Cheltenham v Burton preview

Date published: Friday 2nd August 2013 11:34

Veteran striker Jamie Cureton could make his debut for the visit of the Brewers.

The 37-year-old journeyman joined the Robins from Exeter earlier in the summer.

Fellow new arrivals Troy Brown, Ryan Inniss and Craig Braham-Barrett are available for selection at the back, while midfielders Matt Richards and Ashley Vincent could be named in manager Mark Yates’ matchday squad.

Former Rochdale forward Terry Gornell could also make his first competitive start for the club.

The visitors will be without centre-half Zander Diamond when they begin their league campaign at Cheltenham.

Diamond could miss the opening month of the season after damaging a ligament in his foot during training so either Marcus Holness or summer signing Phil Edwards will partner Ian Sharps, who made his move to the Pirelli Stadium permanent over the summer, at the heart of the defence.

Striker Billy Kee could be fit for the big kick-off after battling a sore thigh in pre-season. He took part in a full training session on Wednesday and the club’s medical staff are waiting to see if he suffers any reaction.

Veteran midfielder Rory Delap heads a list of nine new signings hoping to make their debuts for the Brewers, including on-loan goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who joined on loan from Sunderland.

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Cheltenham v Burton preview

Date published: Friday 9th November 2012 12:13

Cheltenham will be without on-loan Reading midfielder Lawson D’Ath after he returned to his parent club for a scan on a knee injury.

The Robins expect that the verdict will not be a serious one and the youngster is Mark Yates’ only absentee as his side look to cement their position in the third automatic promotion spot in League Two.

Darren Carter returned to action after injury in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Gillingham and Yates has no worries about handing a start to the former Birmingham man for the second time in a week.

The rest of the side that drew with former manager Martin Allen’s Gills came through the match unscathed and Yates is expected to name a very similar line-up against a Burton team that won at Plymouth on Wednesday night.

Burton are set to hand a start to Chris Palmer.

The midfielder returned from an ankle injury that had kept him sidelined for two months to play the last half hour of the Brewers’ 2-1 victory over Plymouth in midweek.

Boss Gary Rowett praised Palmer for his impact and is expected to name the 29-year-old in his starting line-up.

But Rowett faces a selection headache at left-back. Summer signing Damien McCrory sits out a one-match ban after picking up five yellow cards this season, while Aaron Webster has not recovered from a hamstring strain.

Right-back Anthony O’Connor has played on the left for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s and could be asked to perform the role against the third-placed Robins.

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Cheltenham v Burton preview

Date published: Friday 24th February 2012 10:53

Cheltenham have a clean bill of health as they look to get their League Two title challenge back on track with victory over their visitors.

The Robins sit one point and a place below table-topping Swindon as they prepare to tackle the Brewers.

Striker Jeff Goulding and defender Steve Elliott returned from injury for the midweek goalless draw with AFC Wimbledon and, barring any further setbacks, the duo should make the starting XI.

Jack Butland made a successful return between the sticks after returning to the club on loan from Birmingham and ought to keep Scott Brown on the bench again.

In a further boost to squad morale, Marlon Pack has been nominated for the League Two Player of the Year Award for his exploits in the Robins midfield this season.

Meanwhile, Patrick Ada is expected to be included in the Burton squad.

Ada, who played in League Two last season with Crewe, has been training with Albion recently after being released by SPL club Kilmarnock in January and the defender signed a short-term deal until the end of the season on Thursday.

Despite Burton’s poor defensive record – no clean sheet in 14 matches since the start of November – boss Paul Peschisolido is reluctant to break up the central partnership being forged by Ryan Austin and Nathan Stanton, who have started the last four games.

However, there could be an opportunity for Ada to make his full debut in the holding midfield role if Jack Dyer fails to recover from a toe injury he sustained against Rotherham.

Midfielder Jacques Maghoma is also a doubt after suffering a hamstring injury last weekend, while full-back Danny Blanchett (ankle) and skipper John McGrath (groin) have both spent time in the treatment room since the draw with Rotherham.

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