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Preview: Stevenage (H)

6 September 2019

Cheltenham Town go in search of a 14th straight unbeaten home outing on Saturday when Stevenage are the visitors (kick-off: 3pm).

With an unbeaten run stretching all the way back to January, confidence is high at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium, although this weekend's opponents have the potential to unravel that.

The Robins have failed to beat Stevenage in any of the club's last nine League Two meetings, with the only Football League win coming almost exactly a year to the day nine years ago.

Saturday's opponents haven't enjoyed the greatest start to the season though. They'll be desperate to rectify that on Saturday but with Michael Duff's men also eager to keep the home run going it will make for a full blooded encounter.

Buy your tickets for the game online here or from the turnstiles on matchday.

Team news

There are likely to be a number of changes from the young side that lined up at Exeter in the Leasing.com Trophy on Tuesday.

Midfield man Jake Doyle-Hayes will miss the game because of international commitments with the Republic of Ireland under-21 side.

It's too soon for Will Boyle to return, while Reuben Reid is definitely out. Max Sheaf is edging closer to fitness.

Watch assistant manager Russell Milton's Thursday press conference:

Opposition

Last season Dino Maamria's men came tenth in League Two, but they've had a slower start to this campaign than they would have had planned, and after six games they currently sit second from bottom.

It's still early days for the Lamex Stadium outfit but they will be keen to add more points to their total soon.

With a squad featuring League Two and higher level experience in all departments, they'll feel confident that a turn of form is just around the corner.

They've bolstered their ranks with the signing of two experienced players in the build up to this weekend's match. Craig Mackail-Smith has come in on loan from Wycombe Wanderers, while defender Adam El Abd has signed on a free transfer.

Their arrival in the Stevenage squad follows the earlier signing of Elliott List from Gillingham who has signed for an undisclosed fee.

Already Boro's roster featured the likes of front man Kurtis Guthrie, Chris Stokes - who won promotion with Bury last season - the experienced Tom Soares and ex-Portsmouth midfielder Joel Byrom.

They've also recruited from non-league, bringing in striker Jason Cowley after a rich goal scoring spell at Bromsgrove Sporting, and midfielder Charlie Carter who was in the National League last season with Chesterfield.

Manager Maamria (pictured) is a former Stevenage player who has also had a spell as an assistant manager at the club in the past. Appointed in March 2018, he has also managed in non-league at Nuneaton Town, Southport and Northwich Victoria.

Previous meetings

Cheltenham will be aiming to stop the rot when it comes to previous fixtures with Stevenage.

Heading into this weekend's game Boro have claimed victory in the teams last five clashes, and in the four games before that Stevenage have won three of them with the Robins having drawn only one of them.

In fact you have to go back to 11 September 2010 for the last and only time Cheltenham have defeated Stevenage in the Football League.

That day a Wes Thomas second half goal was enough to seal a 1-0 win. Interestingly the referee on that day, Carl Boyeson, will also be the official who takes charge of Saturday's encounter.

11 September 2010 Cheltenham 1-0 Stevenage
26 February 2011 Stevenage 4-0 Cheltenham
15 November 2014 Stevenage 5-1 Cheltenham
6 April 2015 Cheltenham 0-1 Stevenage
27 September 2016 Cheltenham 0-0 Stevenage
14 February 2017 Stevenage 2-1 Cheltenham
2 September 2017 Cheltenham 0-1 Stevenage
1 January 2018 Stevenage 4-1 Cheltenham
27 October 2018 Cheltenham 0-2 Stevenage
4 May 2019 Stevenage 2-0 Cheltenham

Tickets

Buy tickets for Saturday's match online here. They are also available to buy on the day at the turnstiles.

The ticket office will be open before the match for fans wanting to buy tickets for upcoming home matches plus the away trip to Salford City on Saturday 14 September.

The club shop is open from 12pm for fans wanting to buy merchandise.

Match programme

Pick up a copy of the club's official match programme from around the stadium on Saturday, including from the club shop.

This weekend's edition features interviews with Ben Tozer, Sean Long and under-18s defender Grant Horton.

There are also special features involving Luke Varney and Charlie Raglan, as well as more from the Ladies, Community team, a look back at previous events on this day, opposition preview and much more.

The programme costs £3 to buy and can also be bought online for delivery on the online shop.

Coverage

Follow @CTFCofficial on Twitter for updates and team news. You can also check out goal updates and half and full time score updates on the club's Facebook page.

