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Andy Phillips previews Tuesday night's trip to Whaddon Road.

16 October 2017

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Russell Slade

TOWN'S next assignment sees them head to Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night, as they look to continue a good run of form that has seen them lose only one of their last seven games.

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The Mariners drew 0-0 with Crawley Town at the weekend and Russell Slade's men will now be looking for another away victory against the side that returned to League Two along with Town last campaign.

Town nursing knocks

Town boss Russell Slade has a couple of knocks that could result in certain players not being able to make the game. Karleigh Osborne has been struggling with a hamstring injury, whilst Ben Davies also picked up an ankle knock against Crawley Town on Saturday. However, the Town boss is hoping that both will be available for selection. New signing Reece Hall-Johnson could also be involved after signing on Monday but Jamey Osborne and Sean McAllister remain sidelined, whilst Akwasi Asante has go on a three month loan to Solihull Moors to build up his fitness.

Cheltenham are likely to be without defender Jordon Forster and forward Jaanai Gordon, who have been missing for several games now, but midfielder Kevin Dawson and on loan Bristol City striker Freddie Hinds returned in their defeat to Port Vale from the substitutes bench, so could both be in contention for a start if Robins boss Gary Johnson wants to freshen things up.

Cheltenham in good form

Cheltenham lost 3-1 at Port Vale at the weekend but have been in good form as of late, with that being their only defeat in the last six games.

Manager Gary Johnson has been in charge since March 2015 now and successfully guided the side back to the EFL in his first full season at the helm.

The Robins made a number of changes to the squad after they narrowly avoided relegation last campaign, with many of the players that Town fans will be used to having moved on since the last time the two sides played. The likes of Danny Wright and former Mariners loanee Harry Pell still remain and both have history with the Mariners in previous games so are sure to relish another clash with the Mariners.

Amongst the new signings at the club is striker Mohamed Eisa, who has been banging in the goals as of late, having bene on the scoresheet eight times this season already. He is striking up a good partnership with former Hibernian striker Brian Graham, who is also a new recruit so that will be something that Town will be keen to watch out for. 

A Robins double last season

Cheltenham did the double over Town last season, with the last meeting between the two sides being the first away game of Russell Slade's second spell at the helm back in April.

The Mariners went down 2-1 at Whaddon Road that day through goals from Will Boyle and Harry Pell despite James Berrett halving the deficit in a spirited second half performance, and the reverse fixture at Blundell Park last November saw a Billy Waters goal send the points the way of the Robins in a 1-0 win.

Both sides have played each other 11 times over their history, with Cheltenham winning six including the 2006 League Two play-off final, Town winning on three occasions and there being three draws. It has been 11 years since the Mariners came away with all three points against the Robins so they will be hoping to change that on Tuesday night.    

Managers in summary 

Russell Slade: ''Gary [Johnson] will have them organised. Before Saturday they had been on an excellent run of form – I think there was three straight wins or something like that. He will be looking to put that right. We know how they are going to start, there will be no respite, big intensity from his team. It couldn’t be tougher really, but we’ve got to be up for that challenge and we will be up for that challenge.”

Gary Johnson: We’ve enjoyed recent games with Grimsby. Both sets of supporters are animated and we have a good record against them that we want to continue. We’ve got to respond well. We will go over what we did and didn’t do well last weekend and hopefully put it right for Tuesday night.”

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Match Report: Cheltenham Town 2-3 Grimsby Town

Town secure back-to-back away wins with goals from Siriki Dembele (2) and Danny Collins

17 October 2017

Grimsby Town earned a second consecutive away win and made it five games unbeaten as they beat Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road.

Two Siriki Dembele goals came either side of one from Danny Collins to secure the points and cap a fine team performance.

Dembele's first of the evening opened the scoring on 13 minutes, before the hosts equalised through former Town loanee Harry Pell.

But two goals in two minutes just before half-time ultimately proved decisive, with Collins striking before Dembele made it 3-1.

Cheltenham pulled a goal back through Carl Winchester with five minutes to go to set up a nervy finale but the Mariners held on for the win.

Town were unchanged after Saturday's goalless home draw with Crawley Town, with James McKeown in goal behind a defence of Ben Davies, Nathan Clarke, Collins and Paul Dixon.

Dembele, James Berrett, Luke Summerfield and Martyn Woolford lined up across the midfield, with Sam Jones and Scott Vernon in attack.

Karleigh Osborne came back onto the bench as Mitch Rose dropped out of the squad, with Ben Killip, Sam Kelly, Diallang Jaiyesimi, JJ Hooper, Jamille Matt and Zak Mills also named as substitutes.

Cheltenham were looking to bounce back after losing to Port Vale at the weekend, although that defeat came after three successive victories for Gary Johnson's side.

