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Cheltenham Town: Loan duo D'Ath and Taylor to revitalise Robins

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 23, 2012

  • Lawson D'Ath

  • Jake Taylor

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READING duo Jake Taylor and Lawson D'Ath have both signed for Cheltenham Town on loan until the New Year.

Attacking midfielder or forward Taylor, 20, spent time on loan with Exeter City and Aldershot Town last season.

A Wales Under-21 international, he has joined D'Ath in making the move to League Two Cheltenham.

Fellow midfielder D'Ath scored a fantastic goal on his Robins debut against Exeter City, but his initial month's loan was cut short by a knee injury sustained in the FA Cup first round against Yate Town.

Taylor, who has made two substitute appearances for Reading's first team, will go straight into Mark Yates' squad to face Barnet at home tomorrow, but D'Ath is not expected to be fit until the televised FA Cup second round tie against Hereford United on December 3.

Both players will remain at Cheltenham until at least Wednesday, January 2.

Yates was thought to be keen on a central defender, but the move did not materialise and Harry Hooman will be ready to resume training next week after a groin injury.

The Robins boss is also thought to be taking steps to trim his squad with at least two fringe players expected to have their contracts paid up in January.

Cheltenham lie third going into tomorrow's match against bottom club Barnet, but Yates admitted they would be near the foot of the table if they continue to perform as they have done in heavy away defeats by Rotherham United and Chesterfield in the past week.

"We are third and we deserve to be third, but we are not stupid enough to think we've done anything yet this season," he said.

"If we carry on this form we'll be third from bottom sooner rather than later, but I am confident that won't happen because you don't become a bad team overnight.

"We are getting punished at the moment, but we have to stick together, work on bits and pieces, be brave, organised and believe in what we are doing.

"We have to work harder at what we do 95 per cent of the time and we'll be more than okay."

Barnet's team will include former Holland star Edgar Davids, who is now player/coach at the perennial strugglers.

But Yates says he is not interested in who is in Barnet's team as long as his side show an improvement.

"Barnet have picked up and they are always a tough side for us to play and we have not done well against them recently," he said.

"It's great that we have a player of Davids' quality at the Abbey Business Stadium and hopefully it will attract more of our fans to the game.

"But it's all about us preparing properly and he is nothing to do with my team."

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