League Two

September 18, 2012


Cheltenham Town

2 - 1

Oxford United

League Two

14:45 EDT, September 18, 2012

Abbey Business Stadium

Referee: R Madley

Robins get back on track with Us win

Superb long-range strikes from former Birmingham star Darren Carter and on-loan striker Shaun Harrad saw Cheltenham end their three-match winless league run with a 2-1 victory over Oxford.

A late penalty from substitute Peter Leven brought the Us back into the match, and the hosts had to survive a nervy final 10 minutes before the points were secured.

The visitors went close to opening the scoring when Robins' goalkeeper Scott Brown had to tip Jon-Paul Pittman's long-range effort round a post.

As the first half progressed, Cheltenham gradually gained the upper hand and they eventually went ahead just before the half-hour mark. Billy Jones found the supporting Carter, who opened his Town account with a cleanly-struck left-foot shot from 25 yards.

Adam Chapman almost brought Oxford level soon after the restart, but his powerful free-kick rattled a post.

Harrad then doubled the home side's lead when he smashed a thunderbolt into the top corner to record his fifth goal of the campaign.

Leven converted Oxford's 80th-minute penalty, awarded after Alan Bennett held James Constable, but Cheltenham held on despite Chapman and Deane Smalley going close from long range.

Scoring Summary

Cheltenham Town Oxford United
Darren Carter (29')Peter Leven (pen 80')
Shaun Harrad (60')