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Preview: Salford City (A)

13 September 2019

Match Previews

Preview: Salford City (A)

13 September 2019

It's a Cheltenham Town first on Saturday as the Robins head north to take on Football League new boys Salford City (kick-off: 3pm).

Last year's National League play-off winners are looking to make their mark on League football for the first time.

Backed by the might of the Manchester United legends that include Gary and Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham, as well as billionare Peter Lim, Salford have captured plenty of attention as they've risen through the divisions.

Full focus though is on matters on the pitch however for Michael Duff and his side who are looking to follow up last Saturday's fantastic 4-2 home win over Stevenage with a much sought after positive result away from home.

Cheltenham fans are advised that due to the Tour of Britain that's going through Salford on Saturday, as well as a home fixture for Manchester United at Old Trafford, there will be travel disruption on Saturday so it's recommended supporters leave plenty of time to travel.

Team news

After winning the Autovillage Player of the Month for August, Jake Doyle-Hayes is back in contention following his spell away with the Republic of Ireland under-21s squad.

Fellow midfield loanee Max Sheaf is edging closer to fitness, however Reuben Reid, Rohan Ince, Josh Debayo and Will Boyle are definitely out through injury.

Watch Michael Duff's press conference ahead of Saturday:


With four promotions in their last five seasons, Salford have made headlines in English football under their leadership set-up of the Class of 92 and Singaporean business magnate Peter Lim, who owns not only Salford but also La Liga side Valencia.

In their first season in League Two they currently occupy 15th spot from their first seven matches. It has been a steady start for manager Graham Alexander's side. They've lost just once, won only once, but drawn five times in League Two so far. In fact they head into Saturday's contest on the back of five consecutive league draws.

That most recent draw was at Morecambe a week ago where they missed two penalties, including one at the death, while they did earn a win in the Trophy against Aston Villa's under-23s at the beginning of the month.

They've kept faith with many of the players who have helped them reach the fourth tier including dangerous midfield man Danny Lloyd, powerhouse Lois Maynard and centre back Carl Piergianni.

Forward Adam Rooney brings well known quality, as does Gibraltar international Scott Wiseman, while they've recently bolstered their ranks with the signings of Jake Jervis on loan from Luton and defender Jack Baldwin from League One Sunderland.

Boss Graham Alexander guided them to promotion last season via a promotion final win at Wembley against AFC Fylde. The former Scunthorpe United and Fleetwood manager played with Michael Duff at Burnley, and also enjoyed spells at Preston North End and Luton Town during his playing days.

Elsewhere in League Two

Table toppers Exeter City will be aiming to maintain their fine start on Saturday when they host Leyton Orient at St James Park. Bottom of the pile Scunthorpe will however be desperate to get their campaign going. They are at home to Morecambe.

Caretaker manager Mark Sampson takes charge of Stevenage for the first time as they host Carlisle United, while Cheltenham's upcoming opponents on Tuesday evening, Bradford City, make the trip south to Walsall.

The full schedule for Saturday is available below:

Northampton Town v Newport County AFC
Crawley Town v Mansfield Town
Crewe Alexandra v Cambridge United
Exeter City v Leyton Orient
Forest Green v Colchester United
Oldham Athletic v Grimsby Town
Port Vale v Plymouth Argyle
Salford City v Cheltenham Town
Scunthorpe United v Morecambe
Stevenage v Carlisle United
Swindon Town v Macclesfield Town
Walsall v Bradford City

Tickets & travel

Ticket sales have now closed at Cheltenham but they can still be purchased on the day at Salford.

Prices are £10 for adults, £5 for concessions (60+, 5-16 & students) and under-5s get in free. Prices apply to both seating and standing.

Fans booked on the Travel Club coach are reminded that it leaves at 10am.


Keep a track of goings on at the Peninsula Stadium by following @CTFCofficial on Twitter. You can also check out the club's Facebook page for goal and team news updates.

After the match visit the club website to read a match report and to see reaction from inside the camp.

Listen to match commentary online on iFollow.

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