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Preview: Robins V Forest Green

13 April 2018

Derby day! Cheltenham Town face local rivals Forest Green Rovers in a massive Sky Bet League Two clash at the LCI Rail Stadium (kick-off 3pm).

The Robins will be looking to build on a confidence-boosting 3-0 win over Morecambe last weekend and ensure they finish above the Green Devils in the standings.

Forest Green suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Barnet last weekend – a result that moved the Bees off the foot of the table – and are currently 22nd in the table and 11 points behind the Robins.

Striker Mo Eisa grabbed a goal as the teams drew 1-1 when they met at The New Lawn in November.

The Opposition:

Forest Green boss Mark Cooper insists Football League survival is in his side’s own hands as they prepare for the local derby.

Rovers lost 1-0 to Barnet last time out – extended their winless run on the road to 12 games.

“We know what we have got to do, it’s in our own hands and we must stay calm and not get bogged down in the Barnet result and move on to Cheltenham,” said Cooper.

“I have to look at the team selection for Cheltenham and some players have probably not done enough to stay in the team.”

Team News:

Cheltenham: Manager Gary Johnson will assess the fitness of midfielders Carl Winchester and Kevin Dawson after both players missed home clash with Morecambe through injury.

Forest Green Rovers: Visiting boss Mark Cooper has declared that he has a full squad to pick from on derby day.

The man in the middle:

Referee Ollie Yates will take charge of the league clash at the LCI Rail Stadium. He has taken charge of four games this season, giving out 14 yellow cards. He previously took charge of our home 1-1 draw with Chesterfield in March His assistants are Grant Taylor and Michael D’Aguilar, whilst the fourth official is Joe Clark.

Last time we met:           

25/11/17 – Forest Green Rovers 1-1 Cheltenham (L2)

03/10/17 - Cheltenham 1-2 Forest Green Rovers (CC)

21/11/15 – Cheltenham 1-1 Forest Green Rovers (NL)

22/09/15 – Forest Green Rovers 1-1 Cheltenham (NL)

06/09/14 – Morecambe 0-0 Cheltenham (L2)

Ticket Information:

Home Supporters:

Home supporters can buy online by clicking HERE - fans can also buy in person by visiting the Ticket Office during office hours on Friday (10am until 3pm).

Currently there is very limited availability in the Autovillage Main Stand. Only single seats remain in block B and we have limited seats in blocks A and C.

Only single seats remain in blocks 3,4 and 5 of the Colin Farmer Stand. There is also very limited seating in blocks 2 and 6.

Home fans will be able to buy tickets on matchday - further details of availability will be announced on Friday.

Away Supporters:

Away fans are advised that this is an ALL TICKET match - no tickets will be sold to visiting supporters on matchday in Cheltenham. 

Forest Green Rovers have their allocation of tickets so away fans should contact the club direct to buy.

Any away fans who attempt to enter the stadium with tickets in home areas will be refused entry or ejected.

Away supporters are also advised that no flags or drums will be allowed in the Hazlewoods Stand due to the maximum capacity allocation for this fixture.

Car Park & Robin's Nest:

Fans are advised that the car park is now SOLD OUT and no more spaces are available. Please only park at the LCI Rail Stadium if you have a pre-booked parking space.

The Robins Nest bar will also be open for home fans only on matchday. Please arrive early as the bar will operate on a first come, first served basis. Once the bar is at capacity no more fans will be allowed entry. 

All fans are reminded that a full bag check will be in operation for this fixture. Please arrive early to avoid queues and ensure a safe and quick entry into the stadium. 

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

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REPORT: Robins 0-1 Forest Green

14 April 2018

Cheltenham Town narrowly lost the Gloucestershire derby after Christian Doidge’s late first half strike was enough for Forest Green Rovers to take all three points at the LCI Rail Stadium.

Just like in the reverse fixture at The New Lawn, Doidge opened the scoring after combining well with Reuben Reid on the edge of the box, then rifling an unstoppable shot into the top corner after 43 minutes.

Despite a spirited second half display, Cheltenham were unable to find a way back into the game, as the visitors boosted their survival hopes with victory.

Gary Johnson made two changes to the side that beat Morecambe last week, as Joe Rodon and Carl Winchester replaced Will Boyle and George Lloyd.

Defender Jordon Forster made his long-awaited return to the squad, starting on the bench.

There was a great atmosphere inside a packed LCI Rail Stadium as Reuben Reid forced an early corner for the visitors after his long-range shot hit Jamie Grimes and looped over the crossbar.

In the sixth minute, Joe Morrell’s deep free-kick was headed over by a Rovers defender for a corner at the Speedy Skips End, but goalkeeper Brad Collins was fouled when the set-piece was crossed in.

