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Preview - A look at Cheltenham Town

8 February 2021



We're back in action tomorrow evening as we welcome Cheltenham Town to the EnviroVent Stadium, a fixture that was originally postponed in early January as a result of the weather.


Simon Weaver's side begin a run of three consecutive home games and will be hoping to build on recent performances that has seen them post back to back victories, most recently with Saturday's 3-1 win at Crawley.

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Recent form

Our opponents have been the draw specialists of late, drawing five of their past six games to leave them in eighth place as they look to go one better than in 2019/20 when they exited at the playoff stage.

Four of those five draws have come on their travels where they have taken 19 points from their 12 games so far.

However, during the recent run they almost pulled off a huge FA Cup shock as they led Manchester City before late goals saw them fall to a 3-1 defeat.

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 seven 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 five goals and four assists. 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 less than a goal per game so far.

The club added three loan players during the January transfer window – Sam Smith, Indiana Vassilev and Callum Wright.

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 season.

Team News

Will Smith serves a one-match following his dismissal at Crawley. Aside from Joe Cracknell and Mitchell Roberts there are no injury worries for Town with the January additions to the squad providing plenty of options for Simon Weaver.

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