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16:51 10th March 2012

Full Time: Swindon 1-0 Robins

Cheltenham Town deserved more but it was a 1-0 defeat this afternoon at the County Ground with Paolo Di Canio's Swindon stretching their league lead.

A missed first half penalty from Duffy came back to haunt the Robins when one moment of class from Cibocchi saw a fine cross meet Benson at the back post with the lanky striker doing what he does best by slamming it into the back of the net.

Cheltenham controlled a lot of the game in the second half but they could not find a way into the back of Foderingham's net. Disappointing but plenty of positives for Cheltenham this afternoon.

Mark Yates made just once change from Tuesday night's defeat to Morecambe but it was a fesh looking defence with Garbutt on the bench and Steve Elliott replacing him. Lowe took the right back position with Jombati on the left.

A beautfiful day at the County Ground was buzzing in the anticipation of first versus second in npower League Two and the game settled right into what was an even passing game of football. Cheltenham looked comfortable possession and produced the first effort of the day when Steve Elliott rose from the corner but his effort was over the bar. That was followed up by a long range shot by Mohamed but, once again, it was over the bar.

Swindon were also playign the patient game but their first effort of the day came from the npower League Two February player of the month Paul Benson. The big striker rose well but headed the cross wide of goal. The home side had a great chance to take the lead when Matt Ritchie found himself through on goal following Bennett's mis-placed back header but Butland produced a fine block at his feet to clear the danger. The rebounded effort from Bodin was slammed in but Elliott was on hand to turn it over the bar.

The game was heating up and Cheltenham Town were awarded a penalty on 30 minutes after Devera blatantly pulled Duffy down in the area. The Scot stepped up for the spot kick but a huge roar was released by the home fans when Foderingham dove the right way and made a very good save. Gutting for Cheltenham and Duffy was yellow carded soon after for a seperate incident involving Devera.

That missed opportunity came back to haunt Cheltenham soon after when Cibocchi produced a magnificent cross for Benson at the back post. The striker made no mistake in slamming the ball into the back of the net for 1-0. Swindon were looking more comfortable after the goal but Cheltenham did test Foderingham through McGlashan late on. The half tiem whistle did blow with Cheltenham 1-0 down but plenty of positives for Mark Yates's Robins.

Half Time: Swindon 1-0 Cheltenham Town

Cheltenham Town came out looking to keep up their standard of play from the first half and Jermaine McGlashan almost capitalised on a Cibocchi slip but his eventual shot was a comfortable save for Foderingham. Swindon hit back soon after with a Paul Benson volley but Jack Butland pulled off a very good save to deny the striker a second goal.

Cheltenham were looking like a threat each time they attacked and Mark Yates brought Bagasan Graham on for Kaid Mohamed on 58 minutes to add extra pace to that threat. They continued to press and efforts from Summerfield and Penn certainly tested Foderingham in the Swindon goal. Another change, this time Spencer for Penn, was made on 64 minutes with Mark Yates obviously looking to go all out.

Twenty minutes to go and Cheltenham were still unable to find a way back into the game. A decent 25 yard strike from Jimmy Spencer offered some home but yet again it wasn't on target and Cheltenham remained on the hunt for that deserved equaliser. Swindon were still posing a threat and Luke Rooney's 20 yard drive was thumped towards goal only for Jack Butland to produce a fine save and deny the Former Gills midfielder.

More attacking play from Cheltenham threatened to upset Di Canio and Swindon's day and a break in play for an injury on Foderingham highlighted the little Italian's anger with his players when he had a chance to berate them. An equaliser is exactly what Cheltenham deserved but there was seemingly a lack of luck for the Robins at this stage in the game.

Jeff Goulding was introduced five minutes from time in a final throw of the dice from Mark Yates and the Robins almost found themselves back in the when Darryl Duffy connect with an overhead kick from Lowe's long throw. It was a tame shot in the end but the intent was there from Cheltenham Town.

A last gasp spell of pressure from Cheltenham threatened but it was all confirmed when the final whistle blew much to the relief of the home support. A strong performance from the Robins was a positive but missed chances will be difficult to take this evening.

Full Time: Swindon 1-0 Cheltenham Town

Swindon Town (4-4-2): Foderingham (GK); McCormack (C), Devera, Risser, Cibocchi; Ritchie, Ferry Smith (Cox 58), Rooney (De Vita 83); Benson, Bodin (Tehoue 50)

Subs not used: Kennedy, Murray

Cheltenham Town FC (4-5-1): Butland (GK); Lowe, Bennett (C), Elliott, Jombati; McGlashan (Goulding 85), Summerfield, Pack, Penn (Spencer 64), Mohamed (Graham 58); Duffy

Subs not used: Garbutt, Low

Referee: M. Russell

Attendance: 10,659 (1,092 from Cheltenham)

Robins Star Man:Sido Jombati - A really good performance from the Portuguese full back today. He was solid throughout.

James Brown from the County Ground

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