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Milton: Robins battling the weather

1 March 2018

Assistant Manager Russell Milton admits it has been a case of trying to prepare as best as possible for the Robins this week - as the Beast from the East blows pre-match routines off course.

Sub-zero temperatures and rock solid pitches has seen the Cheltenham players forced indoors and switching training locations as they look to prepare for Saturday's Sky Bet League Two clash with Notts County.

"It's been a very disruptive week, but we have had to do the best we can and call in some favours," admitted Milton.

"We were at Winchcombe School on Tuesday so we thank them for their support and allowing us to use the all-weather pitch to get some football.

"We also managed to arrange a game with Bristol City on their 4G after the Central League game with MK Dons was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

"It's been like it all week. Monday was difficult too, but we managed to find an area of grass at the training ground that wasn't solid, but as the week has gone on it has got worse."

The Robins will again be indoors today and Milton admitted despite the artic conditions the team still had to be ready for Saturday afternoon.

"You prepare as normally as you can and right now the game is on," he added.

"Today we are indoors with some short games and tomorrow maybe we will have to do the same. We have contingency plans for weather like this and everyone has to adapt.

"We have to prepare as best as we can. We are limited in what we can do, but we have to keep then boys ticking over and get them ready.

"We have got to keep that sharpness and touch, make sure our fitness levels are up and wait on the weather."


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