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Stevenage 5-1 Cheltenham Town

Stevenage moved into the top half of League Two after hammering Cheltenham.

Chris Beardsley tapped in for 1-0 before Charlie Lee bent a wonderful shot into the top corner.

Beardsley knocked in his second from Lee's header before Lee Barnard turned in Charlie Adams' ball across goal.

Byron Harrison claimed a consolation for Cheltenham but Boro scored a fifth when Adam Marriott charged down Trevor Carson's clearance and set up Barnard with a tap in for 5-1.

Stevenage Manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Stevenage boss Graham Westley on Cheltenham win

"It was a much more encouraging performance but then again we had a lot of big players back out there. We had a lot of our experienced lads that have missed a lot of football this season back out there, closer to full fitness.

"Over the years you know that when you come to Stevenage, Stevenage are going to play on the front foot. The crowd's going to get up behind them and it's going to be a very difficult opening.

"Barnard links play and Beardsley goes up against people, runs channels. It's what you always want from your strikers.'

"I don't think anybody in that dressing room will be getting carried away. If we're going to get that habit back then you're going to have to do a lot of hard work and we all understand that."

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Mark Yates

Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"The nasty thing about it is, they've not had to do anything to score their goals.

"We'll have to have a look at (the defending). You see it out there and you think 'did I just see that correctly?'

"At 2-0 down, you never think you're gone, but all your plans and the way we set up and what we wanted to do was completely out of the window.

"Sometimes it's not about formations, because we still got bullied when we went to a flat back four in the second half...and we all have to be better next week."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 25Henry
  • 19Wells
  • 9Charles
  • 23Okimo
  • 37Barnard
  • 12McAllister
  • 8WaltonSubstituted forConlonat 77'minutes
  • 22Lee
  • 34DeaconBooked at 19minsSubstituted forAdamsat 59'minutes
  • 20BeardsleySubstituted forMarriottat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Beasant
  • 3Dembele
  • 5Ashton
  • 11Pett
  • 14Marriott
  • 32Conlon
  • 49Adams

Cheltenham

  • 1Carson
  • 2Vaughan
  • 5Brown
  • 6ElliottSubstituted forKotwicaat 39'minutes
  • 18Black
  • 23Bowen
  • 8Richards
  • 25Taylor
  • 10GornellSubstituted forHanksat 82'minutes
  • 9Harrison
  • 28De VitaSubstituted forMarquisat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Haworth
  • 12Gould
  • 15Deaman
  • 16Hanks
  • 17Kotwica
  • 19Sterling-James
  • 26Marquis
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
2,668

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home19
Away9
Shots on Target
Home12
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 5, Cheltenham Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 5, Cheltenham Town 1.

Foul by Adam Marriott (Stevenage).

Paul Black (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Charlie Adams (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt missed. Lee Vaughan (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Darius Charles (Stevenage).

Joe Hanks (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Marriott (Stevenage).

Paul Black (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Joe Hanks replaces Terry Gornell.

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 5, Cheltenham Town 1. Lee Barnard (Stevenage) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Marriott.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Lee (Stevenage) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

Charlie Adams (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Vaughan (Cheltenham Town).

Foul by Darius Charles (Stevenage).

Zack Kotwica (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Charlie Adams (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Tom Conlon replaces Simon Walton.

Lee Barnard (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Bowen (Cheltenham Town).

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 4, Cheltenham Town 1. Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 4, Cheltenham Town 0. Lee Barnard (Stevenage) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Charlie Adams.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by David McAllister.

Attempt saved. Jason Taylor (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Jerome Okimo.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Adam Marriott replaces Chris Beardsley.

Foul by Lee Barnard (Stevenage).

Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by James Bowen.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Adams (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Chris Beardsley (Stevenage).

Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Lee Barnard (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Vaughan (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt saved. Charlie Adams (Stevenage) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. John Marquis replaces Raffaele De Vita.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Charlie Adams replaces Roarie Deacon because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Jason Taylor (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton1710432011934
2Shrewsbury17103427121533
3Wycombe1695223121132
4Plymouth179352191230
5Bury179352618830
6Burton169252120129
7Southend178451714328
8Morecambe178271917226
9Cambridge177372821724
10Newport166642016424
11Stevenage177372625124
12Exeter166551919023
13Portsmouth176561819-123
14Wimbledon176562325-223
15Accrington177282428-423
16Cheltenham176471623-722
17Northampton176382625121
18Oxford Utd175481923-419
19Mansfield175481421-719
20Carlisle175392130-918
21York172961421-715
22Dag & Red1743101928-915
23Tranmere172691523-812
24Hartlepool1733111228-1612
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