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Preview: Robins V Chesterfield

16 March 2018

Cheltenham Town are back on home soil this Saturday as the Robins face Chesterfield in Sky Bet League Two at the LCI Rail Stadium (kick-off 3pm).

Gary Johnson’s men go into the clash in high spirits after the thumping 3-0 derby day win over Swindon Town last weekend, courtesy of goals from Jake Andrews and Mo Eisa (2).

Chesterfield dropped to the foot of the division during the week without playing, after Barnet claimed a point against Port Vale.

The Spireites lost 3-1 to Lincoln City last weekend, despite taking the lead through Alex Whitmore.

The Robins won 2-0 when the teams met at the Proact Stadium, with top scorer Mo Eisa grabbing both goals.

The Opposition:

Manager Jack Lester believes Cheltenham Town could have been challenging in the top seven if they have found some consistency this season.

He said: “I think they’re in their best form, and there’s not the pressure of going up or down, the shackles are off and they’ve probably produced their best performances of the season.

“If they were consistent, then they’d be up there, if you watched them recently, you’d wonder why they’re not in the top seven. So, it’s a tough game and we’re going to have to be ready for it.

“We’ve got everybody in and around us, but you’ve got to start winning football matches."

                                    

Team News:

Cheltenham team news: Midfielder Harry Pell could return to the side after completing a two-match suspension. Jerell Sellars will be assessed after missing the Swindon game with an ankle injury.

Chesterfield team news: Goalkeeper Joe Anyon has returned to training after a broken arm and will challenge for a staring jersey. Ian Evatt misses out while Louis Doods and Jordan Sinnot have returned to training. Jerone Binnom-Williams could also return after a heavy cold.

The man in the middle:

Referee Ollie Yates will take charge of the league clash at the LCI Rail Stadium. He will be assisted by Paul Hobday, Mark Derrien, and fourth official Ian Rathbone.

Last time we met:

30/09/17 – Cheltenham 2-0 Chesterfield (L2)

25/02/14 – Cheltenham 1-4 Chesterfield (L2)

10/08/13 – Chesterfield 2-0 Cheltenham (L2)

05/03/13 – Cheltenham 1-0 Chesterfield (L2)

20/11/12 – Chesterfield 4-1 Cheltenham (L2)

Ticket Information:

Fans are advised that tickets will be available from the Ticket Office right up until kick-off.

Supporters will be able to buy tickets in person from the Ticket Office on matchday and you can also buy online by clicking HERE

As always, fans collecting pre-paid tickets are asked to arrive early to avoid any queues and to enable easy access into the LCI Rail Stadium.

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REPORT: Robins 1-1 Chesterfield

17 March 2018

Super-sub Brian Graham came off the bench and scored with his first touch to equalise late on as Cheltenham Town were held by Chesterfield in Sky Bet League Two at the LCI Rail Stadium.

After a poor first half, Kristian Dennis controlled a long pass and poked the ball under Cheltenham goalkeeper Scott Flinders to give the Spireites a surprise lead in the 74th minute.

But just five minutes later, Graham turned in Joe Morrell’s cross to score his fifth goal of the season and make an instant impact off the bench to earn the Robins a point in a snowy Gloucestershire.

Gary Johnson named an unchanged side after the impressive 3-0 win at Swindon Town last week.

The Robins lined-up 4-5-1 and Harry Pell also returned to the bench after serving a two-match suspension.

Chesterfield, chasing only a second away victory since October, started with intent as full-back Drew Talbot shot straight at Scott Flinders after a deep cross into the box.

Fresh from his first goal in the Football League last week, Jake Andrews hit a dipping long range shot into the side-netting, before nearly getting onto the end of a neat passing move inside the six-yard-box.

It was the hosts who were enjoying most of the possession during the opening 20 minutes, with two tight offside flags denying them a route in behind the Chesterfield defence.

