AT Priestfield the hosts are not preparing a particularly welcoming reception for the visitors, with all the noises emanating from Kent talking up the rivalry between the two clubs.
The unusual derby atmosphere, which dates back to when the two clubs were vying for promotion from Division Three in 1987, adds a bit of spice to the fixture and both Gillingham’s manager Peter Taylor and rising star Jake Hessenthaler, son of Priestfield legend Andy, were anticipating more of the same tonight.
Speaking to local media Hessenthaler said the atmosphere between his club and Swindon would make any win extra special.
“That’s another massive game,” Hessenthaler said. “There is a bit of rivalry there and we will be looking for another three points again.
“They are coming to our place and we are looking to win the game. It would be nice to get that win over them because they are rivals but we are looking to win every game. I will be excited to play in it, if picked, obviously.”
Former England under 21 boss Taylor echoed those sentiments, calling for his side to replicate the form they showed against Town last season when they picked up a win and draw against Mark Cooper’s side.
“I know it is always a bit of special game us versus Swindon. We played really well against them last year and I would like to do the same again.
“We have had a very good week. I have been pleased with the players, in the way they responded after MK Dons on the Monday. That’s how we were last year. I thought we always bounced back but I said to them, we don’t want to have to bounce back, we want to put a run together, that’s the aim.”