In form Cheltenham make the journey to West Sussex on Saturday to take on Crawley Town at The People’s Pension Stadium (kick-off: 3pm).
Seven unbeaten in all competitions, Michael Duff’s Robins are enjoying another good run, and it’s a 17th against 18th clash this weekend that’s all set to serve up a tightly fought contest.
Both the Robins and Crawley claimed three points on New Year’s Day, with Duff’s side winning at Yeovil and Crawley defeating Colchester United.
Travelling fans may get the chance to see new loan arrival Cameron Pring make his debut if he’s included in the matchday squad.
The injury picked up in Tuesday’s game rules Johnny Mullins out. Sean Long also remains out of contention and Ryan Broom is not expected to feature. Will Boyle is another absentee for Saturday.
Tyrone Barnett returns to face a club who once sold him to Peterborough United for £1.1 million.
Watch Michael Duff’s pre-match press conference:
An impressive win over Colchester on New Year’s Day ended a run of five games without a win for Saturday’s opponents.
Despite having Joe McNerney sent off in the first half, the Red Devils scored two second half goals through Luke Gambin to earn a 2-0 win. As a result they sit 17th in the division – just a point ahead of the Robins going into the weekend.
Italian Gabriele Cioffi is in charge at The People’s Pension Stadium. The former Birmingham City assistant is in his first managerial job in England having previously taken charge of US Gavorrano in his homeland.
Leading goal scorer Ollie Palmer has 11 goals to his name so far this season and is back available from suspension for Saturday. He’s part of a front line that also includes ex-Leeds United man Dominic Poleon and experienced wide man Filipe Morais.
Crawley include former Robins loanee Josh Payne in their squad, while they also boast a number of experienced heads in the shape of midfield duo Dannie Bulman one-time Chelsea youngster Jimmy Smith.
Last time at Crawley
There were goals aplenty the last time the Robins travelled to Crawley in March of last season. There were eight goals scored with the three points ending up on their way back to Cheltenham, courtesy of a 5-3 win.
Mo Eisa and Harry Pell both scored doubles in front of an attendance of 2,172, while Will Boyle added a fifth.
The Robins had led 5-1 at one point, though Crawley did net two consolation goals through Panutche Camara and Lewis Young.
Revisit the highlights from the club’s last away game at Saturday’s venue:
It’s pay on the day at The People’s Pension Stadium. Ticket prices for the game are:
|The People's Pension Stand (seating)||The KR-L Stand (terracing)|
Fans who have booked on the supporters coach travelling to the game are reminded that the coach leaves the Jonny-Rocks Stadium at 10.15am.
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