League Two
CheltenhamCheltenham Town2SalfordSalford City0

Cheltenham Town 2-0 Salford City

First-half goals from Sean Long and Liam Sercombe steered League Two leaders Cheltenham to victory over play-off hopefuls Salford.

They struck early when a trademark Ben Tozer long throw was launched into the six-yard box and Long, timing his run to perfection, headed home.

There was almost a second midway through the half when hesitancy from Salford defender Ashley Eastham allowed Alfie May to nip in and clip the ball past keeper Vaclav Hladky but also past the far post.

Cheltenham did double their advantage on 42 minutes when Matty Blair darted down the right and fizzed in a low cross which Hladky could only push into the path of Sercombe who forced the ball over the line from six yards.

The visitors offered little in the opening half, their best chance a 25-yard free-kick over the target from Ash Hunter, and boss Richie Wellens made a triple change at the break.

And it was one of those substitutes, Emmanuel Dieseruvwe, who thought he had halved the deficit on 72 minutes only for the effort to be ruled out for offside.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Cheltenham

Formation 3-5-2

  • 20Griffiths
  • 2Long
  • 4Tozer
  • 17Freestone
  • 11Blair
  • 26SercombeBooked at 16mins
  • 7ThomasBooked at 64mins
  • 23WrightSubstituted forChapmanat 83'minutes
  • 3Hussey
  • 9SmithSubstituted forAzazat 88'minutes
  • 10MaySubstituted forWilliamsat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Flinders
  • 14Williams
  • 18Azaz
  • 24Horton
  • 25Chamberlain
  • 28Chapman
  • 29Vassilev

Salford

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Hladky
  • 12BernardSubstituted forJamesat 45'minutes
  • 5Eastham
  • 16Turnbull
  • 10Hunter
  • 4Lowe
  • 18Threlkeld
  • 3Touray
  • 19WilsonSubstituted forDieseruvweat 45'minutes
  • 24GottsSubstituted forThomas-Asanteat 45'minutes
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 2James
  • 15Burgess
  • 20Dieseruvwe
  • 31Evans
  • 33Loughlin
  • 36Hawkins
  • 37Thomas-Asante
Referee:
Lee Swabey

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamSalford
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cheltenham Town 2, Salford City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 2, Salford City 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Emmanuel Dieseruvwe (Salford City).

  4. Post update

    Ben Tozer (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Eastham (Salford City).

  6. Post update

    Matty Blair (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Finn Azaz replaces Sam Smith.

  8. Post update

    Tom James (Salford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Sam Smith (Cheltenham Town).

  10. Post update

    Offside, Salford City. Brandon Thomas-Asante tries a through ball, but Ian Henderson is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Tom James.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sam Smith (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Thomas.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Oscar Threlkeld (Salford City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Andy Williams replaces Alfie May.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Ellis Chapman replaces Callum Wright.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lewis Freestone (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Tozer.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Tom James.

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by Conor Thomas (Cheltenham Town).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Jason Lowe.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Salford City. Jordan Turnbull tries a through ball, but Ian Henderson is caught offside.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cheltenham36198948331565
2Cambridge371971155342164
3Forest Green351710849371261
4Tranmere35187104839961
5Bolton36179104743460
6Morecambe36178115149259
7Newport36169114637957
8Exeter341411958401853
9Salford3513121041291251
10Crawley35149124744351
11Carlisle33146134641548
12Bradford34139123838048
13Harrogate36146164041-148
14Leyton Orient35138143939047
15Stevenage371016113132-146
16Mansfield36915124448-442
17Oldham36119165261-942
18Scunthorpe35126173645-942
19Port Vale37118184651-541
20Walsall35815123845-739
21Barrow34108164143-238
22Colchester36814143349-1638
23Southend36710192250-2831
24Grimsby35610192654-2828
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