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Robins coast to win at Weston-super-Mare

18 July 2015

Full-time: Weston-super-Mare 0, Robins 3

Cheltenham Town continued their preparations for the season ahead with a comfortable win at Weston-super-Mare this afternoon.

Every member of the squad played their part in an easy victory over the National League South side at the Woodspring Stadium.

Amari Morgan-Smith grabbed two goals and Danny Wright added the third with half-time approaching.

Lively Morgan-Smith could have had three or four goals, but had to settle for a brace in an eventful first half in which Cheltenham dominated.

His first arrived in the third minute, heading home Jack Munn’s free-kick from the left.

Danny Wright supplied the second, robbing a defender before rolling one into the former Kidderminster Harriers front man’s path who coolly slotted home to put Gary Johnson’s team firmly in control.

The Robins produced a string of chances before the break.

Morgan-Smith saw decent header cleared off the line, and blasted one over on the turn mid-way through the half. Goalkeeper Dan Jackson denied the bustling forward with a good save with 33 minutes on the clock.

Trialist Danny Parslow made his third appearance of the summer and went close, calling Jason Pope into a desperate goal line clearance with a downward header while Harry Pell drew a fine finger tip save from Dan Jackson from 20 yards. 

Five minutes before the interval, Wright made it three after some good play down the left by Munns and Morgan-Smith, who found the big frontman with a perfect cross. The goalkeeper spilled it, but Wright forced it home at the second attempt to stretch the lead.

Johnson rang the changes at the break, retaining only Downes, Storer, Penn and Waters although the quartet were also withdrawn on the hour.

A procession of substitutions always disrupts the flow of these pre-season encounters and as a result, the Seagulls enjoyed more possession in the second half.

They tested Callum Kitscha, Cheltenham’s replacement goalkeeper, making his side’s first real save to prevent Danny Wring from pulling one back for the hosts.

Waters was a whisker away from adding his side’s fourth before he departed, while Harry Williams and Asa Hall narrowly missed the target with decent efforts.

Joe Hanks was carrying a knock into this match and lasted a little over 10 minutes before leaving the pitch, although it was unclear whether it was a recurrence of the problem that resulted in the end of his brief appearance.

Hall and Adam Page combined well down the left to create a final chance for Bobbie Dale, but the striker couldn’t keep his effort on target and despite some encouraging play, the Robins couldn't extend their half-time advanatge.

WESTON-SUPER-MARE: Jackson; Keary, Barnes, Edge, Jordan, Fortune, Mawford, Cane, Wilson, Grubb, Ash, Withey, Camper, Pope, Wring, Davis, Sneddon-Coombes, Diallo. 

CHELTENHAM TOWN (FIRST HALF 4-3-1-2): Phillips; Bartram, Parslow, Downes, McLennan; Pell, Storer, Munns; Waters; Wright, Morgan-Smith. 

CHELTENHAM TOWN (SECOND HALF 4-3-1-2): Kitscha; Vaughan, Deaman, Downes (Rowe 62), Bowen; Storer (Hanks 62, Waters 79), Pell (Page 62) Kotwica; Waters (Hall 62); Dale, Williams. 

REFEREE: D Ricketts.


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