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Cheltenham Town 0-1 Stevenage

Ben Kennedy
Eighteen-year-old Ben Kennedy signed a professional contract with Stevenage in February.

Substitute Ben Kennedy kept Stevenage in the hunt for a play-off place as they saw off bottom side Cheltenham.

Stevenage wasted a clear chance early on when Charlie Lee tapped gently into the arms of Trevor Carson.

Craig Braham-Barrett hit the post for Cheltenham in the opening minute of the second half before Will Packwood went close with a header.

Kennedy was then tripped by Jack Deaman in the 78th minute and he stepped up to send goalkeeper Carson the wrong way.

Graham Westley's side earned their first win in six and sit sixth in the League Two table, just one point inside the play-off places, while Cheltenham are three points from safety.

Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"We had 20 shots compared to their 7, but we needed a bit of quality in our shooting and that's down to mental toughness.

"We've got to be more professional than we were today. We flashed at the ball and didn't hit the target from good positions.

"I felt that some could have done more, some have not quite got that fitness, and for the next few games it's going to be about picking the right team.

"Hopefully we're not leaving it too late. Every game that goes by is getting even tighter"

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It's never easy on a very difficult pitch. You've got to be resilient, you've got to be hardworking and you've got to be brave.

"If you don't put fresh legs in you tend to suffer. In fairness as the game wore on I thought we did run on and that led to the goals and the chances later on.

"I knew that others were likely to drop points today and I knew it was a great opportunity to build our position.

"Our destiny is in our hands and it's up to us to go on winning games."

Line-ups

Cheltenham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Carson
  • 2VaughanBooked at 82mins
  • 26PackwoodSubstituted forDeamanat 53'minutes
  • 5Brown
  • 3Braham-Barrett
  • 20Wynter
  • 16Hanks
  • 8Richards
  • 28McDonaldSubstituted forHaynesat 65'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 39MansetSubstituted forHarradat 74'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 10Burns

Substitutes

  • 9Haynes
  • 12Gould
  • 15Deaman
  • 17Kotwica
  • 24Sparrow
  • 25Berry
  • 29Harrad

Stevenage

Formation 4-4-2

  • 16DayBooked at 18mins
  • 7Whelpdale
  • 3Dembele
  • 19Wells
  • 23OkimoBooked at 26mins
  • 50MartinSubstituted forDeaconat 76'minutes
  • 8WaltonSubstituted forAndradeat 65'minutes
  • 6Bond
  • 18Parrett
  • 20BeardsleySubstituted forKennedyat 57'minutes
  • 22Lee

Substitutes

  • 1Beasant
  • 11Pett
  • 12McAllister
  • 32Conlon
  • 33Kennedy
  • 34Deacon
  • 36Andrade
Referee:
Richard Clark
Attendance:
2,858

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home10
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away11
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cheltenham Town 0, Stevenage 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 0, Stevenage 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Haynes (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Dean Parrett (Stevenage).

  5. Post update

    Lee Vaughan (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Dean Parrett (Stevenage).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Jerome Okimo (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Wynter (Cheltenham Town).

  11. Post update

    Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Wynter (Cheltenham Town).

  13. Post update

    Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town).

  15. Booking

    Lee Vaughan (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

    Dean Parrett (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Lee Vaughan (Cheltenham Town).

  18. Booking

    Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Cheltenham Town 0, Stevenage 1. Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  20. Booking

    Shaun Harrad (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton41249859342581
2Shrewsbury41248961283380
3Wycombe412014760402074
4Bury402171253391470
5Southend401912947351269
6Stevenage411711135649762
7Newport411711134746162
8Plymouth4117101447311661
9Luton411710144942761
10Exeter411613125755261
11Northampton41176186053757
12Morecambe411412154446-254
13Wimbledon411412155256-454
14Portsmouth411314144847153
15Dag & Red41157195054-452
16Oxford Utd411214154348-550
17Accrington41148195167-1650
18Cambridge411211185355-247
19York41918144246-445
20Mansfield41129203353-2045
21Carlisle41126234969-2042
22Hartlepool41117233361-2840
23Tranmere41912204358-1539
24Cheltenham41813203560-2537
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