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Cheltenham Town 3-1 Walsall

Cheltenham cruised to victory over Walsall to keep their League Two promotion push on track.

The goals came from Max Sheaf, Conor Thomas and Alfie May, with Elijah Adebayo scoring a late consolation for the Saddlers.

Chris Hussey set up on-loan Hull midfielder Sheaf to slot in his second goal in two games in the 18th minute.

Walsall were forced to defend for most of the first half, but Wes McDonald's heavily deflected 41st-minute shot hit the post.

Cheltenham nearly scored again in the first minute of the second half when May forced Liam Roberts into a reaction save.

The home side were celebrating again in the 48th minute when May fed Sean Long on the right and his pull-back was fired in by Thomas for his fifth of the season.

Adebayo headed wide for Walsall from a good position in the 53rd minute after fellow substitute Cameron Norman's cross from the right.

May raced onto George Lloyd's pass and finished well in the 72nd minute for his second strike in two games since joining from Doncaster.

The result was not in doubt but Adebayo touched in Caolan Lavery's ball from the right to give the away fans something to cheer with 12 minutes remaining.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Cheltenham

  • 33Evans
  • 5Raglan
  • 4Tozer
  • 26Greaves
  • 11BroomSubstituted forLongat 15'minutes
  • 7Thomas
  • 8ClementsSubstituted forDoyle-Hayesat 73'minutes
  • 14SheafBooked at 52mins
  • 3Hussey
  • 10CampbellSubstituted forLloydat 64'minutes
  • 29MayBooked at 72mins

Substitutes

  • 2Long
  • 15Boyle
  • 17Debayo
  • 19Lloyd
  • 21Doyle-Hayes
  • 23Ince
  • 31Lapworth

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 5J ClarkeBooked at 57mins
  • 4Sadler
  • 6Scarr
  • 33JulesSubstituted forAdebayoat 45'minutes
  • 20BatesSubstituted forNormanat 51'minutes
  • 10Gordon
  • 15Holden
  • 8Kinsella
  • 25McDonald
  • 9Lavery

Substitutes

  • 2Norman
  • 11Adebayo
  • 13Rose
  • 14Roberts
  • 27Willis
  • 30Gaffney
  • 32Perry
Referee:
Paul Marsden
Attendance:
3,868

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Cheltenham Town 3, Walsall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 3, Walsall 1.

Attempt missed. George Lloyd (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Wesley McDonald.

George Lloyd (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Wesley McDonald (Walsall).

Attempt blocked. James Clarke (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Jake Doyle-Hayes (Cheltenham Town).

Rory Holden (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jake Doyle-Hayes (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Rory Holden (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Jacob Greaves (Cheltenham Town).

Caolan Lavery (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Alfie May (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by George Lloyd.

Jake Doyle-Hayes (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Elijah Adebayo (Walsall).

Foul by Chris Hussey (Cheltenham Town).

Cameron Norman (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Cameron Norman (Walsall).

Foul by Chris Hussey (Cheltenham Town).

Josh Gordon (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 3, Walsall 1. Elijah Adebayo (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Caolan Lavery with a cross.

Offside, Cheltenham Town. Jacob Greaves tries a through ball, but Alfie May is caught offside.

Hand ball by Caolan Lavery (Walsall).

Foul by Max Sheaf (Cheltenham Town).

Rory Holden (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jake Doyle-Hayes replaces Chris Clements.

Booking

Alfie May (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 3, Walsall 0. Alfie May (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by George Lloyd with a through ball.

Foul by Sean Long (Cheltenham Town).

James Clarke (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Caolan Lavery (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Rory Holden with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jacob Greaves.

Attempt missed. Josh Gordon (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Caolan Lavery.

Attempt saved. Alfie May (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by George Lloyd.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. George Lloyd replaces Tahvon Campbell.

Foul by Tahvon Campbell (Cheltenham Town).

Rory Holden (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon27165649292053
2Exeter26148437271050
3Cheltenham261111441212044
4Crewe25135747321544
5Plymouth25135740261444
6Bradford26128633221144
7Forest Green2712873223944
8Northampton2612683629742
9Colchester261011536241241
10Port Vale2691163331238
11Newport248972322133
12Walsall2796122636-1033
13Crawley2771193537-232
14Salford2788113338-532
15Scunthorpe2787123538-331
16Cambridge2787123033-331
17Grimsby257992529-430
18Mansfield2769123642-627
19Leyton Orient2669113343-1027
20Oldham2669112641-1527
21Carlisle2667132343-2025
22Macclesfield2561272427-324
23Morecambe2647152145-2419
24Stevenage26212121531-1618
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