Match ends, Cheltenham Town 2, Northampton Town 1.
Substitute Luke Varney scored a late winner as Cheltenham hit back from a goal down to defeat promotion rivals Northampton in League Two.
Varney was brought on in the 81st minute and soon tapped in from close range after Chris Hussey's corner was not dealt with by the visiting defence.
The Robins had to work hard to secure their fourth straight win and their sixth successive home victory after the Cobblers opened the scoring inside three minutes.
Charlie Goode's long throw was not dealt with and Ryan Watson controlled the ball well before firing into the bottom left corner.
The lead lasted for 16 minutes, with Jake Doyle-Hayes finding Ryan Broom, who made room for a shot which he curled beyond the dive of David Cornell from 20 yards.
A low drive from Sam Hoskins was well parried by Cheltenham goalkeeper Owen Evans in the 27th minute and loan forward Callum Morton also went close before half-time.
Northampton continued to ask questions after the break, with Lloyd Jones nodding a fine free-kick from Nicky Adams just wide in the 59th minute.
Varney set up Alfie May for a chance within seconds of joining the action, but Cornell saved well.
But Varney had the final say five minutes from time as Cheltenham moved within three points of the automatic promotion spots.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 5RaglanBooked at 87mins
- 15BoyleBooked at 31mins
- 9ReidSubstituted forVarneyat 81'minutesBooked at 87mins
- 29MaySubstituted forAddaiat 90+1'minutes
- 23HarrimanBooked at 33mins
- 14LinesBooked at 64mins
- 10AdamsSubstituted forMcCormackat 87'minutes
- 44AndersonSubstituted forWhartonat 45'minutesBooked at 77mins
- 7HoskinsSubstituted forMarshallat 86'minutes
- 39MortonBooked at 84mins
- Craig Hicks
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 2, Northampton Town 1.
Alex Addai (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Ryan Watson (Northampton Town).
Attempt blocked. Alan McCormack (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Charlie Raglan.
Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Alex Addai replaces Alfie May.
Hand ball by Michael Harriman (Northampton Town).
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Sean Long.
Luke Varney (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Northampton Town. Alan McCormack replaces Nicky Adams.
Substitution, Northampton Town. Mark Marshall replaces Sam Hoskins.
Goal! Cheltenham Town 2, Northampton Town 1. Luke Varney (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner following a corner.
Attempt blocked. Charlie Raglan (Cheltenham Town) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Chris Hussey with a cross.
Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Scott Wharton.
Attempt blocked. Sean Long (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.
Callum Morton (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.
Chris Hussey (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Callum Morton (Northampton Town).
Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Michael Harriman.