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Cheltenham Town: Two valuable points dropped against ten-man Aldershot Town

By JPEchoRobins  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

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Cheltenham Town dropped two valuable points in their quest for automatic promotion as they were held to a 1-1 home draw with ten-man Aldershot Town.

They fell behind to Danny Rose's 23rd minute goal, in which ex-Robins striker Jeff Goulding was involved.

But Paul Benson's second goal in two games rescued a point in the 67th minute.

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The looping header was Benson's 100th league career goal, having turned professional at the age of 24.

Aldershot lost left-back Anthony Tonkin in the 74th minute for two yellow cards - both for challenges on ex-Shots wide man Jermaine McGlashan - but Dean Holdsworth's team held on to pick up a valuable point in their relegation battle.

Cheltenham lost Steve Elliott to a dead leg during first half stoppage time and his replacement was Manchester United loan youngster Luke McCullough.

Having celebrated his 19th birthday on the eve of the game, McCullough went on for his Football League debut and performed well in the second half alongside Michael Hector.

Hector, who spent time on loan at Aldershot earlier this season, crashed a shot against the underside of the bar in the eighth minute, with goalkeeper Jamie Young beaten.

He also delivered Cheltenham's best cross of the first half, showing his touch and skill as well as his impressive defensive qualities.

Keith Lowe struck a free-kick just wide in the 13th minute, but it was a stop-start and abrasive half.

Aldershot led after Goulding flicked on a cross to Peter Vincenti at the far post and he teed up Rose, who beat Scott Brown with a neat finish.

Robins boss Mark Yates had named an unchanged starting XI, but Billy Jones was unwell and his place on the bench was taken by fit-again Darren Carter.

Russ Penn started on the left for the second game in a row, but he was taken off at half-time and replaced by Kaid Mohamed.

Cheltenham improved after the break and Mohamed made a positive impact, with McGlashan causing major problems on the other side.

Jason Taylor took the armband in Penn's absence and Cheltenham levelled when Lowe's long throw was flicked on by Sido Jombati and Benson's header evaded Young's dive, going over the Australian goalkeeper.

Shaun Harrad was another substitute to make an impact and he had a chance in the 70th minute, but a shot with the outside of his right boot was off target.

Young parried an effort from McGlashan and Harrad almost pounced, but Aldershot defended well to see out the remaining minutes a man short.

Goulding looked lively for the first 15 minutes or so, but he offered little thereafter, seeing several efforts fly well wide, with one going off for a throw-in.

Cheltenham's inexperienced central defensive pairing coped well without Elliott, but it was a frustrating occasion overall as Yates' side remain in fourth, having dropped out of the top three on Friday night when Exeter beat Accrington.

Their point took them back above Exeter, but Burton's 4-0 win at Fleetwood saw them climb into the final promotion place.

Cheltenham Town: S Brown; K Lowe, M Hector, S Elliott (L McCullough 45), S Jombati; J McGlashan, M Pack, J Taylor, R Penn (K Mohamed 46); P Benson, B Harrison (S Harrad 63). Subs not used: D Carter, S Deering, D Duffy, C Roberts.

Aldershot Town: J Young; B Herd, S Bradley, T Brown, A Tonkin; L Ainsworth (K Cadogan 37, A Morris 75), O Risser, D Rose, P Vincenti; J Goulding, D Hylton (A Hall 60). Subs not used: A McNamee, A Mekki, T Forbes, G Morris.

