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REPORT: Robins Reserves 0-0 Swindon Town Dev.

20 March 2018

Defender Jordon Forster made a successful comeback as Cheltenham Town Reserves were held to draw by Swindon Town Development in a Central League encounter at the Energy Check Training Ground.

Forster has been out of action for seven months after seriously injuring his Achilles playing against Exeter City in August.

But the former Hibs man made his playing return with an impressive 45-minute outing as the Robins were denied victory in a game they controlled for long spells.

Cheltenham hit the bar twice through George Lloyd while Elijah Adebayo also had a second half header ruled out for a foul.

The Robins started the game brightly with Brian Graham and Adebayo both going close while Scott Twine fired over the bar for Swindon.

Defender Manny Onariase then headed narrowly over from a corner before Graham was again denied in injury time.

Cheltenham made three half-time changes as Tom Handley, Will Dawes and Danny Wright – who played at centre half – all came on.

The home side continued to look the more likely and the lively Lloyd saw a shot thump the bar after he held off the defender and lifted his shot over the goalkeeper.

The in-form striker then rattled the woodwork again three minutes later when he connected sweetly with Jordan Cranston’s cross, via a Josh Thomas flick, but his effort came down and narrowly bounced away.

And a late flurry of action saw Adebayo head home a left wing free kick, only for home celebrations to be cut short for a push awarded by the referee.

ROBINS RESERVES: Lovett, Forster (Handley 45), Bower, Onariase (Wright 45), Cranston, Thomas, Page (Brennan 75), Trialist, Lloyd, Graham (Dawes 45), Adebayo. Subs not used: Grimshaw (Gk)

SWINDON TOWN DEVELOPMENT: Matthews, Knoyle, Spalding, Haines, Romanski, McGivern, Gordon, Ouldridge, Dugan, Twine, Bancroft. Subs: Rejek, Giamattei, Dunstan-Digweed, Edwards, Graham.

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