Cheltenham held off a spirited Yate side to progress in the FA Cup.

In a thrilling opening exchange, the Robins took the lead when Tom Warren's clearance hit Bluebells team-mate Scott Thomas and rebounded into the net.

Non-league Yate saw efforts from Tom Knighton and Jake Cox hit the woodwork as they pushed for an equaliser.

Mohamed headed in Billy Jones's corner and substitute Chris Zebroski added a third late on to send Cheltenham through to the second round.

Yate, who play in the Southern League Division One South and West and sit 110 places below their opponents in the football pyramid, did have the ball in the net in the first half but James Harmer was ruled offside.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"I felt we limited them to very few opportunities, but they kept playing, trying to pass the ball and they can take massive credit in that.

"We always had more gears to step up to and their keeper made a lot of good saves today.

"They didn't deserve any more than three being put past them. They kept trying to play, they didn't deserve a pasting and I'm happy with three.

"The early goal helped settle us. We got good set piece delivery to score again, and we wasted chances to score more."

Yate Town captain Edd Vahid told BBC Radio Bristol:

"We didn't let our heads go down even if we thought it was going to be one of those days.

"We showed character to play our way back in to the game and maybe could have nicked a goal.

"The fans were out-singing the Cheltenham fans and that was pretty special.

"They were absolutely fantastic and the ovation at the end was fantastic. The lads didn't let them down."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Cheltenham

  • 01 Brown
  • 02 Lowe
  • 03 Jones
  • 15 Bennett
  • 22 Jombati
  • 08 Deering
  • 16 Penn
  • 20 D'Ath (Pack - 46' )
  • 09 Duffy (Goulding - 61' )
  • 14 Harrad (Zebroski - 61' )
  • 23 Mohamed

Substitutes

  • 12 Roberts
  • 17 Andrew
  • 07 Pack
  • 11 McGlashan
  • 34 Hanks
  • 10 Goulding
  • 26 Zebroski

Yate

  • 01 Dempsey
  • 02 Warren
  • 03 Cox
  • 05 Thomas
  • 08 Vahid
  • 04 Purnell (Bryant - 88' )
  • 06 Wring
  • 07 Groves
  • 11 Harmer (Meaker - 73' )
  • 09 Page (Hiroli - 88' )
  • 10 Knigton

Substitutes

  • 19 Ancin
  • 16 Cousins
  • 17 Price
  • 15 Bryant
  • 12 Meaker
  • 14 Hiroli
  • 18 Sarr
Ref: Phillips
Att: 3,055

Match Stats

Shots

24 10

On target

13 3

Corners

13 1

Fouls

12 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:20 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +3:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jacob Cox by Chris Zebroski. Direct free kick taken by Josh Dempsey.

90:00 +2:41

Michael Meaker sends in a cross, Alan Bennett makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Zebroski - Cheltenham 3 - 0 Yate Chris Zebroski grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cheltenham 3-0 Yate.

90:00 +0:06

Foul by Chris Zebroski on Jacob Cox, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jacob Cox.

89:41

Shot on goal by Sam Deering from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

89:20

Adnam Hiroli delivers the ball, Alan Bennett makes a clearance.

87:22 Substitution

Substitution Mike Bryant replaces Harley Purnell.

87:22 Substitution

Substitution Mitchell Page goes off and Adnam Hiroli comes on.

87:22

Russell Penn has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

86:47

A cross is delivered by Chris Zebroski.

85:15

Jeff Goulding takes a shot. Save made by Josh Dempsey.

84:36

Chris Zebroski takes a shot.

82:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jacob Cox by Chris Zebroski. Jacob Cox takes the free kick.

81:53

Harley Purnell takes a shot. Save by Scott Brown.

81:34

Sam Deering sends in a cross, save by Josh Dempsey.

80:30

Sam Deering takes a shot. Blocked by Edd Vahid. Corner taken left-footed by Billy Jones from the right by-line to the near post, Harley Purnell makes a clearance. Corner taken by Billy Jones.

79:19

Billy Jones sends in a cross, Jeff Goulding takes a shot from close range clearing the crossbar.

78:28

The ball is swung over by Michael Meaker.

77:11

Inswinging corner taken by Billy Jones from the right by-line, Chris Zebroski takes a shot. Save made by Josh Dempsey.

76:33

Effort from the edge of the box by Chris Zebroski goes wide of the right-hand upright.

75:59

Shot from 35 yards by Sam Deering missed to the right of the goal.

75:37

The ball is delivered by Jeff Goulding, Edd Vahid manages to make a clearance.

74:47

Michael Meaker challenges Billy Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Brown takes the direct free kick.

73:51

Michael Meaker produces a cross, Alan Bennett makes a clearance.

73:13

Jeff Goulding gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Thomas. Direct free kick taken by Jacob Cox.

