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Report: Robins 0-1 Plymouth Argyle

26 December 2022

The Robins were beaten 1-0 on Boxing Day by league leaders Plymouth Argyle, in front of a record crowd since the club’s return to the EFL in 2016.

5975 fans packed the Completely-Suzuki Stadium, but Morgan Whittaker’s late strike stole all three points for the visitors.

Wade Elliott made one change to the previous league game, with Charlie Raglan replacing Caleb Taylor in defence, whilst Will Ferry and Taylor Perry made long-awaited returns to the match day squad with places on the bench.

The first clear sight of goal came for the Robins when Alfie May cut in from the left wing, and in trademark style tried to band a shot into the far corner of the net, but narrowly beat Michael Cooper’s post.

After Dan Nlundulu was felled towards the corner of the penalty area, May had an opportunity to deliver a dangerous free-kick. Running into the six-yard box, Charlie Raglan threw himself at the cross, but the ball skimmed the top his head and bounced away harmlessly.

Morgan Whittaker had the visitor’s first dangerous moment, attempting a shot from about 20 yards out that skimmed the top of the net.

A Plymouth breakaway then had the Robins scrambling. A brilliant covering tackle from Elliot Bonds sent the ball into the path of Niall Ennis, who looked to bend the ball past Southwood, but Raglan stood firm in the way of the shot to block.

Late in the half, Ben Williams’ in-swinging free-kick was met at the back post by Lewis Freestone, but he could only loop his header over the crossbar, and the scores would remain level at the half time.

Danny Mayor gave the Robins an early scare in the second period, shifting the ball onto his right foot before trying to curl one into the far corner. Southwood was beaten, but so was the post.

Plymouth’s counterattack continued to be troublesome for the Robins, and when Ennis was played through on the right-hand side of the penalty area, it looked for all money that he would slot the ball into the net. However, Southwood pulled off a miraculous save, diving to his right and crucially hold onto the ball with several Argyle players lurking.

A nippy run from Alfie May set Cheltenham up for a good opportunity. He slid the ball across the edge of the penalty area, with Nlundulu leaving it for James Olayinka. The midfielder took a touch, before lashing a shot towards the bottom corner, but Cooper was equal to it, beating the ball away to safety.

Taylor Perry’s first task after his introduction to the match was to deliver a corner from the right-hand side. Long flicked the ball on at the near post, and Nlundulu tried to swing his leg at it, but his effort was blocked by Cooper.

Argyle then took the lead in the 78th minute. Morgan Whittaker picked up the ball just inside the Robins half and drove forwards. With the Robins defenders backing off him, Whittaker unleashed a shot low towards the near post. The pace on the strike was too much for Southwood and the ball nestled into the bottom corner.

The Robins had just over a quarter of an hour to find an equaliser and threw men forward accordingly. Shots from both Charlie Brown and Alfie May took wicked deflections, but landed forutn

Robins: Southwood (GK), Long © (Taylor 82’), Raglan, Freestone, Broom (Brown 82’), Williams (Ferry 71’), Sercombe, Bonds (Jackson 71’), Olayinka (Perry 71’), May, Nlundulu

Unused: MacDonald (GK), Norton

Plymouth: Cooper (GK), Gillesphey, Scarr, Butcher (Houghton 61’), Edwards, Mayor (Roberts 82’), Ennis (Cosgrove 61’), Mumba (Wilson 86’), Whittaker, Randall (Hardie 61’), Lonwijk

Unused: Burton (GK), Jenkins Davies

Attendance: 5975 (1490 away)

Referee: T Nield

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Ticket News

Match Pack: Plymouth Argyle (H)

21 December 2022

Cheltenham Town will host Plymouth Argyle on Boxing Day in Sky Bet League One at the Completely-Suzuki Stadium.

It's been over two weeks without a league match for the Robins, due to postponments and games in the Papa Johns Trophy, but now Cheltenham will return to League One against the Pilgrims on Monday, 26 December (3PM KO). 

The visitors were in action last weekend at Morecambe, and came away with all three points, seeing Plymouth rise to the top of the table. 

Tickets are still on sale for the Boxing Day match across all our stands. Prices vary, with adult tickets ranging from £18-£26, students and over-65s between £13-£18, and £7-£10 for under-18s.

If you are buying tickets in person, you can use cash or card from the sales point in the main car park. There will be sales for home & away fans on the day.

Fans should arrive early to avoid queues, and any ticket changes should be made a day in advance due to the time it takes to alter tickets. 

Arrive earlier and check out our club shop. The perfect place to purchase any late gifts or replacements this festive period. 

The shop is open tomorrow from 10AM - 7PM, and 10AM - 12PM on Friday. Like the ticket office, it will also be open from 10AM until kick-off on Monday.

If you can't make the game on Boxing Day, then watch all of the action on iFollow with our Video Match Pass.

You can find the details to get to the Completely-Suzuki Stadium down below.

We will continue to monitor the weather and the pitch closely, and will update everyone as soon as we can about any issues ahead of kick-off.

There will be no car parking available for the match, unless you have a car parking season pass. 

Also, the gates will open from 1:30PM to allow stewards and staff additional training time on the new ticketing system.

On arrival and around the ground, you will see our new food pods. These are cashless, and only card payments are accepted. 

We have a new information hut at the ground, which is run by our supporter liason and disability assistance team. It's located in the car park on the right hand side as you enter, between the ticket collection booth and “Hungry Robins” outlet.  The hut bears the logos of the Community Trust, Robins Trust, and Proud Robins, reflecting that we are all working together to support the club, represent fans and celebrate inclusion and diversity.

We aim to man the hut from around 1PM until just before kick-off on matchdays, and support with any disability assistance, provide access to free DAB radios, ear defenders and sensory packs, as well as taking bookings for our halftime cross bar challenge.

Surf & Fries has now been moved into the car park beside the information hut, and will remain there for the rest of the 2022/23 season, with new food vendors implemented behind the Optimisng IT Stand in it's place.

A new set of actions will be implemented across all English football leagues for the 2022/23 season and will be backed by the Football Supporters’ Association. They will target activity such as entering the pitch without permission, carrying or using smoke bombs or pyrotechnics and throwing objects - as well as drug use and discriminatory behaviour.

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