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Preview: Robins V Forest Green

13 April 2018

Derby day! Cheltenham Town face local rivals Forest Green Rovers in a massive Sky Bet League Two clash at the LCI Rail Stadium (kick-off 3pm).

The Robins will be looking to build on a confidence-boosting 3-0 win over Morecambe last weekend and ensure they finish above the Green Devils in the standings.

Forest Green suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Barnet last weekend – a result that moved the Bees off the foot of the table – and are currently 22nd in the table and 11 points behind the Robins.

Striker Mo Eisa grabbed a goal as the teams drew 1-1 when they met at The New Lawn in November.

The Opposition:

Forest Green boss Mark Cooper insists Football League survival is in his side’s own hands as they prepare for the local derby.

Rovers lost 1-0 to Barnet last time out – extended their winless run on the road to 12 games.

β€œWe know what we have got to do, it’s in our own hands and we must stay calm and not get bogged down in the Barnet result and move on to Cheltenham,” said Cooper.

β€œI have to look at the team selection for Cheltenham and some players have probably not done enough to stay in the team.”

Team News:

Cheltenham: Manager Gary Johnson will assess the fitness of midfielders Carl Winchester and Kevin Dawson after both players missed home clash with Morecambe through injury.

Forest Green Rovers: Visiting boss Mark Cooper has declared that he has a full squad to pick from on derby day.

The man in the middle:

Referee Ollie Yates will take charge of the league clash at the LCI Rail Stadium. He has taken charge of four games this season, giving out 14 yellow cards. He previously took charge of our home 1-1 draw with Chesterfield in March His assistants are Grant Taylor and Michael D’Aguilar, whilst the fourth official is Joe Clark.

Last time we met:           

25/11/17 – Forest Green Rovers 1-1 Cheltenham (L2)

03/10/17 - Cheltenham 1-2 Forest Green Rovers (CC)

21/11/15 – Cheltenham 1-1 Forest Green Rovers (NL)

22/09/15 – Forest Green Rovers 1-1 Cheltenham (NL)

06/09/14 – Morecambe 0-0 Cheltenham (L2)

Ticket Information:

Home Supporters:

Home supporters can buy online by clicking HERE - fans can also buy in person by visiting the Ticket Office during office hours on Friday (10am until 3pm).

Currently there is very limited availability in the Autovillage Main Stand. Only single seats remain in block B and we have limited seats in blocks A and C.

Only single seats remain in blocks 3,4 and 5 of the Colin Farmer Stand. There is also very limited seating in blocks 2 and 6.

Home fans will be able to buy tickets on matchday - further details of availability will be announced on Friday.

Away Supporters:

Away fans are advised that this is an ALL TICKET match - no tickets will be sold to visiting supporters on matchday in Cheltenham. 

Forest Green Rovers have their allocation of tickets so away fans should contact the club direct to buy.

Any away fans who attempt to enter the stadium with tickets in home areas will be refused entry or ejected.

Away supporters are also advised that no flags or drums will be allowed in the Hazlewoods Stand due to the maximum capacity allocation for this fixture.

Car Park & Robin's Nest:

Fans are advised that the car park is now SOLD OUT and no more spaces are available. Please only park at the LCI Rail Stadium if you have a pre-booked parking space.

The Robins Nest bar will also be open for home fans only on matchday. Please arrive early as the bar will operate on a first come, first served basis. Once the bar is at capacity no more fans will be allowed entry. 

All fans are reminded that a full bag check will be in operation for this fixture. Please arrive early to avoid queues and ensure a safe and quick entry into the stadium. 

For further information call the Ticket Office at the LCI Rail Stadium on 01242 573558 (option 1) during opening hours or email our Ticket Office Manager via tickets@ctfc.com


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