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Match Preview: Cheltenham v Pompey

All you need to know about League One contest

12 August 2022

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Cheltenham Town v Pompey

It is set to be a scorching weekend across the country this weekend, with some of the highest temperatures to be found in Cheltenham.

So a large army of travelling fans will be hoping that Pompey do not wilt in the heat when they visit Whaddon Road on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Danny Cowley’s side enjoyed a comfortable Carabao Cup win over Championship side Cardiff earlier in the week.

The Robins experienced a more sobering evening, however, as they were thrashed 7-0 at home by fellow third tier club Exeter.

It has been a disappointing start to the season for Wade Elliott’s men, who have been beaten in both of their league matches.

They let slip a two-goal lead to lose to Peterborough on the opening day before suffering a narrow defeat at Barnsley.

Pompey have only won two of their previous nine meetings with Cheltenham, six of which ended all square.

Their only reverse came at Whaddon Road last season, with Liam Sercombe netting the only goal in the second half.

Pompey will be waiting on the fitness of Denver Hume, Connor Ogilvie and Clark Robertson, as the trio step up their returns to full fitness.

Joe Morrell (groin), Jayden Reid (hamstring) and Ryan Tunnicliffe (hamstring) all remain sidelined for the Blues.

Josh Griffiths and Marlon Pack both previously spent time at Cheltenham, who will be without Matty Blair (knee).

Read the thought of Danny Cowley and Louis Thompson ahead of the game.

Pompey: 2 wins
Cheltenham: 1 win
6 draws

At Whaddon Road
Pompey: 1 win
Cheltenham: 1 win
3 draws

Pompey have sold their full allocation of tickets for Saturday’s game and no more will be made available.

Supporters collecting tickets at Whaddon Road should visit the away collection booth outside the entrance to the Hazlewoods Stand.

Fans attending the game on Saturday should note that several rail operators are affected by strikes this weekend. Please check before you travel.

The country is currently being affected by a heatwave. Click here for information on how to stay safe in the sun.

Click here to read a Cheltenham stadium guide that has been produced by the Robins Trust.


Referee: Alan Young
Assistants: Paul Kelly and James Vallance
Fourth Official: Jack Clench

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Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch all the action live, with accompanying commentary.

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We will have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story.

There will be post-match reaction on the website and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Sunday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either BBC Radio Solent or Express FM.

Pompey are the 21/20 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 23/10.

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Match Reports

Cheltenham 0 Pompey 2

Bishop bags brace in Blues victory

13 August 2022

Colby Bishop scores for Pompey at Cheltenham Town
Photo: Jason Brown/Pro Sports Images

Pompey produced a performance to match the red-hot temperatures, as they secured a comfortable win at Cheltenham.

Colby Bishop was the star of the show by netting in each half, the second coming from the penalty spot after Michael Jacobs had been brought down.

The Blues played the conditions perfectly, keeping hold of the ball and using it wisely to cause their opponents plenty of problems.

Danny Cowley made a single change from the side that drew with Lincoln in the last League One outing.

It came up front, where Joe Pigott dropped to the bench to make way for Tottenham loanee Dane Scarlett.

Pompey made the more confident start in sweltering Gloucestershire, with Scarlett proving a pest in the opening stages.

Marlon Pack had a chance against his former club, but could not keep his shot down after receiving the ball from Joe Rafferty.

And Jacobs then saw his effort blocked after Connor Ogilvie’s throw had caused chaos in the Cheltenham area.

Dan Nlundulu was receiving plenty of stick from the travelling fans because of his Southampton connections.

And the forward collected the game’s first booking following a petulant booting of the ball after fouling Sean Raggett.

Then, following a needed break for drinks, Nlundulu foolishly took a swipe at Louis Thompson, but escaped any further punishment.

Bishop caught the Robins defence dithering on the half-hour mark and managed to win the visitors a corner.

And although the initial delivery from Jacobs was dealt with, the ball was soon returned to the feet of the midfielder.

His second cross from the left was nodded down by Michael Morrison for BISHOP to flick into the net.

Cheltenham improved after that setback, with Taylor Perry and Elliot Bonds both sending shots narrowly off target.

But it was the Blues who had the final chance of the half after Luke Southwood had failed to hold a cross.

That led to a scramble in the area, with the hosts throwing bodies in the path of the ball to deny both Bishop and Scarlett.

Half Time: Cheltenham 0 Pompey 1

The Blues were straight back on the attack when the action restarted and Lewis Freestone had to hook the ball behind to deny Scarlett.

Cheltenham were being put under intense pressure, with a succession of crosses – and one monster Pack throw – causing scares in their defence.

But it was some skilful play from Jacobs that led to the advantage being doubled, with the midfielder getting past Ryan Jackson in the box and drawing a crude challenge from the wing-back.

Referee Ben Toner pointed straight to the spot and BISHOP stepped up to calmly roll the ball into the bottom corner.

It might have got even better for the Blues moments later, but a 25-yard rocket from Ogilvie flew narrowly over.

Cowley introduced some fresh legs on 67 minutes, with Scarlett and Reeco Hackett making way for Pigott and Owen Dale.

And another double switch followed shortly after, as Tom Lowery and Ronan Curtis replaced Thompson and Jacobs.

There was frustration on the opposition bench and Robins boss Wade Elliott was shown a yellow card for something he said.

Pompey, meanwhile, saw out the closing stages in fairy comfortable fashion to collect a first three-point haul of the season.

Cheltenham (3-5-2): Southwood; Long (c), Taylor, Freestone; Jackson (Norton 84), Sercombe, Bonds (Adshead 68), Perry (Lloyd 78), Williams (Ferry 68); May, Nlundulu
Booked: Nlundulu, Bonds
Subs not used: MacDonald, Raglan, Brown

Pompey (4-4-2): Griffiths; Rafferty, Morrison, Raggett (c), Ogilvie; Hackett (Dale 67), Pack, Thompson (Lowery 70), Jacobs (Curtis 70); Scarlett (Pigott 67), Bishop (Mingi 88)
Goals: Bishop 30, 56 (pen)
Booked: Dale
Subs not used: Oluwayemi, Swanson

Referee: Ben Toner

Attendance: 4,649 (1,428 Pompey fans)

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