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Preview: Bolton Wanderers

26 November 2021

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Fresh off the back of back-to-back League One wins, Cheltenham Town travel to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday in League One (kick-off: 3pm).

Cheltenham have taken six points from their last two games at home to Shrewsbury Town and away at Gillingham on Tuesday - two results that have propelled the team to 10th in the third tier.

Saturday's visit to former top flight and European side Bolton is another big challenge in the Robins first campaign back at this level since 2009, but Michael Duff's charges will travel to the University of Bolton Stadium full of confidence.

It will be the club's second visit to Bolton's impressive home, but the first with fans after last season's behind closed doors fixture, and it's been confirmed that tickets are available to buy on the day.

Team news

There are no new injury concerns following Tuesday's game with Leicester City loan midfielder Callum Wright (pictured) back in the fold having coming off the bench in midweek.

Will Boyle, Charlie Raglan, Taylor Perry, Matty Blair and Conor Thomas all remain out of action due to injury.

Media talk

Although there is a lot of difference between the two clubs, Michael Duff says that won't stop his side competing and looking to put on a performance at Bolton on Saturday.

"We know where and what we are. Do we think we're similar to Bolton in many ways, no? But we're in the League to try and compete and we'll go up there and we'll compete," he told the media on Thursday.

"You want to go and play in front of crowds. Crowds like that can work in one or two ways.

"They can roar them home if they start well but if we start well it creates its own pressure in itself.

"We have to be at it in every game, it doesn't matter who we're playing. When we haven't done it away from home we've had a few punches on the nose and we've been better away from home recently."

Watch the whole of Duff's press conference in full exclusively on iFollow. You can also watch Kyle Joseph's pre-match thoughts on iFollow too.

Opposition

Positioned one place below Cheltenham following their midweek win over lowly Doncaster Rovers, Bolton have stepped back into life in League One confidently after they finished third in League Two last season and subsequently gained automatic promotion.

They've been struggling with injury problems of late and will be patching up a squad for this weekend's fixture, though despite that they still boast a team which includes some highly rated individuals for the third tier.

Joel Dixon made the move from Barrow in the summer to feature as their goalkeeper, while defensively Wales international Declan John and towering centre back Ricardo Santos provide good quality.

At the top of the pitch they have the experienced Eoin Doyle, former England under-21 international Nathan Delfouneso and Bath born winger Xavier Amaechi who is on loan from Bundesliga 2 side Hamburger SV.

The manager: Ian Evatt

By helping Bolton clinch an automatic promotion spot last season, Ian Evatt claimed the second promotion of his managerial career having previously guided Barrow into the Football League as National League winners in the shortened 2019/20 season.

The 40-year-old has also previously had a caretaker stint in charge at Chesterfield as a manager, a club where he ended a playing career that also took in time at Blackpool, QPR and Derby County.

Tickets & travel

Bolton have now confirmed that supporters can buy on the day. Fans will be able to purchase tickets at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Any tickets that have been bought online and not picked up from the ticket office at Cheltenham will be available to collect on the day from Bolton.

The Travel Club coach making the trip will be departing from the Jonny-Rocks Stadium at 9.30am.

Coverage

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, Quest and on Sky Sports.

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Match Reports

Report & highlights: Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Robins

27 November 2021

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Storm Arwen may have been making its mark across the UK, but at the University of Bolton Stadium it was a whirlwind of an afternoon as Bolton Wanderers and Cheltenham Town played out an entertaining draw.

Alfie May struck a first half double for a Robins side who were excellent in the first 45 minutes and who twice led, but Xavier Amaechi and Elias Kachunga levelled on two occasions for the hosts to.

Both sides had chances to find a winning goal but were forced to share the points in their first meeting since both team's gained promotion from League Two last term.

May had his eye in from as early as the second minute as a bright start saw the forward force Joel Dixon into a save.

Dixon stopped Dan Crowley's effort on ten minutes and was then at his best to keep out Liam Sercombe's strike after the midfielder had broken through.

The Bolton 'keeper couldn't prevent May from registering a deserved lead on the quarter of an hour mark though as May got his first, latching onto Crowley's flick, before cutting inside to power home.

There had been little threat from the hosts, but falling behind sparked them into life, and after Hamburger SV loanee Amaechi went close with a low hit, he levelled from close-range when the Robins failed to fully deal with a low cross.

Chris Hussey's spectacular long-distance free kick forced Dixon to push his strike over the crossbar, while the left back crossed for Kyle Joseph ahead of half time to head over.

May's second goal helped Cheltenham retake the lead on the stroke of half time.

Crowley set the ball to Ellis Chapman who delivered a stunning forward pass that carved open the Bolton backline, and May confidently stroked home.

After the break Bolton piled on early pressure. Doyle saw a shot go just wide via a deflection, while Ricardo Santos' goal was ruled out because he was offside.

Scott Flinders kept out a Doyle flicked attempt from a Declan John cross, but he couldn't stop the hosts from eventually levelling when Kachunga smashed home.

A sensational clearance off the line denied Cheltenham the chance to retake the lead. Crowley's corner was flicked on towards goal by Joseph and somehow it was kept out by Will Aimson.

Flinders denied Doyle again on 75 minutes after good attacking play, and Wanderers substitue Alex Baptiste fired over in stoppage time, but neither side could find the elusive winning goal, and the spoils were shared.

BOLTON: J Dixon, D John, R Santos, G Johnston, E Doyle, X Amaechi (N Delfouneso 70), W Aimson, K Lee, E Kachunga, G Thomason, L Gordon (A Baptiste 84)

Subs not used: M Gilks, M Tweedley, M Conway, M Henry, A Pettifer

ROBINS: S Flinders, G Horton, M Pollock, S Long, K Joseph, C Hussey, E Chapman, L Sercombe, D Crowley (A Williams 89), A May (C Norton 84), K Vassell (C Wright 62)

Subs not used: O Evans, D Barkers, W Armitage

REFEREE: Ross Joyce

ATTENDANCE: 13,325

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Ticket News

Tickets & travel: Bolton Wanderers

18 November 2021

Tickets and away travel for Cheltenham Town's fixture at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday 27 November are on sale.

The match at the University of Bolton Stadium is just Cheltenham's second visit to Wanderers impressive home, and will be the first with fans after last season's draw was played behind closed doors due to covid-19 restrictions.

It's the final match in November as Cheltenham face up against a side who similarly gained automatic promotion to League One last season from the fourth tier.

Ticket prices for the game are as follows:

Adult - £21
Over 65 - £16
Under 23 - £16
Under 18 - £10
Under 12 - £8

The Travel Club coach departs at 9.30am from the Jonny-Rocks Stadium and seat costs are available below:

Non Members £18/£16
Members £16/£14
Junior Robins £7

If you want to purchase a ticket and away travel to the game then you can buy online or from the ticket office during opening hours.

Tickets will not be on sale at Bolton on the day so you need to purchase before midday on Friday.

A total of 5% of sales bought through the Robins will go back to the club.

Tickets will be available to collect from Bolton if you do not pick them up through the Cheltenham ticket office.

Fans who wish to park at the stadium can do so. Spaces are priced at £8 per car, £12 per minibus and £20 per coach - payable on the day.

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