflection and Ward dives to punch for a corner. Town then fail to clear as Ward spills his claim for the ball and Stevens eventually gets a header away but off-target.


0-1

1:28PM

69' McKirdy has a chance again but puts his shot over the bar as he slides in on goal.


0-1

1:27PM
Sub

68' Forest Green Sub:


Off - Aitchison

On - Young


0-1

1:24PM

66' The ball tees up for Crichlow 20-yards out and he hits it powerfully but watches on as his effort goes wide. McKirdy is then booked for time wasting.


0-0

1:22PM

63' Swindon again nearly gift Rovers a goal. Crichlow and Payne get their passing exchange wrong and Rovers burst into the box that ends with Stevens seeing his shot tipped away by Ward. Swindon then clear but Forest Green are increasing the intensity as they seek an equaliser.


0-0

1:18PM

58' Payne is found on the left-wing and his cross towards the front-post is met by McKirdy. He rises well but probably times his jump too early and his head meets the ball as he was on the way down and it's off-target. Swindon looking dangerous and Rovers look stunned.


0-1

1:15PM

56' The goal came as Gladwin found space for himself in the middle of the pitch. He had time to place his cross towards McKirdy and the playmaker then did brilliantly to hold off his man and guide the ball into the bottom right corner with his left-foot.


0-1

1:13PM
Goal

54' GOAL SWINDON


Harry McKirdy produces a brilliant first-time finish as he latches onto a Gladwin cross into the Rovers box. Great finish and Swindon deservedly lead.


0-1

1:11PM

51' HOW HAS HE MISSED??!


Jack Aitchison pounces on a mistake as Conroy and Odimayo clash with the forward then through on goal but he sends his effort wide from close-range and Swindon are let off the hook.


0-0

1:08PM

48' Iandolo is enjoying more of the ball during early parts of the second-half as he links up with Reed on the right-wing with the latter floating a cross into the box that is claimed by Mcgee.


Swindon then have to defend and Crichlow fouls in front of his box but Rovers take it quick and can't do much with the chance.


0-0

1:06PM

47' Simpson wins Town an early corner as his shot is blocked behind but Matt clears easily with an uncontested header inside the box.


0-0

1:04PM

Back underway at The New Lawn Stadium.


0-0

12:48PM

HALF-TIME: Forest Green Rovers 0-0 Swindon Town

12:47PM
Yellow Card

44' Swindon look to break as Cornoy charges forward playing a one-two with Payne before slotting a through ball into Simpson who does well to create space for himself before firing a low-cross into the box that produces an awkward clearance from Bernard.


Rovers Dan Sweeney is then shown a yellow card for pulling back Simpson, as Cornoy is then shown a yellow card for simulation.


0-0

12:42PM

40' 5 minuets left of the half with Rovers looking the more likely of scorers as things stand. A dangerous ball across the face fo the Swindon goal see's Matt just out of range as he attempts to get a toe on it.


0-0

12:37PM

36' Payne's delivery is floated in with Hunt then picking up the ball near the corner flag but is deemed to have pushed Cadden in the face. What a weak decision that was with some clear play acting.


0-0

12:36PM

35' Confusion in the Rovers defence sees Swindon win a corner. The set-piece is cleared but Swindon keep the pressure on and have another corner as we enter the final ten minutes of the half.


0-0

12:34PM

32' Rovers put a corner into the box from the left that bounces around the box before eventually being cleared by Crichlow who then looks to break out of his box but is deemed to have fouled a Rovers player 25-years out. Cadden fires a ball toward the top-right corner with Ward diving brilliantly to deny the effort.


0-0

12:30PM

29' The corner is put into a dangerous area at the near-post by Payne with Iandolo attempting an acrobatic attempt that is deflected back out for another corner. That corner comes to nothing and Rovers have a goal-kick.


