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Preview: Bolton Wanderers

15 December 2020

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Bolton Wanderers are the visitors to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Tuesday night for Cheltenham Town's penultimate home game of 2020 (kick-off: 7.45pm).

Unbeaten in six League Two outings, a Bolton side looking to bounce straight back into League One will provide a stern test as supporters once again return to see the Robins in action.

The Trotters boast a squad full of experienced and promotion winning players at this level.

However with an eye on top spot, and with confidence high, Michael Duff's men will fancy their chances on home soil of producing another good performance.

With an increased number of fans set to attend the fixture, please can all supporters before making the trip read the matchday information about the game, and remember to bring a face covering, otherwise you will be denied entry.

If you are not in attendance at the game but still want to see the action unfold you can purchase a match pass to watch the whole match online with iFollow.

Team news

All players came through Saturday's draw at Salford okay which means only Conor Thomas, Chris Clements and Sean Long will be missing from the squad. Scott Flinders also trained on Monday after picking up an injury in training on Friday.

Watch Michael Duff's press conference as he previewed the game on Monday.

Opposition

Tuesday's opposition boast a number of strong names at League Two level. Their squad includes players who have played further up the pyramid too, including goalkeeper Matt Gilks, who previously spent time at Blackpool at the top level.

The 38-year-old is a former teammate of Michael Duff's at Burnley and has recently come into the Bolton side having displaced Billy Crellin, the 20-year-old on loan from Fleetwood Town.

Their defensive structure includes another Blackpool man in the shape of 34-year-old Alex Baptiste, Welshman Gethin Jones, Irishman Ryan Delaney and the likes of Luton Town loanee Peter Kioso, though he may be unavailable through injury, and summer signing Jamie Mascoll.

Further up the pitch in midfield the threat carried by Antoni Sarcevic will have to be noted. He helped Plymouth Argyle into League One from the fourth tier last season, while Ali Crawford, a former teammate of Alfie May and Matty Blair's at Doncaster Rovers last season, also keeps them ticking.

Their front line includes ex-Aston Villa attacker Nathan Delfouneso with Welshman Lloyd Isgrove another who can claim promotion success at League Two level having achieved the feat with Swindon last term.

The manager: Ian Evatt

Ian Evatt took charge at Bolton in the summer after leaving his post at Barrow who he had led to promotion to the Football League as National League winners last term.

The 39-year-old's first initial spell as a manager was as caretaker at Chesterfield but he couldn't stop the Spireites from being relegated out of the EFL in his time in charge.

He ended his playing days with Chesterfield too, spending five seasons with them at the end of a career as a central defender that saw him turn out for the likes of Derby County, Northampton, QPR and Blackpool.

His assistant is ex-Sheffield Wednesday man Peter Atherton who was also his number two at Barrow.

One to watch: Eoin Doyle

Last season's top goal scorer in League Two elected to stay in the division by joining Bolton in the summer from Swindon Town where his goals had helped the Wiltshire club gain promotion to League One.

He signed a three year deal upon his arrival at Bolton with the Irishman boasting extensive Football League knowhow from spells at Bradford City, Portsmouth, Oldham Athletic, Cardiff City and Chesterfield previously.

He has also played in Scotland with Hibernian having started his playing days in his home country of Ireland where he represented Shelbourne, Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers.

So far this season he has eight goals to his name and has found the back of the net in his last three appearances.

Match programme

The match programme for Tuesday's game is available to buy online and can be purchased as either a 24 page print copy or a 48 page digital edition.

Inside the programme the big interview is with on loan goalkeeper Josh Griffiths as he reflects on his time at the club so far, why loan football is so crucial for him, his experiences as part of the England youth set-up and trying to plot a way through to the first team at parent club West Brom.

You can also read interviews with George Lloyd and Matty Blair while under-18s midfielder Connor Jakeways features from the academy.

There's also the latest thoughts from Michael Duff, a look back at the only previous meeting with Bolton, our regular quiz, the latest from Cheltenham Town Ladies and more.

The programme can be bought online for £2.50 for a print version and £2 for a digital copy. A limited number will also be available to buy from the temporary club shop in the main bar for attending supporters.

Watch the match on iFollow

With tickets sold out for the fixture, the best way to keep an eye on all of the action is by purchasing a match pass for iFollow.

You can subscribe online and watch the game from the comfort of your own home. A pass is available to buy online for £10.

