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21 April 2018 Venue The Abbey Stadium Attendance

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Preview: Cambridge V Robins

21 April 2018

Cheltenham Town hit the road for the penultimate time this season in Sky Bet League Two when they travel to the Abbey Stadium to face Cambridge United on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

The Robins will be aiming to bounce back from derby day defeat to Forest Green Rovers last time out as they look to mount a late charge up the table.

Cambridge United won 2-0 last weekend at Stevenage, courtesy of two goals from Barry Corr, and are currently 14th in Sky Bet League Two.

When the two sides met earlier this season at the LCI Rail Stadium in November they battled out a 0-0 draw.

The Opposition:

Interim head coach Joe Dunne expects Uche Ikpeazu to perform if called upon against Cheltenham - despite confirmation this week that the striker has agreed a pre-contract deal with Hearts.

Ikpeazu is the top scorer at Cambridge with 14 goals in all competitions and Dunne insists he will be available when the Robins visit the Abbey Stadium.

"We still pay his wages, he is a Cambridge United player and we will expect him, if selected, to play and give his all for Cambridge United," said Dunne.

"If he plays, he’s part of a team here, he’s part of a team who are, at the moment, energised and no one is bigger than the club. Uche is part of a good group that we love working with every day and if he’s asked to play we expect him to play.

"He’s available for this weekend. If he’s selected, we expect him to play and if he’s not, that’s my decision."

Team News:

Cheltenham Town: Manager Gary Johnson will assess the fitness of midfielder Kevin Dawson after he missed the home clash with Forest Green Rovers.

Cambridge United: Striker Uche Ikpeazu has agreed a pre-contract agreement with Hearts but could still be called upon by boss Joe Dunne. Jabo Ibehre (knee) is not expected to feature again this season and a doubt surrounds the fitness of Liam O’Neil and Barry Corr.

The man in the middle:

Referee Brett Huxtable will take charge of the league clash at the Abbey Stadium. He has taken charge of 36 games this season, giving out 134 yellow cards and seven red cards. He previously took charge of our 3-0 win over Mansfield in September and 5-1 win over Port Vale in February. His assistants are Samuel Ogles, Thomas Harty and fourth official Nicholas Cooper.

Last time we met:           

21/11/17 – Cheltenham 0-0 Cambridge United (L2)

18/03/17 - Cheltenham 0-1 Cambridge United (L2)

26/11/16 – Cambridge United 3-1 Cheltenham (L2)

14/04/15 – Cheltenham 3-1 Cambridge United (L2)

21/10/14 – Cambridge United 1-2 Cheltenham (L2)

Ticket Information:

Tickets for this match at the Abbey Stadium remain on sale from our Ticket Office.

Prices from our office can be seen below. Please note, there will be a price increase of £2 on the day of the game in Cambridge.

  • Adults - £16
  • Concessions (64+, Students with NUS, Young Adult 18-21) - £12
  • Under 18 - £8
  • Under 12 - £5
  • Under 5 – FREE

Wheelchair users pay £15 with carer FOC. Contact CUFC to purchase on 01223 566 500.

We also have a coach going to Cambridge, that will leave at 10.15am, with places available now:

  • Members: £18 adults, £16 concessions
  • Non-members: £20 adults, £18 concessions

For further information call the Ticket Office at the LCI Rail Stadium on 01242 573558 (option 1) or email tickets@ctfc.com

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Match Reports

REPORT: Cambridge 4-3 Robins

21 April 2018

Mo Eisa scored twice to surpass Julian Alsop’s club goal-scoring record and George Lloyd also netted his first goal in Sky Bet League Two but Cheltenham Town lost a seven goal thriller at Cambridge United.

A goal-laden opening 13 minutes started when Lloyd netted his first professional goal for the Robins, flicking into the middle of the net after just three minutes.

Joe Dunne’s side levelled just seven minutes later though, as Greg Taylor volleyed in a corner for the U’s, before Cheltenham re-established their lead with a historic goal.

Eisa stepped up to curl in a stunning free-kick after 13 minutes to make it 2-1, scoring his 23rd goal in all competitions, as well as breaking the 20-goal club-record set by Alsop for league matches.

Cambridge missed a penalty right before half-time as former Cheltenham loanee Medy Elito blasted his spot-kick over the crossbar, but the hosts equalised again after the interval.

Maris weaved into the penalty box and calmly rolled the ball into the bottom corner after 53 minutes, another soon followed.

Jordan Cranston committed another foul inside the penalty area, and Jevani Brown made no mistake to put the U’s ahead for the first time.

