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Preview: Cheltenham V Swindon

6 October 2017

It’s derby day on Saturday at the LCI Rail Stadium as Cheltenham Town welcome Swindon Town in Sky Bet League Two (kick-off 3pm).

The Robins are flying high after going four games undefeated in the league, including a first away win since February last time out as they beat Chesterfield.

Swindon have won four of the last six in the league and currently occupy ninth spot in the standings. And they have been particularly impressive on the road, with a solitary defeat to Notts County the only game they have come unstuck.

The Opposition:

Swindon Town are one of the top travelers in Sky Bet League Two – but they do have an unwanted record at Whaddon Road.

The Robins have not scored in their last three visits to Gloucestershire and failed to win any of the games.

Manager David Flitcroft his urged his team to banish that record tomorrow and was in the crowd on Tuesday night for the Checkatrade Trophy clash with Forest Green to sample the atmosphere.

“The away support has been exceptional this season so we need to give them something to shout about. They’ve been amazing.

“We go there and we know what to expect. I was at the Cheltenham game on Tuesday so we’ve got a flavor of what to expect.”

Team News:

Cheltenham team news: The Robins will monitor the fitness of midfielder Kevin Dawson, after he missed the away fixture at Chesterfield. Striker Freddie Hinds will also be assessed after a tight hamstring against Forest Green Rovers. Jaanai Gordon and Jordon Forster remain long-term injury casualties.

Swindon team news: First choice goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux will miss the game at the LCI Rail Stadium after being handed a four-game ban. He will be replaced by Reice Charles-Cook. Will Henry, recently called into the England U20 squad will be on the bench. Striker Luke Norris is set to return after a shoulder knock, but full back Chris Hussey will be missing with a groin injury.  

The man in the middle:

Merseyside official Robert Jones – who has handed out 28 yellow cards and two red card in 11 games this season - will take charge of the league game at the LCI Rail Stadium. He will be assisted by Andrew Aylott, Thomas Harty and fourth official Brett Huxtable.

Last time we met:

08/11/14 – Cheltenham 5-0 Swindon Town (FA Cup)

10/03/12 – Swindon Town 1-0 Cheltenham (L2)

13/08/11 – Chelteham 1-0 Swindon Town (L2)

03/03/09 – Swindon Town 2-2 Cheltenham (L1)

16/08/08 – Cheltenham 2-0 Swindon Town (L1)

Ticket Information:

Supporters are advised to buy tickets in advance of the encounter with Swindon Town at the LCI Rail Stadium - with seats selling fast.

The Ticket Office has been extremely busy at the stadium all week as fans snap up tickets for the derby day clash.

Fans will be able to buy tickets in person at the Ticket Office on Friday between 10am and 3pm. You can also buy online by clicking HERE until Friday afternoon at 4pm.

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

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

Fans collecting pre-paid tickets are asked to arrive early to avoid the queues and to enable easy access into the stadium.

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REPORT: Cheltenham 2-1 Swindon

7 October 2017

Striker Danny Wright scored an injury time winner as Cheltenham Town stunned Swindon in a full-blooded derby in Sky Bet League Two at the LCI Rail Stadium.

Wright popped up in the dying seconds to smash home the winner as the home crowd erupted – after earlier missing a penalty in a pulsating encounter.

Cheltenham had taken a half-time in the clash lead courtesy of a fine flowing team move that was eventually buried by Brian Graham from six yards out.

A well placed header by defender Matt Preston levelled the game for Swindon after the break.

Substitute Wright saw a penalty well saved by Reice Charles-Cook, after Joe Morrell had been fouled in the area.

But the striker duly made amends in the final seconds as he fired home from close range as the Robins extended the club's undefeated run to five games.

Cheltenham made one change to the side that defeated Chesterfield with Jordan Cranston back in the starting line-up. Freddie Hinds missed the game with illness.

Striker Graham unleashed an early shot from the edge of the area and the deflection nearly fell for Sellars six yards out, but he could only poke into the arms of Charles-Cook.

