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.