Cheltenham Town thriving on leaders tag, says Billy Waters

Billy Waters
Waters has nine goals this season including four in his last two matches

Cheltenham forward Billy Waters says they are thriving on their current status as National League leaders ahead of Saturday's top-of-the-table clash.

The Robins take on Forest Green Rovers in a Gloucestershire derby.

And Waters says they can cope with being the team everyone in the league is aiming to catch.

"The gaffer has already said we are going to be a scalp for other teams, we are the team to beat," the 21-year-old told BBC Gloucestershire.

"That does not put pressure on us, we just have to thrive off it.

"If other teams see us as the best team in the league then we have to believe we are the best team in the league and have the confidence to go out and beat any team, which I know we can."

And Waters insists that despite the importance of the fixture against their closest rivals, they will be going all out for victory.

"We want to win, we are not looking to draw," he said.

"We would not take a draw, we want to start pulling away now at the top of the league and to do that we have to beat the big teams like Forest Green. They will come flying out of the traps, but we will be ready for them."

However, Forest Green Rovers striker Jon Parkin has played down the significance of Saturday's game to the promotion prospects of the two clubs.

"Both teams' season will not be defined on Saturday night, it will be defined on the 46 games we actually play," he said.

"It will be a big three points for us and take us above them and we don't want them pulling them away. They are a decent team, but we go to them with a lot of confidence and hopefully get the three points we want."