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Preview: Cheltenham V Swansea U21s

15 August 2017

Match Previews

Preview: Cheltenham V Swansea U21s

15 August 2017

Cheltenham begin their 2017/18 Checkatrade trophy campaign with a home game against Swansea City u21s tonight, kicking off at 7:45pm.

Last season, Cheltenham topped their northern group, before thrashing Leicester u21s 6-1 and eventually being knocked out by Bradford.

This year, the Robins will be competing in the southern section, and face a local derby vs. Forest Green away, as well as Newport County at the LCI Rail Stadium.

Focus on Swansea

This will be their second season in the Checkatrade trophy after suffering defeat on penalties against eventual winners Coventry City last year.

They were the u21 side who went the furthest in the competition and will be looking to give valuable experience to their youngsters.

They finished second in their group behind AFC Wimbledon. Swansea kicked off their Premier League Two campaign this year with a 2-0 loss to Liverpool.

Team News

Swansea could have Courtney Baker-Richardson available after he signed from Leamington Spa on Monday, but Ryan Blair will miss out with a foot injury.

Boss Gary Johnson will use the depth available to him in the squad with some rotation expected and younger members of the group given a chance. Brian Graham could be in line for his debut, but the game vs. the Swans comes too quickly for the recovering Kevin Dawson. Jerell Sellars is the only other long term injury concern.

The man in the middle

Kevin Johnson will be the referee at the LCI Rail Stadium, with Ian Dudley and Christopher Kidd as assistants. The fourth official is Lee Swabey.

Ticket Info

The match kicks off at 7:45pm and is all cash, meaning all tickets are available for sale on the turnstiles on Tuesday evening, cash only. Ground opening information can be found here.


Adults - £5

All concessions - £3


Gary's view

Watch Gary's preview of tonight's game on Robins TV here:

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