Referee: Keith Hill

Attendance: 3,119 (270 away)

Star man: Jermaine McGlashan

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  • ALChelt  |  February 18 2013, 8:00AM

    Sorry Tewks Phil,cannot agree with your statement about consolidating and another season,MY should by now have worked things out,he lost Summerfield in the close season which was a great loss however he faild to bring in good strikers or a quality lef sided midfield player,now I will give Mo his due he made a difference on Saturday however in the main he frustrates and is not league quality. MY as made too many tatical and team selection mistakes this season,if he gets a win he imediatly sticks with the same side instead of looking at who he is playing,why for instance play three tight midfielders and start against Adders (these comments were made before the game,not in hindsight) .Yes the score may have been different if we had taken our chances,truth is though we dont make enough chances,Roberts is an enforcer a win the ball give it to someone who can play,Pack was a one man midfield on Saturday with Mcglashen a one man attack the others at to work off high balls punted up front which 99% of the time will always be a defenders ball,as M Y changed tatics and gone for the long ball approaach it certainly looks like it over the past few games,my felling is that M Y as done a great job at the Robins he as put us back together but as he the nous to help progress any futher I have my doubts,how many times have you heard him say now after games i got the team wrong or words to that effect?,are the people he sends to watch the opposition getting it wrong? any other industried would be analysing all this and maybe looking in the mirror. We are still in with a shout but the other teams are coming on strong Rotherham and Northampton are my bets to fight out for third and forth sadly I think M Y as blown it this term...I hope I'm wrong!

  • TewksPhil  |  February 17 2013, 8:39PM

    Another unfortunately sub-standard home performance by CTFC. With all due respect to Aldershot, these are the teams we should be beating comfortably if we are to taken as serious promotion contenders. February's results have been average at best and CTFC have shown nothing which would suggest that they have an automatic right to be in League One. Indeed, if we (miraculously) went up at the end of this season, I suspect some of the results in the higher division would be humiliating. We need at least one more season in League Two in order to consolidate the squad and enable MY to work out his best starting eleven. It's painfully obvious that he simply doesn't know this yet. The inconsistency in both results & performances over the last 2 months has made it abundantly clear that we are not promotion material yet, even though I acknowledge that MY has moved the team forward since he took over. I want CTFC to move out of League Two when (and only when) they are in a position to hold their status in the higher echelons.

  • ambleside  |  February 17 2013, 4:04PM

    outthought & outfought once again.we looked like we were down th bottom with the adders fighting againist relegation.that was the 17th home league game.i reckon i've seen 2 decent performances.we've gt taylor& harrison on long contracts,neither of um look the business.no shape,no style,no fight,and a manager who thinks tactics are a mint sweet!people talk about us being in a false position.is that right,we've only won 4 ou of the last 14 games.thats not promotion form,but wih other results going our way most weeks,we might still scrape home.

  • ALChelt  |  February 17 2013, 9:19AM

    Regular Robin I agree with many of your comments,I thought Aldershots game plan was to break the game up and poor reffereeing especially in the first half allowed this to occur,however the second half was much better and really we had enough chances to win comfortabley both Harrod and Pack should have taken the net off,but once again you have to say M Y got his team selection and tatics WRONG,the guy just does not seem to learn,he started with a lopsided midfield or Penn ignoring instructions,two big guys up gront who actually play better on the floor,I hope for automatic promotion however I think the teams below are really at it now where we stutter from week to week!

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  • RegularRobin  |  February 16 2013, 7:01PM

    Oh dear! Oh dear! Another two points thrown away against one of the poorest sides seen at W.R. this season. What a shambles of a first half with the Robins defenders competing with each other to see who could kick the ball highest and furthest. What happened to the decent passing game that we saw against Southend ?? I would have thought that the game against Dagenham proved once and for all that hoofing the ball high to our front two for 90 minutes is definitely not going to gain us promotion. Are players obeying instructions or are they just incapable of keeping the ball on the floor ?? MY says that there are positives to take from the second half performance but if we're only going to 'perform' for 45 mins per game then all thoughts of promotion should be shelved for this season. We are now three quarter way through the season and the story so far has been one of 'inconsistency' with no signs of improvement. Two difficult away games to come followed by a crucial March will determine whether we are going up this term. The board have given MY the cash that can be afforded and to all intents he has made signings that have or will improve the side. It must be remembered that there are many clubs in this league with the finances to 'buy' their way into League One. Most supporters would have accepted our current league position at the start of the season but if the Robins aren't going to make it this time then it would be more acceptable if we fail playing good football rather than Route 1 which smacks of tactical failings.

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