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Match preview: Cheltenham Town v Morecambe

25 October 2022

The Shrimps are back on the road on Tuesday 25 October as they travel down to The Completely-Suzuki Stadium to face Cheltenham Town.

Derek Adams’ side secured all three points against Barnsley on Saturday, with Kieran Phillips’ fourth goal of the season on 39 minutes proving to be the difference between the sides.

Cheltenham were defeated by a goal to nil away at Burton Albion on Saturday afternoon.

The opposition

The Robins are currently sat 20th in Sky Bet League One with four wins, two draws and eight defeats, accumulating 14 points from 14 games.

Cheltenham dropped out of the EFL in 2015 but returned a year later as National League Champions in 2016. The Robins spent six seasons in Sky Bet League Two and were crowned champions in 2021, the same season the Shrimps won the League Two Play-Off Final at Wembley.

Current Head Coach Wade Elliot spent 18 years playing before taking up management. He made over 200 appearances for Bournemouth and Burnley respectively before spending time at Birmingham City and Bristol City towards the end of his career.

The 43-year-old began his management career with Bristol City U21s before having a brief spell as caretaker manager of the first team. The Southampton-born manager spent time in charge of Stoke City U23s before joining Cheltenham in the summer, replacing previous manager Michael Duff.

Key players

Forward Dan N’Lundulu is the Robins' joint top scorer this season with three goals in 14 games. N’Lundulu last netted in Cheltenham’s two one win over Walsall in the Papa Johns Trophy at the end of September. The 23-year-old is on loan from Southampton, having spent last season with Lincoln City where he scored one goal in 14 appearances for the Imps.

Midfielder Ryan Broom is currently in his second spell with Town. Broom spent two years with the Robins between 2018 and 2020, scoring ten goals in 73 appearances, before he was sold to Peterborough. The Posh loaned out Broom to Burton and Plymouth before the 26-year-old resigned for Cheltenham permanently in the summer. So far this season, Broom has featured eight times and scored once for the Gloucestershire outfit.

Forward Charlie Brown is hoping to establish himself in the EFL at Cheltenham. Brown spent his youth career with Chelsea before joining MK Dons last season. He featured 26 times for MK, scoring three times. The 23-year-old joined the Robins in the summer and has one goal in five appearances this season. His first goal for Wade Elliot’s side came last Tuesday in a Papa Johns Trophy defeat to West Ham United U21s.

Wade Elliot’s thoughts

Cheltenham boss Wade Elliot told the Robins YouTube channel his side have done their homework on the Shrimps.

“Just because you won the last one against Morecambe doesn’t mean you win the next one,” he said.

“We’ve done our homework on them, they had a good result at the weekend, they got a point at Burton the week before that.

“We won’t be taking them lightly just because we beat them last season.”

Meet the officials

Scott Oldham will be the man in the middle on Tuesday night, and will be assisted by Christopher Husband and Justin Amey with Andy Bennett completing the line-up as fourth official.

Oldham has taken charge of 13 EFL games this season, three in the Papa Johns Trophy and League One, six in League Two and one in the Carabao Cup. The official has handed out 38 yellow cards and awarded two penalties this season.

Oldham last took charge of the Shrimps in April 2021, a 1-1 draw against Southend United at the Mazuma Stadium in League Two.


After teaming up with Beyond Radio for the 2022/23 season, supporters will be able to listen to exclusive, full and uninterrupted radio commentary of every single game, home and away, which will be broadcast simultaneously on 103.5FM, 107.5FM and DAB+ digital radio across North Lancashire and South Cumbria as well as on the iFollow Shrimps platform.

Lead commentator Dave Salmon will be joined by Gab Sutton, and video passes are available for the fixture against the Robins; click here for more information. 

As well as full match commentary, the ‘Shrimps Verdict’ podcast will be available post-match, featuring online, on demand content, including audio match highlights, post-match interviews and reaction, and much more!

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