In-form Cheltenham continued their promotion charge as they overcame Port Vale and extended their unbeaten run in League Two to nine games.

Marc Richards went close to scoring for Vale in an uneventful first half but the hosts went behind after the break thanks to Alan Bennett's header.

Brian Smikle extended the Robins' lead when his 14-yard shot flicked past home keeper Stuart Tomlinson's fingers.

Sean Rigg fired in a late consolation for the hosts from eight yards.

Cheltenham are now just one point behind leaders Crawley, who fought back late on to draw 1-1 with Oxford .

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Cheltenham Town assistant manager Neil Howarth told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"It wasn't the best advert for League Two, but it's a difficult place to come with a big open pitch and we had to adjust and acclimatise.

"We sat a bit deeper and we knew we would get more opportunities to push on and score as the game wore on.

"We didn't sign Bennett for his goalscoring, but everything he's done both on and off the pitch has been unbelievable."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Port Vale

  • 12 Tomlinson
  • 02 Yates Booked
  • 05 McCombe
  • 06 Owen (Williamson - 78' )
  • 15 Collins
  • 03 Taylor (Rigg - 23' )
  • 04 Griffith
  • 07 Loft Booked
  • 36 Myrie-Williams
  • 09 Richards
  • 11 Pope (Madjo - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 25 McDonald
  • 17 Rigg
  • 08 Dodds
  • 19 Williamson
  • 35 Madjo

Cheltenham

  • 01 Brown
  • 06 Elliott Booked
  • 15 Bennett
  • 19 Garbutt
  • 22 Jombati
  • 07 Pack
  • 08 Low (Smikle - 62' )
  • 16 Penn (Goulding - 62' )
  • 25 Summerfield
  • 09 Duffy (Lowe - 85' )
  • 23 Mohamed

Substitutes

  • 02 Lowe
  • 11 Smikle
  • 21 Graham
  • 10 Goulding
  • 14 Spencer
Ref: Haines
Att: 4,696

Match Stats

Shots

6 7

On target

3 5

Corners

11 1

Fouls

5 3

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:58 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +2:01

Corner taken left-footed by Sean Rigg, Alan Bennett makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:15

Inswinging corner taken by Sean Rigg from the right by-line, Scott P Brown makes a save.

85:58

Kaid Mohamed takes a shot. Save by Stuart Tomlinson.

84:41 Substitution

Substitution Keith Lowe comes on in place of Darryl Duffy.

81:38 Substitution

Substitution Guy Madjo replaces Tom Pope.

78:20 Goal scored

Goal! - Sean Rigg - Port Vale 1 - 2 Cheltenham Sean Rigg fires in a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Port Vale 1-2 Cheltenham.

77:53

Jennison Myrie-Williams takes a outswinging corner.

77:53 Substitution

Substitution Gareth Owen leaves the field to be replaced by Ben Williamson.

74:57

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sean Rigg, Gareth Owen has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

73:08

Darryl Duffy provided the assist for the goal.

73:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Brian Smikle - Port Vale 0 - 2 Cheltenham Goal scored by Brian Smikle from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Port Vale 0-2 Cheltenham.

71:05

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jennison Myrie-Williams.

67:34

Jeff Goulding takes a shot from a just insdie the box and strikes the post.

62:58

Assist by Sido Jombati.

62:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Alan Bennett - Port Vale 0 - 1 Cheltenham Alan Bennett scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Port Vale 0-1 Cheltenham.

62:37

Foul by Sean Rigg on Sido Jombati, free kick awarded. Sido Jombati delivers the ball,

61:21 Substitution

Substitution Jeff Goulding on for Russell Penn.

61:08 Substitution

Substitution Brian Smikle replaces Joshua Low.

59:36

Adam Yates delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from own half, clearance by Steve Elliott.

59:36 Booking

Booking Steve Elliott booked.

59:31

Steve Elliott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sean Rigg.

58:54

Corner taken right-footed by Marlon Pack from the right by-line, clearance made by John McCombe.

58:34

Darryl Duffy takes a shot. Save by Stuart Tomlinson.

55:54

The referee blows for offside. Scott P Brown restarts play with the free kick.

52:49

Luke Garbutt delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Doug Loft makes a clearance.

52:49 Booking

Booking Adam Yates is shown a yellow card.

52:38

Foul by Adam Yates on Kaid Mohamed, free kick awarded.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

38:36

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Doug Loft from the right by-line, save by Scott P Brown.

38:19

Marc Richards takes a shot. Marlon Pack gets a block in.

33:35

The referee blows for offside. Scott P Brown restarts play with the free kick.

33:13

Foul by Russell Penn on Anthony Griffith, free kick awarded. Gareth Owen takes the direct free kick.

31:48

The free kick is swung in right-footed by Luke Garbutt.

31:48 Booking

Booking Doug Loft goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

31:41

Luke Summerfield fouled by Doug Loft, the ref awards a free kick.

30:01

Marc Richards has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.

26:26

Corner taken by Doug Loft from the right by-line, Russell Penn makes a clearance.

25:03

Marlon Pack has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

24:16

Inswinging corner taken by Jennison Myrie-Williams from the right by-line played to the near post, Luke Garbutt manages to make a clearance.

23:09

Jennison Myrie-Williams takes the outswinging corner, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Bennett by Tom Pope. Scott P Brown restarts play with the free kick.

22:17 Substitution

Substitution Robert Taylor goes off and Sean Rigg comes on.

20:07

Tom Pope is caught offside. Scott P Brown takes the free kick.

18:34

Luke Summerfield takes a shot. Stuart Tomlinson makes a save.

15:18

Marc Richards has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.

14:56

Luke Summerfield is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Adam Yates takes the free kick.

13:42

Luke Summerfield fouled by Anthony Griffith, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Luke Garbutt.

6:04

Marc Richards has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright. Corner taken by Jennison Myrie-Williams from the right by-line, Alan Bennett makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jennison Myrie-Williams from the right by-line, clearance by Alan Bennett. Doug Loft is adjudged to have handled the ball. Scott P Brown takes the direct free kick.

5:37

Unfair challenge on Robert Taylor by Sido Jombati results in a free kick. Lee Collins restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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