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Preview: Stratford Town (A)

12 July 2019

Match Previews

Preview: Stratford Town (A)

12 July 2019

The Arden Garages Stadium, home of Southern Premier Central side Stratford Town, is where Cheltenham Town begin the club's pre-season friendly fixture schedule on Saturday (3pm).

Michael Duff's side will enjoy their first run out ahead of the 2019/20 League Two campaign in what marks the first of seven warm up games for his squad.

The team have been hard at work at the Energy Check Training Ground since returning to training at the end of June. This weekend's match offers them their first opportunity to get out on the grass in more competitive circumstances against a side who have already been busy in pre-season action.

Team news

Reuben Reid misses out with a knee problem that requires surgery, but the other new faces who have joined the club this summer are all set to be involved, including Rohan Ince, Tahvon Campbell and Dan Bowry.

There are also set to be a couple of trialists involved, while first year professional Archie Brennan will also line up as part of the squad.

Opposition

Stratford enjoyed one of the best seasons in their history last year. They reached the Southern Premier Central play-offs, bowing out at the semi-final stage to Kings Lynn Town, and were also crowned Southern League Cup winners after a 1-0 final win over Gloucestershire side Cinderford Town.

The man at the helm of their success last season, Thomas Baillie, has since moved onto Tamworth. They've appointed Tommy Wright as manager for the season ahead and overseeing the management structure at the Arden Garages Stadium is former Cheltenham man Paul Collicutt.

Their squad includes a number of new signings including ex-Coventry City defender Reece Ford and another former Sky Blues man in the shape of Ivor Lawton.

Remaining from last season is forward Nabil Shariff and Kynan Isaac, while former Northampton Town man Lewis Wilson and full back Cody Fisher remain on their roster from their play-off finish achieving squad last term.

The Southern Premier Central is three divisions below League Two and opponents for them this season include AFC Rushden & Diamonds, Nuneaton Borough, Tamworth and Redditch United.

Tickets

Tickets are available on the turnstiles for Saturday's game. Prices are as follows:

Adults £5
Under-18s £2
Under-12s Free with accompanying adult

Coverage

Follow @CTFCofficial on Twitter for match updates including team news and photos from the game.

After the match visit the website to read a report and for full reaction from inside the camp to the opening fixture.


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