February 23, 2013
Stanley and Robins share spoils
James Beattie and Marlon Pack scored two goals apiece as it finished honours even after a 2-2 draw at the Store First Stadium.
Relegation-threatened Stanley battled hard against promotion-chasing Cheltenham but could not get the win they craved to ease some of the pressure at the bottom.
The Robins went ahead against the run of play. Stanley striker James Gray had twice been denied by Robins `keeper Scott Brown while he headed another decent effort over.
And on their first real attack after 32 minutes, referee Andy D'Urso awarded the visitors a disputed penalty after what he saw as a trip by defender Mark Hughes on Jason Taylor, Pack making no mistake from the spot.
However it did not rock Stanley and a Lawrie Wilson corner was headed home by Beattie five minutes before the break.
It was more of the same after the restart as former Middlesbrough striker Gray continued to cause the Cheltenham defence problems.
Rommy Boco fired an effort just wide before Hughes had a header cleared off the line but the ball came out to Beattie 15 yards out and he absolutely belted home on 64 minutes.
However, six minutes later a free-kick by Darren Carter from the left wing was only half cleared and the ball looped up for Pack to head home and make it 2-2.
Stanley still looked the more likely to grab it at the end but the Robins defence threw their bodies in front of everything to go away with a point.
|Accrington Stanley||Cheltenham Town|
|1 Paul Rachubka||1 Scott P Brown|
|16 Nicky Hunt||6 Steve Elliott|
|5 Mark Hughes||2 Keith Lowe|
|34 Lawrence Wilson||22 Sido Jombarti|
|2 Peter Murphy||27 Michael Hector|
|6 Dean Winnard||25 Jason Taylor|
|3 Michael Liddle||7 Marlon Pack|
|4 Luke Joyce||11 Jermaine McGlashan|
|21 James Beattie||23 Kaid Mohamed|
|33 Romuald Boco||19 Paul Benson|
|17 James Gray||29 Byron Harrison|
|22 Andrew Dawber||Connor Roberts 12|
|24 Lee Molyneux||Billy Jones 3|
|26 Tom Aldred||Darren Carter 4|
|12 George Miller||Russell Penn 16|
|27 Anime Linganzi||Sam Deering 8|
|10 Will Hatfield||Shaun Harrad 14|
|23 Padraig Amond||Darryl Duffy 9|
|Anime Linganzi for James Beattie (74)||Sam Deering for Jermaine McGlashan (58)|
|Padraig Amond for James Gray (89)||Darren Carter for Kaid Mohamed (59)|
|Shaun Harrad for Byron Harrison (81)|
|Luke Joyce (30)||Michael Hector (55)|
|Byron Harrison (80)|
|Sido Jombarti (86)|
|· Squads: Accrington Stanley | Cheltenham Town|