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16 February 2019 Venue Blundell Park Attendance

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Match pack: Grimsby Town (A)

15 February 2019

The Robins head to North East Lincolnshire on Saturday to take on Grimsby Town at Blundell Park (kick-off: 3pm).

The second of back-to-back away trips offers an opportunity to do the double over a Mariners outfit who are four places ahead of Michael Duff’s side, and who are looking to put right last weekend’s disappointing showing at Colchester.

Conor Thomas scored a late stoppage time penalty to earn three points against a Grimsby outfit earlier in the campaign who will be out for revenge, while it's a big opportunity ahead of back-to-back home fixtures for Cheltenham to push further up the League Two table if they can snatch a result.

Team news

It was confirmed earlier this week that Alex Addai has been ruled out for the next two months at a minimum. He joins Will Boyle, Sean Long, Johnny Mullins and Nigel Atangana in being unavailable due to injury.

Tyrone Barnett is back in the fold after an improvement on his hamstring problem and could feature after coming on as a substitute at Colchester last time out.

Watch what Michael Duff had to say about the game at the club’s Thursday press conference:

Opposition

Three consecutive wins after a run of four straight league defeats have helped Grimsby to the 43 point mark and sees them sit 14th in League Two. Along with Crawley and Carlisle they have the least amount of draws in the division this season – having only finished all square with their opponents just four times this season.

The Mariners are in their third season back in the Football League after winning promotion from the National League via the play-offs in 2016. Now under the management of Cambridge University graduate Michael Jolley, they have shown plenty of signs of progress and also reached the FA Cup third round this season, bowing out following a 1-0 defeat at Premier League Crystal Palace.

In former Robins forward Wes Thomas they have a leading marksman who has found the net 10 times this term, while they’ve also brought in Kristian Dennis on loan from Notts County in the January transfer window, who will look to add to their talent in front of goal.

Added in with the forward thinking energy provided by the likes of Elliot Embleton, ex-Luton man Jordan Cook and the experienced Martyn Woolford, they possess a noteworthy group that’s boosted by the experience of former Wales international Danny Collins, long serving goalkeeper James McKeown and a number of others too.

They are middle of the road when it comes to their home form this season. They’ve accumulated 26 of their points at Blundell Park with their biggest home win coming just before December against basement club Notts County.

Last time we met

Conor Thomas’ stoppage time penalty earned the Robins all three points when the two teams met earlier this season.

In December the Mariners made the journey south to Gloucestershire and fell behind in the first half after Ryan Broom cut in from the right and fired in via a deflection to open the scoring.

It was all square though when on-loan Sunderland midfielder Elliot Embleton found the back of the net just past the hour mark.

A much needed three points would fall into Cheltenham’s grasp right at the end as Sam Jones was felled in the box, and Thomas stood up to hammer in from 12-yards to seal a late victory.

Watch back the highlights from that meeting: 

Tickets

Supporters who haven’t purchased from the ticket office in the build up to Saturday can still pay on the day at Grimsby though prices go up by £2 for adults – junior prices remain the same.

The Travel Club coach for fans who have booked to travel leaves the Jonny-Rocks Stadium at 9.15am.

Coverage

Stay up to date with all that’s going on by following @CTFCofficial on Twitter for all the build-up, team news, match updates and photos from the game. Keep an eye on the club’s Facebook page for team news and goal updates too, while catch full reaction to the final result on the club website after full time.

If you want to listen to full match commentary tune in on iFollow or listen to BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s match coverage.

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Match Reports

Grimsby Town 1-0 Robins - highlights & report

16 February 2019

A late first half penalty from former Cheltenham Town forward Wes Thomas saw Cheltenham slip to defeat on the road at Grimsby.

Thomas stroked in from the spot to see the Robins suffer a second consecutive away defeat.

Following last week's defeat at Colchester, Conor Thomas, Jacob Maddox and Cameron Pring were brought into the starting XI as Michael Duff aimed to shuffle his pack.

But they couldn't prevent a consecutive away loss in a game of limited chances.

Early on it was the hosts who had the better openings. Thomas prodded wide after good build up play on the left and Scott Flinders made a comfortable stop to deny Martyn Woolford.

Steadily Cheltenham came into the contest. Luke Varney steered a lively Chris Hussey free kick wide, while Rakish Bingham's shot was blocked after he met Varney's pull-back.

Varney had the ball in the back of the net only for it to be ruled out for an obvious offside following Kevin Dawson's through ball, but the ball was in the net again at the other end when Grimsby took the lead minutes later.

Thomas was brought down in the box and he stepped up to fire in his tenth League Two goal of the season to break the deadlock.

The second half proved to be very much a no show with very little between the two teams. A flood of substitutions from both benches looked to provide the spark to liven the contest up, and Robins fans would have been pleased to see Will Boyle return from injury.

Finally on 80 minutes there was the first opening of the half. It fell into the path of Grimsby substitute Kristian Dennis who saw his strike saved by Flinders.

The Robins had struggled to create opportunities to find a way back into the tie, but they got one on 82 minutes when Jacob Maddox was upended, only for Hussey's whipped free kick to go past the post.

It was all that they could truly muster towards the finish, as despite a stoppage time corner kick which saw Flinders join the attack and come to nothing, the Mariners held on to gain revenge for their late defeat at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium earlier in the season.

GRIMSBY: McKeown, Hall-Johnson, Ring, Ohman, Collins, Hessenthaler, Cook, Woolford (Clifton 64), Embleton (Davis 83), Hendrie, Thomas (Dennis 74)

Subs not used: Russell, Grayson, Vernam, Whitmore

ROBINS: Flinders, Hussey, Tozer, Thomas, Dawson, Maddox, Raglan, Tillson, Bingham (Waters 56), Pring (Boyle 72), Varney (Duku 65)

Subs not used: Lovett, Broom, Forster, Clements

ATTENDANCE: 4940 (82 Robins)

REFEREE: T Kettle

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel: Grimsby Town

10 February 2019

The next of Cheltenham's back-to-back away fixtures sees the Robins head to Grimsby Town's Blundell Park on Saturday.

Following the disappointing 3-0 defeat at Colchester, Michael Duff's troops will be desperate to put things right against a Mariners side they beat with a late win earlier this season.

Tickets and away travel for the trip to Cleethorpes can be purchased from the club's ticket office this week.

Ticket prices for the game are:

Adults £19
Senior £12
15-18 year olds/students £12
12-14 year olds £7
Accompanied u14 year olds £5

The Travel Club coach will be leaving the Jonny-Rocks Stadium at 9.15am.

Prices for a seat on the coach are £18/£16 for members and £20/£18 for non-members.

A pub located close to Blundell Park is offering Cheltenham supporters a 20% discount if they choose to dine there before the match. The Beechwood Farm is offering the discount to fans who can find out more by contacting admin@beechwoodfarmpub.co.uk.

The ticket office to purchase tickets and away travel is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 10am and 3pm. 

You can visit in person or call 01242 573558 (option 1) to buy your tickets and travel.

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