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Cheltenham Town defender Will Boyle reflects on their start to the season

Cheltenham Town only just missed out on a place in the play-off finals last season after suffering a 2-3 aggregate defeat to Northampton Town back in June.

Now, the Robins are back and they’ve started the new campaign brightly with two wins out of three.

The longest-serving member of the squad and defender, Will Boyle, is pleased with how his team have performed so far.

“We had a disappointing second half against Morecambe at the start of the season but since then we’ve bounced back and turned things around,” Boyle said, speaking exclusively to Park Life Sport. “We’ve turned things around quite nicely with back-to-back clean sheets and back-to-back away wins.

“Everything is quite positive at the minute. I think, to be honest, we probably haven’t even been at our best yet.

“We’ve probably got another couple of gears at least, which is quite a positive sign. Especially since we’ve won two out of three games.”

Their most recent victory came at the weekend away to Leyton Orient, Boyle set up the second of their two goals with a cross in from the left that was cooly finished by Finn Azaz, who is on loan from Premier League side West Bromwich Albion.

On his assist, Boyle said: It’s something we’ve been working on for a while now, since we took up the new formation a couple of years ago.

“We’ve been working on the wide centre half joining in, so it’s nice to get an assist and get actual numbers from it rather than just creating chances.”

The fixtures are coming thick and fast for Cheltenham Town, with Michael Duff’s side next in action against Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night in the EFL trophy.

With almost two games a week, the potential of injuries and fatigue could come into play – but this isn’t a concern for the 25-year-old.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if there was a higher injury rate this year, but that’s part and parcel of the game. I don’t think there is any concern from a player’s point of view.

“We had a good, full preseason so we’ve had as much preparation as we normally would.”

The Robins will be eager to continue their form tomorrow night when they face the League One outfit, who are coming into the game on the back of a defeat away to Hull City.

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