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The Big Match Preview: Cheltenham

29 December 2016

All you need to know ahead of the Sky Bet League 2 clash at Whaddon Road on Friday night (k.o. 7.45pm).

Cheltenham Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Friday 30th December 2016, k.o. 7.45pm 
Whaddon Road, GL52 5NA
Referee: Kevin Johnson

- Read our key storylines ahead of the game

The curtain falls on 2016 with a feast of Friday night football at Whaddon Road, as Gareth Ainsworth's men look to end on a high with a return to winning ways.

A record-equalling sequence of eight consecutive victories was ended with the Boxing Day draw at then-leaders Plymouth Argyle, but the result may have even lifted confidence due to the nature in which the Chairboys came back from a 3-1 deficit to take a point from the game.

Now they face a different challenge with another trip west - albeit a shorter one - to meet a Robins outfit which has endured an alarming slide down the table having sat above the Wanderers just two months ago.

Gary Johnson's men sit in the relegation places and are eager for the January transfer window to open to bring in reinforcements to steer them away from relegation danger - but first they must take on the in-form Wanderers.

Ainsworth will be without Michael Harriman after the right-back suffered a groin injury at Plymouth, so Sido Jombati could come into the side to face his former club. Paul Hayes is also not far from a return to the side after a three-week absence.

It's Ainsworth's 200th league game in charge of Wycombe and he'll hope for a repeat of his last visit to Cheltenham - a 4-1 win in November 2014.

Tickets
The initial allocation of 250 tickets but there will be plenty of availability in the Hazlewoods Stand (all-seated, under cover) for away fans to purchase on the night with no price increase.

Adults: £21
Seniors (65+): £15
Full-time students: £7
Juniors (18 and under): £7

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park until 1pm on the day of the game, or from Cheltenham's stadium from 6.15pm that night.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

Postcode: GL52 5NA

Recommended road directions
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

Recommended area for car parking
There are a limited number of spaces available in the Club car park at the ground which cost £5 (to book phone 01242 573558, select option 1). The Parklands Social Club does allow some parking at £4 per car. To find this club goes down Whaddon Road, passing the ground and the bowling club on your left. Take the first left hand turn and the entrance to the social club car park is a short distance down on the left. Note that there is little in the way of nearby street parking close to the stadium.

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 16:30. Travel prices are £14 for adults, £13 for seniors, and £12 for juniors. The price for non-members is £18 (no refund if game is cancelled). Note that OWWSA has added card payment to their methods of payment.  Members will be able to pay on the coach or by telephone. Non members are required to pay before travelling.  If you wish to book by phone (Rena 01494 520179, Graham 07876 267301) or by e-mail (bookings@owwsa.co.uk) you need to do so by Wednesday December 28th at 5pm.

Using the train?
This is not really practical on this Friday evening as the railway station is over two miles from the ground. In addition, according to my latest information, the last train off Cheltenham that evening is at 22.01 arriving back in Paddington at 00.34 (after changing at Swindon).

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 7,066 (3,912 seated). Away supporters are housed in the Hazlewoods Stand (covered seating) at one end of the ground, where just over 1,100 supporters can be accommodated. The view of the playing area from the Hazlewoods Stand and the facilities inside are good, plus it has good leg room.

Facilities around the ground
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. 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 (Prestbury Road) and The Conservatory on Winchcombe Street. There is also The Parklands Social Club (see above under Car Parking). Finally along Hewlett Road (again a 10-minute walk away) can be found The Hewlett Arms and The Fairview.

Can't make it?
Live commentary will be available on Chairboys PlayerHD and the FLi Player app. Alternatively you can follow regular updates on our Twitter account - @wwfcofficial. Also keep an eye on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat for more content.

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