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1 December 2020

Match Previews


1 December 2020

City return to Sky Bet League Two action on Tuesday evening (7.00pm) - hosting Cheltenham Town at the Utilita Energy Stadium.

Cheltenham are unbeaten in six games, with their last defeat coming at the hands of Oldham Athletic - at the start of November.

Michael Duff’s side sit second in the table after recording eight wins, two draws and four losses.

We have created this Opposition Guide to take you through tomorrow evening’s visitors.


Michael Duff spent the summer making 10 new additions to his side, with another eight players heading in the opposite direction.

INS: Andy Williams (Northampton Town), Lewis Freestone (Brighton & Hove Albion), Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers), Joshua Griffiths (West Bromwich Albion), Elliot Bonds (Hull City), Matty Blair (Doncaster Rovers), Max Harris (Oxford United), Tom Sang (Cardiff City), Ellis Chapman (Lincoln City), Finn Azaz (West Bromwich Albion).

OUTS: Rhys Lovett (Gloucester City), Archie Brennan (Cirencester Town), Luke Varney (Burton Albion), Aaron Basford (Evesham United), Ryan Broom (Peterborough United), Josh Debayo (unassigned), Jonte Smith (unassigned), Rohan Ince (unassigned).


Andy Williams

Thirty-four-year-old striker Andy Williams signed for the Robins from Northampton Town in the summer and he has been a key part of their squad since arriving. He is Cheltenham’s top goal-scorer this season, with five.

The experienced frontman gained promotion to Sky Bet League One with the Cobblers last season - netting the fourth in their 4-0 win against Exeter City in the Play-Off Final.

Scott Flinders

Flinders is another experienced player in the Robins’ ranks - aged 34. He signed for Cheltenham from Macclesfield in August 2017 and penned a contract extension in 2019 to keep him at the club until 2021.

Cheltenham is the 11th club the goalkeeper has represented after notable spells at York City and Hartlepool United, where he made over 250 appearances for the Durham side. During his time at Hartlepool, he scored an injury time header against AFC Bournemouth in 2011.

Liam Sercombe

Sercombe has started every league game for the Robins this season and has been highly rated for his goal-scoring abilities from midfield. He has scored three goals and has assisted two so far this season.

The Exeter-born midfielder represented his hometown club from 2007 until 2015 and helped the side win back-to-back promotions from the National League to League One. He then signed for Oxford United in 2015 where he made two Wembley appearances with the side in consecutive Papa John’s Trophy Finals.


Ben Tozer has also started every league game this season for the Robins. He was named in the 2019/20 PFA League Two Team of the Year after he helped his side to a play-off finish last season.

The 6ft 3ins defender is a product of the Plymouth Argyle academy and has gone on to play for six EFL clubs - including Northampton Town. Tozer has been a regular in the squad since joining from Newport County in 2018.


Michael Duff was appointed manager of Cheltenham Town in 2018 following a spell coaching Burnley’s under-18 and under23 teams. This is Duff's first full managerial job.

The former defender made over 300 appearances for the Robins and scored the winning goal against Yeovil Town in 1999 to secure promotions to the EFL for the first time in their history.

Duff signed for Burnley in 2004 and made over 300 appearances for the Clarets, before retiring in 2016.


Cheltenham Town secured their place in the Emirates FA Cup third round after knocking out Sky Bet League One side Crewe Alexandra in extra-time. George Lloyd’s 94th-minute header was enough to see Michael Duff’s side progress.

Cheltenham Town 2 (Azaz 2’, Lloyd 94’)

Crewe Alexandra 1 (Porter 63’)

Saturday 28 November

Cheltenham: Flinders, Raglan, Tozer, Freestone (Boyle 84’), Blair, Clements, Sercombe, Azaz (Sang 74’), Hussey, Lloyd (Williams 105’), May.

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