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Report & highlights: Robins 2-0 Fleetwood Town

12 February 2022

Match Reports

Report & highlights: Robins 2-0 Fleetwood Town

12 February 2022

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Cheltenham Town cruised to 2-0 victory against Fleetwood Town with goals from Alfie May and Charlie Raglan.

May scored his 11th League goal from a powerful strike inside the penalty area, which was assisted by January signing Aaron Ramsey.

Success continued for the Robins as Raglan headeed in from close distance, after a perfect cross by defensive partner Mattie Pollock.

Fleetwood failed to trouble Cheltenham keeper Owen Evans, and ultimately it was a comfortable match for Michael Duff’s side which capped off an excellent week following the midweek 2-1 win against Sunderland.

“They’re a dangerous team Fleetwood, but it was comfortable because we were good,” said Duff.

“It could’ve been more because we’ve hit the crossbar, hit the post, and I didn’t think we looked in any sort of danger.”

The game began with a half chance for Kion Etete who pounced on the loose ball following a series of errors at the back for Fleetwood, but the loanee opted to pass to May and the ball was intercepted.

Matty Blair struck the bar against his former team after a well-worked counter-attack, but despite the strong start the Robins couldn’t get in front.

Towards the end of the first half, the Robins had another spell of possession where Ramsey and Callum Wright linked up well along the right touchline. The Leicester loanee found Etete at the back post with a good cross, but his header rose above the crossbar.

Finally the Robins broke the deadlock through top goal scorer May. Fleetwood 'keeper Alex Cairns managed to get a hand to it, but the strike was too powerful to keep out and May soared away in celebration.

Just before half time, Cheltenham doubled their lead through Raglan netting his first of the season. There was some great defensive link-up for the goal, as Pollock whipped in a pin-point cross to the 28-year-old who headed in the second of the half.

The Robins continued their dominant hold on the match, as Etete and Ramsey completed a flurry of passes near the away area. Eventually Etete found strike partner May, but the forwards effort travelled down the middle of the Fleetwood goal.

Evans was pulled into action in the 53rd minute, stopping defender Zak Jules from pulling one back for the visiting side with a header, but it was comfortable for Cheltenham’s number one.

Cheltenham controlled the game effortlessly for the second half, with Fleetwood struggling to create any attacks.

With less than ten minutes on the clock, Wright fired towards goal however it cannoned off the post and spared the travelling fans eyes from seeing a third go in.

Duff’s side continued their dominance on the ball and saw the match out comfortably to make it back-to-back wins in the League again.

ROBINS (3-5-2): Evans, Pollock, Raglan, Boyle (c); Blair, Wright, Ramsey, Etete, Bonds, Williams, May.

Subs not used: Flinders (Gk), Freestone, Sercombe, Colkett, Soule, Williams, Hutchinson.

FLEETWOOD TOWN (4-2-3-1): Cairns, Andrew (c), Jules, Butterworth, Harrison, Pilkington (Hayes 66), Batty (Boyle 70), Johnson (Macadam 56), Biggins, Lane, Nsiala.

Subs not used: O’Hara (Gk), Clarke, Morris, Johnston.


ATTENDANCE: 3,517 (130 away)

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