Crewe Alexandra Vs Cheltenham Town, Sat 2 Apr 2011

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Rhys Taylor will regain the number one jersey when Crewe host Cheltenham.

Experienced goalkeeper Steve Phillips got a rare start at Hereford on Sunday, with Taylor away on international duty with Wales` Under-21 side.

But the on-loan Chelsea youngster is set to come back into the team against the Robins.

"There's no reason for me to leave Rhys out. He's had a decent season and he`s our number one," said manager Dario Gradi.

"Steve didn't have a real chance to show what he can do at Hereford as he didn't have any saves to make but his turn will come and I expect him to kick off next season as our number one."

Midfielder Ashley Westwood is expected to be fit despite suffering a rib injury at Hereford. Ajay Leitch-Smith will miss out again and the striker is now targeting the trip to Barnet on April 9 for his return from a hamstring injury.

Cheltenham will be without Keith Lowe for the trip to Crewe after the right-back was ruled out for a few weeks.

Lowe was forced off in the 21st minute of last weekend`s 2-1 home defeat to Gillingham nursing a heavy ankle knock which has subsequently sidelined him for the short term.

Versatile midfielder David Bird came on in his place to slot into a familiar position at the back and he is again likely to occupy the full-back slot at Gresty Road, unless manager Mark Yates opts to turn to centre-back Andy Gallinagh.

Otherwise, Yates has a fully-fit squad to select from as the Robins look to overturn a sorry sequence of just two wins in 14 to finish the season on a high.

Town were level on points with the play-off places before their dip in form but now stand 13 points adrift, still needing another win to be all but mathematically safe from relegation.

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