Fleetwood Town face Swindon Town on Saturday 20 March at Highbury Stadium in Sky Bet League One, and we have all you need to know ahead of the 3pm kick-off in our match preview.
Fixture: Fleetwood Town v Swindon Town
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Date: Saturday 20 March 2021
Venue: Highbury Stadium, Park Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 6TX
Match officials: Graham Salisbury (Referee), Billy Smallwood & Daniel Woodward (Assistant Referees), Gary Hilton (Fourth Official)
Fleetwood made it four clean sheets on the bounce, as well as extending their unbeaten record to six games on Tuesday evening after beating Ipswich Town 2-0 at Highbury.
Simon Grayson’s side started the game as they meant to go on as they broke the deadlock nine minutes into the game as Callum Connolly converted from James Hill’s long throw. Ged Garner made it two in the second half after finishing off a tidy counter-attack, started by fellow forward Kyle Vassell.
In the game before, Town played out a goalless draw against local rivals Blackpool. Jerry Yates came close to opening the scoring for the Seasiders in the Fylde Coast derby when he tested Alex Cairns from close range in the first half. Vassell had Fleetwood’s best chance towards the end of the second half when he fired just over the top of Chris Maxwell’s goal.
Swindon have been struggling for form as of late as they are yet to win a game in the month of March.
Last time out, The Robins welcomed Gillingham and, even though they found themselves in the lead going into the half-time break through Brett Pitman, a Vadaine Oliver brace and a further goal from Kyle Dempsey turned the game around for The Gills, which meant to game ended in a 3-1 loss.
The game before that was also a home game for John Sheridan’s side, but that one ended in a 2-1 defeat to Oxford United. Taylor Curran bagged a goal late on in the game, but it wasn’t enough to turn around Brandon Barker’s and Dan Agyei’s earlier goals for The U’s.
ONE TO WATCH: BRETT PITMAN
The one to watch from The Robins is Brett Pitman. The 33-year-old forward is the top goal scorer for Swindon so far this season as he currently has eight goals to his name, with the last one coming on Tuesday night.
The Jersey-born forward started his career as a trainee at Bournemouth back in 2004 and spent the next six years at that club. In his time there, he made almost 200 appearances in all competitions for the club, scoring 62 goals in that time, before moving on to Bristol City in 2010. That scoring form carried on during his three-year sting as he found the net a further 20 times.
A trip back to the Vitality Stadium was next, after a brief loan spell the season before, and he was an ever-present during this time. He helped the team win promotion to the Championship, and then to the Premier League the year after.
Two years at Ipswich would follow before he would make the move to Portsmouth to play under Kenny Jackett in 2017. The forward would spend three years there and a highlight of his time there was when he went on to become the first player since 2003 to score over 20 goals in a single season for the side in his debut season there.
In September 2020, Pitman was on the move again as he signed for newly-promoted Swindon Town on a one-year deal. Since joining The Robins, he has found the back of the net eight times in just 27 league appearances.
WATCH TOWN ON iFOLLOW!
Supporters can now purchase video match passes for Fleetwood Town’s Sky Bet League One clash against Swindon Town on Saturday.
With fans still unable to attend games, the iFollow match pass is your best option to watch the Cod Army play.
Simon Grayson's side are set to host Swindon Town in a league clash at Highbury on Saturday and you can watch the game for just £10!
If you'd like to purchase your match pass, click HERE.