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Report: Cheltenham 2-0 Gloucester City

8 March 2016

Young side progress

Cheltenham Town's U18s performed well to overcome a more experienced Gloucester City team in winning 2-0 in the first round of the Gloucestershire Senior Cup at Kayte Lane.

The young Robins's side got off to a faster start than their opponents and could have scored several times early on. Gloucester keeper Phillip Clarke produced a good save with his legs to deny Lewis Thompson after a fine through ball from Joe Hance.

Thompson was again denied opening the scoring, this time by a brave block from Matt Williams.

Defender Matt Bower thought he has put Cheltenham ahead on 23 minutes only for his headed effort to be ruled offside after Sam Mendes had curled in a dangerous free kick.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 27th minute. Thompson did well down the right wing, beating two defenders before squaring the ball to Karnell Chamers, who calmly stroked the ball home.

It was all Cheltenham as Bower had another goal ruled out, again from a Mendes free kick.

Gloucester's best chance of the the first half came late on when Ollie Barnes was denied by a good last ditch challenge from Josh Thomas inside the six yard box. Then half ended 1-0.

The second half started quietly as Gloucester slowly got a foothold in the match. Captain Tom Webb, Gloucester's all time record appearance holder, thought he had equalised, only for his long range effort to come back off the bar.

Despite having several more efforts, Gloucester couldn't find a way through the Robins defense and they were made to pay after 70 minutes when Alex Dinsmore double Cheltenham's lead.

Chambers was again involved as his neat ball found Dinsmore inside the box. The striker took a touch before firing into the far corner with his left foot.

Neither side managed to create any more clear chances and the match ended 2-0, with Cheltenham going on to face Slimbridge in the quarter-finals.

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