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PREVIEW: Cheltenham Town

16 March 2018

The Spireites travel to the LCI Rail Stadium tomorrow to face Cheltenham Town in Sky Bet League Two (3pm). Here's our big match preview...

Tickets

Supporters are advised that tickets are now off sale at the Proact ticket office and online, however tickets can be purchased on the day, with no charge. Tickets are priced as follows: -

Adults - £21

OAP (65+) - £15

U18s and full-time students (with a valid NUS/student card) - £7

Wheel chair disabled supporters will be charged the concession price of £15 with a free carer ticket included.

Team news

Cheltenham will welcome back midfielder Harry Pell, who has completed a two-match suspension. 

Spireites boss Jack Lester will assess the fitness of Louis Dodds and Jerome Binnom-Williams after the pair both missed last week's 3-1 home defeat to Lincoln City though injury and illness respesctively.

Robbie Weir will also be assessed after he returned to training after a knee injury.

Lester will once again be without midfielder Louis Reed, who serves the final match of a two-game suspension. While Reed's fellow midfielder and Giles Coke also misses out through injury, along with Joe Anyon, Sam Hird, Ian Evatt, Jordan Sinnott, Gozie Ugwu and Dylan Mottley-Henry.

Manager - Gary Johnson

Father of Bristol City manager Lee Johnson, Robins boss Gary Johnson has been with Cheltenham since March 2015. He arrived with the club in relegation peril in League Two but was unable to keep his side from beating the drop.

Despite that his contract was renewed and the following year they won the National League and regained their Football League status. In the process, Johnson become only the second manager to win multiple National League titles.

Johnson has had a lengthy career in football management, taking on jobs in both the National League and Football League. He has had two spells at Yeovil, whilst also managing Cambridge, Bristol City, Peterborough and Northampton.

The 62-year-old meanwhile, had a spell as national team boss of Latvia at the turn of the millennium, managing 14 games between 1999 and 2001.

One to watch - Mohamed Eisa

Cheltenham's main man this season has been Sudanese born Mohamed Eisa, a player who scored twice when the two clubs last met earlier in the campaign. Heis among the top scorers in League Two, with 16 strikes to his name and four assists. That accounts for a goal every 179 minutes in what is his first season in the Football League.

Eisa hasn't had the most common route into the game, moving from Sudan aged nine and playing for the Pro Touch Soccer Academy in London. The academy was designed to help give young footballers a chance of finding a route into the professional game. From there Eisa was snapped up by non-league side Dartford, before playing for amateur club Corinthian, in Kent.

From there he moved to Greenwich Borough, where he scored 57 goals over two years. It was that type of form that earned him his move to Cheltenham at the beginning of the current season.

Known for his flair and dribbling, as well as his ability to hit the back of the net, Eisa is sure to be one to look out for.

Head to head

The two teams have met 15 times in their history with the last meeting coming back in September when the Robins secured a 2-0 win at the Proact.

The overall record between the two teams is as follows: -

Cheltenham - 2 (wins)

Draws – 3

Chesterfield wins - 10 (wins)

A classic encounter that will be hard to forget for Chesterfield supporters, will be the club's 4-1 win over Cheltenham back in February 2014. The Spireites scored four goals in the space of eight first half minutes as the game was won before half time. Goals from Dan Gardner, Eoin Doyle, Ollie Banks and Liam Cooper secured an impressive win. Click on the link below to watch the goals from that day.

From the dug out

After a disappointing end to last week's home match with Lincoln, Lester is hoping that stern words in a team meeting earlier this week, will spark an upturn in the Spireites' fortunes, starting with an in-form Robins side tomorrow.

He said: “I think they’re in their best form, and there’s not the pressure of going up or down, the shackles are off and they’ve probably produced their best performances of the season.

“If they were consistent, then they’d be up there, if you watched them recently, you’d wonder why they’re not in the top seven. So, it’s a tough game and we’re going to have to be ready for it."

