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Cheltenham Town (A)

5 March 2018

Notts County travel to Cheltenham Town looking to move back into the Sky Bet League Two automatic promotion places.

With Wycombe not in action, the Magpies have a chance to leapfrog the Chairboys and move into the top three should they avoid defeat in this rearranged fixture at the LCI Rail Stadium.

An early postponement on Friday meant preparations were not hampered and the quick turnaround will be a boost for Kevin Nolan, who saw his side get back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Stevenage in their last outing.

Cheltenham, meanwhile, will be looking to build on the point they earned at Luton Town 10 days ago and move further clear of the relegation zone.

The Robins have a 10-point buffer between themselves and the bottom two and can move ahead of Stevenage into 15th place should they come away with all three points.

Notts boss Kevin Nolan says...

“Cheltenham are a good team - they did OK down at our place and caused us some problems.

"They have had some good results at home and they’ve got Mohamed Eisa, who is one of the leading scorers in the league.

“He scored last week and they will be full of confidence coming away from a draw at Luton.

“Hopefully it will be a good game between two teams intent on winning."

Cheltenham manager Gary Johnson says...

"Notts County are going to be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.

"If they get to the play-offs then no team will particularly want to play them because they are a strong unit.

"They have a lot of experience in that team and Ameobi is quick and Stead is very clever. They are both very good target men.

"They know where each other are, so the little flicks work, they go up the channels and they always cause a problem.

"They have just gone back to a 4-4-2 with those two up top. Whether they keep that we don't know yet. We will see what tactic they use."

Team news

Goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons will miss the trip after being involved in a road traffic collision on Monday morning.

Nolan has an otherwise fully-fit squad to choose from, with captain Michael O'Connor participating in a behind-closed-doors friendly to continue his comeback from the serious knee injury sustained last April.

Cheltenham midfielder Harry Pell begins a two-match suspension after picking up his 10th booking of the season in their last outing.

Former Notts defender Jordan Cranston remains sidelined for the Robins, as does Jordon Foster.

Dangerman

Mohamed Eisa joined the club in the summer following a successful trial after he came on to the Robins' radar for his scoring exploits at Greenwich Borough, bagging 57 goals in 100 games.

He started his first season as a professional footballer in style, scoring four goals in three games, which made it an easy decision for the Robins to hand the striker a two-year contract extension just two weeks into the new campaign.

And he has made that decision look like a stroke of genius, taking his tally for the season to 18 in all competitions with a goal in the 2-2 draw at Luton last time out.

We've met before...

Notts have the advantage in the head-to-head stakes between the sides, winning seven of the 11 total meetings.

The Magpies did the double over the Robins last season and are unbeaten in their last five outings against the Gloucestershire side, winning all three contests since being relegated to League Two.

Last season's visit to the LCI Rail Stadium saw Notts come away victorious by the odd goal in five as Jonathan Forte and Jon Stead (2) struck to secure the win.

Meanwhile, a brace from Jorge Grant and a goal from Shaun Brisley secured three points when the sides last met in November at Meadow Lane, Carl Winchester striking a consolation for the Gloucestershire outfit.

What are the odds?

Sky Bet have priced Notts up as 15/8 outsiders to come away from the LCI Rail Stadium while the hosts are odds-against 6/4 favourites with the draw available at 9/4.

Notts did the double over Cheltenham last season with a 2-1 win at Meadow Lane, which can be backed at 15/2 this weekend, and a 3-2 victory at the LCI Rail Stadium, that scoreline available at 28/1 this time around.

Jon Stead scored twice in Notts' 3-2 win in Gloucestershire last season and has three goals in his last three games against the Robins. The striker is 6/1 to open the scoring this time around.

Notts are 9/2 to win the game with both teams scoring or 4/1 to win the game to-nil.

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Match Reports

Cheltenham 1-1 Notts

6 March 2018

Terry Hawkridge's goal wasn't enough for Notts County to beat Cheltenham Town as the sides played out a 1-1 draw at the LCI Rail Stadium.

The winger struck late on in the opening period, firing through a crowded penalty area after collecting Jon Stead's pass for his second of the season.

But it was not enough to secure a first win on the road since Boxing Day for the Magpies as Joe Morrell's deflected effort rescued a point for the spirited hosts, who put Notts under siege late on.

Manager Kevin Nolan made one change from the side which started the 2-0 win against Stevenage last time out as Jorge Grant, who came off the bench to score in that game, was restored to the starting line-up as Lewis Alessandra dropped to the bench.

