Cheltenham Town: Yates calls for fans to flock back
MARK Yates has appealed for Cheltenham Town fans to turn out in their droves for tomorrow's home match against highly-fancied Fleetwood Town.
Wednesday night's 1-0 win at Bristol Rovers lifted the Robins up to fifth in the League Two table and Yates believes there is plenty more to come from his team.
Three points at the Abbey Business Stadium would see them climb into the automatic promotion places.
With the number of home fans hovering around the 2,500 mark so far this season, Yates said extra numbers through the turnstile could make all the difference on and off the pitch.
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"We need the crowds to improve and for the town to get behind the boys so it's a big plea from me," Yates said.
"I am going to the chairman to ask for money for players and he is worried the expectations are there, but we are only getting 2,500 in.
"If anyone can bring along their pals, members of their family or anyone else, I'd urge people not to stay at home and watch TV, or listen to us on the radio – come and see for yourselves how good we are."
Yates is targeting a loan midfielder, who he hopes to have brought in before next Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy second round tie against Oxford United.
Cheltenham's midfield of Marlon Pack, Russ Penn and Luke Summerfield was one of the key elements to the success they enjoyed last season.
Summerfield left to join Shrewsbury Town in the summer, but Yates has since brought in Sam Deering and Darren Carter.
"Summers was good, but he's not here now and Darren Carter has been excellent," Yates said.
"With him, Sam, Marlon and Russ, I have some options, but I am trying to add another loan player because we are a bit light on numbers.
We have more options in attack, out wide so I am hoping to take another midfield player.
"It won't be one that breaks the bank, but if we could have an extra few hundred on the gate it would put a smile on the chairman's face and I like to try to keep him sweet!"
Cheltenham's players, backroom staff and chairman Paul Baker visited Nando's after training yesterday for a team meal.
Those who played at Rovers had taken part in a light warm down session in the morning, while the rest of the squad played in a training ground match against the youth team.
With only two days between Wednesday's derby success and tomorrow's match, Yates has placed the emphasis on tactical and technical work rather than anything too strenuous.
He expects Fleetwood to be among the candidates for promotion this season having stormed to the Blue Square Bet Premier title last season.
"It's a club on the up and they are well backed by an ambitious chairman and well run by young, ambitious manager," Yates said.
"I was fortunate enough to go there with Kidderminster a few years ago and the pitch was as good as anything I've seen.
"You could tell something was going to happen and they have real experience and quality in their squad, so I am sure they'll look to maintain their momentum."