Morecambe v Cheltenham preview

Cheltenham Town's Manager Mark Yates.
Cheltenham Town's Manager Mark Yates.
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Preview of this weekend’s game between Morecambe and Cheltenham

Manager

Mark Yates.

A former Robins midfielder himself, the 43-year-old guided Cheltenham to the play-off final in 2012 and play-off semi-finals last season having taken over in 2009.

His side are yet to replicate that kind of form this season but have seen an upturn in fortune in recent weeks and sit 14th in League 2.

Yates was able to add three new faces on loan deadline day last week.

Key Man

Byron Harrison.

Striker is the Robins’ top scorer this season with eight goals but is just one part of some impressive attacking talent at Whaddon Road.

Matt Richards has also netted six times this season with veteran Jamie Cureton passing 250 Football League goals this season having arrived in the summer from Exeter.

Form

After a patchy start to the season Robins are on a decent run and are unbeaten in their last seven League 2 games, a run that started with 3-0 win over the Shrimps at Whaddon Road back on October 
22.

Have however drawn five of those games including their last three.

Have also been knocked out of the FA Cup 1-0 by Skrill Premier side Tamworth during that period as well.

Last time out on Saturday, Richards’s last-minute penalty rescued a point for Cheltenham at high-flying Southend.

History

October victory for the Robins was the latest in a run of good results against the Shrimps.

Cheltenham have won eight of the 15 meetings with four Shrimps wins and three draws.

The side’s drew 0-0 in last year’s fixture at the Globe Arena.

Possible line-up

Brown, Jombati, Braham-Barrett, Noble, Brown, Elliott, McGlashan, Taylor, Harrison, Richards, Roofe.