Cheltenham look to end win-less run against York City

First published in Sport

CHELTENHAM Town will be hoping to end a five-match run without a win when they visit Bootham Crescent tomorrow.

The Robins have taken just two points from a possible 15 since a 1-0 Boxing Day home win against Exeter and, during that time, Mark Yates’ men have been beaten by struggling Accrington and Mansfield and only shared the spoils at home to bottom-of-the-table Northampton on Saturday.

Only Portsmouth (42) and Torquay (41) have conceded more goals in Sky Bet League Two than the 39 shipped by Cheltenham this season although, at the other end of the pitch, the Gloucestershire side have netted in each of their last ten matches – a sequence stretching back to November.

Prior to a 2-1 loss at Burton on their last trip, last season’s beaten play-off semi-finalists had also gone seven games unbeaten on their League travels, winning four of those fixtures.

Ex-Stevenage and AFC Wimbledon forward Byron Harrison is the Robins’ leading marksman this season on ten goals but has only netted twice in his last 14 outings.

Harrison’s current strike partner is 38-year-old veteran Jamie Cureton, who claimed his seventh goal this term at the weekend before ex-City ace Matty Blair earned the Cobblers a point with a second-half leveller.

On-loan Rotherham midfielder David Noble is the only current injury absentee for Cheltenham with a hamstring problem, meaning fellow temporary signing Lee Lucas, from Swansea, will retain his place in the starting line-up after making his debut at the weekend.

Midfielder Kemar Roofe, meanwhile, has opted to return to parent club West Brom.

Cheltenham (probable): S Brown, Jombati, T Brown, Ihiekwe, Braham-Barrett, Lucas, Deering, Richards, McGlashan, Harrison, Cureton.

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