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Report & highlights: Robins 1-0 Mansfield Town

22 February 2020

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Cheltenham secured yet another home victory after a narrow 1-0 triumph over Mansfield Town in League Two.

The hosts secured a first league double over their opponents for the first time since 2004/05 and had Reuben Reid to thank once again, after he came off the bench to score a third goal in his last three games.

The visitors almost made the best possible start when within a minute of kick off, Harry Charsley volleyed powerfully from the edge of the box only to be thwarted by a Ben Tozer block.

But the Robins sprung into life moments later when Nichols thread a nice through ball to Alfie May, before the front man spread it out to Broom whose cross almost met the toe of Luke Varney.

May has had a great start to life at the Jonny-Rocks - netting four in his first four home games - and volleyed wide inside the area on four minutes.

He went close again inside the first ten minutes after receiving a short pass from Jake Doyle-Hayes, he cut inside on his left and hit a powerful shot just over the bar.

Nicky Maynard had the best chance of the game in the 14th minute, one-on-one with goalkeeper Owen Evans, he tried to round the Wigan loanee but was denied on the stretch as he clawed it away from the striker’s feet.

Varney was next to go close, after receiving a headed pass from Chris Clements outside the area, he struck it well on the volley only to see it drop onto the roof of the net.

Maynard thought he had broken the deadlock just past the half-hour mark, with the ball landing at his feet deep inside the area, but his left footed shot hit the side netting as the home fans held their breath.

The home side should have taken the lead just before the interval, Doyle-Hayes put in a delicious cross but May failed to connect with the goal gaping.

Mansfield had another guilt-edged chance to take the lead early in the second half, Chris Clements lost it in a dangerous area but luckily for the Robins, Evans stood tall and denied Will Tomlinson.

Cheltenham responded when Will Boyle’s cross found May at the far post but unmarked he could only direct it high and wide.

Finally, the deadlock was broken on the hour mark, with substitute Reid powering home a header from a delightful Ryan Broom cross.

May thought he had got his goal not long after, smashing home Boyle’s cross only to be denied by the linesman’s flag.

It would not matter though as the Robins held on for a vital victory.

Cheltenham Town (3-5-2): Evans, Raglan, Tozer(c), Boyle; Broom, Clements (Thomas, 56’), Doyle-Hayes, Hussey; Nichols (Addai, 56’), Varney (Reid, 56’), May.

Subs not used: Lovett, Long, Greaves, Sheaf.

Mansfield Town (3-5-2): Stone, White, Sweeney, Pearce (c), Watts (Davies 86), Hamilton; Bishop, Tomlinson, Charsley (Benning 71), Rose, Maynard.

Subs not used: Olejnik, Evans, Riley, Clarke, Knowles.

Referee: John Busby

Attendance: 3,274 (281 away)


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