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Report & highlights: The Town are Champions

8 May 2021

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Cheltenham Town have ended a memorable League Two campaign by beating Harrogate Town 4-1 to win the first Football League title in the club’s long history.

Goals from Liam Sercombe, Sam Smith, Alfie May and Callum Wright helped secure the club’s 24th win of the league campaign - the most wins the club has ever managed in a single Football League season.

With automatic promotion already confirmed, Michael Duff was keen to achieve a title win that will go down as a key milestone in the club's history books.

Cheltenham will now play League One football next season after being promoted as champions and finishing on top of the League Two table with 82 points.

Travelling to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium to play Cheltenham for the first time, Harrogate had already confirmed their League Two safety after enjoying a successful season of their own having been promoted from the National League last season.

Despite only winning two of their last 11 League Two ties, a 5-4 win over Cheltenham’s title challengers, Cambridge United had all but confirmed a mid-table finish for The Sulphurites in their first season in League Two.

With another opportunity to define the outcomes of this season's top two, Simon Weaver’s side started the brighter as Jon Stead came close to marking his 700th career appearance with a goal.

As his strike partner in Harrogate’s 4-4-2 system, Brendan Kiernan struck the ball towards the far post, Stead nearly turned the ball into the net if it weren’t for Josh Griffiths’ intervention to gather the ball at the first sight of danger.