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Preview: Cheltenham (H)

16 November 2018

Notts County face Cheltenham Town on Saturday in an important match at the bottom end of the Sky Bet League Two table.

The Magpies would move six points clear of the relegation places with a win at Meadow Lane but could be sucked back into the drop zone if the visitors leave victorious.

Steve Chettle will continue in the dugout for Notts after overseeing the side’s progression to the Checkatrade Trophy round of 32 by beating Doncaster on Wednesday night.

Cheltenham had similar joy in the competition during the week – also beating a League One side as they recorded a 2-0 win over Coventry to top their group.

Both sides are short of league form, though, with Notts’ last win coming in the first week of October and Cheltenham’s on 8 September.

Chettle says…

“It’s a massive game. We need to get as far away from the bottom two as we can and build some momentum to get ourselves higher up the league.

“Wednesday’s performance gives us confidence and a platform to kick on from so hopefully we see a run of good results follow.

“Cheltenham will be a very different side to Doncaster. They’ll be physical and direct and we need to be strong as a unit to stand up to them.

“We have a gameplan to combat what they do and hopefully our quality shines through at the other end and we get our rewards like in midweek.”

Cheltenham boss Michael Duff says…

“They had a good result against Doncaster but we’d like to think we know what to expect from them after the scouting we’ve done.

“Obviously we need to pick up points in the league. We'll be looking to deliver a good performance and get the right result to go with it.

“We will prepare in the way we usually do but it all depends on whether or not we turn up on Saturday afternoon.

“There’s no point looking at other people – if we don't turn up we won't get anything.”

Team news

Chettle has some tough calls to make with Elliott Hewitt suspended, Matt Tootle injured, Noor Husin on international duty and Jon Stead and Kane Hemmings facing a battle to be fit.

Kristian Dennis and Enzio Boldewijn formed a potent attacking duo in midweek so could be paired again on Saturday.

Cheltenham have Chris Clements available again after missing Tuesday’s win over Coventry through suspension but Kevin Dawson and Sean Long both remain out with injuries.

Striker Luke Varney is also expected to return after missing out in midweek.

We’ve met before

The sides met almost a year ago to the day when Notts ran out 3-1 winners at Meadow Lane on 18 November 2017.

Shaun Brisley added to Jorge Grant’s brace with Carl Winchester getting the goal for the visitors.

Last season’s other meeting ended level as Joe Morrell cancelled out Terry Hawkridge’s first-half opener at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium in March.

The weekend’s officials

Referee: Darren Drysdale

Assistants: Richard Wild and Rob Smith

Fourth official: Kevin Johnson

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Notts 0-3 Cheltenham

17 November 2018

Notts County were beaten 3-0 by Cheltenham Town at Meadow Lane.

Two goals from Luke Varney and a late Tyrone Barnett finish gave the visitors a victory which saw them swap places with the Magpies, leaving Notts in the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone.

With the likes of Jon Stead, Kane Hemmings and Matt Tootle missing through injury and Elliott Hewitt suspended, caretaker manager Steve Chettle had a selection dilemma on his hands.

He opted to play a 3-1-4-2 formation, with central defenders Jamie Turley, Richard Duffy and Shaun Brisley shielding Ross Fitzsimons.

Swansea loanee Keston Davies was handed his first start for the Magpies in a holding midfield role behind central pairing Rob Milsom and Nathan Thomas.

Terry Hawkridge and Dan Jones played as wing backs while Enzio Boldewijn and Kristian Dennis continued their partnership up front.

Notts dominated the early proceedings but had to wait until the 25th minute to carve out their first opportunity of the game, Turley finding himself in an advanced area before playing a one-two with Dennis to get into the box. His cross-cum shot stung the palms of visiting keeper Scott Flinders, who will have been relieved to see the danger eventually cleared.

Boldewijn fired an effort across goal and wide shortly after the Magpies had strong penalty appeals waved away for what looked like handball by a Cheltenham player.

The visitors had thus far found Notts' defence a tough nut to crack - but they stunned Meadow Lane by converting their first real opportunity when Varney drifted into space in the area to nod home Ryan Broom's right-wing cross in front of the Family Stand.

Davies scuffed an effort wide after the ball had dropped for him following a free-kick as half-time loomed.

But it was the visitors who went into the break with their tails up having nearly doubled their lead.

The chance came in stoppage time, Maddox spotting the free run of Chris Hussey to send the wing back racing into the area. Hussey struck the ball low towards the far corner but Fitzsimons made an outstanding fingertip save to keep the score 1-0 going into the break.

Notts reemerged in a 4-4-2 formation, with Turley at right back, Thomas down the left and Davies alongside Milsom in central midfield.

And the latter nearly provided the assist for a Notts equaliser shortly after the restart, curling a free-kick into the area and seeing Boldewijn head the ball over from six yards.

Chettle was forced to make his first change on 54 minutes as the hobbling Nathan Thomas was replaced by Andy Kellett.

Frustration was setting in for Notts, epitomised by Milsom's decision to have an effort from 35 yards which flew high and wide of Flinders' goal.

After the hour, Turley's cross found Boldewijn but the winger, perhaps expecting the nearby defender to intercept, could only turn the ball wide with a first-time effort.

Hawkridge, who had been booked in the first half for hauling back Maddox, then sent a 20-yard piledriver goalwards but straight at Flinders.

It was proving to be another disappointing afternoon at Meadow Lane and Varney compounded things on 66 minutes when he peeled into space in the area once again, this time firing home from a corner.

Hawkridge made way for Patching in a like-for-like switch down the right, Turley was booked for a foul on Chelsea loanee Maddox and the injured Jones was replaced by Cedric Evina as darkness shrouded the Lane.

And Varney could have put the game out of sight when Broom picked him out with a low cross from the right only for a Notts defender to get in the way of the experienced forward's goalbound effort.

Fitzsimons then made another good save to keep Maddox's curling effort out of the top corner as full-time loomed large.

But there was still time for the visitors to add a third, Barnett turning home Broom's low cross to put the result beyond doubt.

Six minutes were added on at the end of the match but there was little else to report before Darren Drysdale called time.

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Ticket News

Tickets: Cheltenham (H)

17 November 2018

Tickets for Notts County's home match against Cheltenham Town on Saturday 17 November (kick-off 3pm) are on sale.

Category Derek Pavis Stand Air-IT Kop Stand Haydn Green Family Stand
Adult £22 £22 £22
65 and over £16 £16 £16
18-21 £16 £16 £16
Under 18 £9 £9 £9
Under 16 £7 £7 £7
Under 12 £1 £1 £1
Under 7† Free Free Free

†Under 7s' tickets cannot be claimed online.

How to buy

Tickets can be purchased online and printed at home 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.

Bringing the kids?

Click here to find out what's happening in the Family Stand.

Hospitality

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

Click here to view our range of packages.

Sensory rooms

Supporters with complex learning difficulties are able to book tickets in the club's sensory rooms by emailing alice.kelk@nottscountyfc.co.uk.

Parents and carers are able to visit the room before matchday if they wish to check its suitability.

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