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Preview: Cheltenham V Cambridge

21 November 2017

Cheltenham Town are looking for a return to winning ways ahead of a big week of Sky Bet League Two action as Cambridge United arrive at the LCI Rail Stadium on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

Gary Johnson’s men – currently 16th in the division - are looking to bounce back from defeat at league leaders Notts County on Saturday and secure a confidence boosting win ahead of derby day this weekend.

Cambridge and manager Shaun Derry are also eager for a response after a 7-0 away defeat at Luton at the weekend left them in 14th spot – three points ahead of the Robins.

The Opposition:

Cambridge assistant manager Joe Dunne admits Cambridge United cannot allow themselves to dwell on their heavy defeat to Luton Town last time out.

it was the U’s biggest defeat in the Football League - a surprising stat given that the club has secured nine clean sheets this season.

“Our clean sheet record has been good so far this season and you go into Luton on the back of that feeling you can stay strong," said Dunne. “Most people in the game would look at that and think ‘wow, how has that happened to Cambridge?’

“Even the best can concede goals on some days. It’s never nice when it happens, it’s not great for us but you have to move on, we have to take whatever criticism comes our way and what criticism has come our way and be brave enough now to go on and do something about it.

“There’s still time available and results available good and bad,” he added. “The difficulty is the emotion is still raw from Saturday. We fully understand that, but we need to change that mind-set quickly and get back on the winning trail.

“We need to be brave enough to park that; we can’t dwell on it and we must respond to it.”

Team News:

Cheltenham team news: Striker Brian Graham will be assessed after missing the defeat at Notts County with a hamstring issue. Goalkeeper Jon Flatt (elbow) and striker Freddie Hinds (illness) could also come into consideration. Kevin Dawson is suspended while Jordan Cranston, Jaanai Gordon and Jordon Forster remain long-term injury casualties.

Cambridge team news: The U’s were without the strike-force of Jabo Ibehre and Uche Ikpeazu for the heavy defeat to Luton. However, Ikpeazu is now expected to return after serving his one game ban. Ade Azeez remains the only other injury concern for the U's.

The man in the middle:

Oxfordshire referee John Busby – who has taken charge of 19 games this season and handed out 54 yellow cards and three red cards - will take charge of the league clash at the LCI Rail Stadium. He will be assisted by Andrew Laver, Christopher Kidd and fourth official Joe Clark.

Last time we met:

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)

22/02/05 – Cambridge United 1-0 Cheltenham (L2)

Ticket Information:

Fans will be able to buy tickets in person from the Ticket Office on Tuesday between 10am and 3pm. The Ticket Office will re-open ahead of the game at 5pm.

You can also buy online by clicking HERE until Tuesday afternoon at 4pm.

On matchday, the Ticket Office will be open for collections from 10am and limited seating will also be available for fans wishing to pay by card on the night.

All remaining seats will be available for cash purchasers on the night from the turnstiles from 6.30pm.

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

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REPORT: Cheltenham 0-0 Cambridge United

21 November 2017

Cheltenham Town were forced to settle for a point after a frustrating night against Cambridge United at the LCI Rail Stadium.

The Robins impressed in the opening half of the Sky Bet League Two encounter with both Harry Pell and the recalled Jerell Sellars going close.

But the second half saw the resolute U's dig in and even threaten from set pieces as they held Gary Johnsons men out to secure a tenth clean sheet of the season

On a wet and blustery night in Gloucestershire, the first chance of the game was fashioned by Carl Winchester as he exchanged passes with Storer but his drive flicked off a diving Greg Taylor and over.

Cheltenham were enjoying long spells of possession as they probed for an opening against a Cambridge team clearly eager to show defensive resolve after the 7-0 humbling against Luton.

Wales Under-21 ace Joe Morrell led a quick break out from deep inside his own half and rolled in Sellars, but his cross-shot was too strong for Wright as he lurked in the middle.

The all-action Harry Pell then robbed Jake Carroll and burst into the box before testing David Forde with a near post drive.

Cambridge showed they could be a threat too with a weaving run from Uche Ikpeazu allowing to glide into the box before, as Scott Flinders raced out to apply pressure, Will Boyle cleared the low cross.

The game was halted for nine minutes after a nasty clash of heads between Pell and Liam O'Neil, with the Cambridge man forced off and replaced by Paul Lewis.

On the resumption, Cheltenham looked to get back up to pace quickly with Morrell providing the spark as he cut inside off the left wing and fired a shot that deflected wide.

The Robins made an early change themselves on 44 minutes as Winchester was replaced by Freddie Hinds.

And the hosts almost snatched a goal in added time as Pell brilliantly swiveled and cracked a sweet shot that the impressive Forde did well to palm over.

Cambridge slowly grew into the game as the second half wore on with Piero Mingoia and Leon Legge going close.

Morrell again showed his quick feet cut to test Forde's handling while Sellars looked to create room with a number of piercing runs past men.

The U's, though, continued to look very dangerous from set pieces with a corner causing issues before an unmarked Greg Taylor lashed a shot over from ten yards when he should have tested Flinders.

A late flurry from the hosts saw Pell curl narrowly wide and Morrell work the goalkeeper with a free kick.

But there was no way through as the Robins took a point as all eyes now turn to Nailsworth and derby day on Saturday.

CHELTENHAM TOWN: Flinders; O'Shaughnessy, Grimes, Boyle, Moore, Winchester (Hinds 44), Storer (Atangana 83), Morrell, Pell, Sellars, Wright. Subs not used: Lovett (Gk), Bower, Eisa.

CAMBRIDGE UNITED: Forde, Halliday, Carroll, Deegan, Taylor, Legge, Mingoia (Brown 80), Ikpeazu, Dunk, O'Neil (Lewis 34), Elito. Subs not used: Mitov (Gk), Taft, Osadebe, Maris, Davies.

REFEREE: John Busby

ATTENDANCE: 2,266 (152 from Cambridge)

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Ticket News

Tickets for tonight vs Cambridge United

21 November 2017

Supporters are advised that tickets for tonight’s Sky Bet League Two encounter with Cambridge United at the LCI Rail Stadium (kick-off 7.45pm) will be available from the turnstiles right up until kick-off.

Supporters will be able to buy tickets in person from the Ticket Office until 3pm.

The Ticket Office will then re-open at 5pm with limited seating available for fans wishing to pay by card on the night. Collections will also be open.

All remaining seats will be available for cash purchasers on the day from the turnstiles from 6.30pm.

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.

Fans are reminded that access to the Robins Nest bar on matchdays is always 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 tonight to the LCI Rail Stadium!

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