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Match pack: Mansfield Town (A)

1 March 2019

The Robins face the first of two fixtures against teams in League Two’s automatic promotion places with a visit to Mansfield Town on Saturday (kick-off: 3pm).

Michael Duff’s side make the trip to the One Call Stadium to take on the third place Stags, ahead of a home game against second place Bury on Tuesday night.

Under-18s can watch this weekend’s match for free, as Cheltenham head to Nottinghamshire looking to follow up two recent home wins in a row.

It’s New Year’s Day since the club last won away from home and Duff has called for a “resolute” performance from his side after they were close to earning a point at Grimsby on their travels last time out.

As part of the build up to World Book Day celebrations, young Robins fans making the trip can visit the Mansfield Football in the Community’s pop-up book shop to purchase some heavily discounted books. Find out more here.

Team news

Nigel Atangana and Alex Addai both miss the game through injury, while Johnny Mullins and Sean Long could feature as they continue to build up their minutes towards full fitness in reserve team games.

For Chris Clements and Rakish Bingham, Saturday’s match sees them return to their former club. Clements helped Mansfield gain promotion from the Conference into League Two 2013.

Watch Michael Duff’s pre-match press conference:

Opposition

Saturday’s opponents find themselves third in the table and locked in the automatic promotion places following their win over Forest Green last week. The Stags are chasing promotion to League One and have been up and around it at the top of the division all season.

Their manager David Flitcroft, previously the boss at Barnsley, Bury and Swindon, takes charge of a squad featuring a number of big names in the fourth tier. They will however be missing star striker Tyler Walker for this weekend’s clash. The on loan Nottingham Forest youngster has 19 goals to his name this term but was sent off right at the end of their game last week and will be suspended.

Nevertheless, they can turn to an attacking force that also includes Danny Rose, CJ Hamilton and January additions Jorge Grant and Nicky Ajose – so the Robins back line will need to deal with their threat.

Elsewhere in their squad the experience from the likes of Neal Bishop, Jacob Mellis and ex-Cardiff City man Ben Turner adds to the quality that has seen them play above League Two level.

At the One Call Stadium they’ve been a force to be reckoned with this season. They have the second best home form in the league, and have only lost twice at home since the start of the campaign.

Last meeting

It was early November when Mansfield visited the Jonny-Rocks Stadium earlier in the season, and the Stags fired in a 93rd minute leveller to earn a point from their visit to Gloucestershire.

Tyler Walker grabbed a double for David Flitcroft’s side to make sure they didn’t return home empty handed, and the Nottingham Forest loanee scored after only seven minutes to put them ahead.

Cheltenham responded well though. Within three minutes Ben Tozer struck to draw parity. Just before half time the Robins snatched the lead when Will Boyle took advantage of some weak goalkeeping from Bobby Olejnik to score at his near post.

The three points slipped away though in the dying embers of the game when in second half stoppage time Walker pounced to slam in from close range to secure a draw.

Watch back the highlights from that game earlier in the season:

Coverage

Catch all the pre-match build up, team news, match updates and live images throughout the game by following @CTFCofficial on Twitter. You can catch goal updates on the club’s Facebook page too, while after the game you’ll be able to read a match report and check out full reaction from the team.

Listen to commentary on the game live on iFollow and also on BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

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Match Reports

Mansfield Town 4-2 Robins - report & highlights

2 March 2019

A spirited second half comeback wasn't enough for Cheltenham who suffered defeat against automatic promotion chasers Mansfield Town at the One Call Stadium.

Two goals down at the break, Chris Hussey and Charlie Raglan's goals had seen Michael Duff's side fight their way back into the contest, but Mansfield showed their promotion credentials by responding with a further two goals.

CJ Hamilton's brace right before half time had handed Mansfield the advantage before the break, but after Hussey and Raglan pegged the hosts back, Will Atkinson headed in to restore their lead, with Alex MacDonald's late finish the final of the afternoon's six goals.

Earlier, Jacob Maddox swung an effort over the bar in a quiet opening as the Robins adjusted well to any threats posed by the hosts lively attack.

The Stags themselves were forced into defensive duties when great work by Kevin Dawson and Hussey saw the latters cross catch out Jordan Smith before it was eventually hacked clear.

In the final minutes of the half Mansfield began to find space in behind the Robins backline. Hamilton's turn and shot from outside the box was deflected away for a corner, but the former Sheffield United youngster scored the first of his two goals shortly after.

Despite Will Boyle's attempts to hook clear from off the line, Hamilton slammed in his side's first, and he made it two as his scuffed shot caught out Scott Flinders and bobbled in.

There was almost a Mansfield third in first half stoppage time. Hamilton got clear down the left but his cross was at a difficult height for Nicky Ajose to deal with and his attempt fell wide.

With their tails up, Mansfield were straight back on their attacking surge after half time, but Flinders kept out Hamilton's effort after he was set clear, and Krystian Pearce's turn and volley was deflected wide.

Having weathered the Stags storm it was the Robins who halved the deficit just before the hour mark through Hussey. His terrific free kick drifted over the Mansfield wall and saw him net his first goal for the club.

And the left sider then set up the Robins leveller. His corner kick delivery was met by Raglan in the box who nodded in to draw parity.

The home crowd fell silent, but they were on their feet again when they managed to retake the lead. Another flurry of chances saw them test Flinders with Jorge Grant first producing a shot the goalkeeper saved well with his feet, and then Jacob Mellis' hit was kept out.

But from the subsequent corner kick it was Atkinson who stooped low in the box to head in from close range to undo Cheltenham's hard work.

And they would go onto once again install a two goal gap between the sides when substitute Alex MacDonald was sent through and he calmly slotted to cement the Stags win.

MANSFIELD: Smith, Benning, Pearce, Bishop, Mellis, Tomlinson, Sweeney, Jones (Atkinson 46), Ajose (MacDonald 90), Hamilton, Grant (Turner 80)

Subs not used: Logan, Khan, Smith, Hakeem

ROBINS: Flinders, Hussey, Tozer (Barnett 46), Thomas, Dawson (Lloyd 85), Broom, Boyle, Maddox (Waters 82), Raglan, Tillson, Varney

Subs not used: Lapworth, Forster, Clements, Pring

ATTENDANCE: 5,276 (181 Robins)

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel: Mansfield Town

26 February 2019

The ticket office is open today, Thursday and Friday for supporters wanting to book match tickets or away travel for Saturday's under-18s go free fixture at Mansfield Town.

This weekend's game at the One Call Stadium is free to watch for 17 year olds and under as part of a special offer being held by the Stags.

Cheltenham fans can take advantage of this free under-18s offer too and can purchase either their tickets and away travel, or both, through CTFC.

After back-to-back home wins the Robins head to Mansfield looking to challenge one of the top sides in the division and continue the club's push up the League Two table.

Ticket prices for Saturday's game are:

Adults £22
Senior £18
Young Adults (18-21) £16
Under 18s Free

It is possible to buy on the day at the game but there's a £2 price increase on tickets and is cash sales only.

The Travel Club taking fans to the game leaves the Jonny-Rocks Stadium at 10.30am.

Purchase tickets and away travel from the ticket office which is open today and Thursday between 10am and 3pm, and on Friday between 10am and 2pm, by popping in to visit or by calling 01242 573558 (option 1).

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