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By Tony Alvarez

At the start of the season no one consideredCheltenhamTown as potential promotion contenders, however their form has seen many change their tune with the club currently second in the table with only goal difference separating them and leaders Southend United.
Some of you may remember at the start of the season I published a League Two preview and I listed my predicted table which was mostly compiled by bookies odds as its hard to find out how the Football League teams are doing over the Summer, the table had Cheltenham in 23rd 2nd bottom a far cry from their current position.

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By Tony Alvarez

Last night Cheltenham Town beat Accrington Stanley 1-0 thanks to a first half strike from striker Jeff Goulding shortly after he had came on to the pitch as a substitute.

 The victory movedCheltenhaminto third place in League Two level on points with second placed side Southend.

Cheltenham have played a fixture more than most of the sides around them but pre season no one believed the club would be any where near the hunt for promotion and were more expected to disappear into mid table obscurity. It is also important to point out that even though most of the clubs around them have a game in hand they will only be overtaken on goal difference no side below them can greater their points tally by the end of this weekend.

Of late Cheltenham have been in impeccable form winning their last 4 league games and not tasting defeat since September 17th when they suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat at the hands of AFC Wimbledon.

This impressive run the Robins have also taken the scalp of League One side Wycombe Wanderers in a Johnston Paint Trophy fixture.

As mentioned above no one expected such a high level of performance or these type of results from the Robins, last season the club finished 17th in League Two and did not make significant changes in the Summer to suggest there would be a huge change to their fortunes.

The squad assembled by Mark Yates are a tight knit unit and all have fighting qualities but there are no big name players whose name leaps off the page at you, the key to success so far in my opinion has been the form of their strikers, although none of them are challenging for the golden boot the goals have been spread around.

James Spencer, Darryl Duffy and Jeff Goulding have all notched 5 goals in all competitions whilst Kaid Mohamed has bagged himself 3 as well as midfielder Josh Low chipping in with 3 himself.

Cheltenham will look to continue their vein of fine form in the next few weeks, the fixtures look inviting for the Gloucestershire club next week they host 15th placed Crewe Alexandra before hosting Plymouth who are struggling financially and sit 24th in the League table.

Following the home fixtures, Cheltenham travel to BradfordCitywho are hovering just above the relegation zone in 22nd place in another fixture the Robins would expect to be winning.

The question remains to be seen whether or notCheltenhamcan keep up their form for the whole campaign and actually challenge for promotion, in my view the club cannot keep it up for the entire season however they have put themselves in an unbelievable position to challenge.

With the next three fixtures the club had I fully expect them to be top of the table by mid November.

What are your thoughts? What Is so different about this Cheltenham squad which has allowed them to currently sit in the promotion positions? Can the club maintain their form? Are they strong enough to be in promotion contention come May.

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