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Cheltenham Town: Marlon Pack's brace earns Robins a point at Accrington

By JPEchoRobins  |  Posted: February 22, 2013

The Crown Ground, Accrington

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Accrington Stanley 2 Cheltenham Town 2

Draw specialists Cheltenham Town dropped two more points in their promotion bid at Accrington Stanley this afternoon.

The first brace of Marlon Pack's career ensured the Robins returned south from the first of their north west double header with a point, but Accrington will feel aggrieved not to have claimed maximum spoils.

Pack put Cheltenham ahead from the penalty spot in the 31st minute after Mark Hughes was adjudged to have tripped Jason Taylor.

Taylor captained the side in the absence of Russ Penn, who was dropped in favour of Kaid Mohamed in the only change to the team that drew 1-1 at home to Aldershot Town a week earlier.

James Beattie levelled for relegation-threatened Stanley five minutes before half-time, headed in Lawrence Wilson's corner for his first goal since December.

And the former England and Southampton striker put Accrington ahead in the 63rd minute, crashing an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net, via the aid of a small deflection off Pack.

It came after Cheltenham failed to deal with another Wilson set piece and Taylor had to hack Hughes' header off the line.

Accrington looked set to go on and score another, but Scott Brown was in fine form to keep them out and substitutes Darren Carter and Sam Deering made a difference after joining the action.

Carter's free-kick from the right after Deering had been shoved, was headed up into the air by Steve Elliott via a defender and Pack leapt highest to nod the ball over the line from close range in the 70th minute.

Cheltenham lacked fluidity once again, but they did show battling qualities against an Accrington Stanley who competed fiercely for every ball.

Mark Yates' side dropped to sixth and they travel to Fleetwood Town on Tuesday night.

Accrington Stanley: P Rachubka; N Hunt, M Hughes, D Winnard, M Liddle; R Boco, P Murphy, L Joyce, L Wilson; J Beattie (A Linganzi 74), J Gray (P Amond 88). Subs not used: W Hatfield, G Miller, A Dawber, L Molyneux, T Aldred.

Cheltenham Town: S Brown; K Lowe, M Hector, S Elliott, S Jombati; J McGlashan (S Deering 59), M Pack, J Taylor, K Mohamed (D Carter 59); B Harrison (S Harrad 82), P Benson. Subs not used: B Jones, C Roberts, R Penn, D Duffy.

Referee: Andy D’Urso

Attendance: 1,216 (141 away).

Star Man: Scott Brown.

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  • ALChelt  |  February 25 2013, 7:29AM

    Sad to say but I really think M Y as totally blown it this season,he as failed to learn fro his mistakes last season and continued making them throughout the season,all the teams around us are now really kicking on where we are floundering,Aldershot and Accrinton should have nbeen distpatched reasonably comfortably, however .... failure to start the season with a quality striker as cost us as the season as progressed with M Y not having a clue who to play up front and constantly changing the strikers as with the midfield,Kaid Mohamed as frustrated throughout the season and teams double up on McGlashen,until recently Pack as played to deep and played too many sideway passes ,maybe because the lack of good movement in front of him. I know many fans will shoot me down ,but personally I think M Y as done a good job of restoreing CTFC to some respectability,however as he did with previous clubs he as hit the wall,he does not have the ability to take us any further...please prove me wrong Yeatsy,I liked you as a player but called it right on this forum when I felt you had lost that extra yard,I want you to prove me wrong this time.

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