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In Focus: Robins v. The Wombles

1 March 2013

Fan and columnist Murry Toms looks forward to Saturday's League Two match versus AFC Wimbledon.

Cheltenham Town will this weekend host relegation-threatened AFC Wimbledon, looking to bounce back to winning ways after Tuesday evening's frustration in Fleetwood.

Yates' side didn't pick up the result their performance more than merited, despite in-form Marlon Pack's cracking opener, and subsequently slipped to seventh in the table.

Meanwhile Harry Pell salvaged a point for the Dons in Tuesday's stalemate at Plymouth Argyle's Home Park ground, but it couldn't prevent the south Londoners from dropping back into the relegation zone.

However the result stretched Neal Ardley's side's unbeaten run to four games as they battle to escape the drop.

Cheltenham then must proceed with caution tomorrow. The Wombles also boast one of the best away records in the bottom half of the table, and have won more games away from home than Cheltenham (six compared to five).

Three of those successes have come in their last five away matches, in the recent visits to Dagenham and Redbridge, Rochdale and Torquay (where Cheltenham have failed to win this term).

One of Cheltenham's six victories on the road arrived at Wimbledon's Kingsmeadow ground earlier in the season, winning 2-1 courtesy of goals by Marlon Pack and Kaid Mohamed, the former Dons winger.

At home Cheltenham have been solid, winning nine of 17 matches - only bettered in League Two by promotion rivals Burton Albion and Northampton Town.

Ex-Oxford United striker Jack Midson has eight goals to name, as has Byron Harrison who swapped London for Cheltenham back in January. Paul McCallum, on loan from West Ham United, has added four in nine appearances for the cause.

Of course former skipper Alan Bennett went in the opposite direction in the transfer window, and is sure of a warm welcome tomorrow afternoon. The Irishman has made six appearances since heading to the capital and has registered one goal to date.

Last season the two sides shared a goalless draw at the Abbey Business Stadium, which may just suit the away side tomorrow.

But Cheltenham will be aiming for a return to winning ways to press home their promotion credentials as we enter the campaign's home straight. See you there.

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