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Preview: Cheltenham Town (H)

20 February 2015

Friday night football returns to the Store First Stadium this evening as Cheltenham Town visit East Lancashire.

Ahead of kick off, the official website has all the information you might need:After five straight defeats gave way to back-to-back wins there's a renewed sense of optimism around the Stanley squad.

Wins over Oxford and Southend have returned the Reds to mid-table and they'll be out to extend their winning run against Cheltenham.

The Robins may be in the relegation zone but having brought fans' favourite Russell Milton in as manager to replace Paul Buckle this week they will be confident of turning things around.[/vc_tab]Adam Buxton is likely to miss out again through injury which forced him off in last week's win over Oxford United.

A number of other first team players are being monitored with minor niggles, with medical staff trying to keep them in top condition with a busy period ahead.

Stanley striker Terry Gornell is likely to lead the line again against the club that he only left three weeks ago.[/vc_tab]The Robins have spent seven of the last 10 seasons in League Two, with the other three seasons spent in League One. The solitary promotion that the club gained was in the 2005/06 season when the Robins defeated Grimsby Town 1-0 in the play-off final at the Millennium Stadium, with Steve Guinan scoring the goal.

In the 2008/09 season the club finished in 23rd place in the League One table, winning only nine games over the course of the season, and were relegated back to League Two.Last season the Robins finished in 17th place in the League Two table, after reaching the play offs in the previous two seasons.[/vc_tab]

Russell Milton

Russell Milton was named manager of Cheltenham Town until the end of the season on Monday following the departure of Paul Buckle after only 79 days in charge.

Milton, 46, will be assisted by Steve Elliott. Former Arsenal trainee Milton has been working as Cheltenham's Head of Academy Coaching, rejoining the club he served with distinction as a player in a coaching capacity in 2010.

He was initially brought to Cheltenham by Steve Cotterill in 1997, making the move from Dover Athletic and helping Cheltenham win two promotions and the FA Trophy as well as embarking on some memorable FA Cup runs.

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Denny Johnstone

Ended a loan spell at Macclesfield Town to join Cheltenham Town on loan from Birmingham City for the rest of the season.

Tall and combative, Johnstone has won caps for Scotland from Under 16 to Under 19 level.

Started out at Celtic before a move to Birmingham in the summer of 2014. Netted his first Football League goal in Cheltenham's 2-1 home defeat by Bury last Saturday.

[/vc_tab]There have been eleven previous meetings between the sides with Cheltenham just edging the head-to-head record with five wins to Stanley's four.

The Robins won August's meeting at Whaddon Road 2-1 with Byron Harrison and Koby Arthur on target. Kal Naismith was Stanley's scorer but also missed a penalty.

Stanley haven't beaten tonight's visitors at home since the first time they met in October 2009 when Chris Turner, Phil Edwards and Bobby Grant were the scorers in a 4-0 victory.[/vc_tab]Stanley have won their last two games, at home to Oxford United and away at Southend.

As a result John Coleman's team are now 14th in League Two, ten points from the play-off places and nine from the relegation zone.

Cheltenham sit in the second relegation spot but could jump two or three places with a win.

They have lost their last four matches and last won at Oxford on 3rd January.[/vc_tab]

Stanley

Terry Gornell 7 (5 for Cheltenham)

James Gray 5

Shay McCartan 5

Piero Mingoia 5

Kal Naismith 4

Luke Joyce 4

Rob Atkinson 4

Sean Maguire 4

Marcus Carver 3

Cheltenham

Byron Harrison 3

Matt Richards 3

Joe Hanks 2

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Oliver Langford (West Midlands)

Mr Langford has been operating in the Football League since 2008 and regularly takes charge of matches at Championship level.

His last Stanley game was the 1-0 win at Exeter City in March 2014

This season: 23 games, 45 yellow cards, 3 red cards[/vc_tab]Admission prices for the game are:

Adults £20

Over 65′s & Students £15

Under 18′s £10

Accompanied Under 12′s £5

All adults, over 65's and students buying a ticket in advance will have the option to purchase a ticket for Tuesday's game with Burton for just £10.

For more information on Cheltenham Town, why not visit their official website www.ctfc.com or their Twitter feed @CTFCofficial[/vc_tab]


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