After Reece Brown switched the play well in the 11th minute, left-back Scott Laird whipped in a dangerous cross, but Scott Flinders bravely claimed the ball at the feet of Doidge.

It took until the 25-minute mark for the first Cheltenham shot on target as Winchester’s attempted curler was caught by Collins between the sticks.

The Robins captain then tried to pick out Jamie Grimes with a clipped through-ball, but the defender failed to get a touch to bring it down inside the penalty box.

In the 33rd minute Chris Clements forced Flinders to tip the ball over the crossbar with a dipping free-kick after Ilias Chatzitheodoridis committed a foul on the edge of the box.

Five minutes later a surprising burst forward from Taylor Moore saw him beat his man on the edge of the Forest Green penalty area and hit a shot just wide of Collins’ far post as the hosts started to grow into the game late into the half.

Mo Eisa then chased down Rodon’s header from a corner and found Jerell Sellars on the edge of the box, but his low cross-shot was just missed by the sliding Harry Pell at the far post.

But in the 43rd minute, Forest Green got in behind and after a quick passing move between Reid and Doidge, the latter smashed into the top corner to give Mark Cooper’s side the lead at half-time with his 17th League Two goal of the season.

Winchester tried his luck again early in the second half as his deflected effort was gathered by Collins before Forest Green launched a counter-attack as Reid was released into space out wide - but Brown’s shot on the turn was smartly held by Flinders.

The Robins then broke away themselves after winning the ball back but once again Winchester shot off target as the hosts desperately tried to find a way back into the derby.

Gavin Gunning’s backheel flick just dropped wide before Eisa cut inside and tried to find the bottom corner at the other end, but Collins made a good diving save to push it wide as the match opened up on the hour mark in the sunny Cotswolds.

A messy situation inside the home penalty box resulted in a ping-pong situation before Haydn Hollis spurned a great chance to settle the game, smashing over from close-range but his blushes were spared by the offside flag.

Danny Wright was introduced for Cheltenham, replacing Harry Pell in the 68th minute as Johnson looked to add more firepower in the hope of finding a leveller.

Brian Graham followed suit in coming on with 15 minutes to go for Nigel Atangana as the Robins went all-out-attack.

The increased aerial presence up top nearly made an instant impact as a header down from a free-kick fell to Eisa, who sliced a half-volley wide despite appealing that it took a deflection.

A rare opportunity at the other end was headed wide by Doidge, who stretched but failed to get a telling touch on a free-kick.

Cooper’s side held on though, to secure a rare away victory at the LCI Rail Stadium.

ROBINS: Flinders (Gk), Grimes, Atangana (Graham 76), Pell (Wright 68), Winchester, Sellars (Andrews 84), Eisa, Morrell, Rodon, Moore, Chatzitheodoridis. Subs not used: Lovett (Gk), Cranston, Forster, Lloyd.

FOREST GREEN: Collins (Gk), Laird, Collins, Doidge, Brown (Grubb 73), Gunning, Rawson, Clements (Bray 79), Reid (Campbell 86), Hollis, Osbourne. Subs not used:Bennett, Cooper, Wishart, Belford (Gk).

REFEREE: Ollie Yates

ATTENDANCE: 4,744 (765 from Forest Green)

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Ticket News

Tickets: How to buy for today's derby clash

14 April 2018

Home supporters are advised of the following ticketing arrangements for matchday sales for the derby day clash with Forest Green Rovers in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Home Supporters:

Autovillage Main Stand: Currently there is extremely limited availability in the main stand. Only single seats remain in block B and we have limited seats in blocks A and C. These tickets will only be available from the Ticket Office on Saturday and not on the turnstiles.

Colin Farmer Stand: Tickets will be available on the turnstiles from 1.30pm on Saturday (cash only) for blocks 1, 2, 6 and 7. Last few single seats in blocks 3, 4 and 5 available from the Ticket Office only.

Speedy Skips Stand/Paddock: Tickets will be available on the turnstiles from 1.30pm on Saturday (cash only).

Home supporters can buy online by clicking HERE until 10.30am on Saturday.

Away Supporters:

Away fans are advised that this is an ALL TICKET match - no tickets will be sold to visiting supporters on matchday. Any away fans who attempt to enter the stadium with tickets in home areas will be refused entry or ejected.

Away supporters are also advised that no flags or drums will be allowed in the Hazlewoods Stand due to the ticket allocation for this fixture.

Car Park & Robin's Nest:

Fans are advised that the car park is now SOLD OUT and no more spaces are available on matchday.

The Robins Nest bar will also be open for home fans only on matchday. Please arrive early as the bar will operate on a first come, first served basis. Once the bar is at capacity no more fans will be allowed entry. 

All fans are reminded that a full bag check will be in operation for this fixture. Please arrive early to avoid queues and ensure a safe and quick entry into the stadium. 

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