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Cheltenham Preview - A look at our final fixture of the season

6 May 2021

Fixture News

Cheltenham Preview - A look at our final fixture of the season

6 May 2021



Fresh from Wembley glory, we are on their travels this weekend for our final League Two fixture of the season with a trip to Cheltenham Town.


The 1-0 victory over Concord Rangers in the FA Trophy final delivered some silverware in what has already been a historic season for the club, and Simon Weaver will be hoping his side end their campaign on a high.

Recent form

Having been amongst the frontrunners for the majority of the season, Cheltenham were the first club to secure promotion from League Two this season and know that victory on Saturday will see them crowned as Champions.

They will come into the game buoyed by the fact that they possess the divisions second best home return, having taken 41 points from their 22 games at the Jonny Rocks Stadium and are unbeaten in their last five.
 
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, where they were eliminated from the playoffs by eventual winners Northampton.

He has gone a step further this season and also added a creditable performance in the FA Cup, where it took a late Manchester City comeback to knock them out.

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

Cheltenham's success has been largely based on a strong defence, with the side having conceded only 38 goals this season.

Scotsman, Will Boyle has provided an anchor at the back and has also added six goals whilst Ben Tozer's long throws have proved to be an effective weapon and he has seven assists on the season.

Alfie May and Andy Williams lead the scoring charts with eight goals apiece, whilst May has also added six assists.

Midfielder Liam Sercombe also has six goals and two assists to his name.

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 101 points.

Team News

Town will be without long term absentees Josh March, Simon Power and Aaron Martin for the trip but there are no new injury concerns following the FA Trophy win last Monday.

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