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Cheltenham Town 0-1 Cambridge United

Medy Elito scored the only goal of a scrappy game as Cambridge United overcame Cheltenham Town, who were without manager Gary Johnson after he underwent heart surgery on Thursday.

Johnson, 61, absent on the touchline for the previous two games, was taken to hospital a week earlier and "may take some time" to return to work after the operation.

Despite the off-field drama, Cheltenham almost scored in the opening minute when Carl Winchester's cross was nodded back by Jack Barthram and Danny Wright nearly turned it in, but Scott Wharton made an important intervention.

Cambridge then took the lead with their first attack, with Luke Berry's perfect cross headed in by a diving Elito at the far post.

The former Cheltenham loan player was forced off in the 29th minute with an injury.

Winchester curled an effort just wide from 20 yards after a quickly-taken corner from Liam Davis.

Cambridge looked certain to make it 2-0 in the 39th minute when Piero Mingoia's cross found Paul Lewis, but Scott Brown made an outstanding one-handed save to keep it out.

Billy Waters headed a cross from Barthram wide from a good position as Cheltenham pressed for a leveller in the second half.

A mistake from Emmanuel Onariase gave Gerry McDonagh a chance to add a second in the 73rd minute, but Brown made another good block.

Wharton cleared a looping header from Wright off the line as Cambridge held on.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Cheltenham

  • 1Brown
  • 23Onariase
  • 15Boyle
  • 32Plavotic
  • 2BarthramSubstituted forDownesat 90+6'minutes
  • 27Winchester
  • 7Pell
  • 33Davis
  • 8WatersSubstituted forDaytonat 73'minutes
  • 9Wright
  • 30HolmanSubstituted forWoottonat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Downes
  • 11Munns
  • 17Cranston
  • 18Rowe
  • 19Wootton
  • 21Dayton
  • 22Lovett

Cambridge

  • 1Norris
  • 28Halliday
  • 12WhartonBooked at 18mins
  • 6Legge
  • 2Taylor
  • 7Mingoia
  • 22LewisSubstituted forCorrat 68'minutes
  • 8BerryBooked at 90mins
  • 19Carroll
  • 10WilliamsonSubstituted forDunkat 61'minutes
  • 21ElitoSubstituted forMcDonaghat 28'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Roberts
  • 9Corr
  • 11Dunk
  • 13Gregory
  • 15McDonagh
  • 18Maris
  • 24Newton
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
2,905

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamCambridge
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Cheltenham Town 0, Cambridge United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 0, Cambridge United 1.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Harrison Dunk.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Aaron Downes replaces Jack Barthram.

Carl Winchester (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Barry Corr (Cambridge United).

Attempt saved. Barry Corr (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Manny Onariase (Cheltenham Town).

Barry Corr (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Luke Berry (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card.

James Dayton (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Barry Corr (Cambridge United).

Liam Davis (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jake Carroll (Cambridge United).

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Scott Brown.

Attempt saved. Gerry McDonagh (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Carl Winchester (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Brad Halliday (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Scott Wharton.

Attempt saved. Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Gerry McDonagh (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. James Dayton replaces Billy Waters.

Attempt missed. Piero Mingoia (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town).

Leon Legge (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Manny Onariase (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Barry Corr (Cambridge United).

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Barry Corr replaces Paul Lewis.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Kyle Wootton replaces Dan Holman because of an injury.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Scott Wharton.

Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Berry (Cambridge United).

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Harrison Dunk replaces Ben Williamson.

Attempt saved. Jack Barthram (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Luke Berry.

Attempt saved. Carl Winchester (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Dan Holman (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Liam Davis (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster38239675443178
2Plymouth382261058401872
3Portsmouth381981159342565
4Stevenage381941564521261
5Luton371514854342059
6Carlisle38151495656059
7Exeter381771460441658
8Blackpool381415959392057
9Mansfield381413114542355
10Wycombe381510134746155
11Colchester38159145350354
12Cambridge37158144842653
13Grimsby38149154547-251
14Barnet371115114751-448
15Morecambe37137174456-1246
16Accrington361112134547-245
17Yeovil381015133948-945
18Crewe381112154354-1145
19Crawley38129174460-1645
20Hartlepool381011174863-1541
21Notts County37117194165-2440
22Cheltenham38912173852-1439
23Newport37711194161-2032
24Leyton Orient3895244167-2632
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