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Preview: Fleetwood Town

20 August 2021

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Cheltenham Town face the first of four consecutive away fixtures on Saturday with a trip to Fleetwood Town (kick-off: 3pm).

Boosted by a first league win of the season on Tuesday against Ipswich Town, the Robins make the long trip to Highbury looking to now earn a first away league victory.

Fleetwood are well established at League One level and will provide a demanding test of the Cheltenham squad with early season momentum after last season's League Two title win so important.

Team news

Kyle Vassell (pictured) will face a fitness test to see if he is ready to play against his former club and former manager.

Places are up for grabs though there are no other fitness concerns after Tuesday's win over Ipswich Town.

Media talk

Depsite a tricky start to the season for Saturday's opposition, Michael Duff says the focus for the weekend is purely on his team.

"It doesn't matter from our point of view if the pressure is on them or whether they beat us or not. We have to concentrate on us," he said.

"Saturday won't define them and won't define us in terms of where we finish in the league.

"Can we give a performance that is good enough to get a result? That's what we'll be thinking and I'm sure they'll be thinking the same thing."

Watch what the Robins chief had to say on iFollow.

Midfield man Callum Wright has also been speaking to the press before the weekend. Watch on iFollow.

Speaking to the local media in Lancashire, Fleetwood Town manager Simon Grayson has been praising Cheltenham's style of football ahead of the game.

“They’ve got a good style of play that they like playing, and the majority of the group went with them through the League Two stages and know exactly what they are doing so they are well drilled and well organised," he said.


Fleetwood have endured a tough opening set of fixtures and have suffered four defeats in all competitions so far. They've taken on two of the division's bigger clubs in Portsmouth and Sheffield Wednesday, faced Championship Stoke City in the Carabao Cup and lost 2-1 to last season's play-off finalists Lincoln City.

After a difficult start they'll be looking to pick up their form and they do so with a squad that has good experience and quality at this level. From goalkeeper Alex Cairns who has been at Fleetwood since 2016, to ex-Rangers midfielder Jordan Rossiter and former Republic of Ireland international Anthony Pilkington.

Last season they finished 15th in the division which is the highest level they've played at in their history.

The manager: Simon Grayson

In Simon Grayson Fleetwood employ one of the most experienced Football League managers. He began his managerial career in 2005 at Blackpool, a club he has managed twice, while he's also had stints in charge at Leeds United, Huddersfield, Preston North End, Sunderland and Bradford City.

He's achieved four Football League promotions, helping four different teams to move up a division.

As a player he was a defender who represented the likes of Leicester City, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool where after ending his playing days he transitioned into his first management job.


Won: 1
Drawn: 2
Lost: 1

All four meetings above have been from fixtures played in League Two.

Tickets & travel

The Travel Club coach making the trip will depart from the Jonny-Rocks Stadium at 9.15am.

Ticket prices for the fixture are as follows:

Adult £24
Over 65 £19
Under 25 £19
Under 16 £8
Under 5 Free

Adult £22
Over 65 £17
Under 25 £17
Under 16 £7
Under 5 Free


Social media: Follow @CTFCofficial on Twitter for team news and updates, CTFC on Facebook for score updates and @CTFCofficial on Instagram.

Website: Read the match report post-match and see reaction to the result from inside the camp.

Radio: Tune in to live commentary on BBC Radio Gloucestershire and on iFollow.

Highlights: Watch extended highlights on iFollow, on YouTube, Sky Sports and Quest.

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Match Reports

Report & highlights: Fleetwood Town 3-2 Robins

21 August 2021

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Cheltenham Town slipped to their second League One defeat of the season following a dramatic ending at Fleetwood Town's Highbury Stadium.

It wasn't a bad performance by any means and they deserved to be on terms as the contest entered the closing stages but they paid the price for some poor moments of defending here.

It was delicately balanced as the game moved into the final ten minutes but three late goals, two in favour of the home side, handed the hosts their first victory of the campaign.

Callum Wright gave Michael Duff's side an early lead on the Fylde Coast but they had been pegged back by the interval and looked to have secured a share the spoils with Alfie May's strike two minutes from time.

