Accrington v Cheltenham preview

Date published: Friday 23rd August 2013 2:30

Stanley will not be able to call upon the vast experience of Nicky Hunt and Danny Webber this weekend.

Former Bolton full-back Hunt will be out until the end of September at the earliest after damaging the medial crucial ligament in his knee.

Ex-Sheffield United striker Webber will sit out the next three games following his red card in the 3-0 loss to Bury last weekend.

Stanley, who currently prop up the League Two table, are preparing for three games in the space of a week with the Robins clash coming before Cardiff and Burton visit.

Cheltenham striker Terry Gornell has declared himself fit and ready to face his former club.

The Robins’ summer signing from Rochdale has made a quick recovery from a groin injury suffered in the 2-0 defeat at Chesterfield 12 days ago and could return to the starting line-up.

Gornell’s comeback boosts manager Mark Yates’ attacking options with Jamie Cureton still sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Yates was unhappy with his side’s 3-1 home defeat to Plymouth last weekend and could shuffle his pack with winger Zack Kotwica and defender Keith Lowe pushing for starts.

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Accrington v Cheltenham preview

Date published: Friday 22nd February 2013 10:24

Amine Linganzi is available to make his Accrington debut.

Former Blackburn midfielder Linganzi signed on a free transfer until the end of the season following a successful trial period with the Reds.

Richardson has no new injury worries, with goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin (shoulder) and forward Craig Lindfield (ankle) remaining on the sidelines.

Charlie Barnett serves the final game of a three-match ban.

Stanley are without a win in six matches since the 1-0 victory over Chesterfield on New Year’s Day, their only win in the last 14 league games.

Aldershot’s midweek win over Torquay dropped them into the relegation zone but defender Peter Murphy insists his team-mates must not fret about the league table.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph: “As much as you do look at the table and you’re worried that you are down there, you can’t do that. You’ve just got to look at winning the games to get yourselves out of it. There’s only us that can do that.”

Cheltenham defender Steve Elliott has been passed fit for the trip north.

The 34-year-old centre-back had to be withdrawn 47 minutes into the 1-1 draw with Aldershot with a dead leg but he has recovered in time to travel to The Crown Ground.

Luke McCullough made his professional debut as a replacement for Elliott and the Manchester United loanee is likely to be involved in the matchday squad again after extending his loan stay with the club on Thursday.

Striker Paul Benson looks set to keep his place in Mark Yates’ starting line-up after scoring for the second successive game.

The Robins are just two points off the automatic promotion slots in League Two ahead of the trip.

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Accrington v Cheltenham preview

Date published: Thursday 20th October 2011 3:47

Accrington could hand three loanees their first starts for the home fixture.

Striker James Spray, from Wolves, and midfield pair Will Hatfield and Luke Dobie are all bidding to make John Coleman’s starting XI.

A knock has delayed Spray’s Stanley bow while Hatfield, borrowed from Leeds, and Dobie, on loan from Middlesbrough, will be hoping to secure starting berths after coming off the bench in the 2-0 defeat to Swindon.

Tom Bender, another loanee from Colchester, is the only absentee for Coleman.

The 18-year-old suffered severe concussion against Tranmere in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at the start of the month and the game was abandoned as a result of Bender’s injury.

He has returned to light training but is not yet heading the ball and continues to undergo medical assessment.

Striker Theo Lewis is the only absentee for Cheltenham’s trip.

Lewis picked up a knock in a reserve match against Brighton and will not be making the trip north.

Manager Mark Yates is otherwise picking from a full squad as the Robins look to grab their fifth win on the bounce.

And Yates was keen to emphasise the entire squad’s contribution to their impressive run that has seen them rise to fourth in the League 2 table.

“The squad factor is massive for us and it’s great to have so many fit players at one time,” he told the club website.

“It’s great to have that kind of competition and I think we are seeing better results and better performances because of that.”

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Accrington v Cheltenham preview

Date published: Friday 29th October 2010 4:30

Accrington are still without four suspended players for the visit of Cheltenham in League Two on Saturday.

Ray Putterill completes his two-match ban while on-loan Kevin Long serves the second game of his three-match ban.

Andrew Proctor and Jonathan Bateson serve the final game of their three-match suspensions and will be available next week.

Manager John Coleman has to decide whether he will recall goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin, who started the first 12 games of the season, or keep number two Alex Cisak between the sticks for Saturday’s game.

Cheltenham manager Mark Yates must decide whether to throw returning centre-back Martin Riley back into the fold from the off at Accrington.

Riley, who last played first-team football nine weeks ago due to a hamstring injury, managed just over an hour for Town’s reserves in midweek.

His return could not have come at a better time with central defender Steve Elliott ruled out with a tight calf.

Full-back Danny Andrew and midfielder Frankie Artus (both ankle) have recovered from the knocks they picked up in the goalless draw at home to Port Vale last weekend.

Top scorer Wes Thomas (thigh) is expected to be back in full training in around a week’s time, with a view to returning to action in Cheltenham’s FA Cup clash against Morecambe on November 6.

Captain Michael Pook is looking at around another three to four weeks on the sidelines with his calf injury.

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