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14:53 24th June 2016

Cheltenham Preview

Town will look to build on their victory on Good Friday when they make the trip to Cheltenham Town on Easter Monday (1pm).

New boss Russell Slade will get a quick chance to look at his team once again after the 2-1 victory over Cambridge United as the Mariners take on the side that were promoted alongside them from the National League campaign.

With Gary Johnson's Robins still fighting for their lives, it proves to be a difficult encounter against a side that have proved to be a difficult proposition for Town over the last couple of years.


Town look set to welcome striker Scott Vernon back into contention with the striker's mandatory two week layoff following his concussion at Accrington now over. No fresh injury concerns coming out of the game on Good Friday have been public, but boss Russell Slade has said there could still be changes to the side with the quick turnaround depending on how certain players are feeling.

Cheltenham have received several injury boosts in recent weeks. Left back Liam Kelly returned in the draw with Crawley on Good Friday, whilst winger Adam Page returned for the reserves last week after 17 months on the sidelines.


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Cheltenham are currently two points and two places off the relegation zone in League Two in 21st but are on a three game unbeaten run going into the fixture.

In contrast to the Mariners, Cheltenham have stuck with much of the squad that won them promotion from the National League, with the main  additions over the season being several youngsters from higher up the pyramid on loan deals.

Boss Gary Johnson has now been in charge since March 2015 and has been a proven winner over the course of his career, winning three promotions in a four year spell at Yeovil Town as they became one of the smallest clubs ever to reach the Championship, whilst he also won promotion to that division at Bristol City before success with Cheltenham last campaign.

The two sides met at Blundell Park in October, with an early goal from Billy Waters being enough to send all three points the way of Cheltenham in Paul Hurst's last game in charge. However, the game may also have some significance for new boss Russell Slade, with the last game of his first spell in charge at the club being the 1-0 defeat to the Robins at the Millennium Stadium back in 2006.


Russell Slade: ''The win was a great start, but that's all it is – a start. Now, we've got to build on it at Cheltenham and make it an even better one. Cambridge were only a few points off the Play-Offs going into the game yesterday and so it was a huge game for them. Cheltenham are scrapping for survival down there and so it's a huge game for them on Monday.