Cheltenham 1-2 Gillingham

Cody McDonald scored two late goals to keep Gillingham's promotion pursuit alive as they won at Cheltenham.

The hosts took an early lead when Steve Elliott thumped home Danny Andrew's cross from close range after the Gills failed to clear a corner.

McDonald equalised on the rebound after his looped header had hit the crossbar.

In the 90th minute Adebayo Akinfenwa got behind the Robins' defence and put in a pin-point cross for McDonald to head the winner.

MANAGERS QUOTES

Cheltenham Town boss Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"We didn't deserve that, but that's just the way it's going for us at the minute.

"We tried to play, particularly in the first-half. It is a real kick in the teeth, but sometimes that happens and you've got to deal with it.

"I'm proud of my boys, we haven't been as competitive as I would have liked at games but we stuck at it.

"The defenders pride themselves on trying to keep goals out and I feel for them, but there's no point feeling sorry for ourselves. It was better and we've got to continue to be better for the next seven games."

Gillingham striker Cody McDonald told BBC Radio Kent:

"We left that a bit late for our own good but we'll take that. Thankfully I scored a couple of goals but the the character of the boys is just unbelievable - at the moment they just don't know when they're beaten.

"If we just keep on putting performances in like we did for the last hour, if we can come back and win like that then we'll be all right.

"We know that we should be starting better but once again the boys have shown what it's all about at this club. That result out there will give us great confidence, not that we need it at the minute. It will give us a massive boost going into next Saturday."

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Sunday, 27 March 2011

Npower League Two

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Cheltenham 1-2 Gillingham FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Elliott 3
  • McDonald 86
  • McDonald 90

Cheltenham

  • 01 Brown yellow card
  • 02 Lowe (Bird 21)
  • 03 Andrew
  • 06 Riley
  • 22 Elliott
  • 08 Low
  • 20 Artus (Green 90+1)
  • 24 Pack
  • 09 Thomas
  • 10 Goulding
  • 17 Lewis (Smikle 63)

Substitutes

  • 12 Lloyd-Weston,
  • 05 Gallinagh,
  • 26 Eastham,
  • 04 Bird,
  • 07 Pook,
  • 11 Smikle,
  • 23 Green

Gillingham

  • 01 Julian
  • 06 Richards
  • 15 Lawrence yellow card
  • 02 Fuller
  • 04 Weston
  • 07 Maher (Spiller 63)
  • 28 Payne (Oli 53)
  • 32 Martin
  • 10 McDonald
  • 11 Barcham (Rooney 76)
  • 27 Akinfenwa

Substitutes

  • 26 Cronin,
  • 03 Nutter,
  • 16 Gowling,
  • 14 Rooney,
  • 17 Spiller,
  • 21 Oli,
  • 23 Payne
Ref: MillerAtt: 3,157
CHELTENHAM
GILLINGHAM

