This is where it starts to gets tough. Cheltenham sit two places and five points below us in the table, having played two games less. They’re definitely promotion contenders and that makes this game a six-pointer.
We’ve already shared the points once this season, thanks to a late Paul Mullin goal at their place, but there’s a lot more riding on the game now. We’re normally without Wes on Tuesday nights, but will Bonner risk the Irish Messi for this one?
That’s pretty much the only question ahead of this game really, after Saturday’s 3-0 win at Mansfield we can’t see Bonner changing things too much – of course with no Wes comes a change of tactic, a flatter four across the midfield instead of the diamond we’ve been utilising so well this season. That will probably see Jack Iredale back in the starting eleven on the left, with Hanant on the right. We hope everyone is knock-free after Mansfield, Shilow Tracey was missing from the squad Saturday and it would be useful to have him back, with Digby and Boateng still out.
Expected U’s Line-Up: Burton, Knoyle, Okedina, Taylor, Dunk, Hannant, May, O’Neil, Iredale, Mullin, Ironside
One place there can be no questions is up front, Paul Mullin closing in on David Crown’s record of 24 goals in a season, and he’ll be hungry to add to his tally tomorrow evening.
Who’s Their Player to Watch? We know all about Ben Tozer‘s long throws, which make him a threat from the sidelines almost anywhere on the pitch, and since they played us last they’ve added former U’s loanee Sam Smith who had an impressive spell here least season and will be a danger in attack.
Who’s In The Dugout? It’s still Michael Duff, Championship Manager fans.
What’s Their Recent Form Like? P5, W3, D1, L1, For 5, Against 3
Any Ex-United Players? As mentioned, Sean Long and Matty Blair have been joined by striker Sam Smith.
Last Time Out: Cheltenham 1-1 U’s November 24, 2020
A game of two injury-time goals, as Ben Tozer put Cheltenham ahead at the end of the first half before Paul Mullin struck an equaliser on 95 minutes.
From The Archive: Cheltenham 0-3 U’s September 20, 2003
Two young strikers with the goals here, who went on to have polar opposite careers. Lloyd Opara got the third goal, but just three years later ended up at P*sh having bounced around eleven different non-league clubs. Dave Kitson on the other hand, would go on to establish himself as a Premier League striker with Reading and Stoke.
UTAS Moosenet Tip: A narrow 2-1 win for the U’s, Paul Mullin with the first.