Robins to rock; Hall of fame

  • By: Nick Hext
  • Last Updated: February 6 2013, 20:23 GMT

Our League Two expert Nick Hext is backing Cheltenham to win at Dagenham and Asa Hall to strike for Aldershot.

Mark Yates' Cheltenham can claim victory at Dagenham.
Mark Yates' Cheltenham can claim victory at Dagenham.

There was late frustration for Cheltenham on Tuesday night as Bristol Rovers secured a 1-1 draw with a cracking strike just seconds from the full-time whistle.

The Pirates were deserving of the draw so it wasn't too much of a hard-luck story for Mark Yates' men and they still have every reason to smile as the promotion battle hots up.

Cheltenham sit third - two points ahead of fourth-placed Burton and with a game in hand - so I have every expectation they will leave mid-table Dagenham with three points on Saturday.

The Robins are unbeaten in five games and can only improve for the remainder of the campaign with several impressive acquisitions made during January.

Michael Hector, Jason Taylor, Paul Benson and Byron Harrison have all added extra strength to the ranks and that should show in the Victoria Road contest.

Dagenham have won only one of their previous five games and it took a great display from goalkeeper Chris Lewington to secure a point in last weekend's 0-0 draw at struggling Plymouth.

Cheltenham are a much stronger side than the Daggers so get a piece of the away win.

I'll back a player returning to League Two for my second tip of the weekend.

Asa Hall left Oxford for Shrewsbury in the summer but he's found starts hard to come by at Greenhous Meadow.

The midfielder made 13 of his 18 appearances for the Shrews off the bench - bagging three goals - and that lack of opportunities has led to a loan switch to Aldershot.

He made his debut with a start in the 0-0 draw against Exeter and Shots fans can expect goals from their new man if his end to last season is anything to go by.

Hall scored six goals in his final 14 games of the previous campaign and those strikes came in a U's side badly faltering.

Oxford lost nine of those 14 contests so he's proved his ability to net for an underperforming team and Aldershot will hope he provides a missing ingredient for the remainder of the campaign.

The price on Hall to strike against Plymouth on Saturday is of interest and he's a man to take note of for the rest of the season.


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