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Match Preview - Cheltenham v Rovers

14 October 2022

Rovers head up the M5 this weekend to take on Cheltenham Town in Sky Bet League One!

Following Tuesday's 1-0 victory against MK Dons, Rovers are now looking to build some momentum as the Gas head into a hectic end to October with five games in 15 days. Antony Evans' penalty secured the points for Rovers on Tuesday evening in what was a thoroughly professional performance from Joey Barton's side.

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Form Guide

Wade Elliott's side currently find themselves in 19th place in the League One standings, with 14 points from 12 games. Across their last five league fixtures, Cheltenham have picked up nine points from a possible 15, winning three of those five fixtures and losing two. Their most recent game against Sheffield Wednesday ended in a 3-0 defeat. 


Alfie May and Daniel N'Lundulu have both scored three league goals so far this season and are Cheltenham's top scorers in the competition. Cheltenham have found goals hard to come by in the league, with only four other players finding the back of the net for the Robins this season. 


Familiar Faces

Liam Sercombe and Ryan Broom are the two former Rovers players who currently ply their trade for Cheltenham. Sercombe signed for Rovers in 2017 and made his debut on the opening day of the season in a 1-0 defeat against Charlton Athletic. While at Rovers, Sercombe played 127 games, scoring 19 goals across all competitions.


Ryan Broom came through the academy ranks at Rovers before departing for Cheltenham in 2018. He joined the club in 2013 and graduated from the youth set-up in 2015. Ryan made his professional debut against Birmingham City in August 2015, coming on as a second-half substitute. He scored his first goals for the club during an EFL Trophy clash against Wycombe Wanderers in 2017. During his time at the Gas, Ryan made 12 appearances and scored two goals.


Ref Watch

Samuel Barrott is the designated match official for Saturday's clash in Cheltenham. Referee Barrott has taken charge of seven League One games so far this season. On average, Barrott awards 24.14 fouls per game and hands out 3.00 yellow cards per game. The last match Barrott officiated in League One was Barnsley's victory over Fleetwood Town, where he handed out a total of five yellow cards.


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EFL sponsors Sky Bet have priced Rovers at 15/8 for the win on Saturday afternoon. A scoreline of 2-0 in favour of Rovers can be backed at 14/1. On the goalscorer markets, Antony Evans is priced at 10/1 to open the scoring this weekend, whilst Harry Anderson can be backed at 6/1 to score at any time throughout the clash.

Odds correct at the time of writing. To bet with Sky Bet, please click HERE. Please bet responsibly.

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Match Report Cheltenham 1-4 Rovers

15 October 2022

Victory in Gloucestershire!

A stunning first-half performance from Rovers secured all three points against Cheltenham Town as the Gas extended their winning run in the league to three games in a row.

Joey Barton made two changes to the side that started the game against MK Dons on Tuesday evening. In came Antony Evans and Sam Finley for Luke McCormick and Josh Coburn who started the game on the substitutes' bench.

Cheltenham goalkeeper Luke Southwood slid out of his area with the ball in his hands to give Rovers a free-kick in the game's opening stages. Paul Coutts looked to drive the ball hard and low across the Cheltenham penalty area but the hosts were smart to it and were able to intercept and clear the danger.

Rovers raced into an early lead. Aaron Collins capitalised on a poor back pass and was able to round Southwood and roll the ball into an empty net for his seventh league goal of the season.


Cheltenham looked to respond following their early set-back. Lewis Freestone's header was bundled away by Rovers and the lead remained intact.

Rovers galloped into a two-goal lead soon after. Neat play from Sam Finley and goalscorer Aaron Collins ended with the latter clipping the ball towards the back post where Antony Evans was on hand to head the ball past Southwood for his third goal this season.

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Former Rovers man Ryan Broom looked to break after a loose touch from Bobby Thomas. Expert defending from Jordan Rossiter shepherded the Cheltenham no.32 away from goal.

Rovers had their third just before the half-time interval. A Paul Coutts corner was met by Bobby Thomas who fired his header back across the goal for his second goal for the Gas.

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As the clock ticked into added time at the end of the first half the Gas made it four. A long kick downfield from Belshaw was brought down magnificently and he kept his composure to round Southwood for the second time in the game, scoring his eighth of the season.

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After the interval, the home side were awarded a penalty in the 53rd minute after Finley was adjudged to have committed a foul in the box. Former Rovers player Liam Sercombe kept his composure from the spot to grab a goal back for the Robins.

Rovers then survived after a long throw-in from the right was flicked on the edge of the six-yard box but they were relieved to see the assistant’s flag raised for a free kick. Soon after Evans picked up a loose ball outside the area after Coutts has played a wonderfully flighted ball out to the right wing. Evan’s shot however cleared the crossbar.

Belshaw was called into action for the first time in the second half to make a smart save to keep out a Ryan Broom effort from a tight angle and the subsequent corner was cleared away to safety.
With just under twenty minutes to play Gibson entered the referee’s notebook for a late tackle on the halfway line.

Joey Barton then made a double switch with Harry Anderson replacing Loft and Josh Coburn coming on for Jordan Rossiter. Luke McCormick then entered the fray, replacing Sam Finley, as the game ticked into the final ten minutes.

For the final Gas change Gibson came off for Trevor Clarke and Collins came off for Luca Hoole.
A late Robins’ cross caused danger in the area but substitute Hoole did well to clear as the Gas comfortably saw out the game to their third league win in a row.

Next up for the Gas is the Papa John’s Trophy clash against Swindon Town at The Memorial Stadium on Tuesday 18 October at 19:00.

Cheltenham Town: Luke Southwood, Sean Long (c), Caleb Taylor, Lewis Freestone, Ryan Jackson, Ben Williams, Liam Sercombe, Elliot Bonds, Taylor Perry, Ryan Broom, Dan N'Lundulu.

Subs: Shaun MacDonald, Tom Bradbury, Charlie Brown, Ellis Chapman, Christian Norton, James Olayinka, Daniel Adshead.

Rovers: James Belshaw, Lewis Gordon, Lewis Gibson, Bobby Thomas, James Gibbons, Paul Coutts (c), Jordan Rossiter, Sam Finley, Antony Evans, Aaron Collins, Ryan Loft.

Subs: Anssi Jaakkola, Josh Coburn, Sylvester Jasper, Luke McCormick, Harry Anderson, Trevor Clarke, Luca Hoole.

Referee: Samuel Barrott.

Attendance: 5145 (1430 away)

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