Paul Benson grabbed an injury-time winner as Cheltenham Town moved into the League Two automatic promotion places with victory over play-off chasing Chesterfield.

Town edged a dull first half in which both teams struggled to create chances.

The Spireites improved after the break and were the more threatening, with Jack Lester shooting just wide.

But Benson snatched the points and ensured the Robins moved up to third when he headed in a Billy Jones cross.

Chesterfield are now 14th in the table, 11 points adrift of the play-offs.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Cheltenham Town goalscorer Paul Benson told BBC Gloucestershire:

"It wasn't pretty to watch and it wasn't too pretty to play in.

"It shows the importance of staying in the game. We defended magnificently and I thought they were immense.

"They won us the game because they kept us in the game.

"It goes to show you can do nothing in 90 minutes and then pop up with the winner - that's the beauty of being a centre forward."

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I've got no problem with the lads. Everyone loses games and tonight we've lost."

"We respect Cheltenham, because they're a very strong side, but our keeper has not had a shot to save."

"We've come under no pressure and at the minute we can't score."

"Sometimes when you go on these runs of not scoring, it seems to get harder and harder."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Cheltenham

  • 01 Brown
  • 02 Lowe
  • 03 Jones
  • 06 Elliott
  • 27 Hector
  • 04 Carter (Harrison - 65' )
  • 07 Pack
  • 08 Deering (Mohamed - 86' )
  • 16 Penn (McGlashan - 65' )
  • 25 Taylor
  • 19 Benson

Substitutes

  • 12 Roberts
  • 22 Jombati
  • 11 McGlashan
  • 09 Duffy
  • 14 Harrad
  • 23 Mohamed
  • 29 Harrison

Chesterfield

  • 01 Lee
  • 03 Smith Booked
  • 05 Trotman
  • 06 Hird
  • 21 Gnanduillet (Darwikwa - 81' )
  • 31 Cooper
  • 33 Townsend
  • 08 Togwell
  • 25 Talbot
  • 34 O'Shea
  • 09 Richards Booked (Lester - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 40 Barrington
  • 12 Darwikwa
  • 17 Brindley
  • 10 Whitaker
  • 23 Randall
  • 14 Lester
  • 41 Clark
Ref: Woolmer
Att: 2,195

Match Stats

Shots

7 9

On target

4 3

Corners

4 3

Fouls

8 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:46 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +1:22

The assist for the goal came from Billy Jones.

90:00 +1:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Benson - Cheltenham 1 - 0 Chesterfld Paul Benson grabs a headed goal from close range. Cheltenham 1-0 Chesterfield.

89:23

Corner taken by Conor Townsend from the right by-line, save by Scott Brown.

88:18

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

84:38 Substitution

Substitution Kaid Mohamed replaces Sam Deering.

84:38

Shot from outside the penalty box by Jack Lester goes wide right of the goal.

84:05

Paul Benson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neal Trotman. Tommy Lee restarts play with the free kick.

83:37

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jack Lester. Free kick taken by Scott Brown.

82:14

Sam Togwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Deering. Billy Jones restarts play with the free kick.

80:20

Free kick taken by Scott Brown.

80:20 Substitution

Substitution Tendayi Darikwa on for Armand Gnanduillet.

80:20

Armand Gnanduillet concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Taylor.

77:52

Byron Harrison concedes a free kick for a foul on Drew Talbot. Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

77:34

Drew Talbot produces a cross, clearance by Steve Elliott.

76:09

Shot from just outside the box by Jason Taylor goes over the target.

75:26

Inswinging corner taken by Billy Jones, Sam Togwell makes a clearance.

73:12

Free kick taken by Billy Jones.

73:12 Booking

Booking The referee books Nathan Smith for unsporting behaviour.

73:07

Nathan Smith challenges Jermaine McGlashan unfairly and gives away a free kick.

71:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Neal Trotman on Paul Benson. Jason Taylor takes the direct free kick.

70:26

The referee blows for offside. Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

69:21

The official flags Byron Harrison offside. Direct free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

68:48

Jack Lester takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

67:24

Corner from the right by-line taken by Billy Jones, save made by Tommy Lee.

66:03

The assistant referee signals for offside against Sam Deering. Tommy Lee takes the direct free kick.

63:38 Substitution

Substitution Jermaine McGlashan comes on in place of Russell Penn.

63:38 Substitution

Substitution Byron Harrison on for Darren Carter.

63:38

Short corner worked by Billy Jones.

60:50

Free kick taken by Scott Brown.

60:50 Substitution

Substitution Jack Lester is brought on as a substitute for Marc Richards.

60:50 Booking

Booking The referee books Marc Richards for unsporting behaviour.

60:36

Marc Richards handles the ball and concedes a free kick.

59:38

Sam Deering crosses the ball, save by Tommy Lee.

58:45

The ball is delivered by Nathan Smith, clearance made by Russell Penn.

56:41

Corner taken by Conor Townsend.

52:53

James O'Shea sends in a cross.

52:01

Sam Deering produces a cross.

50:40

Marc Richards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Hector. Scott Brown takes the direct free kick.

49:45

The official flags Russell Penn offside. Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

48:19

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

47:05

Marlon Pack concedes a free kick for a foul on Drew Talbot. Free kick taken by Conor Townsend.

46:15

Darren Carter has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

45:33

Armand Gnanduillet produces a cross, save by Scott Brown.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +1:22

Sam Togwell produces a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Marc Richards misses to the left of the goal.

45:00 +0:20

A cross is delivered by Conor Townsend, clearance by Steve Elliott.

41:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by James O'Shea on Marlon Pack. Steve Elliott takes the free kick.

38:44

A cross is delivered by Nathan Smith, clearance made by Steve Elliott. James O'Shea takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

37:11

Jason Taylor takes a shot. Save by Tommy Lee.

35:24

The official flags Paul Benson offside. Free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

32:23

Effort from a long way out by Sam Togwell goes wide right of the goal.

30:59

The ball is delivered by James O'Shea, Armand Gnanduillet takes a shot. Save by Scott Brown.

29:49

Billy Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Armand Gnanduillet. Direct free kick taken by James O'Shea.

28:02

Drew Talbot takes a shot. Blocked by Steve Elliott. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Conor Townsend. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James O'Shea by Jason Taylor. Free kick taken by Conor Townsend.

23:17

Russell Penn takes a shot. Clearance by Neal Trotman. Free kick awarded for a foul by Marlon Pack on Sam Togwell. Tommy Lee restarts play with the free kick.

22:46

Armand Gnanduillet takes a shot. Save by Scott Brown.

21:33

The ball is sent over by Keith Lowe.

19:44

The assistant referee signals for offside against Paul Benson. Free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

19:08

A cross is delivered by Sam Deering, clearance made by Liam Cooper.

16:29

Jason Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neal Trotman. Direct free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

12:34

Russell Penn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Togwell. Free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

12:12

Billy Jones crosses the ball, clearance made by Liam Cooper.

10:31

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

9:39

The ball is crossed by Sam Deering, Liam Cooper manages to make a clearance.

8:01

The official flags Paul Benson offside. Tommy Lee restarts play with the free kick.

4:21

Inswinging corner taken by Billy Jones from the right by-line played to the near post, Keith Lowe has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.

2:16

Darren Carter takes a shot. Save by Tommy Lee.

0:46

The official flags Armand Gnanduillet offside. Direct free kick taken by Scott Brown.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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