» Strikers on song as Robins keep up strong start
Robins maintain strong start with convincing win over Carlisle,
Grant Mccann looks to have loaned former club a real gem
There were plenty of encouraging performances in the 2-0 win over Carlisle United on Tuesday night, but Jacob Greaves’ home debut was another clear illustration of the 18-year-old’s precocious talent.
Grant Mccann was 20 when he joined the Robins on loan from West Ham United, quickly establishing himself in the side at left-back in place of the long term injury absentee Jamie Victory.
Eventually switching to midfield, Northern Ireland international Mccann went on to become one of the club’s all-time greats after another loan spell and subsequent permanent switch, before playing at a higher level with Barnsley, Scunthorpe United and Peterborough United.
He may not have been manager of Hull City for very long, but he clearly knows his left-sided defenders because Greaves has looked completely at home in his first taste of senior football.
Michael Duff has already backed him to be playing regularly in the Championship within two years and based on his performances for Cheltenham so far, it is easy to see why.
Centre forwards off the mark
Gavin Reilly was close to opening his scoring account for his loan club in the goalless draw at Morecambe on Saturday, firing wide from a good position after a long throw from Ben Tozer before half-time.
On Tuesday the Bristol Rovers loanee’s first half display fully merited a goal and it duly arrived in the 15th minute after a clever corner routine, which was designed to set up Jake Doylehayes for a shot.
The Aston Villa loan midfielder was closed down quickly, but had the composure to beat a man and deliver a cross, allowing Reilly to nod past Adam Collin and deflate Carlisle, who fell apart after conceding the opener after a solid enough start.
There was no chance of Reilly’s strike partner Varney going long without scoring and he got in on the act in the 45th minute.
Varney received a fine pass from the returning Chris Clements and finished confidently, with Carlisle’s claims of handball as he brought the ball down ignored by referee Will Finnie.
It has been said many times before, but Varney’s signing last September was a masterstoke by Duff for a variety of reasons.
Not only is he as hungry for goals as ever as his 37th birthday approaches, he is fit and enthusiastic enough to render mentions of his age largely irrelevant.
Perhaps equally as important is his undeniable influence on the pitch and in the dressing room and because in a predominantly youthful group, there are not many better role models.
» New singing section creates carnival atmosphere
The group of supporters assembled in block seven of the Colin Farmer Stand made themselves heard from the first whistle through until full-time against Carlisle.
They have relocated from other areas of the ground, complete with a new banner and a drum supplied by associate director Mark Cuzner.
The 1887 Red Army were also behind the huge Justin Edinburgh flag dis
Gavin Reilly celebrates theopening goal with his teammates