Cheltenham Town defender Will Boyle
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Cheltenham Town’s former Huddersfield Town defender Will Boyle on team spirit created by manager Michael Duff

Sharing a house with keeper Scott Flinders is one of many things Will Boyle believes creates a squad morale propelling Cheltenham Town up League Two.

Cheltenham finished 16th last season, but now sit fourth ahead of Saturday’s home game against Cambridge United.

Boyle scored in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Mansfield after two months out with a calf injury.

“There is a real of core of players that are close off the pitch,” he said.

“I’d have to say our goalkeeper Scott Flinders is my best mate because I live with him. If I said someone else it would be a bit weird.”

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He was an automatic choice last season, but due to the team’s early success this season, Boyle has had to wait for his chance since coming back.

Now back in the team, Cheltenham Town have kept two clean sheets in three games.

“I had a good team around me. The physio really helped me to maintain a positive mindset,” he said.

“I will draw upon those experiences as we get to the last few months of the season.

“The manager [Michael Duff] keeps telling us, if the team wins, you win.”

Boyle who has played briefly in the Championship with Huddersfield would relish a chance to test himself at a high level again.

“From what I’ve heard there isn’t too much of a difference quality-wise between League One and Two,” he said.

“Hopefully I can get there with Cheltenham and we can give it a go.”

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