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Cheltenham Town 2-1 Morecambe

Cheltenham moved into the League Two play-off places as first-half goals from Conor Thomas and Alfie May secured a home win over struggling Morecambe.

Thomas opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 32nd minute after a clumsy challenge from ex-Robins full-back Jordan Cranston on Luke Varney in the box.

May added the second three minutes later, racing through after Morecambe conceded possession in their own half and finishing confidently for his fourth goal in five starts since joining from Doncaster last month.

Morecambe then asked a few questions early in the second half, but they failed to seriously test home goalkeeper Owen Evans.

May set up substitute Tom Nichols for a chance in the 70th minute but he could not bundle the ball over the line from close range.

But A-Jay Leitch-Smith's 84th-minute finish from Adam Phillips' pass gave Morecambe hope.

They were close to a leveller, with Ben Tozer blocking a Cole Stockton effort on the line and Leitch-Smith hitting the bar as Cheltenham held on to climb into eighth.

Morecambe remain four points clear of the drop zone after Stevenage lost 3-0 at home to Leyton Orient.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Cheltenham

  • 33Evans
  • 5RaglanBooked at 44mins
  • 4Tozer
  • 26Greaves
  • 2Long
  • 14SheafSubstituted forInceat 67'minutes
  • 7ThomasSubstituted forBroomat 51'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21Doyle-HayesBooked at 90mins
  • 3Hussey
  • 29May
  • 32VarneyBooked at 64minsSubstituted forNicholsat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Broom
  • 15Boyle
  • 16Addai
  • 17Debayo
  • 23Ince
  • 31Lapworth
  • 34Nichols

Morecambe

  • 37Mafoumbi
  • 34MbuluBooked at 90mins
  • 5Old
  • 16Lavelle
  • 33Cranston
  • 31Phillips
  • 15WildigBooked at 87mins
  • 32DiagouragaSubstituted forLeitch-Smithat 64'minutes
  • 19Mendes GomesSubstituted forBradburyat 83'minutes
  • 9Stockton
  • 29SlewSubstituted forKenyonat 55'minutesBooked at 71mins

Substitutes

  • 3Conlan
  • 4Kenyon
  • 10Leitch-Smith
  • 14Brewitt
  • 21Halstead
  • 27Bradbury
Referee:
David Rock
Attendance:
3,044

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamMorecambe
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home7
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Cheltenham Town 2, Morecambe 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 2, Morecambe 1.

Booking

Cole Stockton (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Cole Stockton (Morecambe).

Attempt saved. Adam Phillips (Morecambe) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Jake Doyle-Hayes (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jake Doyle-Hayes (Cheltenham Town).

Aaron Wildig (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Adam Phillips (Morecambe).

Booking

Ryan Broom (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Broom (Cheltenham Town).

Alex Kenyon (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Nichols (Cheltenham Town).

Steven Old (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Steven Old (Morecambe) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Phillips with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Chris Hussey.

Attempt blocked. Cole Stockton (Morecambe) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Mbulu.

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

Foul by Harvey Bradbury (Morecambe).

Booking

Aaron Wildig (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alfie May (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aaron Wildig (Morecambe).

A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Morecambe) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box following a corner.

Attempt missed. Cole Stockton (Morecambe) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Cranston with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Rohan Ince.

Attempt blocked. Cole Stockton (Morecambe) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Phillips.

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 2, Morecambe 1. A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Morecambe) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Phillips.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Harvey Bradbury replaces Carlos Mendes Gomes.

Attempt saved. Adam Phillips (Morecambe) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Kenyon.

Attempt blocked. Jake Doyle-Hayes (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alfie May.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Wildig (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Phillips.

Sam Lavelle (Morecambe) hits the left post with a header from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Adam Phillips with a cross.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Ryan Broom.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Charlie Raglan.

Alfie May (Cheltenham Town) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Ryan Broom with a through ball.

Foul by Charlie Raglan (Cheltenham Town).

Christian Mbulu (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Alex Kenyon (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alfie May (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon31185855352059
2Crewe30167755361955
3Plymouth29166748301854
4Exeter3015964032854
5Northampton30157845311452
6Colchester311213642281449
7Cheltenham291212544242048
8Bradford31121183631547
9Forest Green31129103733445
10Port Vale31111283938145
11Salford311010114141040
12Newport2810992725239
13Crawley31912104444039
14Oldham31812113444-1036
15Walsall31106153043-1336
16Cambridge3198143343-1035
17Grimsby29810113236-434
18Leyton Orient31810133948-934
19Scunthorpe3189144048-833
20Carlisle3089133248-1633
21Mansfield31710144350-731
22Macclesfield30713102833-528
23Morecambe3168172853-2526
24Stevenage31313152139-1822
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