Visit the club website after the match to read the report and to watch reaction from boss Michael Duff.

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Match Reports

Report & highlights: Robins 4-2 Stevenage

7 September 2019

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Cheltenham Town won again at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium to continue their strong start in Sky Bet League Two, beating Stevenage 4-2 in a ding-dong battle on Saturday.

Gavin Reilly gave Cheltenham a half-time lead but the away side controlled the second half and Danny Newton equalised early on after half time.

Sean Long grabbed a first Cheltenham goal but the Robins were pegged back a second time with Newton’s deflected hit, an inspired substitute.

Ryan Broom popped up with another goal late on before his great pass set up Alex Addai to score off the bench, sending the fans home happy.

Michael Duff made two changes to a Cheltenham side who suffered late heartache at Crawley in their last league match, with George Lloyd and Jake Doyle-Hayes dropping out.

Luke Varney takes the place of Lloyd in attack, while Conor Thomas came into the midfield in place of Doyle-Hayes who had joined up with the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad.

The opening goal came in the 22nd minute courtesy of a powerful Reilly finish, after  Varney had cleverly flicked on a clearance from Scott Flinders.

Reilly showed great skill to weave his way past Adam El Abd before riddling home with his left foot as he was about to lose his footing.

The striker almost grabbed a second in similar fashion. Ben Tozer hit a defence-splitting ball over the top and Reilly’s perfect chested touch enabled him to shoot but it was saved by Paul Farman before the follow-up shot was blocked on the line.

Five minutes before the break Varney had the ball in the back of the net only for the linesman’s flag to deny Cheltenham. Broom unleashed a stinging shot from range which was spilled by Farman but the veteran striker was offside.

In first half stoppage time Kelland Watts came close for Stevenage to finding an equaliser when his back-post header sailed just over the bar.

In just the third minute of the second half, Stevenage grabbed an equaliser. Newton stooped to get his head on the end of a looping cross into the area, guiding the ball into the far corner just moments after coming off the bench.

Cheltenham should’ve gone ahead once more after a fantastic long pass from Hussey released Reilly, whose cross found Varney at the back stick with the freedom of the penalty box, but he scuffed his shot into the ground and somehow missed the target from a few yards.

It wouldn’t matter though as minutes later Long popped up at the back post to drill Broom’s cross home. The Welsh midfielder was found with a brilliant ball by Chris Clements, and then found Long who scored his first goal for the club.

Ben Kennedy was looking dangerous out on the right flank for the visitors as they looked to respond, and a curling cross with his left boot found that of Chris Stokes six yards out but he smashed a volley over the bar.

Newton got a second equaliser in the 72nd minute, turning outside the area before shooting past Flinders via a Tozer deflection.

But with ten minutes remaining, Broom got on the end of Hussey’s cross to lift it into the roof of the net and send the home fans into raptures.

On 90 minutes, he put a great through ball onto sub Addai who raced clear and finished well to secure the points.

ROBINS: Flinders, Raglan, Tozer, Greaves, Long, Broom, Clements, Thomas, Hussey, Varney (Smith 90+3), Reilly (Addai 74)

Subs not used: Lovett, Bowry, Campbell, Lloyd, Chamberlain

STEVENAGE: Farman, Cuthbert (Newton 27), El-Abd, Watts, Wildin, Kennedy, Byrom, Carter, Stokes, Guthrie (Cowley 86), List (Mackail-Smith 73)

Subs not used: Bastient, Iontton, Taylor, Fernandez

ATTENDANCE: 2,708 (146 away)

REFEREE: Carl Boyeson

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Ticket News

Tickets on sale for Stevenage clash

6 September 2019

Robins fans can buy from the ticket office or online for Saturday's home fixture with Stevenage.

The ticket office is open on Friday until 3pm for fans wanting to pre-purchase their tickets for this weekend's match at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

You can also buy online at any time, while the turnstiles will be open on matchday for on the day sales.

The ticket office will be open on matchday for supporters wanting to buy tickets for upcoming home fixtures or away tickets and travel for the match at Salford City on Saturday 14 September too.

Saturday's game gets underway at 3pm and will see Michael Duff's men look to add to their unbeaten run on home turf which stretches all the way from January last season.

Stevenage are yet to record a win in either league or cup competitions so far this season so will visit Gloucestershire keen to put an end to Cheltenham's unbeaten home form.

Watch assistant manager Russell Milton and new signing Jonte Smith's previews ahead of this weekend's match online.

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