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Preview: Cambridge United (H)

13 December 2019

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Fresh on the back of last week's terrific away performance at Mansfield, Cheltenham Town return to home action on Saturday when Cambridge United are the visitors (kick-off: 3pm).

Michael Duff's men sit fourth in the table after an excellent away victory last time out and the challenge is to go out and produce another similar performance this Saturday against a U's team who like the Robins have been much improved this term.

Saturday's clash is the penultimate home fixture of 2019 at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium and Cheltenham will be aiming to keep the pressure on the top three with another good result if they can overcome a good Cambridge side.

Tickets for Saturday's match are available to buy online and on the day from the turnstiles.

Team news

Forward trio Tahvon Campbell, Luke Varney and Reuben Reid are not expected to be involved as they recover from injuries.

Conor Thomas also misses out with a calf problem while Chris Hussey is 50:50 having been suffering from illness.

Josh Debayo is likely to be back involved in the squad after his recent return from injury.

Watch Michael Duff's press conference previewing the game on Thursday:

Defender Charlie Raglan also sat down with the media this week to look ahead to the game.

Opposition

After finishing last season 21st in League Two, Saturday's visitors are enjoying a much improved campaign and currently sit in 11th place - four points off the play-off positions.

Manager Colin Calderwood (pictured) is in his first full season in charge and has engineered the Abbey Stadium outfit into a solid team in the division this term.

The former Nottingham Forest and Hibernian manager leads a team who earned an impressive home win against Plymouth Argyle last time out and who have lined up in goal this season with Bulgaria under-21 international Dimitar Mitov.

Their defensive set-up boasts the likes of the long serving Greg Taylor, hugely experienced Elliott Ward and ex-Swindon Town full back Kyle Knoyle - who scored their winner last weekend against Argyle.

In midfield there's plenty of energy provided by Luke Hannant and Paul Lewis. Samir Carruthers brings plenty of experience from playing at a higher level to their ranks in this department too.

In forward areas Reading loanee Sam Smith has topped their scoring charts in the current campaign with six goals. Harvey Knibbs followed boss Calderwood to Cambridge in the summer while Reggie Lambe is a teammate of Jonte Smith's in the Bermuda international set-up.

Last time at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium

The Robins made it two wins out of two against Cambridge last season with victory over the U's in February at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

In a rearranged game following a previous postponement, Michael Duff's side earned three points with a 2-0 win.

An own goal from George Taft midway through the first half opened the scoring in Cheltenham's favour.

The second and final goal came from the penalty spot. Rakish Bingham's almost certain goal was handled on the line by Jake Carroll and from the subsequent penalty, after Carroll had received his marching orders, Conor Thomas struck.

Cheltenham were awarded a second penalty late on. Now current Robins loanee Jake Doyle-Hayes tripped Billy Waters in the box. Waters then took the spot kick but blazed over.

Watch the highlights from that game:

Familiar faces return

This weekend we are delighted to be welcoming back JJ Melligan and former manager John Ward as special guests of the club.

Melligan was a midfielder who enjoyed two spells with the club with his first stint, after signing from Wolves, seeing him gain popularity with the Robins faithful. He helped Cheltenham clinch promotion to League One for the second time in the clubs history and also had spells at Leyton Orient and Dundalk.

Ward became Cheltenham boss in November 2003 and at the end of the 2005/06 season he had guided the club into League One via a play-off final win over Grimsby Town in Cardiff. He moved to Carlisle United in October 2007 to become manager with the Cumbrians in a management career that has also seen him take charge at York, Bristol Rovers, Bristol City and Colchester United.

Hamper Scamper

Supporters are being encouraged to bring along food donations to go towards Caring for Communities and People's (CCP) Hamper Scamper scheme for Christmas.

The Hamper Scamper seeks to spread the spirit of Christmas by giving hope and providing seasonal food parcels to families living on the brink of homelessness and struggling to afford food and heating during the festive season. They also support isolated adults and young people who don't have friends or family to celebrate with at this special time of year.

A van will be positioned in the car park at the stadium and Luke Varney will be present for most of the duration it's there to help take in food parcels.

Fans are being encouraged to bring: Rice & pasta, cooking sauces, tinned curry and meals, tinned meat/fish, tinned vegetables/fruit, baked beans and soup, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, longlife milk, breakfast cereal, squash, crisps.

Please give generously to help the CCP Hamper Scheme and those who need it most at this time of year.

Match programme

It's another jam-packed programme for Saturday's game. It will be on sale around the stadium and from the club shop at a price of £3.

The big interview is with defender Will Boyle after his return to the starting XI. Ryan Broom is also on interview discussing his form this season and the improvements in the team in the current campaign.

