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Cheltenham Town video: Goulding, Spencer seal home win for Robins

By JPEchoRobins  |  Posted: September 09, 2011

The Abbey Business Stadium, home of Cheltenham Town

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Cheltenham Town 2 Macclesfield Town 0

Goals from Jeff Goulding and Jimmy Spencer earned Cheltenham Town a 2-0 home win over Macclesfield Town in an uninspiring match at the Abbey Business Stadium this afternoon.

Goulding converted from the penalty spot in the 34th minute after Russ Penn had been tripped by Scott Kay in the box. It was his fourth of the campaign and the first penalty awarded to Cheltenham at home since they beat Bury 5-2 towards the end of the 2009/10 season.

Substitute Spencer, on loan from Huddersfield, made no mistake from close range after being set up by Josh Low in the 88th minute.

Goalkeeper Jack Butland made his debut for the Robins after arriving on loan from Birmingham City.

The England Under-21 international could not have wished for a quieter match to start his spell with the League Two side.

Macclesfield did not muster a shot on target until the 82nd minute and that was a tame effort from George Donnelly that was never going to trouble him.

The most evasive action Butland had to take was having to clear Low's backpass hastily, but he looked assured and confident for an 18-year-old as he became the seventh man to play in goal for Cheltenham in the Football League. His call-up ended Scott Brown's run of 107 consecutive starts dating back to August 2009.

The only other change to the Cheltenham team was Luke Summerfield replacing the suspended Marlon Pack in the middle of the pitch.

Summerfield and Penn worked well together, but Pack's passing ability was missed and it was all very scrappy.

Boss Mark Yates knows it was not a particularly impressive display, but three points after that sort of workmanlike performance will leave him quietly satisfied as Cheltenham climbed to fifth in the League Two table.

Cheltenham Town: J Butland; K Lowe, A Bennett, S Elliott, D Andrew; J Low, R Penn, L Summerfield, K Mohamed (B Smikle 75); D Duffy (J Spencer 59), J Goulding (S Jombati 90). Subs not used: S Brown, D Bird.

Macclesfield Town: J Veiga; J Bateson, N Brown, S Brisley, C Tremarco (C Daniel 68); S Wedgbury, S Kay (V Mukendi 58), R Draper, L Chalmers (M Hamshaw 69), T Diagne; G Donnelly. Subs not used: J Grant, B Tomlinson.

Referee: D Phillips.

Attendance: 2,268 (70 away).

Star Man: Russ Penn.

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  • RedRobin1999  |  September 12 2011, 11:35PM

    What a difference a week makes! Last Sat - scrappy match against Aldershot, should've drawn, but lost. This Sat, only a slightly less scrappy match, but the Robins take the (deserved) win. Bit concerned thou how we are looking very narrow at times - what's happened to Low and Mohammed running the wings? Mohamed in particular is very frustrating to watch as he KEEPS cutting into midfield rather than take on Right Back he's up against. Apart from that another solid defensive display - new keeper looks OK, but wasn't tested much -anybody else very surprised that he started the match? I know I was! Just the usual 2,000 home supporters again - don't think we'll even break a 3,000 average this season - even if we end up as Champions!! BTW's: Nice result Crawley - I wonder if they are regretting letting Thomas go?

  • Fatzio  |  September 12 2011, 8:27AM

    The Morecambe result should provide a huge psychological boost for us as we should have had a point from them if not all three. They didn't look anything more than an average div 2 side which basically took it's chances when poor refereeing allowed! The Macclesfield game was the sort of match we would have lost second half of last season and although it wasn't the most sparkling of performances it shows that we are now capable of grinding out a result when we have to.

  • ALChelt  |  September 12 2011, 7:33AM

    For once I echo Mr Houghtons views,you get games like this in a season ,well done lads and as for Crawley,perhaps they and their manager aren't quite so good as they thought they were!

  • bobhoughton  |  September 12 2011, 7:12AM

    It may not have been very entertaining by all accounts but I wonder whether high flying promotion favourites and their charming manager would have swapped results ? Anyone know how they got on, by the way ?

  • Fatzio  |  September 11 2011, 6:38PM

    ".......or even sight"

  • Fatzio  |  September 11 2011, 5:44PM

    Amost a Cotterill style win for us. Not pretty but solid. Still feel we try to walk the ball into the net rather than shooting on site but pleased with current league position. Keep it going boys!

  • Paul_45  |  September 11 2011, 12:04PM

    Good result, poor match. The Silkmen didn't present much of a threat though, no shots on target all game; dream start for a new keeper! Disappointing attendance again, I know there's a recession on, but I didn't think the Cheltenham areas economy was doing too badly?

  • shackleton203  |  September 11 2011, 7:45AM

    Absolutely steamrobin, the game may have been dire as a spectacle, but the team are riding quite high, the result was good, everyone is back from holiday and only about 2300 spectators. Very disappointing for the management but its economically tough in the real world just now.

  • steamrobin52  |  September 10 2011, 7:10PM

    If an uninspring and scrappy match gives us three points, a clean sheet and fifth in the table something good must be happening. But where are the supporters.