Cheltenham Town v Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Phill Rodgerson on 02/11/2002
Town will pay a visit to Whaddon Road for this weeks Division 2 game against bottom-of-the-table Cheltenham Town. Both Town's will be looking to take a full three points as Cheltenham look to get themselves out of trouble and as Huddersfield look to get back to winning ways and put their play-off hopes back on track.Cheltenham Town v Huddersfield Town

The Terriers start the game on the back of two disappointing results. The midweek match against Bristol resulted in a 1-0 defeat, despite a good second-half performance and a poor display at home to Colchester United last week gained Town a lucky one point from a 1-1 draw. Having lost a 4-game unbeaten record broken away at Bristol on Tuesday night Town will look to start from scratch in order to make up for a so-far below-par performance from the team this season.

Although Cheltenham are currently propping up the Division 2 table they certainly can't be written off as non-contenders in todays match. Their position can currently be owed to a poor start to the season, but excluding Tuesdays match, Cheltenham may consider things to finally be righting themselves. Up until Tuesdays one-goal lost against Port Vale, the Robins had thought they were starting to put things right after two wins against Northampton and Colchester in the LDV Trophy, as well as a solid draw with QPR. They will look to label Tuesday's game as a 'minor blip' and get back to winning ways as soon as possible or else the situation will continue to get worse.

Mick Wadsworth will face injury worries in both John Thorrington and skipper Steve Jenkins. The two were injured and substituted against Bristol City and the two are still in doubt for Saturday's match. Steve Jenkins suffering a recurring hip injury looks slightly more likely than American John Thorrington (ankle) to make the starting line-up. He will await fitness tests before making a decision.

Good news has come in the form of Nathan Clarke returning from a knee operation this week. The Academy-product joined fitness training a week ago and completed a behind-closed-doors fixture against Wigan midweek. The centre-back may be in the starting line-up, partnering Adi Moses and replacing fellow youngster Nat Brown.

The usual long-term injuries still apply for Town with Andy Booth, Gareth Evans and Eddie Youds all still unavailable.

On the Cheltenham team front only Richard Walker will be missing from the team that was defeated by Port Vale. He is out for 10 days having picked up a niggling injury to his knee that is considered not worth risking.

Grant McCann will also be available having extended his loan spell for another month but Richard Forsyth looks set to return to Peterborough after todays game when his loan contract runs out.

Surprisingly todays game marks the first ever competitive game between the two clubs since Cheltenham only gained Division 2 status after promotion from Division 3 last season. Today will also mark the return of the Mitre Fluo-Flare, the yellow ball used in winter games.

Phill's Prediction: Very close game to call. But with Cheltenham only having one win at home I'll go for Town to just nick it 2-1 late on in the game.


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