By Laurie Cleevely
Date: Saturday November, 1 2014
Competition: Sky Bet League Two
Venue: Whaddon Road
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Cheltenham Town will be without Asa Hall (calf) and Matt Taylor (hamstring). Harry Williams and Bobbie Dale are also unavailable as they are currently out on loan with Evesham United and Cirencester Town respectively. Young midfielder Adam Powell will also be unavailable for selection as he is currently enjoying a loan spell at Cinderford Town. Matt Richards has been suffering from a slight knock, but manager Mark Yates has made it clear he will be available for selection.
York will have Deon Burton at their disposal following his loan move from Scunthorpe United on Thursday. This fixture will also see the return of former Cheltenham Town trio Russ Penn, Keith Lowe and Luke Summerfield, all three players enjoyed successful spells at the club. Ex-Robins loanee Lewis Montrose will also be in contention to line-up against the Robins.
Yates: Learn from Plymouth Defeat
Manager Mark Yates has spoken to the media ahead of the visit of York City: ‘’It’s been a good week, working on things ready to face York on Saturday. The lads have trained and responded well. They were disappointed (Plymouth defeat), but things move quickly and we have to get on with it now. We have talked about our game management being better and we’ll reiterate that, but overall it’s been good this season.’’
Yates also spoke about Saturday’s opponents York City saying ‘’where York are in the table doesn’t mean it’ll be an easy game. They are not easy to beat, there are some friendly faces coming back and they’ll be up for it so we have to make sure we are as good as we can be to get a result.’’
The Cheltenham manager spoke about the return of three former Cheltenham players who will be lining up for York City, explaining: "Russ Penn, Luke Summerfield and Keith Lowe will be given a warm welcome back and they all deserve it because they were all great servants to this club.’’
Yates went on to speak about each if the former Robins individually. He stated how Luke Summerfield’s solitary season ‘’ended disappointingly, but he was a catalyst in that team we had alongside Russ and Marlon Pack.’’ He spoke about the departures of Russ Penn and Keith Lowe saying: "Russ went on to captain the club and I’ve had him for five or six years of my managerial career. Keith was really good too and probably didn’t get the chance he might have deserved, which was maybe wrong on my part. Keith was in and out of the side too much for his liking, we had good offers for them both from York and they found themselves on their way. ‘’
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Match officials: Cheltenham Town v York City
Gavin Ward - Referee
Akil Howson - Assistant Referee
Gavin Muge - Assistant Referee
Richard Hulme - Fourth Official
2014-15 Current League Two Positions
Cheltenham Town 11th (22 points)
York City 22nd (12 points)
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Form: York City's Last Three Competitive Results
Sky Bet League 2 - York City 1-1 Mansfield Town 25.10.14 (D)
Sky Bet League 2 – Morecambe 1-1 York City 21.10.14 (D)
Sky Bet League 2 – York City 0-1 Shrewsbury Town 18.10.14 (L)
York City are currently loitering above the League Two relegation places. With only one win in 15 matches this season, nine of which have been drawn, recently appointed manager Russ Wilcox will be keen to turn draws in to wins in a bid to push The Minstermen up the table. They travel to Whaddon Road on a nine-match winless run, but the former Robins players within the York ranks will, of course, be hoping to make it a winning return.
Head to Head (all competitions)
Cheltenham wins 5, draws 6, York wins 1
Previous Meetings at Cheltenham
Saturday 2nd November, 2013 (League Two)
Cheltenham Town 2-2 York City (Harrison 12, Richards 45) (Bowman 20, 54)
Saturday 12th January, 2013 (League Two)
Cheltenham Town 1-1 York City (Harrad 67) (Walker 84)
Saturday 1st November 2003 (Division Three)
Cheltenham Town 1-1 York City (Spencer 85) (Parkin 77)
Saturday 9th March 2002 (Division Three)
Cheltenham Town 4-0 York City (Alsop 22, 63, Yates 80, Finnigan 87)
Sky Bet League Two fixtures this weekend:
Friday, October 31
Accrington v Morecambe 7.45pm
Saturday, November 1 (All 3pm KO)
Burton v Plymouth
Bury v Cambridge
Cheltenham v York
Dag & Red v Shrewsbury
Exeter v Luton
Hartlepool v Newport
Mansfield v Southend
Northampton v Wimbledon
Oxford v Wycombe
Portsmouth v Carlisle
Tranmere v Stevenage
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