Coverage

Follow @CTFCofficial on Twitter for updates, while you can also find out the latest score on the CTFC Facebook page and Instagram account.

Post-match visit the club website to read a match report and to hear reaction to the result.

After the game you can also view extended highlights on iFollow - online and on the EFL iFollow app.

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Match Reports

Report & highlights: Robins 0-1 Bolton Wanderers

15 December 2020

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Cheltenham Town fell to a first defeat in six home league games as Bolton Wanderers struck late to win 1-0 at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Michael Duff’s side were on track to keep a clean sheet for the second game running, but after Ryan Delaney turned the ball into the net in second half additional time, Cheltenham dropped in the league standings to third place.

In the last six League Two games, Cheltenham had conceded the fewest goals, accumulated the most wins and indeed points since the start of November, so it was no surprise to see the host’s start on the front foot.

Despite Eoin Doyle’s best efforts to put off Ben Tozer as he prepared to launch a thrown in into the crowded Bolton box, Cheltenham’s secret weapon almost came up trumps again.

Ricardo Almeida Santos’s attempted header to avert the danger caused from Tozer’s customary long throw presented a half-chance for George Lloyd, as the Robins forward headed towards goal at a narrow angle. Bolton goalkeeper Matt Gilks was forced into an early save but it would be the visitors who created the best opportunities in the first period.

Having travelled to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium unbeaten in their last six league outings, Bolton had enjoyed some good form of their own, and Lloyd Isgrove almost profited from some good fortune when Tozer misjudged a header in his own half.

Bearing down on goal, Isgrove was a certainty to convert before Robins goalkeeper Josh Griffiths dived at the forwards’ feet to foil a golden opportunity for The Trotters. Tozer rectified his error by clearing off the line as the ball fell to Antoni Sarcevic inside the box.

Five minutes after Cheltenham’s first let-off, League Two’s top scorer last season, Eoin Doyle worked some space inside the box before firing wide of the mark as Bolton continued to grow into proceedings.

Though, against the run of play, Cheltenham nearly made the most of a swift counter-attacking move on the 25th minute. When Bolton’s attack broke down, a clearance fell to the feet of Lloyd, whose exquisite first touch and then pass towards May opened up a rigid Bolton defence for only the second time on the night.

May’s effort from an acute angle was well parried by goalkeeper Gilks to keep the scores level at the break.

The Trotters boast a squad full of experienced and promotion winning players at this level and so the youthful exuberance of Lloyd and Fin Azaz wasn’t as effective as what is has been in recent weeks.

Andy Williams replaced Lloyd around the hour mark, before Azaz made way for Tom Sang soon after. Without any clear sights of goal in the second period for the hosts, Bolton made the most their single chance in the second half. A 90th minute corner was flicked on by Santos before Delaney squeezed the ball past Griffiths at the back post.

Cheltenham will travel to Holker Street on Saturday (kick-off 15:00) to play the penultimate away fixture of 2020.

CHELTENHAM TOWN (3-5-2): J Griffiths (GK), C Raglan, B Tozer, W Boyle, C Hussey, M Blair, F Azaz (T Sang ’69), L Sercombe, E Chapman (R Reid ’84), A May, G Lloyd (A Williams ’66). Subs not used: D Bowry, L Freestone, T Chamberlain, C Ebanks.

BOLTON WANDERERS (3-4-3): M Gilks (Gk), G Jones, R Delaney, R Santos, R Greenidge (J Mascoll ’66), A Baptiste, L Isgrove, A Sarcevic, G Thomason, E Doyle, N Delfouneso. Subs not used: B Crellin (Gk), J Hickman, T White, B Comley, R Darcy, A Crawford.

REFEREE: Anthony Coggins. Assistants: Darren Wilding, Grant Taylor. Fourth Official: Brett Huxtable.

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Ticket News

Limited amount of tickets on sale for Bolton clash

10 December 2020

There are a limited amount of tickets on sale for Cheltenham Town's home fixture against Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday 15 December.

The match against the Trotters is kicking off at 7.45pm and non-season ticket holders can gain access to the game by purchasing from the limited number of general sale tickets that are available for the fixture.

Tickets can be bought online. As per the first two home matches with fans since they were granted a return to the stadium, all tickets will be allocated in a socially distanced set-up and fans are asked to read all information ahead of attending the game, including any new updates.

It'll be the first league meeting in the history of the two clubs having met once before in the EFL Trophy.

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