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Cheltenham Preview

9 October 2012

We look forward to tonight's game

We look forward to tonight’s Johnstone's Paint Trophy second round tie at Cheltenham Town.

The U’s

United will be looking to progress to the area quarter-final after beating Swindon in Round One but could be without as many as 11 first team players for the trip to Whaddon Road tonight. 

Damian Batt and Deane Smalley both picked up injuries in the draw with Gillingham on Saturday while Alfie Potter is a doubt. They join Michael Raynes, Michael Duberry, Andy Whing, Liam Davis, Lee Cox, Jon-Paul Pittman, and Wayne Brown on the injured list, while new arrival Johnny Mullins is cup-tied.

United could hand starts to Danny Boateng, James Constable and Tom Craddock after all three came off the bench against the Gills at the weekend.

See Chris Wilder, Harry Worley and Simon Heslop previewing the game in Yellow Player, where you can also hear the whole game live. 

Read the Manager's preview HERE

The Opposition

Cheltenham Town will be without defender Alan Bennett after he was sent off during their 2-2 draw with Fleetwood but manager Mark Yates wants his players to take the cup competition seriously.

"I want to win games and that is no different tonight. I think I know what team I'm going with and there are players that deserve a game. We won't make wholesale changes because it is a game that we want to win and we want to keep the momentum going from the last few weeks", Yates told

"It's a great opportunity for a lower league footballer to go and play at Wembley. We are taking it seriously and we will be looking to put in a good performance and get the win but Oxford will be doing the same." 

The Robins could field former United man Sam Deering tonight as he was an unused substitute at the weekend.


Supporters wishing to travel to Whaddon Road for tonight's game must pay at the turnstiles. Please note that entry to the stadium is by CASH ONLY.


Hazlewoods Stand (Behind the Goal) 991 + 4 wheelchair spaces
Adults £12.00
Over 65’s £8.00
Students £8.00
16 & Under £5.00 
Wheelchair/Ambulant disabled £8.00 (includes a free PA ticket)   

TRAVEL (47 miles from Oxford)

Follow the A40 for approximately 40 miles then turn right onto Hales Road/B4075. At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto Hewlett Road then turn right onto Cleeve View Road followed by 1st left onto Whaddon Road.
Unfortunately there is no car parking available to the general public at The Abbey Business Stadium on match days. Street parking in the immediate vicinity is also restricted. The club does, however, operate a FREE Matchday Park and Ride Shuttle Service from the nearby Cheltenham Racecourse.    


There are limited spaces available on the coaches to the game:

Departure Times: Stadium 4.45pm, Ice Rink 5.00pm 
Fares: Adult Member £10.00, Adult Non-Member £12.00
           Junior Member £8.00, Junior Non-Member £10.00

Call 01865 337533 to book your coach ticket.


Hear the whole game live in Yellow Player.

You can also  follow the game on Twitter @OUFClive. 

We will have a full report and gallery right here at the final whistle, plus the thoughts and reactions of all the key men in Yellow Player as fast as is humanly possible.

Next Up

United return to npower League 2 action next Monday with a trip to Port Vale, before welcoming Accrington Stanley to the Kassam Stadium on October 20th. Call 01865 337533 or visit to book your seat.

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