Kevin Dawson sent an early overhead kick wide for the hosts while Stead's low cross flashed through a crowded penalty area with no touch to turn it home.

At the other end, Cheltenham's 18-goal striker Mohamed Eisa spun away from Matt Tootle and sent a low effort well wide of Adam Collin's goal before rolling a shot harmlessly at the goalkeeper from 20 yards.

Notts thought they should have had a penalty when Stead latched onto Taylor Moore's underhit backpass and took the ball past Scott Flinders before being brought down by the Cheltenham goalkeeper.

However, despite vociferous protests, referee Graham Horwood consulted with his assistant before waving away the appeals for a spot-kick to the fury of the Magpies.

Stead almost found the back of the net shortly afterwards, haring away from his marker to get on the end of a quick free-kick but his shot was deflected away from danger.

It looked as though the half would end goalless but more tireless work from Stead led to the opening goal three minutes before the break.

The striker got the better of Jamie Grimes down the Notts left and his pass found Hawkridge in space, allowing the winger to take a touch and slam into the net through a crowd of bodies.

Looking to change the flow of the game, Cheltenham boss Gary Johnson made a double substitution at half-time, bringing on Brian Graham and Joe Rodon in place of Moore and Ilias Chatzitheodoridis.

But it was Notts who began the second half the better as Grant ran half the length of the pitch and exchanged passes with Shola Ameobi but the midfielder was stretching to get an effort in and it was gathered by Flinders at the second attempt.

Another cross by Stead caused mayhem at the back for the Robins and a home defender came within inches of putting through his own net, instead conceding a corner. From that set-piece, Ameobi met Carl Dickinson's delivery at the back post but only found the side-netting.

Collin had done well to save a fierce effort from Winchester with his legs but there was little the goalkeeper could do to prevent the equaliser on 67 minutes.

Morrell took aim from 20 yards and, with the aid of a deflection from Ben Hall's boot, his shot crept into the back of the net to bring Cheltenham back on level terms.

Substitute Graham then rolled a shot wide and then Matt Tootle was forced to clear off the line after County failed to deal with a cross as the Robins went in search of a winning goal.

Graham almost took advantage of some indecision at the back from Notts between Hall and Collin but put his effort straight at the goalkeeper from close range with Eisa hammering the rebound high over the bar.

Eisa bent a free-kick inches wide of the target from 20 yards out while Jonathan Forte, Liam Noble and Alan Smith all came off the bench as Nolan shuffled the pack.

Forte came close to finding a winner, hooking on a Noble pass but his effort landed on the roof of the net before the game entered five minutes of stoppage time.

Neither side could find a breakthrough, however, and the points were shared. 

Notts: Collin; Tootle, Duffy, Hall, Dickinson; Grant, Husin (Noble 80'), Hewitt, Hawkridge; Stead (Smith 85'), Ameobi (Forte 74').
Subs not used: Pindroch, Brisley, Virtue, Alessandra.

Attendance: 2,273 (196).

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Tickets: Cheltenham (A)

Details for rearranged clash

6 March 2018

Tickets for tonight's rearranged trip to Cheltenham Town are available to purchase from the LCI Rail Stadium by cash only.

Notts fans will be housed behind the goal in the Hazelwood’s Stand.

This fixture was initially scheduled to be played on Saturday 3 March but fell foul of the weather.

Supporters who are unable to attend the rearranged fixture can return their ticket to Notts for a refund.

Prices
Adult: £21
65 and over: £15
Full-time student: £7
Under 19: £7 

Disabled supporters

In line with Cheltenham’s policy, tickets for supporters with a disability and their personal assistants are available to those who receive the middle or higher rate of Living Allowance or equivalent.

Ambulant disabled supporters should obtain tickets in advance from Notts County. They are priced at the appropriate age-related rate for the disabled supporter with a personal assistant ticket issued free of charge. Ambulant disabled supporters will be allocated tickets from the main allocation.

Wheelchair disabled supporters should obtain tickets in advance from Notts County. They are priced £15 for the disabled supporter with a personal assistant ticket issued free of charge. We have been issued four pairs of wheelchair disabled and carer tickets.

Official away travel

Official away travel will depart from near the club shop on Meadow Lane at 4pm.

Those who booked travel for the original fixture needn't book again, while refunds are available to those unable to attend Tuesday's match.

General adult/senior: £22
General under 18: £13
Season ticket holders/Lifeline members/NCFCOSA members: £21
Season ticket holder under 18: £12

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