March 2, 2013
Robins soar to beat Dons
Cheltenham re-ignited their play-off hopes with a hard-fought 2-1 victory that sent AFC Wimbledon to the foot of League Two on goal difference
Goals from Steve Elliott and Darren Carter secured the win but the Robins had to endure a late onslaught after Dons substitute Brennan Dickenson rifled in an effort with his first touch.
Cheltenham almost took the lead after eight minutes when Sam Deering turned a Billy Jones cross into the path of Carter and his low curling shot forced veteran keeper Neil Sullivan into an excellent diving save.
The opener came two minutes later when Jones curled a brilliant free-kick into the six yard box for the incoming Elliott to direct a header into the bottom right-hand corner.
Carter doubled the Cheltenham lead after 57 minutes, rounding off a flowing move with a well-placed effort into the bottom left of the goal.
Dickenson's 61st minute effort handed the visitors a lifeline and they should have levelled 15 minutes from time when the substitute took the ball past goalkeeper Scott Brown before picking out Jack Midson, but his shot sailed over the crossbar.
|Cheltenham Town||AFC Wimbledon|
|1 Scott P Brown||35 Neil Sullivan|
|3 Billy Jones||39 Alan Bennett|
|6 Steve Elliott||5 Pim Balkestein|
|2 Keith Lowe||6 Mat Mitchell-King|
|27 Michael Hector||44 Chris Hussey|
|4 Darren Carter||11 Luke Moore|
|16 Russell Penn||8 Sammy Moore|
|25 Jason Taylor||12 Harry Pell|
|8 Sam Deering||14 Jessie Darco|
|7 Marlon Pack||28 Gary Alexander|
|19 Paul Benson||10 Jack Midson|
|12 Connor Roberts||Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz 33|
|22 Sido Jombarti||Warren Cummings 3|
|11 Jermaine McGlashan||Stacy Long 7|
|23 Kaid Mohamed||Rashid Yussuff 23|
|14 Shaun Harrad||Kevin Sainte-Luce 16|
|9 Darryl Duffy||Brennan Dickenson 9|
|29 Byron Harrison||Charlie Strutton 21|
|Kaid Mohamed for Darren Carter (71)||Kevin Sainte-Luce for Luke Moore (62)|
|Byron Harrison for Paul Benson (80)||Brennan Dickenson for Jessie Darco (62)|
|Jermaine McGlashan for Russell Penn (86)||Charlie Strutton for Jack Midson (76)|
|Darren Carter (49)||Chris Hussey (49)|
|Russell Penn (83)||Pim Balkestein (84)|
|Brennan Dickenson (90)|
|· Squads: Cheltenham Town | AFC Wimbledon|