Eisa’s 22nd League Two strike of the season made it 3-3 in the 78th minute, but substitute Barry Corr scrambled in an 82nd minute winner for the hosts in an entertaining fixture at the Abbey Stadium.

Gary Johnson made three changes to his team as Will Boyle returned to the side after signing a new contract in the week, replacing Joe Rodon.

Cranston also made his first start since November, coming in for Jamie Grimes at centre-back and Lloyd also returned to the first team in place of Harry Pell.

Alongside Lloyd, Matt Bower and Will Dawes were also on the bench meaning that there were three youth-team graduates in the Cheltenham squad for their trip to the Cambridgeshire.

It was a dream start for Lloyd, who making his first start away from home for the first team netted after just three minutes.

The 18-year-old finished off a lovely team move involving five players, as following a cross from the left, Carl Winchester drilled a low cross into the path of Lloyd, who instinctively steered the ball past David Forde.

That was his 41st goal in all competitions this season, but first in League Two for the prolific striker, prompting chants of “he’s one of our own”, in the jubilant away end.

But that joy was short lived as George Maris’ corner was prodded into the back of the net past a stranded Scott Flinders by Greg Taylor to equalise for the hosts after 10 minutes.

An action-packed start to the game didn’t stop there though, as Eisa brilliantly curled a free-kick into the top corner in the 13th minute to net a club-record 21st League Two goal of the season.

Flinders then made two smart saves, first parrying away a long-range shot, then pushing a header from Paul Lewis off the line after another teasing Maris corner.

The match finally settled down after that frantic start, with the dangerous Maris trying his luck from just outside the box, but Flinders was equal to it and caught the bending attempt.

Ilias Chatzitheodoridis then struck one from distance that flew wide of the post as the Robins tried to increase their lead, before drama unfolded right before the interval.

Cranston hacked down a Cambridge player inside the box after a heavy touch, former Cheltenham striker Billy Waters then put the ball into the net, but referee Brett Huxtable had already pointed to the spot.

Elito then skied the penalty over the crossbar prompting boos and jeers from the home fans as the teams went into the tunnel for half-time with Johnson’s side leading.

The U’s started the second half brightly as Waters played in Bradley Halliday, who just failed to get enough on the ball as Flinders gathered at his feet right inside the penalty area.

But the home side didn’t have to wait long to get back into the game again, as Maris ran through the Cheltenham defence and coolly slotted into the bottom corner as the goals continued to flow.

Another Cranston foul resulted in a penalty which Brown then converted, sending Flinders the wrong way to put Cambridge ahead for the first time in the game after 60 minutes.

Joe Morrell then danced his way into the six-yard-box with 15 minutes to go, but Forde was on hand to block his shot as the Robins pushed hard to get back into the game.

Boyle then cleverly headed the ball to Eisa, who steadied himself and slotted into the back of the net to bring the scores level again, despite claims of offside from the home fans.

But following a mad goal-mouth scramble, Corr found a gap and fired into the top corner after three blocked attempts inside a crowded penalty box to grab the winner for the U’s.

CAMBRIDGE: Forde (Gk), Halliday, Carroll, Deegan, Waters (Dunk 71), Taft, Maris, Brown, Elito (Corr 56), Lewis (Amoo 45). Subs not used: Mitov (Gk), Legge, Darling, Foy.

ROBINS: Flinders (Gk), Cranston (Wright 62), Atangana, Winchester, Boyle, Sellars, Eisa, Morrell, Moore (Grimes 56), Chatzitheodoridis, Lloyd (Rodon 66). Subs not used: Lovett (Gk), Bower, Dawes, Andrews.

REFEREE: Brett Huxtable

ATTENDANCE: 3,853 (138 from Cheltenham)

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Ticket News

Ticket & Travel News: Cambridge United Away

19 April 2018

Cheltenham Town hit the road for the penultimate time this season when we travel to Cambridge United in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) – and full ticket and travel news is now available.

Tickets for this match at the Abbey Stadium are on sale NOW from our Ticket Office.

Prices from our office can be seen below. Please note, there will be a price increase of £2 on the day of the game in Cambridge.

  • Adults - £16
  • Concessions (64+, Students with NUS, Young Adult 18-21) - £12
  • Under 18 - £8
  • Under 12 - £5
  • Under 5 – FREE

Wheelchair users pay £15 with carer FOC. Contact CUFC to purchase on 01223 566 500.

We also have a coach going to Cambridge, that will leave at 10.15am, with places available now:

  • Members: £18 adults, £16 concessions
  • Non-members: £20 adults, £18 concessions

For further information call the Ticket Office at the LCI Rail Stadium on 01242 573558 (option 1) or email tickets@ctfc.com

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