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14 February 2023 Venue Abbey Stadium Attendance

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Match Reports

Report: Cambridge United 1-2 Robins

15 February 2023

Second-half goals from Elliot Bonds and James Olayinka helped the Robins win their first league match of 2023 after beating Cambridge United 2-1.

Bonds broke the deadlock in the 57th minute with a screamer from 30 yards from the Cambridge goal to score his first of the season. However, the home side quickly levelled after Joe Ironside scored a controversial penalty.

After a dominant second-half performance, it appeared the Robins would only have a point for their efforts, until Aidan Keena teed up midfielder Olayinka for his first Cheltenham Town goal to clinch the three points. 

The Robins had the opening chance of the game in the third minute as the ball fell the way of Charlie Brown, who controlled the ball outside the box and teed himself up for a ferocious strike that smacked the middle of the crossbar with United goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov planted to the floor. 

The hosts were amazed how the score stayed level as for the first time in the game, they broke Town's defensive line. A drilled low cross from the right-hand side of the box travelled along the six-yard line, avoided both a sliding Caleb Taylor and Joe Ironside who was facing an untended goal.

The U's threatened again down their right hand side. Liam Bennett found space to clip in a cross to Ironside, who's header was acrobatically kept out from close range by Luke Southwood. 

Alfie May was the next to have a chance fall his way. A dinked ball by Elliot Bonds played through the forward, with the defence waiting for the linesman to flag, but May could not get the ball under control and it was cleared.

In what was a quiet last 20 minutes of the first half, Jack Lankester had the best opportunity. Neat work on the edge of the Cheltenham box saw space open up for the midfielder, but his prodded attempt at goal dribbled straight towards Southwood. 

With chances limited it would take somthing special to break the deadlock. Bonds supplied the game with a touch of magic as he picked the ball up from distance yards and curled a brilliant strike into the top left hand corner. 


Only minutes after, Cambridge were given an opportunity to equalise as Taylor Perry was adjudged to bring down a forward in the box. Ironside stepped up from the spot and sent Southwood the wrong way to level the match.

The flurry of goals brought the game to life as the encounter developed into an end to end affair, with both sides looking threatening on the counter attack. 

Substitute Keena had the ball in the back of the net with 20 minutes to go but an offside flag denied him his first Cheltenham goal. Bond's long range freekick was diverted towards May who was in an offside position. His effort was saved by Mitov, but the flag rose as the Irishman struck the ball into the net.

The Robins' record signing played a big part in the winner. Keena held off a defender in the Cambridge penalty area, and pulled the ball back to fellow substitute Olayinka who slotted the ball through the legs of Mitov to win the game for Cheltenham.

After retaking the lead, the Robins looked to extend it. Yet another chance from Keena was blocked for a corner, with the resulting set-piece seeing Ryan Broom have an identicle shot from the opposite corner of the box.

With an additional four minute to be played, Cambridge started an arial bombardment, but with every ball into Cheltenham territory, a blue shirt cleared their lines to hold on for the Robins' first league win of 2023.

Robins XI: Southwood, Jackson, Long (c), Raglan, Taylor, Broom, Bonds, Sercombe, Perry (Olayinka 71'), Brown (Keena 62'), May (Norton 90')

Un-used substitutes: MacDonald, Baggott, Sambu, Barkers

Cambridge United XI: Mitov, Digby (c), Jones, Brophy, Ironside, Smith, Lankester (Tracey 80'), Bennett, McGrindles, Morrisson, Bennett

Un-used sustitutes: Mannion, Williams, Haunstrup, Okedina, Worman, Hoddle

Referee: A. Woolmer

Attendence: 5,018 (126 away)

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Ticket News

Match Pack: Cambridge United (A)

13 February 2023

The Robins hit the road as they travel to face Cambridge United tomorrow evening at the Abbey Stadium in the Sky Bet League One (7:45PM KO).

Wade Elliott's side came away with a point from the weekend after drawing at home to Accrington Stanley, and will now be looking to build on it against the U's on Tuesday. 

In an earlier meeting with Cambridge, Cheltenham came from behind to win 2-1 midweek at the Completely-Suzuki Stadium. A memorable occassion where Alfie May broke the club record for the most EFL goals scored by a Robins player. 

Tickets and travel are still available online for Robins fans who want to make the trip to Cambridge tomorrow.  

Cheltenham Town supporters will be located in the South Stand.

Ticket Prices:

Adult: £24

Senior (64+) / Student / 18-21: £18

Under 18: £12

Under 12: £8

Under 5: Free

Under 12 ticket holders must be accompanied by an adult (18+).

Cheltenham Town retain 5% of the income from tickets sold via our ticket office, so we always encourage our supporters to purchase in advance wherever possible.

Away tickets are not able to be produced digitally, physical tickets must be collected.  Any tickets that remain uncollected from the Completely-Suzuki Stadium will be taken to the Abbey Stadium for collection on the day.

For those of you who haven't purchased your ticket, you can still watch the action with our iFollow Match Pass. Available to watch in the UK and internationally. 

Travel Club Info

Official CTFC Travel Club will depart the Completely-Suzuki Stadium at 3PM.

Non Members £20

Members £16

Young Robins £8

By booking tickets you agree to the terms and conditions of travel, which can be found here.

If you do not collect your match tickets in advance, they will be left with the on-board steward for collection prior to travel.

Please note that seating plans are drawn up in advance and changes on the day may not be possible. If you have specific seating requests, please e-mail the Ticket Office with details.

If you are making your own way to the game, see below the directions to the Abbey Stadium.

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.

Anyone caught possessing or using pyrotechnics will be reported to the police and prosecution could result in a permanent criminal record. The pitch must remain safe for players, managers and match officials, just as the stands should be for supporters.

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