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Match pack: Exeter City (H)

5 April 2019

Following the news that Luke Varney has agreed a new one-year contract to remain with the club, the Robins go into battle on Saturday at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium when Exeter City are the visitors (kick-off: 3pm).

Fourteen goal man Varney’s new deal is set to see the former top flight forward stay with the Robins until the end of the 2019-20 campaign, and he’ll be hoping to make his mark in front of goal when the Grecians come to town for another big League Two game.

Exeter are currently positioned in the final play-off position in League Two and will provide Michael Duff’s men with a tough examination on Saturday.

His team have been in outstanding form at home in 2019 – boasting the best home record in the division since the turn of the year – but will see that run challenged once again by an Exeter team eager to add to their points tally as they edge closer to a play-off spot once again.

Tickets are available to buy online ahead of the game and can also be purchased on matchday from the turnstiles.

Team news

Jordan Tillson misses the game as he is unable to play against his parent club. The midfielders absence will offer an opportunity for someone else to come into the middle, while front man Tyrone Barnett will also sit out following the calf injury he picked up last weekend at Crewe.

Alex Addai and Nigel Atangana are also unavailable through injury. Following his four goals for the reserve team on Tuesday there may be a place in the matchday squad for George Lloyd.

Watch Michael Duff’s pre-match press conference on Thursday:

Opposition

Former Robins defender Matt Taylor is the man who will lead Exeter into action on Saturday, and the 37-year-old is also aiming to lead his team into the League Two play-off places too.

The Grecians are very much familiar with the play-offs. They have reached the League Two play-off final for the past two seasons but on both occasions haven’t managed to clinch promotion to League One after missing out against Blackpool and Coventry City.

They’ll be hoping to avoid that disappointment again this season but still have work to do if they are to secure a place in the play-off zone. They occupy 7th position currently and have taken 61 points from 39 matches. Colchester follow closely behind on a point less having played one game more.

Saturday’s game therefore represents a strong opportunity to add to their points total, though they’ll find it tough at the Jonny-Rocks which has become very much a fortress for Cheltenham this season.

Selling Jayden Stockley to Championship side Preston North End in January has taken away some of their goal scoring threat, but nevertheless they still have plenty of attacking options who will be looking to find the back of the net this weekend.

Nicky Law has nine goals to his name, while Jonathan Forte is dangerous in front of goal having been at Notts County last season. January arrival Ryan Bowman from Scottish Premiership Motherwell is another to watch out for, while youth team product Matt Jay can prove to be a livewire too.

The structure of their squad is also built on the knowhow brought by the likes of Lee Holmes, experienced left back Craig Woodman and one-time Crystal Palace man Dean Moxey – who is in his second spell with the south-west outfit.

As well as having a former Cheltenham player as a manager, Exeter also include former players Jake Taylor and 28-year-old defender Troy Brown in their ranks.

Previous meetings

You have to go back to Boxing Day 2013 to the last time Cheltenham recorded three points over Exeter. It was the final game in an extraordinary run of nine straight Football League wins against the Grecians.

That day in late 2013 saw Jamie Cureton’s early finish prove to be the difference in a Robins side that featured the likes of Byron Harrison, Jermaine McGlashan and loanee Kemar Roofe.

The next meeting in April 2014 ended in a 1-1 draw, but the tide has since turned, and Exeter have won all eight of the last eight League meetings between the two clubs.

Watch the highlights back from that win on Boxing Day 2013:

 

Tickets

You can buy on the day at the turnstiles, which open at 1.30pm, or buy in advance online for Saturday’s fixture.

The club shop will be open before the match for supporters wanting to purchase merchandise in the lead up to kick-off. 

Coverage

Stay up to date with all that goes on by following @CTFCofficial on Twitter. You can catch team news, match updates and in game photos through the tweets, while goal updates are also available on the club’s Facebook page.

For full reaction after the match visit the club website to read a match report and watch interviews with Michael Duff and a member of the playing squad.

Listen to live commentary through iFollow and on BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

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Robins 1-1 Exeter City – highlights & report

7 April 2019

Conor Thomas’ penalty on his return to the team ensured Cheltenham Town earned a point against play-off chasing Exeter City in a dramatic Sky Bet League Two encount

Thomas' second half spot-kick came as a result of a hefty challenge by Exeter keeper Christy Pym on leading scorer Luke Varney, which meant the forward was stretchered off after a lengthy delay.

Dean Moxey had originally given the visitors the lead in the first period thanks to a low effort, and substitute Rakish Bingham came close to sealing a comeback win but the Grecians keeper held his effort well to ensure a share of the spoils, before being dismissed for a second yellow card in stoppage time.