Town started well, with Dembele having an early shot saved by home keeper Scott Flinders, before a long-range effort from Dixon was also stopped.

Cheltenham's Kevin Dawson fired over the bar, before Flinders was called into action again to deny Woolford.

A Town corner on 11 minutes led to Clarke heading wide, although the Mariners were getting on top and they opened the scoring with their next attack.  Dixon, Woolford and Vernon linked up down the left and after Dixon's cross fell for DEMBELE, the winger finished into the bottom corner.

Cheltenham's response saw Pell have a shot blocked from outside the box, before the midfielder found the space to let fly with another effort on 21 minutes, which McKeown pushed away for a corner.

And when the hosts got their equalising goal on 26 minutes, it was the former Mariners loanee who got his name on the scoresheet.  A Cheltenham corner was not fully dealt with and the ball came back into the box from Mohamed Eisa for PELL to head into the net at the far post.

Jerell Sellars was off-target with a shot from the edge of the box two minutes later as the home side looked to complete the turnaround.

But Town were still looking to create opportunities of their own and they almost had one when Woolford cut in from the left and Dembele aimed to play a one-two with Vernon but the ball ran away and the chance was gone.

A stoppage came when Pell went down with an injury just after the half-hour but after receiving lengthy treatment, he was passed fit to continue.

Vernon went close to putting his side back ahead when he met a cross from Davies but Flinders made a good save and the ball went out for a corner.  That turned into another flag-kick and after Cheltenham failed to clear their lines, Town attacked again through Woolford but after he crossed, Vernon's shot was blocked.

The game was moving from end to end and the hosts were the next to go close, with Danny Wright heading just wide after a cross from Dawson.

Good defending from Clarke denied Eisa on 40 minutes, at the expense of a corner, which eventually led to a Grimsby free kick for a foul on Clarke.

Soon afterwards, a corner came at the other end and it led to the game's third goal.  Woolford's ball into the box was met by COLLINS and after Cheltenham failed to clear, the defender was there again to put the ball into the net.

And the Mariners were not finished there, as Jones clipped a ball for DEMBELE to run into the box and make it 3-1 on 43 minutes, hitting a right-footed shot that Flinders got a touch to but could not keep out.

Five added minutes were signalled to be played at the end of the half and with no further chances created by either side, Town took a commanding lead into the dressing rooms at the interval.

Pell was replaced by Nigel Atangana for Cheltenham before the restart, as the Mariners stuck with the same XI that began the first half.

A shot from Eisa rolled away for a goal kick after Town had put together a good passage of play at the other end involving Woolford, Vernon and Dembele.

The Mariners were then forced to make their first substitution, with Mills coming on place of Dixon after the left-back picked up an injury.

A shot from Wright was deflected for a corner, which was headed away by Collins, but the hosts kept possession and another shot was deflected away from goal for a corner.

The Cheltenham pressure continued with another corner but this time, the ball was cleared from danger.

A foul by Berrett led to a home free kick on the right but Sellars' ball from it was cleared by Woolford.

Woolford was then involved at the other end as his one-two with Vernon led to a corner but Town were unable to profit from the flag as a header went off-target.

McKeown got to a cross ahead of Wright to stop the striker, then the Mariners won another corner after a shot from Jones was beaten away by Flinders.  Woolford's ball from the flag was punched away by the keeper.

Finland international Daniel O'Shaughnessy replaced Sellars for Cheltenham on the hour, before a home corner led to another one when the ball was put behind by Collins.  Again, it was Collins who got to the ball from the flag, ahead of Jamie Grimes.

A corner from Berrett was cleared on 67 minutes, then Cheltenham's next attack led to Joe Morrell firing over the bar.

Freddie Hinds replaced Jordan Cranston for Cheltenham and the home side could have been back within one goal when Eisa had a chance from the edge of the box, although his shot narrowly mised the target.

Matt was sent on in place of Dembele for the last 14 minutes of the game, then there was an opportunity to put the result beyond doubt two minutes later but Woolford was denied by keeper Flinders after being put through one-on-one by Vernon.

A foul by Collins gave Cheltenham a free kick in a central position on the edge of the Grimsby penalty area with nine minutes to go but Eisa could only send the ball over the bar from it.

The third and final Town change saw Kelly come on for Woolford, before a foul on Eisa brought another home free kick, which was dealt with by the away defence.

Hinds was shown the first yellow card of the night for a foul on Summerfield, before Cheltenham halved their deficit when WINCHESTER hit a shot on the turn that beat the unsighted McKeown and made it 3-2.

