Cheltenham Town open the new Sky Bet League Two season with a home clash against Crawley Town at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
The Robins will be aiming to secure a confidence boosting win over Crawley – after beating them twice last season in the league.
Crawley finished 14th, eight points and three places above the Robins last season, and have not won in four previous visits to Whaddon Road.
Crawley boss Harry Kewell admits ‘anything other than a loss is a bonus’ ahead of the trip to Cheltenham.
Kewell watched his Reds lose twice last season to Gary Johnson’s men – including a 5-3 thriller at home - and he believes the Robins will provide a stern test on the opening day.
He said: “We lost twice to Cheltenham last year so hopefully we don’t do that again. Anything other than a loss is a bonus for us so we’ll go there and it’s going to be a difficult game.”
“He (Gary Johnson) has got a well-structured team, they’re working well together, and I’ve seen a few of their games and they’re working hard and scoring goals.
“They’re going to be a difficult team to beat this year as they’ve made some good signings.”
“Every team wants to get off to a winning start but unfortunately not everyone can,” he added.
“It’s not the be all and end all, you play your first game, and you try to win your first game and if it happens it happens and if it doesn’t then you’ve got to regroup and go again.
“We’re in this situation where, would we like more time, would we like this, would we like our players to be fitter, but we can’t, so my players are ready, I’m ready and we will see what happens.”
Cheltenham team news: Full back Chris Hussey will miss the game due to suspension and as he continues his rehabilitation from minor groin surgery.
Crawley team news: Apart from Jimmy Smith (knee), the Reds travelled to Gloucestershire on Friday with a fully fit squad.
The man in the middle:
Sheffield based referee Thomas Bramall – who handed out 42 yellow cards and four red card in 18 games last season - will take charge of the league game at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium. He will be assisted by Ronald Ganfield, Thomas Harty and fourth official Mark Griffiths.
Last time we met:
24/03/18 – Crawley Town 3-5 Cheltenham (L2)
12/08/17 –Cheltenham 1-0 Crawley Town (L2)
14/04/17 – Crawley Town 0-0 Cheltenham (L2)
15/10/16 – Cheltenham 2-1 Crawley Town (L2)
06/08/13 – Cheltenham 4-3 Crawley Town (CC)
You can buy online by clicking HERE
On matchday a limited number of seats will be available from the Ticket Office from 12noon for those supporters who wish to pay by card.
Tickets will be available for fans paying with cash at the turnstiles from 1.30pm.
- If you have purchased tickets in the Autovillage Main Stand, 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.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium this Saturday!