Robins boss Michael Duff made two changes to the side that claimed their first away win in seven games last weekend for the Exeter clash, with Conor Thomas and Billy Waters replacing Jordan Tillson, who was ineligable against his parent club and the injured Tyrone Barnett.

Thomas got straight into the thick of the game and nearly picked out a great lofted pass through to Waters, but the pass had a bit too much power on it and the danger was easily gathered by City stopper Pym.

The midfielder was seeing a lot of the ball in the opening stages of the game and continued to pick out good balls to his Cheltenham teammates with Kevin Dawson, and Waters again benefiting from Thomas’ vision.

Cheltenham continued to gather momentum in the opening 10 minutes of the game, and centre-back Will Boyle made a rare trip into the 18-yard-box for a Robins attack. He managed to play a good through ball in to Dawson but the energetic midfielder’s effort rolled just wide of the post.

Exeter’s first chance of the game was the best chance that either side had during the first half, as a splitting ball down the middle of the field found Matt Jay in lots of space on the right-hand side and was unfortunate to see his drilled effort fly past Cheltenham keeper Scott Flinders post.

Chances in the latter stages of the first forty-five were few and far between, but the Robins found an opening down the right flank when Waters and wing-back Ryan Broom produced some great interplay to get into the box and only some rushed Exeter defending prevented Waters following in.

Against the run of play, the visitors were the one’s to seize the initiative when defender Moxey drilled a low effort through a mass of bodies which ended up squeezing past Robins keeper Flinders at his near post to give Exeter the lead.

There were very sad scenes at the beginning of the second period when Robins striker Varney and Exeter keeper Pym collided in an aerial duel which resulted in a penalty for the Robins, but also meant Varney required urgent medical attention.

After a lengthy stoppage, Cheltenham’s top-scorer was stretchered off by the Robins medical staff for some treatment. Once play resumed, Thomas stepped up to take the penalty and emphatically got the Robins back on level terms – smashing the penalty into the top corner.

Clearly buoyed by the equaliser, the hosts continued to assert their dominance on proceedings and came close to a quick turnaround shortly after netting the equaliser when Broom’s deflected effort fell the way of Dawson on the edge of the box, and the Irishman’s volley – which was destined for the top corner – had to be clawed away by Pym to deny Cheltenham taking the lead.

The visitors were threatening more in the second half and defender Pierce Sweeney fancied his chances from distance as he unleashed a fierce effort towards goal, but the Exeter man saw his effort fly into the away fans behind the goal.

Substitutes Jacob Maddox and Rakish Bingham found themselves in the thick of the action with 15 minutes remaining in the game; the pair linked up well to set Maddox up for a one-on-one and only a fine last-ditch challenge prevented the midfielder prodding home.

Bingham had two excellent chances to giver the Robins the lead shortly after; first his low effort into the ground was met by a great save from visiting stopper Pym, and then Bingham’s header from a looping ball in fell narrowly wide of the post.

Dawson was the next to be presented with a decent opportunity to win the game for Duff’s men as Broom again threatened with a dangerous cross from the right, but the midfielder’s powerful header went wide.

Deep into stoppage time, there was still time for Pym to earn himself a dismissal after pushing Robins striker Waters over off the ball to earn a second yellow card, as Exeter played out the remaining moments of the game with 10-men.

ROBINS: Flinders, Hussey, Tozer, Thomas, Dawson, Broom (Long 88’), Boyle, Waters, Raglan, Clements (Maddox 60’), Varney (Bingham 57’). Subs not used: Lovett, Forster, Lloyd, Pring.

EXETER: Pym (Gk), Sweeney, Woodman (Boateng 83’), Law, Bowman, Jay (D. Wilson 68’), Wilson, Moxey, Taylor, Collins (Hamon (Gk) 90+11’), Brown. Subs not used: O’Shea, Martin, Holmes, Williams.

REFEREE: B Huxtable

ATTENDANCE: 4,079 (1,102 away fans)

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Tickets: Grecians next up

1 April 2019

Boasting the best home record in League Two in 2019 so far, Cheltenham take on Exeter City on Saturday at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium, looking to extend that record.

Tickets for the visit of the play-off chasing Grecians are now on sale for the 3pm kick-off this weekend.

Victory at Crewe on Saturday saw Michael Duff's charges follow up the fantastic home win against Northampton Town that preceded last weekend's trip to Cheshire.

A visit from an Exeter side managed by former Robins defender Matt Taylor will offer another teasing challenge, but the squad will head into the game in high spirits having moved up to 16th in the table.

Tickets are available to purchase online for Saturday by clicking here.

They are also on sale from the ticket office on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The ticket office is open at the stadium between 10am and 3pm, and can also be rung on 01242 573558 (option 1).

The turnstiles will also be selling tickets on matchday, with turnstiles opening at 1.30pm.

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