Oxford United's promotion push suffered a blow after Jamie Cureton's late goal rescued a point for Cheltenham.

The U's dominated for the first hour with David Connolly, James Constable, Ryan Williams and Josh Ruffels all going close for the hosts.

Oxford winger Williams charged through to open the scoring from 15 yards after latching onto a defensive error.

Cheltenham levelled after Cureton deflected Zack Kotwica's shot past Ryan Clarke and they held on for a point.

The U's have now gone five games without a win as their automatic promotion hopes continue to fade.

Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates told BBC Gloucestershire:

"We created a few problems of our own with a few scrambles at the end.

"I'm a bit disappointed we didn't get more from the game, as we had a couple of really good chances in the second half.

"But we showed a lot of character to come back against a decent side.

"We've come back and got something out of it when we could have dropped and faded away."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Oxford United

  • 01 Clarke
  • 13 Hunt
  • 03 Newey
  • 19 Mullins
  • 04 Raynes Booked
  • 06 Wright
  • 15 Williams Booked
  • 37 Ruffels
  • 24 Connolly
  • 10 Smalley (Potter - 73' Booked )
  • 09 Constable

Substitutes

  • 07 Rigg
  • 11 Potter
  • 16 Whing
  • 17 Rose
  • 18 Davies
  • 22 Wroe
  • 23 Henly

Cheltenham Town

  • 01 Brown
  • 28 Ihiekwe Booked
  • 20 Jombati
  • 14 Richards
  • 05 Brown
  • 06 Elliott
  • 11 McGlashan Booked
  • 08 Deering (Kotwica - 74' )
  • 09 Harrison (Cureton - 61' )
  • 10 Gornell
  • 21 Vincent (Noble - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Taylor
  • 07 Cureton
  • 12 Roberts
  • 19 Kotwica
  • 22 Braham-Barrett
  • 25 Noble
  • 32 Brundle
Ref: Tim Robinson
Att: 4,606

Match Stats

Shots

7 9

On target

2 3

Corners

4 5

Fouls

8 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Oxford United 1, Cheltenham Town 1.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Oxford United 1, Cheltenham Town 1.

87:06

Hand ball by Sido Jombati (Cheltenham Town).

85:07

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Terry Gornell.

84:39

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Jermaine McGlashan.

83:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Oxford United 1, Cheltenham Town 1. Jamie Cureton (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

83:29

Attempt blocked. Zack Kotwica (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

82:51

Foul by Alfie Potter (Oxford United).

82:51

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

81:27

David Hunt (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:27

Foul by Zack Kotwica (Cheltenham Town).

77:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Oxford United 1, Cheltenham Town 0. Ryan Williams (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

76:10

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Jake Wright.

75:48

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

75:28 Booking

Booking Michael Raynes (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

75:13

Foul by Michael Raynes (Oxford United).

75:13

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

73:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Zack Kotwica replaces Sam Deering.

72:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. Alfie Potter replaces Dean Smalley.

72:10

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

71:47

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Michael Raynes.

71:27

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

70:00

David Connolly (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:00

Foul by Steve Elliott (Cheltenham Town).

65:31

Tom Newey (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:31

Foul by Jamie Cureton (Cheltenham Town).

65:19

Attempt missed. Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

64:10

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Sido Jombati.

61:41

Foul by Dean Smalley (Oxford United).

61:41

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

60:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jamie Cureton replaces Byron Harrison.

60:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cheltenham Town. David Noble replaces Ashley Vincent.

59:02

Foul by Dean Smalley (Oxford United).

59:02

Steve Elliott (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:36

Hand ball by Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town).

54:47

Attempt missed. Steve Elliott (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

54:18

Foul by Tom Newey (Oxford United).

54:18

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

53:03

Attempt missed. John Mullins (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

52:02

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Jake Wright.

50:07

Attempt saved. Ryan Williams (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

47:32 Booking

Booking Michael Ihiekwe (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

45:00

Second Half begins Oxford United 0, Cheltenham Town 0.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Oxford United 0, Cheltenham Town 0.

45:00 +0:29

Attempt missed. James Constable (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

41:00

Dean Smalley (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:58

Foul by Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town).

36:46

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

31:07

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

28:38

Attempt missed. Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

28:30

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Matthew Richards.

27:00

Ryan Williams (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:00

Foul by Ashley Vincent (Cheltenham Town).

23:44

Foul by John Mullins (Oxford United).

23:44

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

23:08

Dean Smalley (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:08

Foul by Sido Jombati (Cheltenham Town).

22:00

Dean Smalley (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:55

Foul by Sido Jombati (Cheltenham Town).

21:25

Michael Raynes (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:25

Foul by Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town).

19:45

Attempt missed. James Constable (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

17:17 Booking

Booking Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

17:04

Dean Smalley (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

17:04

Foul by Michael Ihiekwe (Cheltenham Town).

10:28

Foul by Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town).

10:28

Dean Smalley (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:54

Attempt missed. Matthew Richards (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

7:52

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Josh Ruffels.

7:32

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Tom Newey.

4:16

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

4:16

Foul by Ryan Williams (Oxford United).

3:31

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

3:31

Foul by John Mullins (Oxford United).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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