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24 March 2018 Venue Checkatrade.com Stadium Attendance

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Preview: Crawley Town V Robins

23 March 2018

Cheltenham Town make the long trip to Sussex to face Crawley Town at the Checkatrade.com Stadium in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

The Robins are undefeated in four league games, after a 1-1 draw with Chesterfield last weekend, and emphatically defeated Swindon Town 3-0 in the club’s last away outing.

Crawley still have play-off hopes, despite a 3-2 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers in midweek, and are currently in 12th spot in the division, eight points ahead of Gary Johnson’s men.

When then teams met earlier in the season the game ended 1-0 at the LCI Rail Stadium as Mo Eisa grabbed the winner.

The Opposition:

Crawley Manager Harry Kewell has urged his players to keep playing the right way when they face Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

The Red Devils suffered a midweek defeat to Wycombe Wanderers but Kewell was pleased with the manner in which his team performed.

“I was not disappointed with the way my players played. We played the right way. If that’s the way Wycombe want to play that’s fair enough, congratulations to them,” he said afterwards.

"Long ball and hope. It wasn’t as if they scored from open play. They made the referee make decisions and Jacobson has a wonderful delivery and with that came three goals. "But again, rewatch the goals, there was interference with pulling shirts on my players."

Kewell has also praised striker Karlan Ahearne-Grant, who has taken League Two by storm since moving on loan from Charlton, having notched his seventh goal in eight games on Wednesday night.

“He's a wonderful talent. I think he just wants to play football. There's a stigma in League Two football, to play long. But it's not really," said the Australian.

"Players only follow manager's orders. When you get a team who wants to play football, who forces the play, they can play it.

"Karlan has come in and given my team a big boost, I'm not going to lie. He's given them confidence and he's given other players confidence. He wants to come and play the game properly."

Team News:

Cheltenham team news: Manager Gary Johnson will be without Joe Morrell and Joe Rodon who are away with Wales Under-21s. Jordon Forster returned in reserve team in the week as he pushes for a first team recall.

Crawley team news: The Red Devils are without Dutch striker Thomas Verheydt, who is still recovering from a knee problem. Josh Yorwerth will be available following suspension and Jordan Roberts is fit. Crawley will be still be without Josh Doherty, who is out after surgery on his hand, and Mark Connolly, who serves a one-match ban for his dismissal against Wycombe.

The man in the middle:

Referee Chris Sarginson – who has taken charge of 36 games this season and handed out 118 yellow cards and five red cards - will take charge of the league clash at the Checkatrade.com Stadium. He has already officiated the Robins twice season, taking charge of the 2-0 defeat to Yeovil and 1-0 win over Lincoln City on home soil. He will be assisted by Steve Brown, Greg Read and fourth official Dean Treleaven.

Last time we met:

12/08/17 – Cheltenham Town 1-0 Crawley Town (L2)

14/04/17 – Crawley Town 0-0 Cheltenham Town (L2)

15/09/16 – Cheltenham Town 2-1 Crawley Town (L2)

06/08/13 – Cheltenham Town 4-3 Crawley Town (CC)

07/02/12 – Crawley Town 4-2 Cheltenham Town (L2)

Ticket Information:

Tickets for this match – both terracing and seating - at the Checkatrade.com Stadium are on sale NOW from our Ticket Office.

Prices from our office can be seen below:

Seating:

  • Adults - £20
  • Seniors (65+) - £15
  • Under-21s - £13
  • Under-18s - £10
  • Under-16s - £4
  • Under-11s - £1

Terracing:

  • Adults - £16
  • Seniors (65+) - £12
  • Under-21s - £11
  • Under-18s - £10
  • Under-16s - £4
  • Under-11s - £1


Wheelchair tickets can be bought from the Ticket Office at the LCI Rail Stadium.

The supporter coach to this fixture is SOLD OUT.

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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REPORT: Crawley Town 3-5 Robins

24 March 2018

Five-star Cheltenham Town produced a stunning and ruthless attacking display as they put Crawley Town to the sword in Sky Bet League Two.

The Robins enjoyed an absolute dream first half in Sussex as the returning Harry Pell grabbed two early goals – one a long range stunner - before in-form striker Mo Eisa netted for the comfort of a 3-0 lead.

Eisa then netted his 20th league goal of the season just after the break - to equal Julian Alsop's club record in a Football League season.

Karlan Ahearne-Grant netted from close range for the hosts before Will Boyle hit back, rising highest to nod home a free header from a corner.

Eisa was inches from his second hat-trick of the season - rattling the post from range - before goals from Camara and Young gave the home side late hope.

