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Preview: Cheltenham (H)

Magpies take on Robins in Sky Bet League Two clash

17 November 2017

Notts County begin a busy week with the visit of Cheltenham Town in Sky Bet League Two.

The Magpies face three league games in a week which will test their credentials as league leaders and, given their strong home record, they will be glad to begin it at Meadow Lane.

Cheltenham did Notts a favour last weekend with their late equaliser against Luton Town at the LCI Rail Stadium, ensuring the Magpies stayed at the summit.

But County will not be out to reciprocate as they look to put some distance between themselves and the chasing pack in the automatic promotion places.

Notts boss Kevin Nolan says...

"The way Gary's teams play, he won't be giving us anything for free - we will have to earn what we get.

"We have to respect the fact teams are going to raise their game against us because we are top of the league but, for me, nothing changes.

"The players will be given details about strengths and weaknesses of the opposition but it's about us and focusing on becoming better as a squad and team."

Click here for more from the manager.

Cheltenham manager Gary Johnson says...

"Notts County haven't lost at home in the league so we know it will be a difficult game.

"They have a good squad, so any injuries they get they can bring in quality players.

"Most of the bookies will have them as the favourites so we can go there as underdogs and look to muck up a few coupons."

Team news

Elliott Hewitt is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season in last weekend's 1-1 draw at Stevenage.

Goalkeeper Adam Collin and midfielder Michael O'Connor remain sidelined by their long-term knee injuries but Shola Ameobi is making good progress and will be monitored in the build-up to the game.

Former Notts defender Jordan Cranston tore his hamstring in Cheltenham's last outing against Luton Town and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Finland international Daniel O'Shaughnessy is in line to take his place in the team.

Dangerman

Brian Graham made the move from Scotland during the off-season, joining Cheltenham from Hibernian, who he had helped win promotion back to the Scottish Premiership the season prior.

The striker began his career at Greenock Morton, spending six seasons at Cappielow Park, before moving on to Raith Rovers, where his 38 goals in 68 games attracted the attention of SPL side Dundee United, who made their move for the frontman.

Following spells with St Johnstone and Ross County, he made the switch to Easter Road and scored five times in 33 appearances as the Hibees returned to the top flight of Scottish football after a three-season absence.

However, he was allowed to leave by manager Neil Lennon and quickly agreed a move to the LCI Rail Stadium, where he has got off to a fine start.

He scored his first goal for the club on his eighth appearance in a 3-0 win over Mansfield and has added a further four goals since.

His influence is demonstrated by the statistic that the Robins are yet to lose a game in which the 29-year-old has scored.

We've met before...

Notts have the advantage in the head-to-head stakes between the sides, winning six of the 10 meetings.

The Magpies did the double over the Robins last season and are unbeaten in their last four outings against the Gloucestershire side.

Goals from Jon Stead and Richard Duffy gave Kevin Nolan's men a win in the last contest back in February as the Magpies made it three games unbeaten at Meadow Lane under their new manager.

What are the odds?

Sky Bet have priced Notts up as 21/20 favourites to take all three points while the Robins are 5/2 to be the first team this season to come away from Meadow Lane with three points in Sky Bet League Two. The draw is also available at 5/2.

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.

Elliott Hewitt's suspension could see a recall to the starting line-up for Rob Milsom. The midfielder scored his first goal for the club in the 1-1 draw against Forest Green Rovers in October and is available at 22/1 to open the scoring this weekend.

Lewis Alessandra started last weekend's game at Stevenage and could retain his place up top alongside Jon Stead. The former Hartlepool man is yet to score for the Magpies at Meadow Lane in a competitive fixture but is 11/2 to strike first on Saturday afternoon.

Notts are 3/1 to win the game with both teams scoring or 5/2 to win the game to-nil, which would be their eighth clean sheet of the season.

You can bet on the game here.

Supporters who sign up to Sky Bet using this link can help the club financially.

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Report: Notts 3-1 Cheltenham

Yates and Brisley keep Notts top of the pi

18 November 2017

Notts County stayed top of Sky Bet League Two with a 3-1 victory over Cheltenham Town.

Jorge Grant opened the scoring before Carl Winchester restored parity against the run of play.

Notts' dominance continued in the second half, however, and Grant doubled his tally before Shaun Brisley added a third to preserve Notts' sensational home league form.

Kevin Nolan made two changes to the side that drew with Stevenage last weekend.

