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Report & highlights: Salford City 0-2 Robins

14 September 2019

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Ryan Broom was at the double to help Cheltenham Town to their first away League Two win of the season.

The Welshman followed up his fantastic performance in last week's win over Stevenage to help the Robins to an assured win at division new boys Salford City.

A goal in either half was enough for Michael Duff's men, who also kept a clean sheet on their first ever visit to the Peninsula Stadium.

A lively opening saw both teams come close. Lois Maynard almost flicked in a Jake Jervis free kick for the hosts, while Luke Varney stung the gloves of Kyle Letheren with a low shot that led to a corner where Charlie Raglan's volley from 18 yards was blocked.

Scott Flinders was called upon to stop Devante Rodney's long-range header from a Jack Baldwin diagonal ball from dropping in ahead of a break in play that saw Salford's Richie Towell forced off with an injury that required lengthy treatment.

The much sought after away goal Cheltenham were after came just past the half hour mark.

Conor Thomas did brilliantly to charge the ball down high up the pitch and feed the ball into Varney, who set himself and then Broom, to take a touch and then finish left-footed.

Broom came close to doubling his and the Robins tally early in the second half after Gavin Reilly had done well.

Rodney meanwhile tried his luck for the hosts with a low shot that Flinders grasped to his right.

The hosts struggled to create chances as they looked to find a way back into the game. A long Dan Jones throw on 72 minutes did fall the way of Jake Beesley but the attacker couldn't find a way through.

Cheltenham were doing enough to deny Salford a glimpse on goal, and their solidity was rewarded when the second goal came into the final ten minutes.

Sean Long's cushioned header into the path of substitute Alex Addai saw the attacker wiggle his way through, and he produced a sublime reverse pass to set Broom clear, and he rolled the ball under Letheren superbly to earn a fine three points on the road.

SALFORD: Letheren, Piergianni, Maynard, Lloyd, Baldwin (Burgess 35), Towell (Doyle 28), Rodney, D Jones, J Jones, Beesley, Jervis (Asante 67)

Subs not used: McFarlane, Touray, Rooney, Dieseruvwe

ROBINS: Flinders, Long, Hussey, Tozer, Raglan, Thomas, Broom, Reilly (Addai 60), Doyle-Hayes, Greaves, Varney (Smith 87)

Subs not used: Lovett, Bowry, Clements, Campbell, Lloyd

REFEREE: Craig Hicks

ATTENDANCE: 2,389 (382 Robins)

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