72:15 Substitution

Substitution Michael Meaker comes on in place of James Harmer.

72:15

Shot by Harley Purnell from a long way out goes over the net.

70:50

Matt Groves has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.

69:37

A cross is delivered by Billy Jones, clearance made by Scott Thomas.

68:01

Chris Zebroski challenges Jacob Cox unfairly and gives away a free kick. Josh Dempsey takes the free kick.

64:24

The assist for the goal came from Billy Jones.

64:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Kaid Mohamed - Cheltenham 2 - 0 Yate Kaid Mohamed grabs a headed goal from close in. Cheltenham 2-0 Yate.

63:43

Corner taken left-footed by Billy Jones,

62:44

Sido Jombati crosses the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Russell Penn misses to the left of the target.

62:10

Billy Jones crosses the ball, Jacob Cox manages to make a clearance.

59:38 Substitution

Substitution Shaun Harrad goes off and Chris Zebroski comes on.

59:38 Substitution

Substitution (Cheltenham) makes a substitution, with Jeff Goulding coming on for Darryl Duffy.

59:38

Scott Thomas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Harrad. Strike comes in from Billy Jones from the free kick.

58:20

Marlon Pack takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Warren. Billy Jones takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Edd Vahid.

57:56

Short corner taken by Billy Jones from the left by-line.

56:32

Effort from a long way out by Jacob Cox goes wide right of the goal.

55:31

Matt Groves takes a shot. Save by Scott Brown.

54:28

Sam Deering challenges Edd Vahid unfairly and gives away a free kick. Josh Dempsey takes the free kick.

53:28

Scott Thomas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darryl Duffy. Russell Penn takes the free kick.

51:26

Darryl Duffy concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Thomas. Free kick taken by Josh Dempsey.

48:54

The ball is swung over by Darryl Duffy, Headed effort from inside the area by Shaun Harrad misses to the left of the goal.

46:34

Sam Deering fouled by Harley Purnell, the ref awards a free kick. Marlon Pack produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Billy Jones takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, blocked by Edd Vahid. Sido Jombati takes a shot. Tom Warren gets a block in. Billy Jones takes the inswinging corner, Scott Thomas manages to make a clearance.

45:50

The ball is sent over by Tom Warren, Alan Bennett manages to make a clearance.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Marlon Pack replaces Lawson D'Ath.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +0:36

The ball is delivered by Edd Vahid.

44:24

Billy Jones produces a cross, save by Josh Dempsey.

42:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Russell Penn on Harley Purnell. Harley Purnell takes the direct free kick.

41:23

Centre by Billy Jones, clearance made by Scott Thomas. Billy Jones takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Tom Warren.

40:11

Billy Jones sends in a cross, Edd Vahid takes a shot. Save by Josh Dempsey.

39:00

Danny Wring takes the inswinging corner, Scott Brown makes a save.

37:13

The referee blows for offside against James Harmer. Keith Lowe takes the indirect free kick.

34:22

Shaun Harrad takes a shot. Josh Dempsey makes a save.

34:14

Sam Deering sends in a cross, Tom Warren makes a clearance.

33:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lawson D'Ath on Edd Vahid. Jacob Cox takes the free kick.

28:23

Jacob Cox produces a cross, clearance made by Alan Bennett.

27:13

Billy Jones takes a corner.

25:24

Russell Penn takes a shot. Save made by Josh Dempsey. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Billy Jones, Keith Lowe takes a shot. Edd Vahid gets a block in.

23:21

Matt Groves delivers the ball.

21:03

Lawson D'Ath takes a shot. Save made by Josh Dempsey. Corner taken by Billy Jones, clearance made by Tom Warren. Corner taken short by Billy Jones.

20:14

Shaun Harrad has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

17:10

Tom Warren challenges Kaid Mohamed unfairly and gives away a free kick. Billy Jones takes the free kick.

15:51

Matt Groves produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.

14:22

Sido Jombati challenges Jacob Cox unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Josh Dempsey.

13:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mitchell Page by Keith Lowe. Tom Warren restarts play with the free kick.

13:34

The ball is crossed by Sam Deering.

11:59

Shot on goal by Darryl Duffy from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

8:04

A cross is delivered by Sam Deering, save by Josh Dempsey.

5:37

Matt Groves fouled by Sido Jombati, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Jacob Cox,

4:42

Shot from a long way out by Tom Knigton goes wide of the left-hand post.

3:17

James Harmer delivers the ball, Header from inside the area by Tom Knigton bounces off the post.

2:31

Kaid Mohamed takes a shot. Save made by Josh Dempsey.

2:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott Thomas - Cheltenham 1 - 0 Yate Scott Thomas scores an own goal. Cheltenham 1-0 Yate.

1:22

The assistant referee flags for offside against Mitchell Page. Free kick taken by Alan Bennett.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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