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In Focus: Robins v. Millers

15 March 2013

Supporter & columnist Murry Toms looks ahead to this weekend's promotion clash versus Rotherham.

Cheltenham Town have the opportunity this weekend to atone for last Saturday's disappointing reverse at Burton Albion when they host promotion rivals Rotherham United tomorrow.

It promises to be another absorbing encounter as the campaign hits the home straight with only eight games to play.

Manager Mark Yates will once again lock horns with old adversary Steve Evans, his opposite number who leads the South Yorkshire club into Gloucestershire for the sixth time since 1999.

To date the Millers have recorded just one (2-0) win in five visits to the Abbey Business Stadium, in the first meeting between the pair on Whaddon Road 14 years ago in which both Yates and his assistant Neil Howarth appeared.

Since then Cheltenham have won two and drawn two, including last season's success courtesy of Marlon Pack's solitary goal.

There's nothing between the two sides this term, both level pegging on points going into tomorrow's match although Evans' side have played one game fewer.

They've proven tough to beat away from their impressive New York Stadium home, losing only four times in 18 trips and most recently drew 2-2 at Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday evening.

At home Cheltenham remain one of the best sides in League Two, winning on 11 occasions and haven't been beaten in 16 league contests stretching back to the Southend visit back to September 15 when they were defeated 3-1.

Rotherham drew first blood earlier in the season, running out 4-2 winners thanks in large part to top scorer Daniel Nardiello's brace.

The former Manchester United trainee has 18 goals to his name in all competitions while the other two players on target that afternoon, Ben Pringle and Lee Frecklington, have added a further 15 goals for the cause.

Only three points from the automatic places, Yates' side are right in the mix despite last weekend's frustration at the Pirelli Stadium.

With it being so congested at the League Two summit, it's vital we get behind Yates' side as we enter a decisive sequence of matches.

Your support will make all the difference as we head for home, so spread the word and get up to the ground tomorrow as the Robins close in on their target of hosting League One football once again in Cheltenham. See you there.

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