Next run of games par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant – Duff

Western Daily Press - - Football -

MICHAEL Duff has em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of Chel­tenham Town’s next few games as they take on some of the teams im­me­di­ately around them in the League Two ta­ble.

Grimsby are the next vis­i­tors to the Jonny-Rocks Sta­dium, ar­riv­ing for a 3pm kick-off to­mor­row.

The Mariners are cur­rently 18th in the ta­ble, sit­ting five points above Duff ’s side, and their visit this week­end will be the two clubs first meet­ing this sea­son.

“We know if we beat them we get closer to them, but flip that on its head and if they beat us the gap gets wider,” Duff, pic­tured, said at the pre-match press con­fer­ence.

“We’ve played a lot of teams at the top end of the ta­ble, so the next run of games are im­por­tant be­cause they are against the teams that are in and around us.

“I think we know what we’re go­ing to get from them. They get in your face, they press high, have good en­ergy – sim­i­lar to New­port in the way they go about with a dif­fer­ent shape and the way they go about their busi­ness. We know what we’ll be ex­pect­ing from them.”

Fol­low­ing the Grimsby match, the Robins have away games at Port Vale and Swin­don prior to Christ­mas.

Mean­while, Chel­tenham young­ster Will Dawes has joined Tuf­fley Rovers on a work-ex­pe­ri­ence loan fol­low­ing a spell at Yate Town. The at­tack­ing mid­fielder is a sec­ond-year scholar with the Robins and was on the bench for the first team for the first time at Coven­try last sea­son.

The 18-year-old was also in the match­day 18 for the matches against Bar­net and Cam­bridge United.

He was on the score­sheet for the Robins’ youth team in their 3-1 FA Youth Cup win at For­est Green, set­ting up a sec­ond round tie against Gilling­ham.

Dawes, who is from Som­er­set, has also played reg­u­larly for the re­serves over the past two sea­sons.

Tuf­fley, who play in the Hel­lenic League Premier Divi­sion and are man­aged by Mark Pritch­ett, are at home to Bin­field on Satur­day.

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