Then Shayden Morris, who posed a threat down the right all afternoon, took advantage of some more haphazard defending to roll one home as the game entered added-on time, denying Duff's men a deserved point.


"I'm disappointed," Duff said afterwards.

"We've gone up a league but nobody's opened us up yet. We're just giving poor goals away.

"That's three corners we've conceded from. They've had three shots from outside the box and it was a poor goal at the end.

"In my opinion it's a game we should have won."

Duff made two changes, bringing in Scott Flinders and Alfie May for Owen Evans and Kyle Vassell who had picked up a slight calf strain after the win against Ipswich Town four days ago.

Wright's second goal in as many games set Michael Duff's men on their way, scoring into the bottom right-hand corner after just eight minutes.

Liam Sercombe started the move from the half-way live, sliding a ball into Andy Williams who helped it into the path of the in-form midfielder and he beat Alex Cairns with a low left footer from the edge of the box.

Danny Andrew called Flinders into his first stop of the afternoon with quarter of an hour played, meeting a corner from the Fleetwood right with a well struck volley.

But the home side were level 12 minutes before the break and it came about after a move down their right, which is where they were enjoying a bit of success through Shayden Morris.


On this occasion though it was Ryan Edmondson who beat Ben Tozer to roll across a ball to Harrison Biggins, but he couldn't reach it and Sean Long cleared the danger for a corner. However Tom Clarke met it with a powerful header to square the contest.

There was a late chance for Charlie Raglan with a back post downward header, but it was pushed away by Cairns.

Williams was replaced by George Lloyd at the break but it was Fleetwood who created the next chances, two of which Flinders brilliantly saved while the other came back off the woodwork, Darnell Johnson with the header.

Callum Morton, the striker who bagged two in the ill-fated 3-0 play-off semi-final defeat by Northmpton Town two years ago, was sent on shortly after the hour (for Edmondson) while Sercombe made way for Taylor Perry with 14 minutes remaining.


But it was the former Cobbler who played a decisive role in his side's second and third goals.

First he met Andrew's corner with a firm header which was cleared but only as far as Johnson, who stabbed home from six yards.

Then against the run of play May popped up at the other end, two minutes from time, to accept a defensive gift to bag a seemingly unlikely equaliser.

But Morton picked up play as the game moved into injury time, carried it into the box and wrestled by Long. The ball squirmed into the path of Morris who made no mistake with the chance to notch his side's first won of the season.


FLEETWOOD TOWN (4-3-3): Cairns; Johnson, T Clarke, Holgate, Andrew; Camps (Batty 73), Rossiter (c), Biggins; Morris, Edmondson (Morton 63), Pilkington (Garner 79). Subs not used: Crellin (Gk), Matete, Hill, M Clark.

CHELTENHAM TOWN (3-5-2): Flinders (Gk); Raglan (Blair 84), Tozer (c), Boyle; Long, Wright, Thomas, Sercombe (Perry 76), Hussey; May, Williams (Lloyd 46). Subs not used: Evans (Gk), Freestone, Chapman, Bonds.


ATTENDANCE: 2,392 (175 from Cheltenham)

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Ticket News

Tickets & travel: Fleetwood Town

16 August 2021

Tickets and away travel for Cheltenham Town's fixture at Fleetwood Town on Saturday 21 August are on sale.

Eight years since the Robins last played a game at Fleetwood's Highbury Stadium home in Lancashire, the two teams meet again for the first ever League One fixture between the sides.

It's the first of four consecutive away matches for the Robins with games at Gillingham, Burton Albion and Bristol Rovers all still to come.

Tickets for the match are as follows:

Adult £24
Over 65 £19
Under 25 £19
Under 16 £8
Under 5 Free

Adult £22
Over 65 £17
Under 25 £17
Under 16 £7
Under 5 Free

Fans wishing to travel on the Travel Club coach to the game can board the coach when it departs at 9.15am on Saturday morning from the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Prices for a seat on the coach are:

Non Members £20 / £18
Members £18 / £16
Junior Robins £8

To purchase your tickets, or to book a seat on the Travel Club coach, buy online, or visit the ticket office at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

For tickets bought by fans through the Cheltenham ticket office the club receives 5% of sales.

Any tickets that are bought but not collected before Saturday's game will be available for collection at Fleetwood.

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