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Full time: Yeovil 1-4 Cheltenham Town - report & highlights

1 January 2019

The Robins made it seven matches unbeaten in all competitions with a high scoring away win at Yeovil on New Year’s Day.

Four different goal scorers helped Michael Duff’s side carry their excellent form into 2019, and provided the 205 travelling faithful with a super start to the New Year.

Luke Varney had opened the scoring in the first half, while Conor Thomas’ penalty doubled Cheltenham’s lead at the break.

Yeovil pulled an early second half goal back through Tom James, but Jordon Forster finished from close range and Kevin Dawson netted against his old club to seal the Robins first New Year’s Day victory since January 2002.

The Glovers had made a bright start. Francois Zoko’s early run allowed Yoann Arquin the chance to fire wide, while another Zoko set-up saw Jordan Green shoot off target.

On 14 minutes the hosts did have the ball in the back of the net after Alex Fisher had stooped to head in, but the former Motherwell man was caught offside and the goal was disallowed.

Scott Flinders was called upon to produce an important start when Alefe Santos broke through and fired on goal, but it was the final flurry before the Robins took the lead.

Fantastic movement from Varney saw the striker peel off the Yeovil back line, creating the space to allow Jacob Maddox to play him in, and he finished confidently to break the deadlock.

The lead was doubled ten minutes before half time after Chris Hussey had been brought down inside the Yeovil box, and Thomas stepped up to sweep home from the penalty spot.

Duff’s side were firmly in control at the break. But that dominance was shaken immediately after half time.

Tom James fired a free kick from a wide angle that took a deflection and flew in past Flinders to halve the Yeovil deficit.

Suddenly the home crowd were energised, and after Flinders had saved well from Green, Fisher struck the post with a shot through a busy box, and he went close again with a dipping shot that dropped just over the bar.

The Robins managed to settle the game down and almost restored the two-goal gap between the teams when Alex Addai’s excellent work set Varney. His shot was saved by Nelson and the follow up from Thomas flew over.

Another goal would come in the Robins favour though when Forster forced home. Hussey’s deep corner found substitute Tyrone Barnett, whose header back across goal was touched in by the Scottish defender.

And there would be a fourth as substitute Dawson finished from close range after Addai had once again done well out wide to supply a ball into the box.

Yeovil almost managed to squeeze another goal in during stoppage time, however James was denied by the woodwork to frustrate the home side even more on a difficult afternoon, but a good one for Cheltenham.

YEOVIL: Nelson, Gafaiti, Dickinson, Warren, Fisher (Olomola 80), Green, Zoko (Browne 67), Arquin (Arnold 86), D’Almeida, James, Santos D’Abadia

Subs not used: Baxter, Mugabi, Gray, Donnellan

ROBINS: Flinders, Hussey, Tozer, Mullins (Alcock 10), Atangana, Thomas, Addai, Maddox (Barnett 60), Forster, Clements, Varney (Dawson 83)

Subs not used: Lovett, Bower, Jones, Mooney

REFEREE: Trevor Kettle

ATTENDANCE: 2,883 (205 Robins)


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