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Stat Attack: Cheltenham Town vs. Notts County, Tuesday 6 March 2018


Joe Jones

Head to head

Notts County and Cheltenham Town have met 11 times over the years.

The first meeting came in Division Two on 28 September 2002 at Whaddon Road, and Notts ran out 4-1 winners.

The last time we faced off was on 18 November last year, a 3-1 win at Meadow Lane.

Notts are ahead in the head-to-head with seven wins, two draws and two losses.

The Magpies have won each of their last four league games against Cheltenham, scoring 12 and conceding five.

The Robins have only beaten Notts County once at Meadow Lane in the Football League, a 3-2 win in November 2005.

Notts have lost just one of their five Football League trips to Cheltenham, winning three and drawing one.

Stats

Since earning their biggest win of the season over Port Vale (5-1), Cheltenham are winless in three league matches.

That victory over the Valiants is their only triumph in their last eight league fixtures.

Notts, meanwhile, have gone five away games in all competitions without a win, conceding 12 goals, albeit eight of those were at the hands of Swansea City in the FA Cup.

Of Cheltenham's last seven home league goals, Mohamed Eisa has bagged five of them.

History

Cheltenham Town were founded in 1887 by Albert Close White, a local teacher.

However, the town has prior football history - in 1849, the first use of three official referees in a match, two in field and one in tribune, was recorded in Cheltenham.

Promoted to The Football League as Conference Premier champions in 1999, Cheltenham have played as high as League One, the third tier of English football, spending a total of four seasons there.

Their best FA Cup run saw them reach the last 16 (fifth round) in 2002.

The last piece of silverware won by the club was the National League title in 2015–2016.

Its league status was lost with relegation in 2015, only for the team to return, as runaway champions, a year later.

Two former Notts managers, Steve Cotterill and Martin Allen, have also done time at the Gloucestershire club.

Team news

Cheltenham will be without midfielder Harry Pell, who picked up his 10th booking of the season in the Robins' 2-2 draw at League Two leaders Luton last month and starts a two-match ban.

Jordan Cranston played half of a behind-closed-doors friendly against Bristol City but remains some weeks from a return, as does teammate Jordon Foster.

Magpies boss Kevin Nolan is looking for his side to continue to build momentum after their 2-0 win over Stevenage last time out.

County go into the game just one point behind third-placed Wycombe Wanderers and with plenty of hope that they can muscle in on the automatic promotion places.

On-loan midfielder Matty Virtue is set to figure after returning to Liverpool last week to score against Porto in the Premier League International Cup.

Nolan is also set to keep goalkeeper Adam Collin in between the sticks as Ross Fitzsimmons is not involved due to being shaken up after a road traffic accident.

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