Swindon looked dangerous on the counter, with as a low cross almost falling kindly for Kellan Gordon while Luke Norris has a shot from distance charged down by Jamie Grimes.

Goalkeeper Riece Charles-Cook did well under pressure from Storer to collect a high hanging ball from Sellars before the young midfielder started the move that led to the opening goal on 20 minutes.

Sellars burst away from deep inside his own half and intelligently picked out a free Pell on the right flank. He had plenty of time to curl over a delightful low cross that an unmarked Graham smashed home.

The lively Sellars nearly grabbed a goal of his own five minutes when he saw a left-footed shot deflect onto the roof of the net, with Charles-Cook scrambling back in vain.

Swindon looked to find a way back into the clash and forced Scott Flinders and his defence to produce a number of fine blocks as the visitors forced a series of corners to pile on the pressure.

The home side were having to defend resolutely against a talented Swindon attack, that looked to get the ball wide at every opportunity and test the Robins - in particular Grimes and Moore - in the air.

Moore made his presence felt at the other end at the start of the second half, with a shot that deflected wide, before Pell was booked for pulling back Anderson in full flight.

Swindon levelled the game on 52 minutes when a superb set piece from Matt Taylor saw his cross pick out Preston to nod the ball home.

Taylor did blot his copybook by earning a yellow card minutes later after a rash tackle on Sellars on halfway.

Graham then followed him into the referee’s book after he took a tumble and referee Jones carded him for simulation, in what was his last action before being replaced by Danny Wright.

Minutes later, though, the home side did have a spot kick when Joe Morrell was sent sprawling in the area.

Substitute Wright stepped up, but saw his effort saved low to his left by Charles-Cook.

Morrell continued to impress, despite his midweek exertions with Wales Under-21s, and saw a rising free kick just fly wide over the bar.

At the other end, Swindon full back Taylor saw a clever free from 35 yards go narrowly wide before Flinders did excellently to deny Norris from a tight angle.

The game looked set to end in a draw until late, late drama as Storer and Pell flicked headers goalwards, Winchester nodded to Wright and he smashed the ball into the roof of the net.

CHELTENHAM TOWN: Flinders; O’Shaughnessy, Grimes, Moore, Winchester, Pell, Morrell, Storer, Sellars, Eisa, Graham (Wright 63). Subs not used: Flatt (Gk), Atangana, O’Shaugnessy, Boyle, Bower, Davey.

SWINDON TOWN: Charles-Cook,Purkiss, Preston, Lancashire, Dunne, Norris, Linganzi, Gordon (Goddard 45), Woolery (McDermott 45), Anderson (Mullin 81), Taylor. Subs not used: Henry (Gk), Robertson, Smith, Knoyle.

REFEREE: Robert Jones

ATTENDANCE: 5,050 (1,402 from Cheltenham)

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Ticket News

Ticket & Match Information: Swindon Town

6 October 2017

Supporters are advised to arrive early for tomorrow's Sky Bet League Two encounter with Swindon Town at the LCI Rail Stadium (kick-off 3pm) with the biggest league crowd on the season guaranteed.

The Ticket Office has been extremely busy at the stadium all week as fans snap up tickets for the derby day clash.

Fans can continue to buy online by clicking HERE . Please be advised that limited online tickets are now only available in Block A of the Autovillage Main Stand and Blocks 3, 4 and 5 of the Colin Farmer Stand,

 

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

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

Fans collecting pre-paid tickets are asked to arrive early to avoid the queues and to enable easy access into the stadium.

Please note: The car park for Saturday is sold out and no cash sales for cars will be available on the day.

Matchday ticket collections:

  • 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.

Visiting fans are being advised that drums and flags will not be permitted in the away end for this fixture.

This is due to the away end being at full capacity and for health and safety reasons.

Fans are also reminded that access to the Robins Nest bar on matchdays is on a first come, first served basis and when 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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