Manager Gary Johnson made one change for the fixture as Pell replaced Joe Morrell, who was away after playing for Wales Under-21s. Jerell Sellars, Manny Onriase and Elijah Adebayo returned on the bench.

And the Robins were straight into their stride, almost taking the lead after less than five minutes when Kevin Dawson and Eisa combined to take the ball off Mark Randall but Dawson's rising shot fizzed over.

But less than 60 seconds later home defender Lewis Young was the next to be robbed of possession and Pell strode forward, took aim and unleashed a superb 25-yard strike that arrowed into the top corner.

Then, just minutes later, the away side went further ahead as Eisa raced away – after handball appeals were waved away - to break the offside trap and, after going around the goalkeeper, was taken down for a penalty by Josh Yorwerth.

Pell's spot kick was well saved by home stopper Glenn Morris low down to his left, but the midfielder remained calm to turn home the rebound into the net to cap a perfect opening 12 minutes.

Crawley looked to respond with a surging run from midfield freeing up room for Randall to try his luck, but Scott Flinders comfortably saved well to his left.

But it was Cheltenham who were playing all the neat and incisive football as Dawson, playing in the centre of the park, found midfield partner Winchester who almost rolled in a marauding Nigel Atangana.

Eisa was next to burst away down the right wing, after a lovely find from Jake Andrews, and he almost picked out Pell at the back post, only for Lewis Young to turn the ball over his own bar.

The Robins were repeatedly finding acres of space in the middle of the park as they patiently probed for openings.

Ilias Chatzitheodoris almost picked out Dawson with a drilled pass before Winchester crashed a shot over the bar after being played in by the threatening Eisa.

Crawley were rocking and went further behind when a superb cross field ball picked out Eisa who beat the offside trap, took the ball down and - after being pushed wide by Morris - took his time to fire home.

One minute from half-time it nearly got even worse for the Red Devils when Eisa cleverly rolled in Chatzitheodoris but his low shot was well saved by the over-worked Morris.

Two minutes after the restart, though, the home side imploded once again.

A high ball over the top was poorly headed home and Eisa nipped in, rounded the goalkeeper and slotted home from a tight angle for his 20th of the season in front of wild away celebrations.

Home forward Ahearne-Grant hit back, as he took advantage of some poor defending at the back post to stab the ball under Flinders.

But back roared the Robins and any hopes of a home comeback were ended when corner was met by an unmarked Boyle who headed home from six yards to restore the four-goal lead.

Eisa was then so close to his treble when he curled a shot against the upright from 18 yards out.

Johnson took the chance to make changes and gave young striker George Lloyd a run, as he came on after 67 minutes, alongside Brian Graham.

Crawley by now had thrown all caution to the wind and hit back once more, with Panutche Camara heading home from close range.

Graham almost scored a sixth when he cut inside the last man but was denied by a superb last ditch block from the hosts.

Young got another back for Crawley, turning the ball home from six yards out after Flinders just failed to hold onto a bobbling shot, but it was no more than a late consolation as the Robins held firm.

CRAWLEY: Morris (Gk), Young, McNerney, Yorwerth (Tajbakash 67), Evina (Roberts 61), Boldewijn, Smith, Bulman, Ahearne-Grant, Randall, Camara. Subs not used: Mersin (Gk), Sanoh, Payne, Lelan, Djalo.

ROBINS: Flinders (Gk), Grimes, Atangana, Pell, Dawson, Winchester (Graham 67), Boyle, Eisa, Moore, Chatzitheodoridis (Cranston 78), Andrews (Lloyd 67). Subs not used: Adebayo, Sellars, Lovett (Gk).

ATTENDANCE: 2,172 (155 away)

REFEREE: Chris Sarginson

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Ticket News

Ticket & Travel News: Crawley away

22 March 2018

Cheltenham Town are away from home on Saturday (March 24) when we visit Crawley Town in Sky Bet League Two (kick-off 3pm) – and full ticket and travel details are now available.

Tickets for this match – both terracing and seating - at the Checkatrade.com Stadium are on sale NOW from our Ticket Office.

Prices from our office can be seen below:

Seating:

  • Adults - £20
  • Seniors (65+) - £15
  • Under-21s - £13
  • Under-18s - £10
  • Under-16s - £4
  • Under-11 - £1

Terracing:

  • Adults - £16
  • Seniors (65+) - £12
  • Under-21s - £11
  • Under-18s - £10
  • Under-16s - £4
  • Under-11 - £1


Wheelchair tickets can be bought from the Ticket Office at the LCI Rail Stadium.

The coach to Crawley Town is now SOLD OUT.

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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