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Preview: Robins V Notts County

6 March 2018

After the Beast from the East finally subsided, the action returns as Cheltenham Town face Notts County in a big Sky Bet League Two encounter at the LCI Rail Stadium on Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm).

The original clash was due to be played on Saturday afternoon, but a frozen pitch, adverse weather conditions and spectator safety all meant the game was postponed until in the week.

The Robins secured an impressive draw at league leaders Luton Town last time out at Kenilworth Road – and were minutes from taking all three points.

The Magpies – currently fourth in the standings – won 2-0 at Stevenage last time out with goals from Jorge Grant and Shola Ameobi.

Notts County won 3-1 when the teams last met in November, with Carl Winchester scoring the Cheltenham goal at Meadow Lane.

The Opposition:

Notts County manager Kevin Nolan insists the 'the buzz' has returned to his squad ahead of Tuesday's rearranged trip to Cheltenham Town.

The Magpies banished the memories of a 1-0 defeat to Cambridge United by claiming their third home win on the bounce with a solid 2-0 victory against Stevenage.

"You could feel the lads were getting that buzz back this week on the back of a really good, solid performance," Nolan told nottscountyfc.co.uk.

“Cheltenham are a good team - they did OK down at our place and caused us some problems.

"They have had some good results at home and they’ve got Mohamed Eisa, who is one of the leading scorers in the league.

“He scored last week and they will be full of confidence coming away from a draw at Luton.

“Hopefully it will be a good game between two teams intent on winning."

Team News:

Cheltenham team news: Manager Gary Johnson will be without midfielder Harry Pell as he begins a two-match suspension after picking up ten yellow cards this season.

 Notts County team news: The Magpies will be without goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons after he was involved in a road traffic collision on Monday morning.The stopper sustained no serious injuries but has stayed in Nottingham rather than travel for the fixture.

The man in the middle:

Referee Graham Horwood – who has taken charge of 19 games this season and handed out 59 yellow cards and one red card - will take charge of the league clash at the LCI Rail Stadium. He has refereed the Robins once this season – the epic 4-3 win over Oxford in the cup in August. He will be assisted by Darren Wilding, Thomas Harty and fourth official Ronald Granfield.

Last time we met:

18/11/17 – Notts County 3-1 Cheltenham (L2)

11/02/17 – Notts County 2-1 Cheltenham (L2)

17/09/16 – Cheltenham 2-3 Notts County (L2)

01/05/10 – Notts County 5-0 Cheltenham (L2)

03/09/09 – Cheltenham 1-1 Notts County (L2)

Ticket Information:

Fans are advised that tickets will be available from the Ticket Office right up until kick-off.

Supporters will be able to buy tickets in person from the Ticket Office on matchday and you can also buy online by clicking HERE

Fans with tickets for the original date on Saturday are reminded that these tickets ARE valid for Tuesday’s game. Please use them to gain entry into the stadium.

As always, fans collecting pre-paid tickets are asked to arrive early to avoid any queues and to enable easy access into the LCI Rail Stadium.

Supporters are advised the car park at the LCI Rail Stadium is FULL and no matchday sales will be available. Only those with pre-booked passes should park at the stadium.


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