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Preview: Cheltenham V Lincoln City

19 October 2017

The Robins return to the LCI Rail Stadium on Saturday afternoon as Lincoln City visit us for a crucial Sky Bet League Two fixture (kick-off 3pm).

Cheltenham manager Gary Johnson will want his team to return to winning ways after a five-game unbeaten streak was ended with back-to-back defeats to Port Vale and Grimsby Town.

The Imps remain one of the form teams in the division and were in winning form in midweek as they defeated Swindon Town 1-0 thanks to Sean Raggett’s goal.

Lincoln are currently ninth in the table – seven points off top spot – while the Robins sit in 16th position.

The Opposition:

Lincoln Manager Danny Cowley has overseen a strong start to the season for the Red Imps, with six wins out of 14 games to find themselves just one point off the play-offs.

And he is full of praise for opposite number Gary Johnson and the work he has done at the Robins.

“We know Gary Johnson very well. He’s an excellent and very experienced manager,” said Cowley. “For them to get relegated [in 2015] and then bounce straight back shows his ability to bring a new team together.

“They’ve evolved quite a lot. They were quite direct when they got out of the Conference and even at the beginning of this season they were direct as well. But they’ve managed to make some very astute loan signings.

“They’ve got a nice balance and, having been able to get those players in, they’ve been able to evolve their style. They’ve had some really good results and prior to Saturday they were the most in-form team in the league.”

Team News:

Cheltenham team news: Manager Gary Johnson will wait to see if midfielders Kyle Storer and Harry Pell are fit to feature after the loss to Grimsby. Defender Will Boyle is also a concern after he was forced out of the midweek game in the warm-up. Jaanai Gordon and Jordon Forster remain long-term injury casualties.

Lincoln team news: Michael Bostwick sits this one out due to suspension. Winger Harry Anderson and left-back Sam Habergham (both knee) could be available. Sean Raggett picked up a dead leg during the first half in midweek, but is expected to passed fit.

The man in the middle:

Staffordshire-born referee Christopher Sarginson – who has handed out 39 yellow cards and two red cards in 14 league and cup games this season - will take charge of the league clash at the LCI. He will be assisted by Marvyn Amphlett, Oliver Bickle and fourth official Steven Rushton.

Last time we met:

30/04/16 – Cheltenham 3-1 Lincoln City (NL)

08/08/15 – Lincoln City 1-1 Cheltenham (NL)

25/04/11 – Lincoln City 0-2 Cheltenham (L2)

25/01/11 – Cheltenham 1-2 Lincoln City (L2)

03/04/10 – Cheltenham 1-0 Lincoln City (L2)

Ticket Information:

Fans will be able to buy tickets in person from the Ticket Office on Friday until 3pm and online by clicking HERE until Saturday morning at 11am.

On matchday, the Ticket Office will be open for collections from 12noon and limited seating will also be available for fans wishing to pay by card on the day.

All remaining seats will be available for cash purchasers on the night from the turnstiles from 1.30pm.

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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Match Reports

REPORT: Cheltenham 1-0 Lincoln

21 October 2017

Danny Wright's first half goal saw battling Cheltenham Town claim a brilliant 1-0 victory over Lincoln City at a wet and blustery LCI Rail Stadium.

Wright scored the game’s only goal after half an hour when he rolled a shot into the bottom corner of the net after making his own space in the penalty area. 

A superb second half rearguard, with goalkeeper Scott Flinders and his back four simply outstanding, saw the Robins dig deep and claim all three points n Sky Bet League Two.

Cheltenham made two changes to the starting line-up as Brian Graham and Will Boyle came into the team with Harry Pell and Nigel Atangana ruled out.

In heavy rain and swirling winds, that backed the Robins in the first half, it was the home side that created the first opening.

Full back Jordan Cranston was alert to steal possession down the left before he charged forward and saw a low fizzing drive across goal blocked.

Lincoln striker Billy Knott fired high and wide, after the ball ran kindly to him 18 yards out, as the visitors were forced to face the worst of the conditions early on.

Mo Eisa nearly scored a spectacular long range effort when, 25 yards out, he hit an early dipping shot that forced Vickers to race across his line and palm the ball wide for a corner.

Wright and Graham were having to work hard up top to try and control the ball in blustery conditions.

But when they did link up successfully they did so effectively to feed the on-rushing Carl Winchester who saw the ball sit up nicely but his effort rocket over the crossbar.

Eisa then picked up the ball on the left, ran direct and glided past two men before his curling effort just missed the top right corner in what would have been a contender for goal of the season if it found the net.

The opening goal came on the half hour when Wright collected a flick-on from Graham, wriggled past two men in a congested penalty area and his poked low effort found the bottom corner of the net.

Lincoln had a late chance in the half when the lively Knott, moments after firing wide, got into the box but his cross failed to find anyone and ran clear.

The visitors started the second half keen to use the conditions and started quickly with Josh Ginnelly firing just wide after Cheltenham were guilty of giving the ball away in the penalty area.

Ginnelly again threatened as he planted a free header straight at Flinders from Arnold's deep cross.

The Robins were playing into a fierce second half wind that made finding men difficult in the air.

When they did get it down Eisa fired over, after fashioning a chance with good strength, before the striker was unlucky when a clearance from Vickers rebounded off him and wide.

Matt Green saw a frim header brilliantly clawed over by Flinders as the home side came under pressure from a succession of corners.

And minutes later Flinders produced a simply sublime save to deny a dipping and curling effort from Maguire-Drew as he clawed it over the bar.

And the other end the Robins twice broke at pace as Dawson released Eisa who saw a deflected low shot saved by Vickers down to his lefthand post.

Eisa was denied again by another smart save from Vickers two minutes from time, after Graham linked up with him, as the Robins returned to winning ways.  

CHELTENHAM TOWN: Flinders; Cranston, Grimes, Boyle, Moore, Winchester, Morrell, Dawson, Graham, Eisa, Wright. Subs not used: Flatt (Gk), Storer, O'Shaughnessy, Sellars, Bower, Hinds, Davey.

LINCOLN CITY: Vickers, Long, Whitehouse, Ginnelly (Palmer 58), Green, Knott (Rhead 76), Dickie, Eardley, Raggett, Arnold (Maguire-Drew 65), Woodyard. Subs not used: Farman (Gk), Habergham, Waterfall, Palmer, Chapman.

REFEREE: Christopher Sarginson

ATTENDANCE: 3,312 (738 from Lincoln)

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Ticket News

Ticket & Match information for Lincoln City clash

20 October 2017

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

Supporters will be able to buy tickets in person from the Ticket Office on matchday from 12noon, with limited seating available for fans wishing to pay by card on the night. Collections will also be open from 12noon.

You can also buy online by clicking HERE until Saturday morning at 11am.

All remaining seats will be available for cash purchasers on the day from the turnstiles from 1.30pm.

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 Main Stand, sponsored by Autovillage, Paddock or Tunnel Areas your tickets on a matchday 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 the 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 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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