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Preview: Exeter V Robins

1 April 2018

Cheltenham Town make the Bank Holiday Monday trip to Devon to face Exeter City at St James Park in Sky Bet League Two (kick-off 3pm).

The Robins are looking to return to winnings ways after the club’s five game unbeaten run came to an end with a narrow 1-0 defeat to Carlisle United at the LCI Rail Stadium on Good Friday.

The Grecians also started the Easter weekend with defeat – a 3-2 loss to Lincoln City – and will be keen to get a result as they chase a promotion spot.

Exeter are currently fifth in the table and only five points behind third placed Wycombe with a game in hand.

When then teams met earlier in the season a pulsating encounter ended 4-3 to the Grecians at the LCI Rail Stadium.

The Opposition:

Exeter Manager Paul Tisdale was in a positive mood despite Exeter City's 3-2 defeat to promotion rivals Lincoln City on Good Friday.

Lincoln’s Ollie Palmer won it for the hosts late on, leaving Tisdale to draw on the positives of the performance, if not the result.

“I really enjoyed the game, terribly disappointed to have lost but we played really well,” he said. “It was a cracking game of football that could have gone either way and there’s plenty of games to go.

“I wanted to win that game as much as anybody but it was a cracking performance from our lads with players missing – even changes half an hour before kick-off with illness, Troy Archibald-Henville was sick, we had quite a few players who were sick, he was too unwell, so we had to make changes at that point.

“I thought we played really, really well and I’m leaving here very upbeat really, because the players responded every step of the way to what happened.

“It’s this stage of the season, there’s no excuses, there’s no feeling sorry for yourself – I don’t feel sorry for myself, I saw a team play really well, battle, play its football and compete,” he added.

“We won lots of set pieces and challenged against a very good team, okay they won the game but they’ve just shaded it – it could have gone our way, it didn’t.

“We came off the pitch really disappointed, our supporters clapped us off, the vast majority of them really pleased with what they saw, and that gives me more energy and confidence going into the next game, so come on, let’s get ready for Monday.”

Team News:

Cheltenham team news: Manager Gary Johnson has no new injury concerns but could recall midfielder Harry Pell to the starting line-up after illness ruled him out from the start against Carlisle United.

Exeter team news: Troy Archibald-Henville will be aiming to return after missing the Lincoln game through illness.

The man in the middle:

Referee Charles Breakspear – who has taken charge of 42 games this season and handed out 151 yellow cards and 16 red cards - will officiate the league clash at St James Park. He will be assisted by Matt Eva, Christopher Wade and Ronald Ganfield.

Last time we met:

26/08/17 – Cheltenham Town 3-4 Exeter City (L2)

14/03/17 – Exeter City 3-0 Cheltenham Town (L2)

10/11/16 – Cheltenham Town 1-3 Exeter City (L2)

21/03/15 – Cheltenham Town 1-2 Exeter City (L2)

26/12/14 – Exeter City 1-0 Cheltenham Town (L2)

Ticket Information:

Prices for tickets in the IP Office Main Stand on the day from Exeter can be seen below:

  • Adults - £23
  • Seniors (64+) - £20
  • Student (Over 18 with valid ID) - £20
  • Under-18s – £10.50

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REPORT: Exeter 2-1 Robins

2 April 2018

Carl Winchester’s fifth goal of the season wasn’t enough to prevent Cheltenham Town from losing on the road for the first time in three matches as Exeter City came from behind to win at St James Park.

In a first half where both sides hit the woodwork, Robins captain Winchester opened the scoring after taking aim from distance and finding the bottom corner to net after 37 minutes.

But the Grecians hit back just five minutes later as Robbie Simpson volleyed in a great cross from Pierce Sweeney to bring Paul Tisdale’s side level before the break.

Jerell Sellars and Hiram Boateng hit the post and crossbar in the second half as both teams pushed for a winner, but the hosts got it when Jordan Storey powered home a free header nine minutes from time to give the promotion chasers all three points.

Gary Johnson made one change to the team that lost to Carlisle United on Good Friday as Joe Rodon replaced the injured Jamie Grimes in defence.

Rodon was making his fifth start for Cheltenham Town as both Jake Andrews and Matt Bower returned to the bench.

