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Cheltenham Town 3-0 Accrington Stanley

Captain Danny Wright broke the deadlock in a tight and nervy contest to inspire Cheltenham to a 3-0 victory over relegation rivals Accrington.

Chances were at a premium until Wright guided a looping header back across goal and over debutant keeper Marek Rodak from Danny O'Shaughnessy's chipped ball 10 minutes into the second half.

From there, it all fell apart for Stanley. Unmarked defender Mark Hughes hit the Cheltenham crossbar from six yards with the goal gaping before midfielder Scott Brown was harshly sent off for halting the run of Billy Waters on the halfway line.

Substitute Shay McCartan skied a close-range effort for the 10 men and within seven minutes, a blunder at the back made the game safe for the Robins.

James Rowe's raking pass found Waters on the right and his cross was passed back into the arms of Rodak by Accrington defender Omar Beckles to concede a close-range free-kick. Despite Stanley packing the goalmouth, Carl Winchester touched the ball to Diego De Girolamo to drill home from six yards.

Waters then nudged Rowe's floated ball past the advancing Rodak to seal the points with 12 minutes to play.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Cheltenham

  • 1Brown
  • 23Onariase
  • 15Boyle
  • 24O'Shaughnessy
  • 26Pike
  • 27WinchesterBooked at 52minsSubstituted forStorerat 81'minutes
  • 18RoweSubstituted forMunnsat 81'minutes
  • 17Cranston
  • 8Waters
  • 9Wright
  • 36De GirolamoSubstituted forDaytonat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Barthram
  • 4Storer
  • 5Downes
  • 11Munns
  • 12Kitscha
  • 21Dayton
  • 30Holman

Accrington

  • 12Rodak
  • 2Pearson
  • 5Beckles
  • 3Hughes
  • 30DonacienBooked at 90mins
  • 7ClarkSubstituted forGornellat 77'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 8BrownBooked at 62mins
  • 28Conneely
  • 11McConville
  • 24EdwardsSubstituted forMcCartanat 61'minutes
  • 29Kee

Substitutes

  • 4Davies
  • 9Gornell
  • 10McCartan
  • 14Boco
  • 20Chapman
  • 26Sykes
  • 32Rodgers
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
2,854

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamAccrington
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Cheltenham Town 3, Accrington Stanley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 3, Accrington Stanley 0.

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

Booking

Terry Gornell (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Janoi Donacien (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alex Pike (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Janoi Donacien (Accrington Stanley).

Attempt missed. Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Matty Pearson (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Daniel O'Shaughnessy (Cheltenham Town).

Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town).

Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Matty Pearson (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Janoi Donacien (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Dayton (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. James Dayton replaces Diego De Girolamo.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jack Munns replaces James Rowe.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Kyle Storer replaces Carl Winchester.

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 3, Accrington Stanley 0. Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Rowe with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Terry Gornell replaces Jordan Clark.

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 2, Accrington Stanley 0. Diego De Girolamo (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Carl Winchester following a set piece situation.

Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Diego De Girolamo (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt missed. Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Dismissal

Scott Brown (Accrington Stanley) is shown the red card.

Foul by Scott Brown (Accrington Stanley).

Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Shay McCartan replaces Jonathan Edwards.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by William Boyle.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by William Boyle.

Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box following a set piece situation.

Jonathan Edwards (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carl Winchester (Cheltenham Town).

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 1, Accrington Stanley 0. Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Daniel O'Shaughnessy.

Attempt missed. Omar Beckles (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by William Boyle (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt blocked. Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster26174552331955
2Plymouth25163641271451
3Carlisle261211347361147
4Portsmouth26136740261445
5Wycombe2512673327642
6Luton25118636231341
7Colchester26117841311040
8Cambridge2511683526939
9Barnet2610973737039
10Exeter25113113627936
11Grimsby26106103331236
12Blackpool2598836251135
13Crawley25105103138-735
14Mansfield2681082629-334
15Stevenage26103134044-433
16Yeovil2587102629-331
17Morecambe2594123243-1131
18Crewe26610102536-1128
19Hartlepool2669113344-1127
20Leyton Orient2674152839-1125
21Accrington2567122334-1125
22Cheltenham2559112737-1024
23Notts County2665152848-2023
24Newport2546152945-1618
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