Cheltenham Tn 2-1 Shrimps

  • On February 25, 2020

As we attempted to shoot down the high flying Robins at Whaddon Rd our away record needed to sharpen up and the profligate defending ushered out.

It began well, with both sides attacking in numbers and the first chances came the away sides way. A shot from Phillips from range whizzed over into the away end and then Carlos skipped down the right and appeared to tripped, however the ref, as per usual when we go down in the box, waved away appeals.

The Robins then struck as a bowler of a tackle trying to clear a corner lead to penalty conceded rightly by Jordan Cranston, it was duly despatched. Within a couple of minutes, it was 2-0 as Alfie May skipped away after Big Dave mistrapped in the middle and finished underneath Mafoumbi.

Half time arrived with us playing well but after a couple of daft errors trotting in two goals adrift.

We came out with renewed vigour, Sam Lavelle belting the post with close range header from a corner. May then scampered clear and hammered against our upright as the game hotted up.

Changes arrived as AJ replaced Slew and almost immediately we pulled one back. A lovely lofted through ball from Phillips released AJ who slid home. The pressure mounted on the home side, Cole slipped in, was pulled back by the centre back but rounded the keeper only to see his goals bound effort brilliantly cleared away for a corner off the line. From that corner, AJ  tried an acrobatic overhead kick after Olds header was blocked, the ball looped and the crowd held their breath as it crashed off the face of the bar and landed to be cleared safely. Wildig stepped in the path of a breaking forward to stop an attack and was booked. Minutes later the Robins full back did the same to Carlos in the box, guess what? Goal kick given, no foul!! As the minutes of injury time ticked on, the home crowd baying for the whistle we brought on Harvey Bradbury, but it was to no avail.

Again we have lost a game we did enough to get something from away from the Globe. Failing to take our chances, a lack of any finish is becoming worrying, and then shooting ourselves in the foot with daft goals given away are becoming the recurring issue.