Exeter striker Jayden Stockley was making his presence known early on, stretching to cross in the third minute before heading straight at Scott Flinders shortly afterwards.

A misplaced pass from Sellars then fell at the feet of former Robin Jake Taylor, but the City captain fired over the top from just outside the box.

It took until the 12th minute for the visitors to have their first attempt on goal as Sellars regained possession after losing it before laying the ball off for Kevin Dawson, but the Irishman shot well wide with his half-volley.

A quick break then saw Dawson play in Mo Eisa, but after beating his man the Sudan-born striker’s cross was hacked away inside the six-yard-box.

Then in the 20th minute, Nigel Atangana unleashed a rocket of a shot from the edge of the area which clipped the top of the crossbar on it’s way into St James Park’s Big Bank terrace.

Down at the other end, a dangerous cross forced a corner which after being cleared, fell for Sweeney just inside the penalty area, but the full-back curled his attempt high and wide.

The match was starting to open up as Sellars exchanged passes with Winchester before hitting a low shot inches wide of the far post.

The home side then hit the crossbar themselves after half an hour as Jordan Tillson’s diving header was saved by Flinders before Stockley’s deflected follow up shot hit the woodwork.

The marauding Atangana then set up Winchester, who hit a shot from all but 30-yards-out which nestled in the bottom corner despite the best efforts of Grecians’ keeper Christy Pym in the 37th minute.

It was the fourth away match in a row that the Robins had scored first, but their joy was short lived as Exeter hit back when Simpson’s superb close-range volley made it 1-1 in the 42nd minute.

Winchester was replaced at the interval by Harry Pell for Cheltenham, but it was the hosts who threatened first attacking their home end as Boateng set up Dean Moxey to shoot from a set-piece, but the attempt just went wide.

A burst down the right-hand side from Sweeney allowed Taylor to steady himself, but after being crowded out by the Robins defence, Boateng’s snap shot rolled off target.

The game settled down briefly before Sellars hit the post after dancing through the Exeter defence, making it the second time that Cheltenham were denied by the frame of the goal.

The visitors were starting to enjoy a good spell of pressure approaching the 70-minute mark, but the home back-line were holding firm despite some clever passing and build-up play from Johnson’s side.

Boateng’s deflected shot hit the top of the crossbar as Exeter came within inches for the second time, as the match was evenly poised heading into the final 15 minutes.

The Grecians took the lead for the first time when Storey rose highest to meet a corner with a towering header nine minutes from time in what was a cruel blow for the battling Robins.

That goal was enough to condemn Cheltenham to back to back losses over the Easter period.

 

EXETER CITY: Pym (Gk), Sweeney, Woodman, James, Tillson, Simpson (Jay 72), Stockley, Moxey, Taylor, Storey, Boateng. Subs not used:Jones (Gk), Archibald-Henville, Brunt, Wilson, Croll, Loft.

ROBINS: Flinders (Gk), Atangana, Dawson (Andrews 83), Winchester (Pell 45), Boyle, Sellars, Eisa, Morrell, Rodon, Moore, Chatzitheodoridis (Cranston 83). Subs not used:Lovett (Gk), Bower, Graham, Lloyd.

REFEREE: Charles Breakspear

ATTENDANCE: 4,420 (233 from Cheltenham)

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Ticket News

Ticket & Travel News: Exeter City away

28 March 2018

Cheltenham Town are away from home on Easter Monday (April 2) when we visit Exeter City in Sky Bet League Two (kick-off 3pm) – and full ticket and travel news is now available.

Tickets for this match at St James Park will be in sale from our Ticket Office up until kick-off for the Carlisle United fixture at the LCI Rail Stadium.

Prices for tickets in the IP Office Main Stand can be seen below:

  • Adults - £22
  • Seniors (64+) - £19
  • Student (Over 18 with valid ID) - £19
  • Under-18s – £9.50

There will be an increase in cost on matchday of £1 so fans are advised to buy from our Ticket Office in advance.

Wheelchair tickets can be bought from the Ticket Office at the Exeter City by calling 01392 411243 (option 2 or 3).

We also have a double decker coach going to Exeter, that will leave at 11am, with places available now:

  • Members: £14 adults, £12 concessions
  • Non-members: £16 adults, £14 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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