There’s an opportunity for the Robins to pull away from Tuesday night opponents Yeovil Town when the two sides come head-to-head at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Tuesday (kick-off: 7.45pm).
Two points currently separate Michael Duff’s side and the Glovers, in what is set to be a 19th against 21st match up on Tuesday.
The frustration of Saturday’s postponed game against Cambridge United will see a Robins squad packed full of energy eager to make their mark in Tuesday’s game, as they look to do the double over a Yeovil side who suffered defeat at Stevenage on the weekend.
Tickets for Tuesday are on sale right now online and can be purchased in advance here. They are also available to buy from the turnstiles on the night around the stadium.
Jordon Forster is back in contention after the head injury that forced him off against Macclesfield. Sean Long has meanwhile returned to training and Manny Duku is expected to be fit.
New signings Jordan Tillson and Rakish Bingham have a chance of making their debuts, though Nigel Atangana, Will Boyle and Tyrone Barnett will miss the game because of injury.
Watch what Michael Duff had to say about the match at Monday’s press conference:
No fewer than seven new faces made the move to Yeovil in the January transfer window. Their additions included Craig Alcock, who after just leaving Cheltenham has made the switch back to his former club.
They head into Tuesday’s match following back-to-back defeats, but had previously earned consecutive wins before that – impressively 1-0 at promotion chasing Mansfield and also over basement side Notts County.
Manager Darren Way will be hoping to guide his side away from danger which has fallen his sides way following a dreadful run between the start of November and start of January which saw them fail to register a League win, picking up only three points in draws with Cambridge, Northampton and Tranmere.
The Robins will have to look out for the threat of the much travelled Alex Fisher at the top of their attack, while they’ve recently boosted their attacking ranks with the recruitment of Cheltenham youth product Courtney Duffus and ex-Southampton man Ryan Seager, who transfers following a recent trial period at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.
Midfielder Jake Gray is one of three players in their squad with Robins connections, on top of Duffus and Alcock, while goalkeeper Stuart Nelson, who has recently dropped to the bench in favour of Chelsea loanee Nathan Baxter, was born and grew up in nearby Stroud.
Last time we met
It’s just over a month ago since the two sides last came face-to-face, and it marked a fine start to 2019 for Michael Duff’s side results wise as four different goal scorers helped his team to a handsome 4-1 win at Huish Park.
The Robins raced into a two goal lead in the first half. Luke Varney notched the first, while Conor Thomas struck a penalty before half time.
Yeovil hit back early in the second half when Tom James halved the deficit, however Jordon Forster would restore Cheltenham’s two goal advantage as he scooped in from close range and Kevin Dawson added a fourth against his former side.
Revisit the highlights from that win:
You can buy online in advance for Tuesday’s fixture. Click here to purchase tickets online. Tickets can also be bought from the turnstiles.
The ticket office at the stadium will be open ahead of kick-off for supporters wanting to buy away travel and tickets for Saturday’s fixture at Colchester United or to pick up tickets. The club shop will also be open before the game selling gifts and merchandise.
Updates are available throughout the night by following @CTFCofficial on Twitter – from team news before kick-off to in game updates and live images. You can also check out score updates on the club’s Facebook page.
Tune in to hear live commentary on iFollow and also on BBC Radio Gloucestershire.