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Preview | Gillingham v Cheltenham Town

Steve Evans set to make changes ahead of Carabao Cup tie at home to Cheltenham.

24 August 2021

Match Previews

Preview | Gillingham v Cheltenham Town

Steve Evans set to make changes ahead of Carabao Cup tie at home to Cheltenham.

24 August 2021

Harvey Lintott and Bailey Akehurst could be involved once again as Gills attempt to reach third round of Carabao Cup.

Gillingham v Cheltenham Town

Carabao Cup Second Round

MEMS Priestfield Stadium

Tuesday August 24

Kick-Off, 7.45pm


Team News:

Steve Evans has confirmed that he will be making changes for the game. Youth team players will likely feature in the matchday squad, with Harvey Lintott and Bailey Akehurst both in line to potentially start the match.


John Akinde, Daniel Phillips and Alex MacDonald will all miss out as they continue to recover from injuries. Aaron Chapman could start in goal.

Former Gills keeper Scott Flinders could retain his place between the sticks, having impressed Michael Duff in Cheltenham’s 3-2 loss to Fleetwood. Kyle Vassell will miss the tie through injury whilst the rest of the Cheltenham squad is fit.


Manager Comments:

Steve Evans - “We have 15 senior players, so we will certainly make changes.

“I have to prioritise next Saturday at Shrewsbury so, yes, some of our youths will be involved.”


Michael Duff - “Yes, we will make changes and in the Papa John's Trophy we'll make changes and give young players a chance, but it's not prioritising. Whoever plays is still expected to go and compete and run around and try to win a game of football.”


Recent Form:

Gillingham- DD(win on pens)LDW (All competitions)

Gills made the Second Round of the Carabao Cup, having beat Crawley Town on penalties. The game ended 2-2 after 90 minutes, in a day of many firsts for some Gillingham players. It was the first senior starts for Harvey Lintott, Bailey Akehurst and Gerald Sithole. Sithole scored his first goal for the club to put the Gills in front before Crawley drew level in the second half.

Daniel Phillips thought he had won the game in stunning fashion as his outside the foot volley flew into the bottom corner, but the hosts came back again in the final seconds. Gills won 10-9 on penalties, with Lintott scoring the winning spot-kick.


Cheltenham Town- DWLWL (All competitions)

The Robins progressed to the Second Round of the cup after beating local rivals Bristol Rovers 2-0. After a goalless first half, Alfie May put Cheltenham 1-0 up just after the hour, and debutant Kyle Vassell doubled their lead in the 71st minute to wrap up the tie.


Ticket Information:


Adults - £15

Seniors (over 65) - £10

U18's - £5

Tickets for the fixture are available here.

Only the Rainham End and Lower Medway Stand will be open for the fixture, with visiting fans being situated in the Gordon Road Stand.



Gillingham win - 7/5

Draw - 12/5

Cheltenham win - 19/10

Special bet: Danny Lloyd to score first and Gillingham to win 2-1- 40/1.



Referee - David Rock

Assistant Referee 1 - Hristo Karaivanov

Assistant Referee 2 - Aaron Farmer

Fourth Official - Greg Read

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