That goal ensured it would be a nervous last few minutes for the Mariners and their 179 travelling supporters and the pressure continued when a foul by Davies earned him a booking and gave the hosts a free kick.  Fortunately for Town, it came to nothing as a shot from Eisa was saved.

Cheltenham were pouring forward in search of what had looked like an unlikely equaliser, with another home corner leading to a header from Atangana hitting the post.

A signal of four added minutes gave the home supporters additional hope but Town held firm despite coming under relentless pressure, to collect the three points and seal a first away win at Cheltenham since 2006.

The Mariners are next in on Saturday, when they travel to Morecambe.


Cheltenham Town

24 Scott Flinders
11 Carl Winchester 
3 Jordan Cranston 
28 Taylor Moore 
2 Jamie Grimes (C) 
25 Joe Morrell 
8 Kevin Dawson 
7 Harry Pell 
17 Jerell Sellars 
9 Daniel Wright 
20 Mohamed Eisa

Subs

1 Jonathan Flatt 
15 William Boyle 
29 Alex Davey 
14 Daniel O'Shaughnessy 
6 Nigel Atangana 
21 Brian Graham 
27 Freddy Hinds

Town

1 James McKeown 
2 Ben Davies  
3 Paul Dixon 50' 
6 Danny Collins  
5 Nathan Clarke (C) 
19 Luke Summerfield  
27 Siriki Dembele 76' 
7 James Berrett 
25 Martyn Woolford 83' 
10 Sam Jones 
21 Scott Vernon

Subs

0 Ben Killip 
12 Zak Mills 50' 
14 Karleigh Osborne 
20 Diallang Jaiyesimi 
11 Sam Kelly 83' 
9 JJ Hooper 
29 Jamille Matt 76'


Referee: Graham Salisbury


Attendance: 2,469 (179)

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Travelling To Cheltenham - Here's All You Need To Know

Here’s our essential guide for fans making the long trip to Whaddon Road on Tuesday night.

17 October 2017

Cheltenham Town Vs. Grimsby Town - Tuesday 17th October 2017, kick-off 7.45pm.

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Town fans will be housed in the Hazlewoods Stand at one end of the ground, where just over 990 supporters can be accommodated. 

Where to drink.

The Conservatory and the Sudley Arms, both on nearby Prestbury Road are recommended. The Sports Bar at the ground does allow visiting fans also.

Catering. 

You can choose from Burgers, including for those with a bigger appetite a half pounder with cheese, Hot Dogs, Home made 'Gourmet' Pies,  Bacon Rolls, Cornish Pasties and Sausage Rolls.

How to get there.

From The North

Leave the M5 at junction 10 and take the A4019 towards Cheltenham. Keep straight on through the traffic lights, until you come to large roundabout (there is a McDonalds on the left), at which you turn turn left. Continue up this road going over a double mini roundabout. Keep going for about 300 yards and then turn right into Swindon Lane. Go over the level crossing and straight over the next roundabout (signposted Prestbury) passing the race course on your left. Turn right into Albert Road (signposted Gloucestershire University) and at the bottom at the roundabout turn left into Prestbury Road, (the ground is signposted from here) and then further down Prestbury Road, turn right into Whaddon Road. The ground is down on the left.

From The South Leave the M5 at Junction 11 turning right towards Cheltenham. Go across 1st roundabout - GCHQ is on your left. Turn left at the next roundabout, into Princess Elizabeth Way. Go straight over the next roundabout, (the exit is over at about "1 o'clock"). Keep on up this road, and you will come to a big roundabout, where you will see a McDonalds on the corner. Go straight across this roundabout and continue up this road going over a double mini roundabout. Then as North.

Car Parking.

There are a limited number of spaces available in the Club car park at the ground which cost £5. However these can be pre-booked by calling the Club on 01242 573 558. The Parklands Social Club does allow some parking at £4 per car.

Post Code for SAT NAV: GL52 5NA

By Train. 

Cheltenham Railway Station is over two miles from the ground. 

Ticket News.

Tickets for the fixture are priced as follows:

Adults - £21
Concessions (65+) - £15
Under 18/Student - £7

Please note that a cash only turnstile will be operational on the night of the game. Parking will be available at the Parklands Community Centre, which is a short walk from the Away end of the ground.

Celebrity Watch

British Winter Olympian Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards comes from these parts and is still said to be practising at the local dry ski slope.

Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, Rocky Horror writer Richard O’Brien, punk queen Toyah (it's a mystery) and ex-Motorhead guitarist Wurzel also originate from the area. 

Town Kit.

Shirts: Blue
Shorts: Blue
Socks: Blue 

Live Commentary.

Coverage comes on iFollow with Matt Dean and Town's commercial manager, Dave Smith. 

Have a Safe Journey

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