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Cheltenham Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 17th February 2018, k.o. 3pm
LCI Rail Stadium
Referee: Gavin Ward
Brace for impact. After 31 goals at both ends in seven league games so far in 2018, Wycombe head west to meet a Cheltenham side who netted five times in their last home game, and whose eight matches in this calendar year have yielded 28 goals.
Wanderers’ phenomenal form since the turn of the year has elevated them into the top three thanks to six wins and a draw in the last seven, but the similarly impressive records of those around them means that any slip-up could see them drop into the play-off zone, such is the tight nature of this League 2 promotion race.
The Robins sit 15th after a largely inconsistent campaign so far, but they have collected impressive home results against Swindon, Mansfield, Luton and Lincoln and will be looking to add Wycombe to their list of scalps, after sweeping aside Grimsby with a 5-1 thrashing in their last game at the LCI Rail Stadium.
There were six goals in the reverse fixture in October, when the Blues held a two-goal lead only for Brian Graham to head home a late equaliser, and a potentially full away end could well witness another dramatic 90 minutes following the recent dramas against Swindon, Carlisle and Crewe.
Cheltenham boss Gary Johnson could make changes after a midweek loss to Lincoln, with Taylor Moore and Danny Wright available after suspension, while Sanmi Odelusi and Brian Graham could be recalled after dropping to the bench on Tuesday. Joe Morrell, Jordan Cranston, Jordan Forster and Jaanai Gordon are all expected to miss out due to injury.
Wycombe have had five players in the treatment room of late; Anthony Stewart (calf), Sido Jombati (knee), Michael Harriman (broken leg), Sam Saunders (knee) and Scott Kashket (thigh) continue to be monitored.
Man in the middle
Gavin Ward takes charge of a Wycombe game for the third time this season; he officiated the 2-0 loss to Fulham in the Carabao Cup and the 3-1 league win at Cambridge, in which he awarded a penalty and showed a red card to the home side.
In total this season he’s dished out 93 yellow and four red cards in 34 matches so far.
Wycombe will be in their regular light and dark blue quarters with light blue shorts for this fixture.
Tickets for Wanderers' game at Cheltenham Town on Saturday 17th February are now only available to purchase on arrival at the LCI Rail Stadium on the day of the game.
The club has sold out its advance allocation of just over 450 tickets in the Hazlewoods Stand, which has a capacity of around 1,100.
Pay on the day sales are available (cash only) but Cheltenham have advised that, due to the possibility of this stand becoming full, away fans should arrive early, bring cash, and that no flags or drums will be permitted.
Meanwhile the car park at the stadium is fully booked and therefore fans should park in the local area, giving consideration to residents, or in the town centre which is a short 15-minute walk away.
Prices are as follows:
OAP (65+): £15
18 and under/full-time student: £7
Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park before 1pm on Friday, or from Cheltenham's ground from 1.30pm on Saturday.
By Adrian Wood
POSTCODE: GL52 5NA
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Avoiding the Handy Cross roundabout due to closures, take the M40 signposted Oxford. At Junction 8 branch left and follow the A40 towards Oxford. At the Headington roundabout, take the 3rd exit (signposted Ring Road, The North). After 3.7 miles, at the Banbury Road roundabout, take the second exit, and at the next roundabout take the third exit (signposted Cheltenham A40). Follow A40 into and through Charlton Kings. At traffic lights where Cirencester Road joins from left, go straight on. At next set of lights, turn right into Hales Rd. This is the B4075 (signposted Prestbury). After 0.5 mile bear right, staying on the B4075 as it becomes Priors Road. Take the next left into Whaddon Road, continue over a mini roundabout, and the ground is on the right hand side.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 67 (average journey time 1 hour 25 minutes)
Suggested car parking area
The Parklands Social Club does allow some parking at £4 per car. If you arrive a couple of hours before kick-off then there is street parking available on streets running off Whaddon Road itself. As noted above, the club car park is full.
Fancy using the train?
There is a regular service from London Paddington – on most services you need to change at Swindon. Average journey time is around 2 hours 20 minutes. The station is over two miles from the Whaddon Road ground. You can catch Bus Service D from the Station Car Park to the Town Centre (Clarence Street). On Saturdays Service D runs every 10 minutes. From the town centre it is a short walk to Whaddon Road down Prestbury Road. There is a direct train back leaving Cheltenham at 19:00 arriving back to Paddington at 21:09.
Facilities for away fans
The Whaddon Road End of the ground was re-developed in 2005 with the creation of the Hazlewoods Stand, which has 1,100 seats. Away fans are placed in this part of the stadium. This stand is covered and the view of the playing area from the Hazlewoods Stand and the facilities inside are good, plus it has good leg room.
Spare time before or after match?
There is a club bar at the ground called the Robins Nest which allows in small numbers of away fans for a £1 admittance fee. There is a Fish & Chip shop called the Royal Fish Bar which is just a two minute walk from the ground on Whaddon Road itself (at the junction with Thames Road). Away from the ground, coming recommended is The Kemble Brewery Inn (CAMRA) on Fairview Street. Alternatively about a 10-minute walk away are “The Sudley Arms” and “The Conservatory” on Prestbury Road. There is also The Parklands Social Club (see above under Car Parking) which is just by the ground. Finally along Hewlett Road (again a 10-minute walk away) can be found The Hewlett Arms and The Fairview.
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