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Cheltenham Town: Byron Harrison is desperate to form a double act

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: April 01, 2013

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BYRON Harrison is hoping to join Paul Benson in Cheltenham Town's attack for this afternoon's home match against Northampton Town (3pm).

The January signing from AFC Wimbledon produced what boss Mark Yates described as his best performance for the Robins yet as a substitute during the second half of Friday's 3-2 defeat at Port Vale.

Harrison has not started a game since the 2-2 draw at Accrington Stanley on February 23, but he is expected to be given the nod to face promotion rivals Northampton.

"I thoroughly enjoy playing up front with Benno (Benson) because it's easy and that's no exaggeration," Harrison said.

"I was popping up and getting on the end of his flicks at Port Vale and something is going on there, I think it's the early signs of a decent partnership.

"Anyone who has played up with him will tell you the same and he's kept his place in the side as he has that experience.

"If I start this afternoon it won't be at the expense of him, it will be alongside him."

Harrison went on in place of Jason Taylor at half-time at Vale Park as Cheltenham switched from 4-5-1 to 4-4-2 and within two minutes he had played a big part in Kaid Mohamed's equaliser.

He caused Vale's defence all sorts of problems, having a shot parried by goalkeeper Chris Neal, which gave Mohamed the simplest of finishes and Benson quickly put Cheltenham 2-1 up.

Harrison also saw an effort cleared off the line after rounding Neal, but Tom Pope's second-half double completed his hat-trick and sealed maximum points for Micky Adams' side.

"It was massively disappointing to lose such a big match and we are running out of games now," Harrison said.

"We needed something and we came close, but not enough in the end.

"The whole dressing room was down because we wanted to go up automatically and that's out of our hands now.

"But if we end up in the play-offs, we still have to finish the season as strongly as possible."

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