Possession

  • Cheltenham 49%
  • Gillingham 51%

Attempts on target

  • Cheltenham 5
  • Gillingham 8

Attempts off target

  • Cheltenham 3
  • Gillingham 5

Corners

  • Cheltenham 3
  • Gillingham 6

Fouls

  • Cheltenham 8
  • Gillingham 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:12 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+2:06 Effort from long distance by Marlon Pack hits the post.
  • 90:00+2:00 The ball is sent over by Matthew Green, Matthew Lawrence makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+0:52 Substitution Matthew Green comes on in place of Frankie Artus.
  • 89:14 Assist on the goal came from Adebayo Akinfenwa.
  • 89:14 GOAL - Cody McDonaldCheltenham 1 - 2 Gillingham Cody McDonald scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Cheltenham 1-2 Gillingham.
  • 85:06 GOAL - Cody McDonaldCheltenham 1 - 1 Gillingham Cody McDonald grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Cheltenham 1-1 Gillingham.
  • 84:40 Cody McDonald takes a shot.
  • 83:43 Curtis Weston is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Scott P Brown restarts play with the free kick.
  • 82:53 Joe Martin takes a shot. Scott P Brown makes a save.
  • 82:17 Wesley Thomas is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Alan Julian.
  • 81:48 Booking Scott P Brown is booked.
  • 81:00 Unfair challenge on Danny Spiller by Danny Andrew results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Spiller from right wing.
  • 80:50 Brian Smikle takes a shot. Save made by Alan Julian.
  • 79:36 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Danny Spiller.
  • 79:20 Luke Rooney takes a shot. Save made by Scott P Brown.
  • 78:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Joshua Low on Barry Fuller. Alan Julian takes the direct free kick.
  • 77:42 Unfair challenge on Scott P Brown by Dennis Oli results in a free kick. Scott P Brown takes the free kick.
  • 75:59 The assistant referee flags for offside against Wesley Thomas. Free kick taken by Alan Julian.
  • 75:59 Substitution Luke Rooney joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andy Barcham.
  • 73:46 Danny Andrew takes the outswinging corner, Danny Spiller manages to make a clearance.
  • 73:17 Frankie Artus takes a shot. Alan Julian makes a save.
  • 72:28 Outswinging corner taken by Danny Spiller from the right by-line, Cody McDonald takes a shot. Save made by Scott P Brown.
  • 72:15 Andy Barcham takes a shot. Blocked by Steve Elliott.
  • 72:01 The ball is delivered by Joe Martin, Martin Riley manages to make a clearance.
  • 70:57 A cross is delivered by Barry Fuller, save by Scott P Brown.
  • 69:18 Outswinging corner taken by Danny Andrew, Matthew Lawrence makes a clearance.
  • 69:09 Wesley Thomas takes a shot. Save by Alan Julian.
  • 67:22 Joe Martin produces a cross, save made by Scott P Brown.
  • 64:19 Joe Martin crosses the ball, Martin Riley manages to make a clearance.
  • 63:54 Garry Richards fouled by Jeff Goulding, the ref awards a free kick. Alan Julian takes the free kick.
  • 63:47 The ball is swung over by Frankie Artus, clearance by Matthew Lawrence.
  • 62:49 Substitution Danny Spiller replaces Kevin Maher.
  • 62:23 Substitution Brian Smikle on for Theo Lewis.
  • 61:00 Joshua Low fouled by Joe Martin, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Andrew.
  • 58:22 Adebayo Akinfenwa concedes a free kick for a foul on Marlon Pack. David Bird restarts play with the free kick.
  • 57:19 Joshua Low gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adebayo Akinfenwa. Kevin Maher delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
  • 55:20 The ball is delivered by Curtis Weston, clearance by Steve Elliott.
  • 55:03 Curtis Weston sends in a cross, clearance made by Steve Elliott.
  • 53:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joshua Low by Andy Barcham. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Danny Andrew from right channel.
  • 52:41 Substitution Dennis Oli joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jack Payne.
  • 52:27 The ball is crossed by Andy Barcham, Close range header by Adebayo Akinfenwa misses to the right of the target.
  • 51:37 The offside flag is raised against Wesley Thomas. Alan Julian takes the free kick.
  • 50:36 Theo Lewis is ruled offside. Alan Julian takes the free kick.
  • 48:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Martin by Joshua Low. Alan Julian restarts play with the free kick.
  • 47:44 Inswinging corner taken by Kevin Maher from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Theo Lewis.
  • 46:37 Foul by Matthew Lawrence on Theo Lewis, free kick awarded. Strike on goal comes in from Danny Andrew from the free kick.
  • 46:37 Booking Matthew Lawrence is given a yellow card.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+4:06 The ref blows to end the first period.
  • 45:00+3:18 Kevin Maher takes the outswinging corner, Cody McDonald takes a shot. Scott P Brown makes a save.
  • 45:00+2:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Maher by Wesley Thomas. Alan Julian takes the direct free kick.
  • 42:38 The offside flag is raised against Wesley Thomas. Alan Julian takes the indirect free kick.
  • 40:43 Andy Barcham has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
  • 40:01 Corner taken left-footed by Kevin Maher from the right by-line, Marlon Pack manages to make a clearance.
  • 39:09 Jeff Goulding has an effort at goal from outside the area hitting the post.
  • 38:18 Unfair challenge on Martin Riley by Cody McDonald results in a free kick. Scott P Brown takes the direct free kick.
  • 37:06 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kevin Maher from the left by-line.
  • 36:53 Cody McDonald takes a shot. Scott P Brown makes a save.
  • 34:04 Marlon Pack fouled by Curtis Weston, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Steve Elliott.
  • 30:10 Centre by Barry Fuller, clearance made by Martin Riley.
  • 27:13 Adebayo Akinfenwa is penalised for a handball. Scott P Brown takes the direct free kick.
  • 25:41 Marlon Pack challenges Curtis Weston unfairly and gives away a free kick. A cross is delivered by Kevin Maher, Cody McDonald produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 25:03 Kevin Maher produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the target.
  • 23:43 Kevin Maher challenges Wesley Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott P Brown takes the direct free kick.
  • 20:52 Substitution David Bird joins the action as a substitute, replacing Keith Lowe.
  • 17:08 Wesley Thomas is caught offside. Alan Julian takes the indirect free kick.
  • 16:57 The ball is crossed by Joe Martin, save by Scott P Brown.
  • 16:09 The referee blows for offside. Alan Julian takes the free kick.
  • 15:02 Danny Andrew takes a shot.
  • 12:28 Foul by Matthew Lawrence on Jeff Goulding, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Marlon Pack, save made by Alan Julian.
  • 7:09 Jeff Goulding sends in a cross, clearance by Barry Fuller.
  • 4:52 The ball is delivered by Joshua Low, free kick awarded for a foul by Wesley Thomas on Alan Julian. Alan Julian restarts play with the free kick.
  • 4:25 Cody McDonald is ruled offside. Scott P Brown takes the indirect free kick.
  • 2:54 Danny Andrew provided the assist for the goal.
  • 2:54 GOAL - Steve ElliottCheltenham 1 - 0 Gillingham Steve Elliott gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Cheltenham 1-0 Gillingham.
  • 2:21 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Danny Andrew, Joe Martin makes a clearance.
  • 0:33 Matthew Lawrence concedes a free kick for a foul on Wesley Thomas. Direct free kick taken by Marlon Pack.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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