Cheltenham Town, last season's beaten play-off finalists, opened the new League Two season with a home win against Dagenham & Redbridge.

Bury loanee Shaun Harrad found the net on his league debut for the Robins, prodding home a Sido Jombati cross in first-half stoppage time.

Winger Jermaine McGlashan doubled the lead four minutes after the break, firing in from 25 yards.

Medy Elito and Michael Spillane both missed good chances for the Daggers.

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Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"It's the first time I've won on the first day of the season so I'm delighted with that. We got a clean sheet, lots of positives and there's plenty to work on.

"It was never going to be perfect today. It was really hot and they had to put in a real effort.

"Shaun Harrad is here to score goals and he will. I believe if he plays 35 games, he will score 20-25 goals.

"I think today has just reinforced what we already knew. We have a good squad of players, we can compete with the best, fitness wise we're strong, but it also reinforces I need another player at least yet."

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Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Cheltenham

  • 01 Brown
  • 03 Jones
  • 05 Hooman
  • 06 Elliott
  • 22 Jombati Booked
  • 07 Pack
  • 08 Deering (Goulding - 73' )
  • 11 McGlashan
  • 16 Penn
  • 14 Harrad (Duffy - 85' )
  • 26 Zebroski (Graham - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Roberts
  • 02 Lowe
  • 17 Andrew
  • 21 Graham
  • 34 Hanks
  • 09 Duffy
  • 10 Goulding

Dag & Red

  • 01 Lewington
  • 03 Ilesanmi Booked
  • 04 Doe
  • 06 Spillane
  • 18 Hoyte
  • 12 Elito
  • 17 Howell (Da Green - 85' )
  • 19 Ogogo
  • 24 Bingham
  • 20 Gayle Booked
  • 23 Woodall (Williams - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 30 Seabright
  • 02 Wilkinson
  • 21 Da Green
  • 07 Williams
  • 10 Scott
  • 14 Reed
  • 26 Dennis
Ref: Jeremy Simpson
Att: 2,655

Match Stats

Shots

8 9

On target

3 5

Corners

3 7

Fouls

4 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:58 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +4:12

Billy Bingham restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +4:12 Booking

Booking Sido Jombati goes into the referee's book.

90:00 +4:01

Sido Jombati challenges Danny Green unfairly and gives away a free kick.

90:00 +2:59

The referee blows for offside against Dwight Gayle. Scott Brown takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:40

The ball is swung over by Dwight Gayle.

90:00 +2:00

Sam Williams takes a shot. Scott Brown makes a save.

90:00 +0:32

The ball is swung over by Danny Green.

89:35

Scott Brown fouled by Sam Williams, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Brown.

87:44

The ball is sent over by Billy Bingham.

84:54 Substitution

Substitution Danny Green is brought on as a substitute for Luke Howell.

84:33 Substitution

Substitution Darryl Duffy on for Shaun Harrad.

82:46

Centre by Jermaine McGlashan.

81:42

Unfair challenge on Jermaine McGlashan by Medy Elito results in a free kick. Scott Brown restarts play with the free kick.

81:13 Substitution

Substitution Chris Zebroski goes off and Bagasan Graham comes on.

80:37

Corner from the left by-line taken by Medy Elito, Shaun Harrad manages to make a clearance.

78:29

Billy Bingham takes a shot. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Medy Elito.

74:57

Gavin Hoyte delivers the ball.

74:26

Jermaine McGlashan is caught offside. Femi Ilesanmi takes the indirect free kick.

72:25 Substitution

Substitution Jeff Goulding on for Sam Deering.

72:13

A cross is delivered by Chris Zebroski.

69:30 Booking

Booking Dwight Gayle goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

68:17 Substitution

Substitution (Dag & Red) makes a substitution, with Sam Williams coming on for Brian Woodall.

67:55

Shot from outside the box by Shaun Harrad goes wide right of the target.

66:20

Effort on goal by Gavin Hoyte from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

65:49

A cross is delivered by Gavin Hoyte, clearance by Steve Elliott.

63:20

The ball is swung over by Abu Ogogo.

62:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Harry Hooman on Billy Bingham. Chris Lewington takes the free kick.

61:47

Marlon Pack crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by Scott Doe.

61:47 Booking

Booking Femi Ilesanmi is shown a yellow card.

61:43

Unfair challenge on Jermaine McGlashan by Femi Ilesanmi results in a free kick.

60:59

Medy Elito sends in a cross, Scott Brown makes a clearance.

60:28

Luke Howell delivers the ball, save by Scott Brown.

59:04

The ball is crossed by Russell Penn, Chris Lewington makes a save.

58:35

Outswinging corner taken by Billy Jones from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Medy Elito.

58:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine McGlashan by Luke Howell. Free kick taken by Marlon Pack.

57:47

The offside flag is raised against Russell Penn. Free kick taken by Chris Lewington.

55:01

Corner from the left by-line taken by Medy Elito, Brian Woodall has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.

53:26

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Billy Jones, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Harry Hooman misses to the right of the goal.

50:45

The ball is sent over by Femi Ilesanmi.

48:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Jermaine McGlashan - Cheltenham 2 - 0 Dag & Red Jermaine McGlashan finds the net with a goal from a long way out to the top left corner of the goal. Cheltenham 2-0 Dag & Red.

46:08

Chris Zebroski takes a shot. Save made by Chris Lewington.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:04 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +0:24

Assist on the goal came from Sam Deering.

45:00 +0:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Shaun Harrad - Cheltenham 1 - 0 Dag & Red Shaun Harrad fires in a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Cheltenham 1-0 Dag & Red.

43:47

Centre by Chris Zebroski.

42:12

Billy Bingham sends in a cross, save by Scott Brown.

41:12

Shot by Sam Deering from deep inside the penalty box bounces off the post.

39:39

Centre by Abu Ogogo, clearance made by Sido Jombati.

38:14

Dwight Gayle produces a right-footed shot from just inside the penalty area and strikes the post.

37:00

The referee blows for offside. Chris Lewington restarts play with the free kick.

36:37

Handball by Shaun Harrad. Michael Spillane restarts play with the free kick.

34:53

Chris Zebroski takes a shot. Save by Chris Lewington.

34:15

A cross is delivered by Billy Bingham, Scott Brown makes a save.

33:08

Inswinging corner taken by Medy Elito.

32:41

Abu Ogogo takes a shot. Clearance by Harry Hooman.

31:02

Billy Bingham takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Russell Penn.

30:39

Dwight Gayle takes a shot. Scott Brown makes a save.

27:39

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Medy Elito from the left by-line, clearance made by Steve Elliott.

25:28

Medy Elito takes a shot. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Billy Bingham, save made by Scott Brown.

22:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Doe on Sam Deering. Billy Jones takes the direct free kick.

21:24

Unfair challenge on Brian Woodall by Russell Penn results in a free kick. Brian Woodall shoots direct from the free kick.

20:34

The ball is swung over by Jermaine McGlashan.

19:35

Corner taken left-footed by Billy Jones, clearance by Brian Woodall.

17:57

Sam Deering produces a cross, clearance by Michael Spillane.

15:18

The ball is sent over by Shaun Harrad.

11:56

Centre by Medy Elito, save by Scott Brown.

10:26

The offside flag is raised against Chris Zebroski. Free kick taken by Chris Lewington.

8:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Billy Bingham by Sam Deering. Free kick taken by Chris Lewington.

6:01

Shot from just outside the penalty box by Jermaine McGlashan misses to the left of the target.

4:37

Billy Jones crosses the ball, clearance by Femi Ilesanmi.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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