Scunthorpe extended their unbeaten run to six games with victory over struggling Cheltenham.

The Iron took an early lead when Etienne Esajas fired home a left-footed effort from the edge of the box.

David Syers and Jamie Spencer both missed chances to extend the hosts' lead while Jamie Cureton missed a great chance for the Robins.

The points were finally wrapped up through Sam Winnall's close-range effort late on.

The win moves Scunthorpe into the top seven while Cheltenham drop to third-bottom.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Scunthorpe manager Brian Laws told BBC Radio Humberside:

The first half, I thought we dominated large periods of the game, and we should really have seen the game out and buried it

When you miss opportunities to get your second or even third, they've still got something to hold on to.

In the second half, they took the gamble and pushed onto us. We had a couple of scary moments, but always needed that second goal.

Cheltenham Town boss Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"We've got to keep working hard and keep believing - believing is not saying the right thing, it's doing the right thing and at the minute we're just a little bit short.

"I think the supporters saw the effort and all the commitment. Everyone's just got to keep working and raising their game.

"For 60 minutes of the game today, I thought we were the better team but we've lost."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Scunthorpe United

  • 01 Slocombe
  • 26 Byrne
  • 03 Dawson Booked
  • 06 Canavan
  • 05 Mirfin
  • 10 Esajas (Hawkridge - 66' )
  • 24 Syers
  • 07 Sparrow
  • 04 McAllister
  • 28 Spencer (Iwelumo - 83' )
  • 08 Burton (Winnall - 66' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 20 Howe
  • 16 Adelakun
  • 14 Hawkridge
  • 09 Iwelumo
  • 29 Winnall
  • 13 Severn
  • 15 Waterfall

Cheltenham Town

  • 01 Brown
  • 14 Richards
  • 05 Brown
  • 02 Lowe (Jombati - 84' )
  • 26 Wilson
  • 04 Taylor
  • 16 Penn
  • 11 McGlashan
  • 25 Noble Booked (Cureton - 52' )
  • 09 Harrison
  • 10 Gornell (Kotwica - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Vincent
  • 06 Elliott
  • 07 Cureton
  • 12 Roberts
  • 08 Deering
  • 20 Jombati
  • 19 Kotwica
Ref: Darren Bond
Att: 3,191

Match Stats

Shots

14 11

On target

5 5

Corners

2 10

Fouls

12 18

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Scunthorpe United 2, Cheltenham Town 0.

90:00 +6:04 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 2, Cheltenham Town 0.

90:00 +4:18

David Syers (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +4:18

Foul by Russell Penn (Cheltenham Town).

90:00 +1:57

Attempt saved. Sido Jombati (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +0:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Scunthorpe United 2, Cheltenham Town 0. Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Terry Hawkridge.

88:00

Attempt missed. Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

86:57

Foul by Chris Iwelumo (Scunthorpe United).

86:57

Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:08

Terry Hawkridge (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:08

Foul by Sido Jombati (Cheltenham Town).

83:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Sido Jombati replaces Keith Lowe.

83:09

Attempt saved. Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

82:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Chris Iwelumo replaces James Spencer.

78:36

Hand ball by Russell Penn (Cheltenham Town).

77:19 Booking

Booking Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

77:06

Foul by Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United).

77:06

(Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Zachary Kotwica replaces Terry Gornell.

75:14

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Andy Dawson.

74:07 Booking

Booking Andy Dawson (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

74:00

Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

73:59

Foul by Andy Dawson (Scunthorpe United).

72:07

Foul by James Spencer (Scunthorpe United).

72:07

James Wilson (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:19

James Spencer (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:19

Foul by James Wilson (Cheltenham Town).

70:52

Foul by Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United).

70:52

Matthew Richards (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:42

Matthew Sparrow (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:42

Foul by Matthew Richards (Cheltenham Town).

68:53

Clifford Byrne (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:53

Foul by Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town).

67:54

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Clifford Byrne.

67:44

Foul by David Syers (Scunthorpe United).

67:44

Jason Taylor (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Terry Hawkridge replaces Etienne Esajas.

65:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Sam Winnall replaces Deon Burton.

64:51

Attempt missed. Jamie Cureton (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

64:24

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

64:11

Foul by Andy Dawson (Scunthorpe United).

64:11

Matthew Richards (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:52

Delay in match Sam Slocombe (Scunthorpe United) because of an injury.

62:21

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Andy Dawson.

60:08

Etienne Esajas (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60:08

Foul by Russell Penn (Cheltenham Town).

59:50

Attempt saved. Jamie Cureton (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

57:43

David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:43

Foul by Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town).

56:31

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Keith Lowe.

54:07

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Sean McAllister.

53:57

Attempt blocked. Russell Penn (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

53:23

Foul by Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United).

53:23

Russell Penn (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:28

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Andy Dawson.

52:01

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Andy Dawson.

51:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jamie Cureton replaces David Noble.

51:07

Attempt blocked. Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

49:10

James Spencer (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:10

Foul by David Noble (Cheltenham Town).

48:33

Attempt missed. David Syers (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

48:00

David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:57

Foul by Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town).

47:37

Foul by James Spencer (Scunthorpe United).

47:37

Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:13

David Syers (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:13

Foul by David Noble (Cheltenham Town).

45:34

Foul by James Spencer (Scunthorpe United).

45:34

James Wilson (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Scunthorpe United 1, Cheltenham Town 0.

45:00 +3:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Cheltenham Town 0.

45:00 +1:11

Attempt missed. Jason Taylor (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

45:00 +0:17

Attempt missed. David Syers (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

43:11

Attempt missed. Matthew Sparrow (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

42:22

Matthew Sparrow (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:22

Foul by Jason Taylor (Cheltenham Town).

41:58

Attempt saved. Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United) with an attempt from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

40:14

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Keith Lowe.

39:29

Attempt saved. Etienne Esajas (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

37:55

Attempt saved. Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

35:58

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Andy Dawson.

35:19

Attempt blocked. Russell Penn (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

32:46

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Niall Canavan.

32:20

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Niall Canavan.

31:54

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Clifford Byrne.

30:32

Andy Dawson (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:32

Foul by Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town).

29:28

Attempt missed. James Spencer (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

28:11

Attempt missed. Deon Burton (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

27:40

Attempt saved. Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

25:51

Foul by James Spencer (Scunthorpe United).

25:51

Jason Taylor (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:13

Attempt missed. Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

23:51

Attempt saved. Etienne Esajas (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

20:19

Attempt missed. David Syers (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

19:37 Booking

Booking David Noble (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

19:21

Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

19:21

Foul by David Noble (Cheltenham Town).

16:20

Foul by Etienne Esajas (Scunthorpe United).

16:20

Keith Lowe (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:02

Matthew Sparrow (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

14:02

Foul by Matthew Richards (Cheltenham Town).

12:57

Attempt missed. James Spencer (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

10:37

Attempt missed. Etienne Esajas (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

9:05

David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:05

Foul by Russell Penn (Cheltenham Town).

5:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Scunthorpe United 1, Cheltenham Town 0. Etienne Esajas (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Spencer.

4:45

Foul by Matthew Richards (Cheltenham Town).

4:45

Deon Burton (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:07

David Syers (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:07

Foul by Russell Penn (Cheltenham Town).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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