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Match Report: Robins 0-2 Portsmouth

13 August 2022

Match Reports

Match Report: Robins 0-2 Portsmouth

13 August 2022

The Robins lost 2-0 against Portsmouth FC at the Completely-Suzuki Stadium.

A brace from Colby Bishop sealed the victory for Pompey, ensuring a third league defeat for Wade Elliott’s men.

The first chance of the game fell to the Robins, with Alfie May played through on goal, however, his shot from the edge of the box was blocked and comfortably cleared in the end.

Former Cheltenham midfielder Marlon Pack then found himself in a position to shoot for Pompey, his half volley from the edge of the box was fired high and wide of the goal.

Portsmouth opened the scoring in the first half from a corner as Bishop tapped home the ball, which was headed back across the box and gave the visitors the lead.

Cheltenham looked for an immediate reply as the ball landed at the feet of Taylor Perry on the edge of the box, his curling effort was well wide in the end, flying past the right-hand post.

The Robins kept the pressure up on Portsmouth as Bonds took aim from range, his effort was just inches off the bottom corner of former Cheltenham man Josh Griffiths’ post.

Lewis Freestone was then called into action for the Robins, with his goal line clearance necessary to ensure the score stayed at 1-0.

In the second half, Portsmouth would add another as Bishop converted from the penalty spot after Ryan Jackson brought down Michael Jacobs in the area.

Cheltenham refused to give up though as Liam Sercombe whipped in a corner which was met by Caleb Taylor, who’s header blasted into the Optimising IT Stand.

The Robins really worked their way into the game in the closing stages, with substitute George Lloyds cross finding Sean Long at the back post, who’s header went wide of the post.

May had the final chance of the game, as he cut in off the right hand side and fired his shot straight down the path of Griffiths in the Pompey goal.

Robins – Southwood (GK), Long (c), Williams (Ferry 67), Freestone, Sercombe, Nlundulu, May, Taylor, Jackson Norton 84), Bonds (Adshead 67), Perry (Lloyd 78)

Unused Substitutes – Raglan, Brown, MacDonald (GK)

Portsmouth – Griffiths (GK), Ogilvie, Pack, Bishop (Mingi 88), Rafferty, Hackett (Dale 67),
Scarlett (Pigott 67), Raggett (c), Thompson (Lowery 70), Jacobs (Curtis 70), Morrison

Unused Substitutes – Swanson, Oluwayemi (GK)

Referee – B Toner

Attendance – 4,649 (1,428 Away)

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