0-0

12:29PM

28' McKirdy forces an impressive diving save from McGee after shooting on the turn inside the Rovers box. His shot is tipped around the upright with the keeper diving to his right and Swindon have a corner.


0-0

12:27PM

26' Rovers win another corner after Crichlow's sliding tackle put the ball out of play on the right-wing. Conroy clears well with a powerful header and Swindon look to break with their eventual counter producing little in front of goal.


0-0

12:22PM

21' Cadden attempts to get past Hunt in a 1v1 situation on the left-wing but can only manage a corner. The ball is whipped in and Ward rises highest to collect comfortably.


0-0

12:21PM

20' Action seems to have quietened since Simpson had the ball in the back of the net with both team's not producing much in front of goal. The disallowed decision seems to have momentarily deflated Swindon with Garner clearly still unhappy with the decision.


0-0

12:15PM

13' DISALLOWED GOAL


Simpson has the ball in the back of the net after McGee spills McKirdy's shot but the striker is deemed to have fouled Sweeney with the ref blowing after the ball was in the net. Never a foul and that is an awful call.


0-0

12:11PM

10' Ellis Iandolo asks for a penalty as he goes down under pressure from Sweeney after latching onto Hunt's low-cross. Rovers then attempt to break but Payne puts in a crunching and fair tackle.


0-0

12:09PM

7' How have Forest Green not scored. Lewis Ward does well to deal with initial shot from Aitchison as he got through on goal but then fumbles the follow-up from Matt and has to call on Hunt as he blocked on the line.


0-0

12:06PM

5' McKirdy wins a free kick just inside the Rovers half as Swindon begin to dominate the early exchanges with their high press causing a lot of problems for the hosts.


0-0

12:04PM

3' First shot of the game see's Rob Hunt shoot from a tight angle as McKirdy's through ball deflects into the path of the fullback. A clean strike but easily saved by McGee.


0-0

12:03PM

2' McKirdy appears to be tucking in just behind Simpson during the early exchanges and playing as a support striker/playmaker. He has a big chance to make a point to Ben Garner today as he hopes to cement a starting place.


0-0

12:00PM
Whistle

KICK-OFF: Forest Green get us underway at The New Lawn Stadium. 


0-0

11:56AM

So the players are out and we are just a few moments away from kick-off.

11:46AM

Sitting pretty at the top of the League Two table, Rovers manager Rob Edward has been forced into just one change with Ebou Adams unavailable due to International commitments as he represents Gambia in their World Cup Qualifiers.


The hosts have lost just once this season, at home against Port Vale, and Swindon will be hoping to cause another upset here today.


FGR Starting XI


GK: L McGee

K Wilson

D Bernard

D Sweeney

B Stevenson

M Stevens

J Aitchison

N Cadden

J Matt (C)

J Moore-Taylor

R Hendry


SUBS


Thomas

Cargill

Evans

Edwards

Young

Diallo

March

11:43AM

TEAM NEWS


Swindon Town come into today's League Two fixture with five of their regular starters unavailable due to International duties with Wollacott, Kesler-Hayden, Williams, Grant, and Gilbert all away representing their countries. Harry McKirdy, Rob Hunt, and Lewis Ward all come into the starting XI.


Swindon Head Coach Ben Garner appears to have stuck to the same formation that has kept the Robins unbeaten away from home this season with a five-man defence featuring Iandolo and Hunt as wing-backs.


GK: L Ward

CB: A Odimayo

CB: D Conroy (C)

CB: R Crichlow

RWB: R Hunt

LWB: E Iandolo

CM: L Reed

CM: B Gladwin

RW: J Payne

LW: H McKirdy

ST: T Simpson


SUBS


Baudry

Lyden

Mitchell-Lawson

East

Aguiar

Parsons

Dabre

11:33AM

Good afternoon and thank you for joining us as we bring you full live text commentary from The New Lawn Stadium as Swindon Town travel to take on League Two pacesetters Forest Green Rovers.

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