February 12, 2013
Robins fly into automatic spots
Cheltenham moved up into the automatic promotion places with a 2-1 win at Southend.
Midfielder Marlon Pack put the Robins in front from the penalty spot in the 13th minute after Shrimpers midfielder Alex Woodyard had needlessly brought down Russell Penn inside the penalty area.
Pack rolled the spot kick in to the right-hand side of the goal, with Southend goalkeeper Paul Smith diving in the opposite direction.
Boyhood Southend fan Paul Benson then doubled Cheltenham's lead in the 38th minute when he capitalised on a defensive mix-up between centre back Michael Spillane and Smith to prod the ball into the back of the net.
The strike handed Benson his first Cheltenham goal and killed off a disjointed Southend side who created few clear-cut chances.
However, they did bag a last-gasp consolation when the on-loan Ben Reeves guided a right footed shot in to the top right-hand corner of the net.
|Southend United||Cheltenham Town|
|1 Paul Smith||1 Scott P Brown|
|16 Luke Prosser||6 Steve Elliott|
|2 Sean Clohessy||2 Keith Lowe|
|4 Michael Spillane||22 Sido Jombarti|
|3 Anthony Straker||27 Michael Hector|
|26 Ben Reeves||16 Russell Penn|
|14 Kevan Hurst||25 Jason Taylor|
|27 Marc Laird||7 Marlon Pack|
|11 Danny Mayor||11 Jermaine McGlashan|
|30 Alex Woodyard||19 Paul Benson|
|10 Barry Corr||29 Byron Harrison|
|17 Daniel Bentley||Connor Roberts 12|
|5 Graham Coughlan||Billy Jones 3|
|18 Ryan Leonard||Luke McCullough 24|
|19 John Spicer||Sam Deering 8|
|9 Neil Harris||Kaid Mohamed 23|
|20 Britt Assombalonga||Shaun Harrad 14|
|13 Caolan Lavery||Darryl Duffy 9|
|Britt Assombalonga for Marc Laird (37)||Kaid Mohamed for Paul Benson (58)|
|Ryan Leonard for Alex Woodyard (64)||Darryl Duffy for Byron Harrison (81)|
|Caolan Lavery for Danny Mayor (81)||Sam Deering for Russell Penn (87)|
|Scott P Brown (84)|
|· Squads: Southend United | Cheltenham Town|