Academy Preview - Cheltenham

Our U18 side are in action this Saturday against Cheltenham Town, looking to recover from a 6-2 defeat at Portsmouth last weekend.

We preview Cheltenham’s last five matches, previous fixtures between the two sides and a lowdown on the backroom staff ahead of our vital fixture against Pete Haines’ side.

Previous Fixtures

The last home fixture played against The Robins was August 2016, picking up a draw towards the start of the season – putting County on their way to finishing in the top-half of the Youth Alliance League South.

Our most recent fixture against Cheltenham Town didn’t go to plan; County lost 6-2 away from home. Despite this their next league match was a 3-0 win at home, facing Plymouth Argyle which helped the Young Exiles finish 6th.

Backroom Staff

Antoine Thompson – Academy Manager

Thompson’s role focuses on leading the academy and monitoring the progress of all age groups.

Pete Haines – U18 Manager

Haines took up the role in July 2017, he has worked his way up through Cheltenham’s academy and is Britain's youngest coach on the Advanced Youth Award (Level 4) and UEFA A Licence coaching courses. Pete Haines previously played for their academy side, before injury at U16 level ended chances of a scholarship.

Gerard McGinty – Lead Youth Development Phase Coach

McGinty currently holds a UEFA A licence and has previously worked at Barnet in the same role.

Gary Baines – Head of Academy Goalkeeping

Baines gained the role in May 2015, he currently holds a UEFA B licence and an English FA Goalkeeping B licence.

Last Five Fixtures

The Robins have picked up mixed results from their last five games, winning one, drawing one and losing three matches.

They picked up points against Portsmouth and Forest Green Rovers, beating Pompey 5-2 and ending up with a 2-2 draw against Forest Green, with both fixtures being home matches.

Losses against Bristol Rovers, Swindon and Plymouth have prevented the Gloucester-based side from climbing the table.

They currently sit 11th in the Youth Alliance League South, bottom of the table after nine games.

Match Details

The match will take place at Lliswerry School on Saturday 14th October, with the Young Exiles looking to pick up three points in a vital encounter against Cheltenham Town.

If you aren’t heading to The New Lawn, support the future of the club this Saturday at Lliswerry School! (10:30 Kick-Off - NP19 4RP)