The Robins took an early lead in the 13th minute when Ronan Murray went one-on-one with the Bees keeper and confidently slotted the ball home. Our second goal came in the 31st minute when Oliver Risser, who scored an unfortunate own goal at Wembley some 9 days previous, had a simple tap in from Jay McEveley’s free kick.
Barnet did have their chances to get back into the game with Yiadom and leading League 2 goal scorer McLeod wasting glorious opportunities. This victory for Swindon was complimented with their 19th clean sheet of the season. The win means that Swindon extended their lead at the top of the League to five points; with a game in hand over 2nd place Torquay. The loss for Barnet has left them 3 points above the relegation zone but a win for Macclesfield would see the Londoners slip into the bottom two alongside Hereford.
With an impressive away crowd following, a special mention should be said of the large support from Swindon Town. 37% of fans last night where supporting the Wiltshire side who brought 806 fans.
@The5lade – Great win tonight. Will be at Morecambe on Friday for 3 more points! COYR!
@kieron_german – Great away win when it matters, keep up the good work #COYR
@SophAllport- Come on the Swindon!! Up as Champs I reckon #kingPDC
@RaffaDeVita23 – Another horrible ground out the way…getting close now…my legs are hangin!
@Wes_Foderingham – Did we have more fans in the gaff than Barnet? Great support and a massive win for us! Another step closer to winning the league
Paolo Di Canio – ‘That was a massive win and a very important three points. It wasn’t easy to come here as they are desperate for points.’
2 Games In 4 Days…
Over the busy Easter period, Swindon face an away trip to Morecambe on Friday and then a home tie with struggling Northampton. Friday’s match comes just three days after the Barnet game therefore fatigue could well play a major part on welfare of the players. Paolo will be looking to consolidate the lead at the top, as well as hoping Torquay, Crawley and Shrewsbury all drop points. Swindon and Morecambe have only faced each other twice before, with Swindon winning both games. Earlier in the season Swindon romped to a 3-0 home win with goals from Jervis, De Vita and Murray.
Trip down memory lane…
Saturday 4th March 1995
Grimsby Town 1-1 Swindon Town
Goal: S. Taylor (’90)
Starting-Line up: Digby, O’Sullivan, Horlock, Todd, Viveash, Taylor, Gooden, Beauchamp, Fjortoft, Thorne, McMahon.
Reason why I Remember The Game: I was sat in the John Smiths stand at Blundell Park (Home End) and when Shaun Taylor scored the equalising goalI was jumping up and down with plenty of Grimsby fans looking at me but as I was only 9 at the time I was reprieved from abuse.
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