Michael Duff and chairman Andy Wilcox pen their pre-match notes, Gavin Reilly answers the quickfire questions, Jake Doyle-Hayes picks his star 5-a-side team and under-18s manager Pete Haynes features to discuss his side's upcoming FA Youth Cup third round tie with Arsenal on Wednesday.

Tickets

Fans can buy online at anytime for Saturday's game. Tickets will also be available on the turnstiles in all sections of the stadium.

The ticket office will be open from midday for fans wanting to purchase tickets for upcoming home matches and for the away match at Port Vale later this month.

The club shop is also open before the match selling merchandise and match programmes. With Christmas just around the corner it's a great time to pop in.

Up to 20 supporters who spend £35 or more in the shop or online before Monday 16 December will be entered into a draw to receive a half season ticket for the second half of the current campaign.

Coverage

Keep an eye on @CTFCofficial on Twitter for team news, photos and match updates. You can also check out the club's Facebook page for score updates and team news.

Listen in to commentary live on iFollow by buying an audio match pass ahead of the game.

Post-match check out the club website to read a match report and to get reaction from inside the camp to the result.

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Match Reports

Report & highlights: Robins 1-1 Cambridge United

14 December 2019

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Will Boyle scored his second goal in the space of two games to earn Cheltenham Town a point against Cambridge United at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

The defender followed up his goal in the victory at Mansfield Town last week with another successful headed finish after Cambridge had led from the first half through a Paul Lewis goal.

The Robins almost made the ideal start in the first minute, with Alex Addai shooting from the corner of the six-yard box, goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov held well, though.

Ryan Broom did brilliantly to spin away from Lewis 25 minutes in, flashing a ball across the box that Addai could only touch wide right in front of the far post.

Against the run of play, Cambridge took the lead moments later. Lewis turned home a fantastic delivery from Kyle Knoyle.

Scott Flinders kept the deficit at just 1-0 with a fine save to deny Lewis a second after he got on the end of a fine lofted pass by Samir Carruthers, only to see his powerful effort kept out by the ‘keepers desperate dive.

Sam Smith was next to try his luck for the visitors, but Flinders held his effort from range well after it took a slight deflection.

A neat Cheltenham move almost brought the equaliser early in the second half, but Reuben Reid could only scuff Sean Long’s low cross and the chance was wasted.

A set-piece almost unlocked the door for the home side, but Greaves slashed Chris Clements’ free kick well wide when unmarked at the far post.

And from a throw-in, the Robins equalised. Ben Tozer to Addai, who laid the ball back to the captain, and his cross was met by the powerful head of Boyle.

Boyle found himself causing problems once more minutes later, nodding Jake Doyle-Hayes’ cross high and wide.

From a corner kick, that man Boyle met another Clements delivery but it sailed way over the crossbar.

Cambridge almost took an unlikely lead on 71 minutes, shooting just wide from the edge of the area with Flinders rooted to the spot.

Neither side could find a winner though and the points were shared.

ROBINS: Flinders, Raglan, Tozer (c), Boyle; Long, Clements, Doyle-Hayes, Greaves (Sheaf, 68’); Broom, Addai (Debayo, 89’), Reid (Smith, 74’).

Subs not used: Lovett, Ince, Lloyd, Reilly.

CAMBRIDGE UNITED: Mitov, Knoyle, Taylor (c), Ward, Jones; Hannant (Roles, 70’), Lewis, Carruthers (O’Neil, 70’), Ward, Lambe; Smith (Dallas, 83’), Knibbs.

Subs not used: Burton, Darling, Davies, Norville-Williams.

REFEREE: Robert Lewis

ATTENDANCE: 2,813 (192)

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Ticket News

Tickets: Cambridge United visit this Saturday

11 December 2019

Tickets are on sale for the first matchday in December at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium as Cambridge United get set to visit this Saturday.

The festive season is nearly upon us and the next challenge in line for the Robins is the visit of the U's this weekend. Kick-off on Saturday is at 3pm.

Michael Duff's side are high on confidence following last weekend's fantastic 3-0 away victory at Mansfield Town.

Colin Calderwood's Cambridge provide a whole new challenge however and will be looking to continue their climb up the table by nicking a result at the Jonny-Rocks.

Get behind the players and give them your support for the penultimate home fixture of 2019 by buying tickets in advance for Saturday's match.

You can purchase for all home sections of the stadium from the ticket office on Thursday and Friday between 10am and 3pm. It's also possible to buy online at any time.

The turnstiles will also be open for fans wishing to pay on the day.

Supporters are reminded that the Caring for Communities and People charity will be at Saturday's match in the car park before the game collecting food parcels as part of their Hamper Scamper to support those who need support with food during Christmas.

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