After a poor defensive header, Carl Winchester played a lifted through ball over to Kevin Dawson, but the Irishman failed to make a connection with an outstretched leg.

Morrell and Nigel Atangana then called Spireites’ goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale into two smart saves with strikes from long distance as Cheltenham began to turn the screw.

But then came a big let off for the hosts, as Spireites top scorer Kristian Dennis completely missed the ball when unchallenged inside the penalty area after Taylor Moore’s wayward header.

At the other end, Eisa raced through on goal but a brilliant one handed save from Ramsdale pushed the ball wide before Andrews missed the target at the back post, sliding wide with an open goal gaping.

Andy Kellett then really should have put the visitors ahead, but after a direct run into the Cheltenham box, his bobbling shot agonisingly dribbled wide as the teams went into half-time level.

Chesterfield captain Robbie Weir then sliced a volley well wide after a miss-kick from Atangana as snowfall descended over the Cotswolds.

With results going their way elsewhere, the visitors enjoyed a better spell in the early stages of the second half, despite not testing Flinders.

Will Boyle then headed wide before substitute Pell half-volleyed a shot from the edge of the box just off target in the 58th minute for Cheltenham.

Following a Spireites corner, Jacob Brown curled a shot into the arms of Flinders, but they were still yet to test the Cheltenham keeper.

Johnson’s side were back in control as the second period wore on, but they still lacked that crucial ball in the final third, as they continued to force corners and crosses into the penalty area.

But against the run of play came the opener, as a long ball found Dennis inside the six-yard-box and the Chesterfield striker brought it down and prodded underneath Flinders for his 16th of the campaign.

Johnson made two changes shortly afterwards, and striker Graham scored with his first touch to bring Cheltenham level in the 79th minute when he tapped in Morrell’s brilliant cross.

That goal clearly got the hosts going, as Ilias Chatzitheodoridis hit a swerving shot just over and wide of the target as they went all out to try and get a winner.

Louis Dodds’ cross was carried by the wind and nearly resulted in a late winner for Chesterfield, but the score remained level at full-time.

ROBINS: Flinders (Gk), Grimes (Rodon 73), Atangana, Dawson (Graham 78), Winchester ©, Boyle, Eisa, Morrell, Moore, Chatzitheodoridis, Andrews (Pell 54).

Subs not used: Cranston, Lovett (Gk), Odelusi, Lloyd.

CHESTERFIELD: Ramsdale (Gk), Dennis, Smith, Talbot, Kellett, Barry, Weir ©, Whitmore, Nelson, Kay (Binnom-Williams 82), Brown (Dodds 73).

Subs not used: O’Grady, Anyon (Gk), McGuire, McCourt, Hines.

ATTENDANCE: 2822 (300 away)

REFEREE: Ollie Yates

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Ticket News

Ticket & Match Information: Chesterfield

17 March 2018

Fans are advised that tickets for today’s Sky Bet League Two encounter with Chesterfield at the LCI Rail Stadium (kick-off 3pm) will be available from the Ticket Office right up until kick-off.

As always, fans collecting pre-paid tickets are asked to arrive early to avoid any queues and to enable easy access into the LCI Rail Stadium.

Matchday ticket collections information:

  • If you have purchased tickets in the Autovillage Main Stand, Paddock or Tunnel areas your tickets will be available for collection at the Ticket Office.
  • If you have purchased tickets in the Colin Farmer Stand your tickets will be available from the collection point located at that stand.

In order to collect your tickets, please remember you will need to quote your name and postcode at the relevant collection points.

Please note, the car park is SOLD OUT and only those with pre-booked parking should park here. If parking in nearby streets please park with consideration for local residents.

Fans are reminded that access to the Robins Nest bar on matchdays is always open on a first come, first served basis and if the bar reaches capacity there will be no further admittance. Please arrive early to avoid any disappointment.

We look forward to welcoming you to the LCI Rail Stadium!

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