- On May 3, 2019
- In Commentary
Monday 22 April 2019, League 2, Globe Arena 3pm
Att -3066 with 169 from Cheltenham.
Roche Mills Lavelle Old Conlan Wildig Fleming Ellison Mingoia Oliver Collins subs used Mandeville for Oliver 66, Mendes-Gomes for Mingoia 72, Cranston for Ellison 85.
Robins – Flinders Tozer Raglan Bower Broom Tillson Thomas Pring Waters Varney Lloyd subs used Clements for Waters 60, Bingham for Lloyd 60, Boyle for Bower 60.
Ref The Aussie wonder Jarred Gillett, on of the best refs we have had all season, calm assured, and up with play, that’ll be the last our division sees of him!!
Weather -Glorious and sunny, windy but pitch very dry.
So the Shrimps Trust organised another fabulous day at the Globe, bands playing outside and in, plenty for the kids to see and do, cheap deals on tickets, the sun shone, fans turned up in their droves and for a change on the big occasion, so did the team.
Admittedly, the Robins away form isn’t setting the world alight but hey you can only beat what’s in front of you. An open game ensued as the opening exchanges showed both sides wanted to get forward, if their final pass was wayward so what, the intention was there. As the game settled a lovely through ball saw Oliver clipped inside the box as she ran to goal, it was an easy decision for the antipodean in charge, and Aaron Collins strode up to hit a poor pen which Flinders almost dived past, but saved with his feet. I repeat, I think next season we should be asking for a corner instead in these incidents, we seem to have become more of a threat from them, as soon will become clear.
Conlan played a dangerous ball in the area which wasn’t dealt with and Fleming released Wildig those shot was cleared off the line by Bower to keep the scores at 0-0. It wasn’t going to be another of those days when we play well, miss a hatful and lose again, surely? As we kicked off attacking the home end in the second half, we needn’t have worried. Collins swiftly released Oliver who raced clear, onside and unchallenged, the crowd waited with anticipation, as he drew Flinders and coolly tuckering it past him to give us the lead. Within 4 minutes we doubled the advantage, A corner delivered to the near post for Big Kev to nod cleanly home, a corner, we scored from!!
Collins was put through by Wildig, he ran on confidently, decided to chip the oncoming Flinders who got hand to the effort and bounced agonisingly a foot wide, much to the crowd and Collins anguish. More decent football followed, another corner was this time launched to back post and Lavelle timed his run to perfection and headed home for 3-0, another from a corner!! Blimey.
The Bank Holiday crowd by now were in great voice and roared the home side on. Collins finally got his deserved goal with five minutes left, the back three of Cheltenham were playing a high line which we had little trouble breaching, Collins running onto a through pass, pulling the ball on to his weaker left foot but picking his spot past a hapless Flinders.
A great day rounded off with a magnificent performance, as some fans said, it was like the good old days Christie Park, the feel good factor has certainly returned of late, long may this continue.