League Two
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Tom Pett struck twice as Stevenage thumped Cheltenham to claim just their second win in 12 league games.

After a poor end to last year saw Boro plummet down the League Two table, this was the ideal start to 2018 as they came back emphatically despite falling behind very early on.

Cheltenham led inside 90 seconds when Brian Graham found Mohamed Eisa in space and the Robins' top scorer was allowed to wander towards the area before scoring at the near post.

But Stevenage equalised halfway through the first half as Scott Flinders kept out Ronnie Henry's deflected cross, only for Matt Godden to turn in the rebound.

Boro then went ahead when Pett beat a hesitant Flinders to a loose ball before rolling the ball into an empty net via the inside of the post.

The hosts had a two-goal cushion when Danny Newton slotted home after not being closed down and Pett added his second of the afternoon with two minutes left.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 1Fryer
  • 25HenryBooked at 20mins
  • 5Franks
  • 4King
  • 3Martin
  • 11Pett
  • 2Smith
  • 30McKeeSubstituted forGormanat 86'minutes
  • 10Kennedy
  • 19NewtonSubstituted forSamuelat 75'minutes
  • 24GoddenSubstituted forGrayat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Wilkinson
  • 7Whelpdale
  • 15Samuel
  • 16Day
  • 17Gorman
  • 31Gray
  • 33Wilmot

Cheltenham

  • 24Flinders
  • 28Moore
  • 2Grimes
  • 15BoyleSubstituted forBowerat 80'minutes
  • 11Winchester
  • 8Dawson
  • 6Atangana
  • 4StorerSubstituted forLloydat 79'minutes
  • 25Morrell
  • 20Eisa
  • 21GrahamSubstituted forWrightat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Wright
  • 18Bower
  • 22Lovett
  • 27Hinds
  • 50Lloyd
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
1,989

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stevenage 4, Cheltenham Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stevenage 4, Cheltenham Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Fraser Franks (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Jamie Gray replaces Matt Godden.

  6. Post update

    Alex Samuel (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Dawson (Cheltenham Town).

  8. Post update

    Joe Fryer (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town).

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Stevenage 4, Cheltenham Town 1. Tom Pett (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Samuel.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Dale Gorman replaces Mark McKee.

  12. Post update

    Foul by George Lloyd (Cheltenham Town).

  13. Post update

    Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Kevin Dawson (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ben Kennedy (Stevenage).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Carl Winchester.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Taylor Moore.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Matt Bower replaces William Boyle.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. George Lloyd replaces Kyle Storer.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Jamie Grimes.

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