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Feature interview: Gavin Reilly on life at Cheltenham and the upcoming derby this weekend

Gavin Reilly admits that Cheltenham have “nothing to fear” after a brilliant start to the campaign which sees them 3rd in League Two.

Michael Duff’s side have been beaten just twice this season and are unbeaten in nine games in all competitions.

The Scotsman joined the Robins on a six-month loan deal from League One Bristol Rovers in August and the forward has enjoyed a successful spell at the Robins so far..

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“I think we’re a third of the way through the season now in terms of league games and in terms of the teams we’ve played, I don’t think there’s really anybody who has stood out that’s been better than us so there’s nothing to really fear but we’ve got to keep ourselves grounded” Reilly told Park Life Sport.

“Like I say we’re only a third of the way through the season, we’re second but I’d like to think that we can hopefully be up there at the end of the season.

The Robins have been well backed this season and this is something which the loanee has noticed since his arrival at the club.

“The fans have been brilliant, the numbers have started to grow, and even away from home as well, especially at Walsall on Saturday, we’re starting to get that feel good factor around the club and I sense that something is growing around here.

The Robins had their game at Grimsby Town cancelled on Saturday due to the weather, attention now turns to Saturday’s Gloucestershire derby against fourth-place Forest Green Rovers at the Jonny-Rocks stadium.

And the forward admitted that he’s looking forward to facing the Green Devils and has experienced a hostile derby during his time in Scotland.

I’ve heard about it (the derby) from being down in England, it’s a big game for everyone in this area, but no we’re at home, I think, we’ve not been beaten at home in over a year now so we’ve got nothing to fear but at the end of the day, Forest Green are a good team so we can’t take them lightly.

When I was at Hearts I played in the Edinburgh derby when I was there, obviously the Old Firm is the big one in Scotland but you can’t take that away from Hibs and Hearts it is quite a big game up in Scotland and it’s on par to a lot of the big rivalries down here.

Cheltenham boast the second best home record in the division, having collected 17 points from their first 7 home games ahead of the visit from Mark Cooper’s Forest Green.

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