September 18, 2012
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.
|Cheltenham Town||Oxford United|
|1 Scott P Brown||1 Ryan Clarke|
|3 Billy Jones||17 Tony Capaldi|
|6 Steve Elliott||6 Jake Wright|
|15 Alan Bennett||4 Michael Raynes|
|22 Sido Jombarti||2 Damian Batt|
|4 Darren Carter||8 Simon Heslop|
|8 Sam Deering||19 Lee Cox|
|7 Marlon Pack||7 Adam Chapman|
|11 Jermaine McGlashan||11 Jon-Paul Pittman|
|14 Shaun Harrad||29 Tom Craddock|
|26 Chris Zebroski||10 Deane Smalley|
|12 Connor Roberts||Wayne Brown 21|
|2 Keith Lowe||Luke O'Brien 23|
|5 Harry Hooman||Daniel Boateng 24|
|16 Russell Penn||Peter Leven 20|
|23 Kaid Mohamed||Sean Rigg 14|
|9 Darryl Duffy||James Constable 9|
|10 Jeff Goulding||Alfie Potter 15|
|Russell Penn for Sam Deering (66)||Alfie Potter for Jon-Paul Pittman (13)|
|Kaid Mohamed for Chris Zebroski (78)||Peter Leven for Simon Heslop (65)|
|Keith Lowe for Jermaine McGlashan (89)||James Constable for Tom Craddock (66)|
|Chris Zebroski (47)||Deane Smalley (42)|
|Jake Wright (45)|
|Lee Cox (89)|
|· Rosters: Cheltenham Town | Oxford United|