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Match pack: Cambridge United (H)

19 February 2019

Just over a fortnight after the freezing weather forced the Robins home meeting with Cambridge United to be postponed, the two sides finally get the opportunity to lock horns at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Tuesday evening (kick-off: 7.45pm).

It was the opening month of the campaign when the teams last met, and with both sitting neck and neck in the League Two table their next clash is set to be a huge one with an eye on confirming Football League status once again next season.

Cheltenham have a point to prove after suffering back-to-back away losses and will see Tuesday’s contest as a significant opportunity to get some more points on the board.

Michael Duff’s side made it consecutive home wins the last time they were in action at the Jonny-Rocks with vital victories over Macclesfield and Yeovil, and with a home outing this Saturday to come against Port Vale too, it’s a huge week in the Robins season.

Team news

A hamstring injury picked up on Saturday is set to rule Luke Varney out, while Jordan Tillson is also nursing a groin problem from the weekend and may miss the game.

Sean Long, Nigel Atangana, Alex Addai, Tyrone Barnett and Johnny Mullins definitely won’t be involved.

Watch what Michael Duff had to say at the club’s pre-match press conference:

Opposition

Having taken 13 points out of a possible 18 from their last six games, the U’s head to Gloucestershire in a good run of form. They’re 18th in the division, one place and one point above the Robins, and held play-off chasing Tranmere Rovers to a goalless draw on Saturday.

Head Coach Colin Calderwood has been in position since just before Christmas, with the former Nottingham Forest manager replacing Joe Dunne in the hotseat at the Abbey Stadium.

His squad includes a front line that features the experienced Jabo Ibhere, former Peterborough youngster Jevani Brown and one-time Liverpool graduate David Amoo.

Their key League Two experience comes from the likes of long-serving Harrison Dunk and Bermuda international Reggie Lambe, while they have also raided the loan market, recruiting the likes of Rushian Hepburn-Murphy from Aston Villa and left sider Hayden Coulson from Middlesbrough.

With first choice and former Republic of Ireland international goalkeeper David Forde out injured with a shoulder problem, Dimitar Mitov is likely to continue deputising in between the sticks.

Last time we met

Russell Milton took charge as caretaker manager back in August for the first time against Tuesday’s opponents and oversaw a 1-0 win at the Abbey Stadium.

New loan arrival Sam Jones proved to be the match winner as he replaced Liam McAlinden at half time and struck midway through the second half to seal maximum points.

Scott Flinders denied Jevani Brown to maintain his first clean sheet of the campaign and Louis John also headed wide for Cambridge.

Revisit the highlights from that meeting earlier this season:

Tickets

Tickets can be bought in advance for the game online here. They are also available to buy on the turnstiles which open at 6.30pm.

If you purchased tickets for the postponed meeting earlier in the month then these are still valid for the match.

The ticket office will also be open before and after the match for fans wanting to purchase tickets for upcoming games with the club shop also open beforehand selling club merchandise.

Coverage

Follow the night’s action on Twitter from the build up to kick-off, to team news and match updates on @CTFCofficial. Stay up to date with goal updates too on the CTFC Facebook page. After the game visit ctfc.com for reaction from inside the camp.

Listen to full match commentary on iFollow and with BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

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Full-time: Robins 2-0 Cambridge United - report

19 February 2019

Cheltenham Town won their third consecutive home game in Sky Bet League Two with an important 2-0 victory over Cambridge United at the Jonny Rocks Stadium.

A first half own goal that initially appeared to go in off Will Boyle and a second half penalty from Conor Thomas secured all three points for Michael Duff’s side.

Cambridge were reduced to 10-men when Jake Carroll handled the ball on the line as Rakish Bingham tried to scramble it in for Cheltenham, Thomas scored the resulting penalty.

The win moves Cheltenham two points ahead of Cambridge and into 18th  ahead of another crucial home game against Port Vale on Saturday. 

Cambridge started the brighter of the two sides, Jake Doyle-Hayes found himself on the end of a cross, his shot was well blocked by Will Boyle, who returns to the side after injury.

Conor Thomas had Cheltenham’s first shot on target in the 18th minute, the ball was laid back to him 25 yards out, the midfielder took one touch and went for goal, but his effort was easily saved by Mitov in the Cambridge net.

Cheltenham’s next clear chance was their first goal, Hussey whipped in a free kick, which Tozer volleyed back across goal, and it was headed into the net by a Cambridge defender.

Coulson came closest for Cambridge with the last action of the first-half, his cushioned effort on the volley hit the crossbar.

Cambridge’s first chance of the second half came from a free kick, the ball was played in by Jevani Brown, it was met by Ibehre, but his header went well over the bar.

The visitors then went down to 10 men, Billy Waters crossed in for Bingham to tap home, and the ball was handled on the line by Jake Carroll. He received a straight red card for his actions.

The Robins punished Cambridge from the resulting penalty, Conor Thomas slotting home to the goalkeepers right to make it 2-0 to Cheltenham.

Ryan Broom was next to test Mitov in the Cambridge net, Dawson found Billy Waters on the wing, he got past his man and crossed the ball and eventually it fell out to Broom. He struck well but it was well saved by the Cambridge keeper.

Hepburn-Murphy then thought he had the ball in the net when his shot from 4 yards came towards Flinders, but a good reaction save from Cheltenham’s number one kept his clean sheet alive.

Billy Waters was then brought down in the box unfairly by Doyle-Hayes. He stepped up to take the resulting penalty, but he missed the target.

ROBINS (352): Flinders; Hussey, Tozer, Boyle, Raglan, Broom; Thomas, Dawson, Maddox; Bingham (Duku 84), Waters (Lloyd 90). Subs Not Used: Lovett, Long, Forster, Clements, Pring.

CAMBRIDGE (442): Mitov; Carroll, Taft, Taylor, John; Deegan (Amoo 65), Doyle-Hayes, Coulson (Hepburn-Murphy 65), Brown, Lewis; Ibehre (Jones 77). Subs Not Used: Pilkington, Dunk, Darling, Lambe.

ATTENDANCE: 2,339 (203 from Cambridge)

REFEREE: Paul Marsden

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Tickets: Cambridge United the visitors on Tuesday

18 February 2019

Tickets are on sale for Tuesday's rearranged League Two clash with Cambridge United.

Buy in advance online or at the turnstiles on Tuesday evening for the visit of the U's to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium, which gets underway at 7.45pm.

The Robins return to home turf aiming to bounce back from Saturday's defeat at Grimsby in the first of two home fixtures in five days.

During the half-term holidays Michael Duff and his side need all the support they can get for two key clashes.

Tickets purchased for the originally scheduled fixture against Cambridge earlier this month which was called off due to a frozen pitch remain valid.

Buy online here for Tuesday or pay on the gate. 

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