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Cheltenham Preview - A look at our first opponents of 2021

31 December 2020

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Cheltenham Preview - A look at our first opponents of 2021

31 December 2020

After the frustrating abandonment of Tuesday's game at home to Carlisle, we're back on home turf looking to round out a historic 2020 with three points against Cheltenham.



Despite there being only 10 minutes of action in midweek Simon Weaver will be looking to build on the positive start to the game that saw us lead through Connor Kirby's first minute header.
Recent form

Visitors Cheltenham have been riding high this season and are currently in fourth place in the table, although Tuesday's 0-0 draw was their fifth game without a win, a run that has seen them fail to score in four of those games.

However, they come into the game with an impressive away return in 2020/21, taking 17 points from their 10 games so far.

The Man in Charge

Cheltenham are managed by 42-year-old Michael Duff, who has been at the helm since 2018. He guided the club to a fourth-place finish in 2019/20, but they were eliminated from the playoffs by eventual winners Northampton.

During a playing career that spanned two decades, Duff racked up over 600 appearances in spells at both Cheltenham and latterly Burnley, also earning 24 caps for Northern Ireland.

Ones to Watch

Aiming to go a step further in 2020/21 the club brought in veteran Andy Williams from Northampton in the summer and he has repaid their faith by netting six times in the league.

Another new boy, Liam Sercombe – who arrived from Bristol Rovers – has four goals to his name whilst midfielder Alfie May has three assists and three goals and Chris Hussey will pose a threat from midfield and has four assists this season.

Scotsman, Will Boyle, anchors a defence that has conceded at a rate of only a goal per game so far.

History

Nicknamed the "Robins", Cheltenham were founded in 1887 and have played at Whaddon Road since 1932.

The club competed in the lower divisions of the footballing pyramid up until the end of the 20th century, when they secured promotion into the Football League for the first time after winning the Conference title in 1998–99.

They spent one season in League One during the 2002/03 season before falling back down to League Two.

The club's 16-year stay in the Football League ended with relegation back to the Conference in 2015. However, the Robins went straight back up, winning the Conference title with a 101 point.

Team News

Will Smith has returned to light training but remains unavailable as he works his way back to full fitness. Dan Jones and Jack Emmett also remain on the side-lines.

How to Follow

Our streaming service will continue to operate for the 2020/21 season and beyond, meaning you can continue to watch every one of our fixtures live for just £10 each.

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