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In Focus: Robins v. Gills

12 April 2013

Supporters and columnist Murry Toms looks ahead to this weekend's clash with the league leaders.

Moving swiftly on then, after an afternoon to forget in Plymouth last weekend.

Events this week have seen Cheltenham Town drop to fifth in the ever-changing League Two promotion picture, although our destiny remains firmly within our grasp despite the dismal showing in Devon.

This weekend's opponents Gillingham, guided by former boss Martin Allen, sealed promotion to League One with their narrow victory over Torquay United at the Priestfield Stadium as the Robins unravelled at Home Park.

They bring to Cheltenham the division's best away record, notching 11 wins and nine draws on the road this term.

The Gills' sole defeat on the road came at Plainmoor, by a 2-1 scoreline, back in mid-October. 

They have lost at League One's Crawley Town (3-2 in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Southern Section first round) and Preston North End (2-0 in the FA Cup second round) but when it comes to the league, no-one travels better than Allen's side.

Only Doncaster Rovers have scored more wins away from home than the Kent side in the Football League over the course of the season, and that's played a major factor in a permanent top three berth.

The foundation for their success on the road is a miserly defence which has leaked just 14 goals all season.

They're not short of fire power at the other end of the pitch either.

Danny Kedwell, the man who grabbed the winner last weekend, ex-Jamaican international Deon Burton and Myles Weston, the England youth left winger, have pitched in with 31 goals between them to date - exactly half their side's total for the campaign.

Cheltenham though have a formidable home record to shout about.

The 1-0 success over Northampton Town a fortnight ago, thanks to Steve Elliott's fourth goal of the season, stretched that unbeaten record to six months and 18 matches.

Victory number 14 at the Abbey Business Stadium this weekend could restore Mark Yates' side to the top three, depending of course on the outcomes at Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium and Northampton Town's Sixfields Stadium.

It promises to be quite an occasion.

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