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Stevenage 4-1 Cheltenham Town

Tom Pett struck twice as Stevenage thumped Cheltenham to claim just their second win in 12 league games.

After a poor end to last year saw Boro plummet down the League Two table, this was the ideal start to 2018 as they came back emphatically despite falling behind very early on.

Cheltenham led inside 90 seconds when Brian Graham found Mohamed Eisa in space and the Robins' top scorer was allowed to wander towards the area before scoring at the near post.

But Stevenage equalised halfway through the first half as Scott Flinders kept out Ronnie Henry's deflected cross, only for Matt Godden to turn in the rebound.

Boro then went ahead when Pett beat a hesitant Flinders to a loose ball before rolling the ball into an empty net via the inside of the post.

The hosts had a two-goal cushion when Danny Newton slotted home after not being closed down and Pett added his second of the afternoon with two minutes left.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 1Fryer
  • 25HenryBooked at 20mins
  • 5Franks
  • 4King
  • 3Martin
  • 11Pett
  • 2Smith
  • 30McKeeSubstituted forGormanat 86'minutes
  • 10Kennedy
  • 19NewtonSubstituted forSamuelat 75'minutes
  • 24GoddenSubstituted forGrayat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Wilkinson
  • 7Whelpdale
  • 15Samuel
  • 16Day
  • 17Gorman
  • 31Gray
  • 33Wilmot

Cheltenham

  • 24Flinders
  • 28Moore
  • 2Grimes
  • 15BoyleSubstituted forBowerat 80'minutes
  • 11Winchester
  • 8Dawson
  • 6Atangana
  • 4StorerSubstituted forLloydat 79'minutes
  • 25Morrell
  • 20Eisa
  • 21GrahamSubstituted forWrightat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Wright
  • 18Bower
  • 22Lovett
  • 27Hinds
  • 50Lloyd
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
1,989

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 4, Cheltenham Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 4, Cheltenham Town 1.

Fraser Franks (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Jamie Gray replaces Matt Godden.

Alex Samuel (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin Dawson (Cheltenham Town).

Joe Fryer (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town).

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 4, Cheltenham Town 1. Tom Pett (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Samuel.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Dale Gorman replaces Mark McKee.

Foul by George Lloyd (Cheltenham Town).

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

Kevin Dawson (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ben Kennedy (Stevenage).

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Carl Winchester.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Taylor Moore.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Matt Bower replaces William Boyle.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. George Lloyd replaces Kyle Storer.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Jamie Grimes.

Ronnie Henry (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Alex Samuel replaces Danny Newton because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Danny Newton (Stevenage) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Storer (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Joe Martin.

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 3, Cheltenham Town 1. Danny Newton (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Matt Godden (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Hand ball by Danny Newton (Stevenage).

Attempt blocked. Mohamed Eisa (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Nigel Atangana (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Taylor Moore (Cheltenham Town).

Danny Newton (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jamie Grimes (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Newton (Stevenage).

William Boyle (Cheltenham Town) hits the bar with a header from very close range following a corner.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Joe Martin.

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

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Joe Fryer.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton26166462253754
2Notts County26148444261850
3Coventry26135828181044
4Wycombe26127746351143
5Lincoln City26127735241143
6Mansfield26111053829943
7Exeter2513393532342
8Colchester2611873527841
9Swindon25132103834441
10Accrington2412483830840
11Newport2610973530539
12Cambridge2610792531-637
13Carlisle2697103737034
14Grimsby2697102634-834
15Stevenage2696113639-333
16Crawley2696112531-633
17Cheltenham2687113338-531
18Port Vale2694132934-531
19Crewe2692152941-1229
20Yeovil2676133647-1127
21Morecambe2567122436-1225
22Chesterfield2656152647-2121
23Barnet2655162639-1320
24Forest Green2555152547-2220
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