Can't get to Gloucestershire? Fear not you can still follow all the action from the game. 

Across match day we'll have:

- Live commentary, exclusive to the internet, on iFollow.

- Minute-by-minute coverage for the club's Twitter page.

- Updates and images from the club's Facebook and Instagram feeds.

- Stats and reaction across the weekend on the official site.

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Match Reports

Spireites Earn Away Point

17 March 2018

The Spireites had to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw at Cheltenham Town after taking the lead through top scorer Kristian Dennis with just over a quarter of an hour of the game

Dennis got on the end of a Bradley Barry high ball but the advantage lasted just five minutes as Robins sub Brian Graham scored from close range with his first touch of the game.

Jack Lester made two changes, Dennis and Andy Kellett returning in place of Chris O'Grady and Jak McCourt, who were both on the bench alongside fit-again keeper Joe Anyon, with Louis Dodds and Jerome Binnom-Williams also back.

Cheltenham, who won at the Proact in Lester's first game in charge, were unchanged after a fine win at Swindon Town last weekend.

Drew Talbot forced a save in the opening minute but the hosts soon found their range with Joe Morrell hitting just wide ahead of Carl Winchester seeing a shot blocked whilst Aaron Ramsdale made two more than decent saves to keep out 20-yarders from Morrell and Nigel Atangana.

With 32 on the clock, Robins defender Jamie Grimes misjudged a high ball which fell for Dennis but he swung and miscued from a great position.

Ramsdale showed great skill to palm away Mo Eisa's angled shot and Morrell just couldn't bring the loose ball to heel.

Just before the break, Kellett skipped through the home rearguard but pulled his shot inches wide.

The Spireites started the second half strongly and they couldn't just turn a Kellett free kick into the net as the wind swirled around.

The hosts brought on Harry Pell and his influence upped his team's show and Chesterfield had some time back pedalling before Jacob Brown forced a save ahead of Dennis bringing down a high ball and poking it through Scott Flinders' legs in front of the travelling fans.

Gary Johnson made a change and it worked immediately as Graham swept in a right-sided cross from close range.

Both sides looked to turn one point into three, Ilias's shot went close and sub Dodds crossed in from the right and the ball almost dropped in at the far post, but on a day when several of the teams just above Chesterfield lost, the point gained could be a vital one in the coming weeks.

Cheltenham: Flinders, Grimes (Rodin 75), Atangana, Dawson (Graham 78), Winchester, Boyle, Eisa, Morrell, Moore, Ilias, Andrews (Pell 54). Subs: Lovett, Cranston, Odelusi, Lloyd.

Goal: Graham 79

Chesterfield: Ramsdale, Barry, Nelson, Whitmore, Smith, Brown (Dodds 73), Weir, Talbot, Kay (Binnom-Williams 82), Kellett, Dennis. Subs: Anyon, O'Grady, Maguire, McCourt, Hines.

Goal: Dennis 74

Ref: Ollie Yates

Bookings: Binnom -Williams (Chesterfield), Morrell (Cheltenham)

Attendance: 2,822 (300 from Chesterfield)

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Ticket News

Cheltenham Town Ticket Update

15 March 2018

Supporters are advised that tickets for Saturday's trip to Cheltenham Town, will go off sale on the ticket office website at 5pm today (Thursday).

Tickets will also remain on sale at the Proact ticket office at 10am tomorrow (Friday).

Saturday's match at the LCI Rail Stadium kicks off at 3pm, with tickets priced as follows: -

Category Price
Adult £21
OAP (65+) £15
U18s and Full time students (must have a valid NUS / student card) £7

Wheelchair disabled supporters will be charged the concession price of £15 with free carer ticket, and are advised to contact Cheltenham's ticket office directly on 01242 573558. 

Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the game, with no extra charge.

True Blue Travel is also available for this fixture, priced at £10 adults and £5 juniors (must be accompanied by an adult). The coach departs the Proact at 10.45am.

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