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Match pack: Yeovil Town (H)

5 February 2019

There’s an opportunity for the Robins to pull away from Tuesday night opponents Yeovil Town when the two sides come head-to-head at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Tuesday (kick-off: 7.45pm).

Two points currently separate Michael Duff’s side and the Glovers, in what is set to be a 19th against 21st match up on Tuesday.

The frustration of Saturday’s postponed game against Cambridge United will see a Robins squad packed full of energy eager to make their mark in Tuesday’s game, as they look to do the double over a Yeovil side who suffered defeat at Stevenage on the weekend.

Tickets for Tuesday are on sale right now online and can be purchased in advance here. They are also available to buy from the turnstiles on the night around the stadium.

Team news

Jordon Forster is back in contention after the head injury that forced him off against Macclesfield. Sean Long has meanwhile returned to training and Manny Duku is expected to be fit.

New signings Jordan Tillson and Rakish Bingham have a chance of making their debuts, though Nigel Atangana, Will Boyle and Tyrone Barnett will miss the game because of injury.

Watch what Michael Duff had to say about the match at Monday’s press conference:

Opposition

No fewer than seven new faces made the move to Yeovil in the January transfer window. Their additions included Craig Alcock, who after just leaving Cheltenham has made the switch back to his former club.

They head into Tuesday’s match following back-to-back defeats, but had previously earned consecutive wins before that – impressively 1-0 at promotion chasing Mansfield and also over basement side Notts County.

Manager Darren Way will be hoping to guide his side away from danger which has fallen his sides way following a dreadful run between the start of November and start of January which saw them fail to register a League win, picking up only three points in draws with Cambridge, Northampton and Tranmere.

The Robins will have to look out for the threat of the much travelled Alex Fisher at the top of their attack, while they’ve recently boosted their attacking ranks with the recruitment of Cheltenham youth product Courtney Duffus and ex-Southampton man Ryan Seager, who transfers following a recent trial period at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Midfielder Jake Gray is one of three players in their squad with Robins connections, on top of Duffus and Alcock, while goalkeeper Stuart Nelson, who has recently dropped to the bench in favour of Chelsea loanee Nathan Baxter, was born and grew up in nearby Stroud.

Last time we met

It’s just over a month ago since the two sides last came face-to-face, and it marked a fine start to 2019 for Michael Duff’s side results wise as four different goal scorers helped his team to a handsome 4-1 win at Huish Park.

The Robins raced into a two goal lead in the first half. Luke Varney notched the first, while Conor Thomas struck a penalty before half time.

Yeovil hit back early in the second half when Tom James halved the deficit, however Jordon Forster would restore Cheltenham’s two goal advantage as he scooped in from close range and Kevin Dawson added a fourth against his former side.

Revisit the highlights from that win:

Tickets

You can buy online in advance for Tuesday’s fixture. Click here to purchase tickets online. Tickets can also be bought from the turnstiles.

The ticket office at the stadium will be open ahead of kick-off for supporters wanting to buy away travel and tickets for Saturday’s fixture at Colchester United or to pick up tickets. The club shop will also be open before the game selling gifts and merchandise.

Coverage

Updates are available throughout the night by following @CTFCofficial on Twitter – from team news before kick-off to in game updates and live images. You can also check out score updates on the club’s Facebook page.

Tune in to hear live commentary on iFollow and also on BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

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Full-time: Cheltenham Town 1-0 Yeovil Town - highlights & report

5 February 2019

Luke Varney’s brilliant volley helped Cheltenham Town secure another three important points over ten-man Yeovil Town in Sky Bet League Two.

For the second match in succession, the Robins found themselves playing against a side depleted after Yeovil’s Tom James was dismissed for a poor challenge on Alex Addai.

The Robins had to wait until the second half to make their man advantage count and it was worth the wait when Varney looped a brilliant effort over Stuart Nelson in the Yeovil goal, as he netted his fourth goal in six games and another crucial three points in Cheltenham’s push up the table.

Boss Michael Duff made one change to the starting eleven that beat Macclesfield 3-2, with January loan signing Jordan Tillson replacing Conor Thomas in midfield.

There was an early scare for the Robins just six minutes in when Yeovil’s Tom James curled a free-kick beyond the reach of Robins stopper Scott Flinders, but the referee spotted a foul in the box and overruled the goal.

Jake Gray was next to test Flinders’ resolve when some good interplay on the edge of the area created a bit of shooting space for Gray, but his fierce drive went well wide of the post.

But the Robins soon found themselves playing against ten men after a reckless tackle from James on the speedy Alex Addai earned the Yeovil man a straight red card from referee Tim Robinson.

The dismissal certainly gave some momentum to Cheltenham’s play and Luke Varney saw a goal disallowed after he was adjudged to be offside, and Chris Clements headed narrowly wide from a dangerous Jordon Forster cross.

Yeovil didn’t change their approach despite being a man down, and they completed a hat-trick of disallowed goals shortly before the end of the first half when Alex Fisher poked the ball past Flinders, only for the linesman to raise his flag for offside.

The start of the second period saw Robins midfielder Clements evade a couple of challenges to pull off a shot, but Stuart Nelson in the Yeovil goal failed to be tested by the effort.

However, there was nothing he could do to stop the Robins taking the lead when a Ryan Broom cross was punched out into the path of Luke Varney, and the striker followed up the spectacular goal he netted against Macclesfield last week with an equally impressive volley beyond Nelson’s reach.

Substitute Rakish Bingham nearly opened his account on his home bow just seconds after the start when a brilliant flick from Varney played Bingham through on goal, but the forward’s effort was pushed away by Nelson.

That opening goal clearly injected a boost of confidence into Varney and moments later he tried another ambitious effort on the half volley – but unfortunately for the striker his powerful strike went just over the crossbar.

Cheltenham’s strikers were enjoying a handful of chances in the second forty-five and Bingham again found himself with plenty of time to pull off a shot. Unfortunately, he miscued his effort and it went wide.  

A dominant half-an-hour ensued as the Robins dictated the speed of the game and Jacob Maddox almost put the game beyond Yeovil’s grasp when he weaved his way to the edge of the box to produce a curling effort, but some good defending by the away side allowed them to block his shot.

Yeovil did apply some serious pressure on Cheltenham’s goal deep into additional time, but the Robins held firm to secure back-to-back wins.

ROBINS: Flinders, Broom, Tozer, Forster (Dawson 45’), Raglan, Hussey, Tillson, Clements (Thomas 90+5’), Maddox, Addai (Bingham 37’), Varney. Subs not used: Lovett, Duku, Waters, Pring.

YEOVIL: Nelson, Gafaiti, Dickinson, Warren, Browne (Abrahams 72’), Worthington, Fisher (Duffus 79’), Gray, James, Alcock, Dobre (Arquin 75’). Subs not used: Baxter, Mugabi, Rogers, Seager.

REFEREE: Tim Robinson

ATTENDANCE: 2,475 (200 from Yeovil)

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Tickets: Yeovil Town visit on Tuesday

3 February 2019

The Robins welcome Yeovil Town to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Tuesday (kick-off: 7.45pm).

Following Saturday's postponed fixture with Cambridge United, Michael Duff's charges have the opportunity to get back out and into action with the visit of the Glovers for the club's 30th League Two fixture of the season.

It was just over a month ago on New Year's Day that the Robins last came up against Tuesday's visitors, with 2019 getting underway in positive circumstances that day following a 4-1 win.

Tickets for Tuesday's match are available to buy online. Click here to purchase ahead of the game.

The ticket office will also be open on Tuesday in the run up to kick-off, while tickets can be bought on the turnstiles on the night too.

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