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In Focus: Burton v. Robins

8 March 2013

Fan and columnist Murry Toms looks ahead to this weekend's trip to the Pirelli Stadium.

It may have taken 12 games in as many years, but Cheltenham Town's first league win against Chesterfield on Tuesday evening was well worth the wait.

Paul Benson's third goal in ruby was the club's first against the Spireites at the Abbey Business Stadium and a severe blow to manager Paul Cook's slim play-off hopes, leaving them 11 points adrift of seventh place.

Mark Yates' men were far from their best on the night, but the dramatic victory moved them back into the top three with nine games to play.

Of that final sequence, seven are against promotion rivals, starting with Burton Albion this weekend.

Fifth-placed Burton boast the most formidable home record in League Two, triumphant in 13 of 18 games while only losing two at the Pirelli Stadium.

No side has scored more than the Brewers' total of 40 goals at home, so Cheltenham can expect a stern defensive test tomorrow.

But performances at home have sharply contrasted with Burton's form on the road, which remains the weakest of the promotion-chasing pack.

They drew a blank at John Ward's Bristol Rovers last Saturday, failing to improve that record in the 3-0 defeat at the Memorial Stadium - their first loss in eight matches.

The Pirelli Stadium, built in 2005 to house 6,912 fans, has been a happy hunting ground for Cheltenham.

There have been two wins in three visits, including of course the memorable 11-goal thriller back in 2010.

Josh Low and Jimmy Spencer grabbed the goals in last season's 2-0 victory to atone for defeat by the same scoreline in the previous campaign.

There has yet to be a draw between the pair in seven competitive meetings.

Cheltenham have stuttered outside Gloucestershire of late, successful in just one in seven of their last trips since defeating promotion rivals Northampton Town 3-2 at Sixfields.

Encouragingly that win came at Southend United, also targeting a top seven finish. The six matches against mid-table sides or below have ended in frustration.

So will Burton notch home win number 14 or will they be given a rude awakening by Cheltenham, looking to record a third win in succession for the first time this season?

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