The suspended Elliott Hewitt made way for Rob Milsom in a like-for-like central-midfield switch, while Shola Ameobi returned from injury to take the bench-bound Lewis Alessandra's place up front.

Notts started the match strongly, Shaun Brisley seeing an effort saved by Scott Flinders before Jon Stead and Grant had efforts blocked.

Stead sent an acrobatic effort wide from eight yards following a well-worked corner before Matt Tootle got in on the act, curling the ball goalwards from range but failing to properly test Flinders.

Notts eventually - and deservedly - broke the deadlock on 30 minutes when Stead laid the ball off for Grant in the area. The midfielder opened up his body to curl a composed effort across goal and into the top corner.

It had been one-way traffic and the Magpies continued to press, Ameobi flashing a low cross into the area without a telling touch.

But, out of nowhere, the visitors had an equaliser on 35 minutes when Winchester struck the ball sweetly into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Undeterred, Notts pressed on and almost retook the lead in fortuitous fashion when, after inadvertantly playing a one-two off a defender, Grant's poked, close-range effort was dealt with by Flinders.

1-1 was how it stayed going into the break and both sides reemerged unchanged for the second half.

Cheltenham quickly set about turning the game on its head, Harry Pell's looping header clipping the crossbar before Danny Wright beat Ross Fitzsimons to a long free-kick, nodding the ball wide.

But Notts dealt their visitors a significant blow moments later when Grant grabbed his second of the game.

Nolan's men won a free-kick 25 yards out and Grant's effort deflected off the wall, leaving the wrong-footed Flinders with no chance.

Sensing blood, Notts immediately pushed for another - and got one.

Duffy flicked on a corner and Brisley was waiting at the far post to power the ball over the line with his head, despite the close attentions of Will Boyle and Flinders' best efforts to keep the ball out.

Mohamed Eisa threatened a response from the visitors, sliding in at the back post to turn the ball just wide.

But Notts were in no mood to let the Robins back into the match, Grant cutting in from the left and firing the ball over from range.

The loanee then had another chance to claim his hat-trick when he was played through one-on-one with Flinders but his touch let him down at the crucial moment and Cheltenham were able to recover.

Grant was involved yet again on 75 minutes as Notts came agnosingly close to a fourth. His free-kick was nodded towards the top corner by Ameobi but Flinders scampered across his line to pluck the ball to safety.

Nolan's first substitution followed, Ameobi making way for Alan Smith, a minute before Stead's header landed on the roof of Flinders' net.

Cheltenham threatened a late resurgence, Fitzsimons making strong saves from Wright and Pell before the former headed the ball over from a corner.

Liam Walker replaced Milsom and Terry Hawkridge made way for Lewis Alessandra as the match entered four minutes' added time.

And Walker could have put the icing on the cake in the dying moments after he was unselfishly teed up by Grant. He could only skew the ball wide, however, and 3-1 was how it finished.

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Tickets: Cheltenham (H)

Season ticket holders can bring a friend for free

13 October 2017

Tickets for Notts County's Sky Bet League Two match against Cheltenham on Saturday 18 November (3pm) are on general sale.

Category Derek Pavis Stand Air-IT Kop Stand Haydn Green Family Stand
Adult £20 £20 £20
Senior (60+) £14 £14 £14
Young adult (18-21) £14 £14 £14
Under 18 (16-17) £7 £7 £7
Under 16 (12-15) £5 £5 £5
Under 12 (7-11) £1 £1 £1
Under 7† Free Free Free

Prices for supporters aged 12 and over will rise by £2 on matchday.

†Under 7s' tickets cannot be claimed online.

Season ticket holders: Bring a friend for free!

This is one of 11 fixtures to which season ticket holders can bring a friend or family member free of charge.

Supporters can exchange their Bring a Friend voucher for a match ticket at the club shop.

Click here for more information.

Families

FREE glitter tattoos are on offer in the revitalised Haydn Green Family Stand, while kids can also attend the Skills Centre on the brand-new 4G pitch – just remember you need to bring a spare pair of clean trainers to take part!

All activities are included in the price of your ticket.

Click here for more information on the Family Stand.

Download a handy matchday guide and map here.

How to buy

Tickets can be purchased online to be scanned at the turnstile by clicking here. More information on buying tickets online can be found here.

Alternatively, visit the Meadow Lane ticket office or call 0115 955 7210.

Hospitality

Click here to view our range of packages.

To enquire about hospitality for this fixture, please email kirsty.edwards@nottscountyfc.co.uk or call 0115 955 7222.

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