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Gillingham Preview

26 February 2013

We look ahead to tonight's game at the league leaders

We look ahead to tonight's npower League 2 game at Gillingham.

Team News

There are no new injury concerns for United on the back of the home draw against York City at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday but Lewis Montrose is ruled out of the game against his parent club. Simon Heslop and the returning Andy Whing look to be  competing for the starting position in midfield. 

Michael Duberry returned to the bench on Saturday but with United keeping a clean sheet and looking strong in defence over the last few games the experienced defender is likely to have to stay patient. JP Pittman could be back in training as early as next week after a shoulder problem to add to United's attacking options.

The Opposition

Gills boss Martin Allen was hopeful following the win at Chesterfield that Andy Frampton (concussion) and Charlie Allen (broken hand) would both be available for selection, however it remains to be seen if they are fit enough to make the squad. Former Wimbledon striker Danny Kedwell (hamstring) could return but there will be a change up front where the dangerous Cody McDonald has been recalled by parent club Coventry City, meaning that Adam Birchall may start in attack alongside Myles Weston or the experienced Deon Burton. 


nPower League 2, Tuesday 26th February 2013, kick-off 7.45pm
MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Redfern Avenue, Gillingham ME7 4DD

Oxford United fans have been allocated uncovered seating in the Brian Moore Stand. Please be aware that admission prices at the stadium will increase on the day of the game and will be CASH ONLY at the turnstiles. Advance tickets are now on general sale, until 3pm today, at the following prices:
                                      ADVANCE             ON THE DAY
Adult                              £17.00                     £20.00
Over 65                          £16.00                     £19.00
16-21 Year Olds              £13.00                     £16.00
Under 16                        £9.00                        £11.00
Under 12                        £6.00                         £7.00

Wheelchair supporters prices as above (includes free carer).
Ambulant disabled supporters prices as above (includes free carer).      

TRAVEL (113 miles from Oxford)
Exit A2 at junction 1 (M2) and go onto the A289. Follow signs for Medway Tunnel. After about three miles, take the second exit off the roundabout, again following signs towards Medway Tunnel. At the next roundabout take the first exit. At the next roundabout take the first exit into the Tunnel. On exit follow the A289 over two sets of traffic lights before coming to the Strand roundabout. Take the third exit onto Church Street. Drive up the hill and continue over the level crossing. Take the second left after the crossing and follow Linden Drive to the end. Turn right into Redfern Avenue, where you will see the MEMS Priestfield Stadium on your right.

This is restricted to roads surrounding the Stadium but visiting supporters should note that the following roads are restricted to permit holders only: Balmoral Road, Windsor Road, Ferndale Road, Linden Avenue, Priestfield Road, Gordon Road, Livingstone Road, Coulman Street, Beaconsfield Avenue, Harold Avenue, School Lane, Toronto Road, Redfern Avenue and parts of Sunnymead Avenue.
Traffic Wardens can be found in numbers on matchdays so it is strongly recommended you choose alternative parking areas. Suggested alternatives include: Furthest part of Sunnymead Avenue, Chicago Avenue, Canadian Avenue, Valley Road, Sturdee Avenue, Woodlands Road, Carlton Avenue, Alexandra Avenue, Larkfield Avenue, Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue.

By Rail 
Visiting supporters can take advantage of four trains per hour, all departing from Victoria Station (London). There are two fast trains, which complete the journey in 50 minutes departing at five past the hour and 25 minutes to the hour. Two slower trains leave Victoria at 10 past the hour and 20 to the hour - these taking the slightly longer time of one hour and 10 minutes to complete the journey to Gillingham.
From Charing Cross supporters will find two trains per hour departing at 27 minutes past the hour and three minutes to the hour, trains from Charing Cross complete the journey to Gillingham in one hour and 10 minutes.
Times are approximate and may vary from weekdays to weekend days.
On leaving Gillingham station turn left on to Balmoral Road. Walk for about five minutes down Balmoral Road until you come to the end. Straight opposite Balmoral Road you will see Priestfield Road. The away turnstiles are located at the top of Priestfield Road. The walk from the station should take no longer than 10 minutes.

Travel details supplied by 

Departure Times: Ice Rink 3.45pm – Stadium 4.00pm 
Fares: Adult Member £14.00, Adult Non-Member £16.00
            Junior Member £12.00, Junior Non-Member £14.00

Tickets are now on general sale for this Saturday's home game against another promotion chasing side, Port Vale.

To book your tickets please visit 24/7, telephone 01865 337533 or call in person at the ticket office during normal office hours.

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