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Preview: Cheltenham V Colchester

15 September 2017

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

Gary Johnson’s men are looking for a return to winning ways after a run of frustrating results that culminated in a narrow 1-0 defeat in Wales to Newport County in midweek.

The U’s enjoyed double success over the Robins last season with Cheltenham’s last win against Colchester actually coming back in League One in 2008 – a thrilling 4-3 win at home with Barry Hayles netting a 95th minute winner.

The Opposition:

Colchester United currently occupy 16th spot in Sky Bet League Two after an impressive start at home that has seen them pick up two wins, including a 5-1 win over Forest Green Rovers.

Away from the Weston Homes Community Stadium the U’s are yet to taste success and will be keen to change that record and build on a battling mid-week draw with Chesterfield when Brandon Hanlan scored his first-ever professional league goal.

“The boys are all full of confidence and we can take this league by the scruff of the neck, win some games and move up the table,” said Hanlan, who is on loan from League One club Charlton Athletic.

Team News:

Cheltenham team news: Jamie Grimes will be pushing for a recall after missing the Newport clash with concussion while Nigel Atangana and Dan Holman could yet come into contention after injury ruled them out at Rodney Parade. Jerell Sellars will also be monitored ahead of the clash.

Colchester team news: Midfield duo Doug Loft (calf) and Sean Murray (hip) have both returned to training this week for Colchester, but striker Kurtis Guthrie is again set to miss out. Defender Frankie Kent is unlikely to feature with a knee injury while Coventry City loanee Kyel Reid is also on the sidelines. Brennan Dickenson, Craig Slater, Courtney Senior, Luke Prosser and Tariq Issa remain ruled out.

The man in the middle:

Norfolk referee Tom Nield – who has handed out one red and nine yellow cards in four games this season - will officiate the clash at the LCI Rail Stadium, assisted by Steven Rushton and John Farries. The fourth official will be Mark Griffiths.

Last time we met:

02/01/17 – Colchester 2-0 Cheltenham (L2)

22/11/16 – Cheltenham 0-3 Colchester (L2)

17/01/09 – Colchester 3-1 Cheltenham (L1)

11/10/08 – Cheltenham 4-3 Colchester (L1)

Ticket Information:

Tickets remain on sale for the home clash with Colchester. Visit the Ticket Office between 10am and 3pm on Friday or from 12noon on Saturday, buy online HERE or call call 01242 573558 (option 1) during Friday office hours.

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REPORT: Cheltenham 3-1 Colchester

16 September 2017

Cheltenham Town returned to winning ways as a quick-fire first half brace inspired them to a 3-1 victory over ten-man Colchester at the LCI Rail Stadium.

Irishman Kevin Dawson was the man to spark the Robins into life early in the game as he rose unmarked to power home a header.

It got even better five minutes later when Dawson again found himself in space and fired a swerving shot from 25 yards that deflected off Mo Eisa’s hip and into the bottom corner.

Colchester responded just after the midway point of the half when Sammie Szmodics scored a penalty after handball in the box.

Cheltenham missed a spot kick of their own – with Mikael Mandron sent off - as Brain Graham saw his effort stopped low down to his left by visiting ‘keeper Sam Walker.

The home side did strike moments later, though, as Jamie Grimes turned the ball home from close range to secure all three points.

Manager Gary Johnson made two changes to his line-up as fit-again duo Grimes and Graham returned, but striker Freddie Hinds and Jerell Sellars both missed out through injury.

There was early danger for his side as a wayward back pass found Nicke Kabamba, but he delayed his shot and was crowded out by Scott Flinders before shooting wide.

The Robins forced a series of corners before the opener arrived as Jordan Cranston swung over an inviting ball and an unmarked Dawson flicked a header home.

Moments later the lightening quick Eisa wriggled free down the right wing and sent over another teasing ball for Morrell to steer narrowly wide.

The home side did go 2-0 up after a quarter of an hour when Dawson let fly from 25 yards out and his shot swerved in, via small deflection, and past a stranded Walker.

Colchester were handed a way back into the game on 25 minutes when a long ball into the box was adjudged to have hit Taylor Moore’s arm and up stepped Szmodics to convert.

The hosts looked to respond, with Graham freeing Eisa to skim a low drive past the upright before the striker took down a swinging ball and tested Walker’s handling.

Colchester nearly grabbed a leveller seconds from the interval, as Szmodics hit a sweet volley from the edge of the box that Flinders grabbed at the second attempt.

Drew Wright came on at the start of the second half and the Colchester sub almost struck after two minutes as he collected a poor headed clearance but rifled wide.

Harry Pell dragged a shot wide before the game exploded into life just before the hour as Mandron was sent off for a handball. Graham, though, saw his penalty saved low to his left by Walker.

The home side did extend the lead two minutes later, however, as Eisa crossed low to the back post and Grimes popped up to smash home the loose ball.

Eisa again went close, after Jaanai Gordon found him in the box, while Colchester still retained a threat, despite a numerical disadvantage, as Vincent-Young riffled wide.

Jaanai Gordon and Danny Wright went close in the dying minutes for the Robins while Vincent-Young blazed wastefully over the bar from six yards out in the final seconds.

CHELTENHAM TOWN: Flinders; Cranston, Grimes, Moore, Winchester, Pell, Morrell, Storer (Boyle 60), Dawson (Gordon 60), Eisa, Graham (Wright 79). Subs not used: Flatt (Gk), O’Shaugnessy, Bower

COLCHESTER UNITED: Walker, Jackson, Lapslie (c), Szmodics, Comley (Murray 63), Kabamba (Hanlan 60), Eastman, Mandron, Vincent-Young, Inniss, James (Wright 45). Subs not used: Kinsella, Kpekawa, Odelusi, Gilmarton (Gk)

REFEREE: T Nield

ATTENDANCE: 2,718 (200 from Colchester)

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