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PREVIEW: Cheltenham Town

16 March 2018

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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...


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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