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Cheltenham Town 2-1 Northampton Town

Substitute Luke Varney scored a late winner as Cheltenham hit back from a goal down to defeat promotion rivals Northampton in League Two.

Varney was brought on in the 81st minute and soon tapped in from close range after Chris Hussey's corner was not dealt with by the visiting defence.

The Robins had to work hard to secure their fourth straight win and their sixth successive home victory after the Cobblers opened the scoring inside three minutes.

Charlie Goode's long throw was not dealt with and Ryan Watson controlled the ball well before firing into the bottom left corner.

The lead lasted for 16 minutes, with Jake Doyle-Hayes finding Ryan Broom, who made room for a shot which he curled beyond the dive of David Cornell from 20 yards.

A low drive from Sam Hoskins was well parried by Cheltenham goalkeeper Owen Evans in the 27th minute and loan forward Callum Morton also went close before half-time.

Northampton continued to ask questions after the break, with Lloyd Jones nodding a fine free-kick from Nicky Adams just wide in the 59th minute.

Varney set up Alfie May for a chance within seconds of joining the action, but Cornell saved well.

But Varney had the final say five minutes from time as Cheltenham moved within three points of the automatic promotion spots.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Cheltenham

  • 33Evans
  • 5RaglanBooked at 87mins
  • 4Tozer
  • 15BoyleBooked at 31mins
  • 2Long
  • 11Broom
  • 7Thomas
  • 21Doyle-Hayes
  • 3Hussey
  • 9ReidSubstituted forVarneyat 81'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 29MaySubstituted forAddaiat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Clements
  • 14Sheaf
  • 16Addai
  • 22Lovett
  • 26Greaves
  • 32Varney
  • 34Nichols

Northampton

  • 1Cornell
  • 5Goode
  • 33Jones
  • 6Turnbull
  • 23HarrimanBooked at 33mins
  • 8Watson
  • 14LinesBooked at 64mins
  • 10AdamsSubstituted forMcCormackat 87'minutes
  • 44AndersonSubstituted forWhartonat 45'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 7HoskinsSubstituted forMarshallat 86'minutes
  • 39MortonBooked at 84mins

Substitutes

  • 3Martin
  • 4McCormack
  • 12Pollock
  • 16Wharton
  • 20Warburton
  • 25Arnold
  • 45Marshall
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
2,934

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home16
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Cheltenham Town 2, Northampton Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 2, Northampton Town 1.

Alex Addai (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Watson (Northampton Town).

Attempt blocked. Alan McCormack (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Charlie Raglan.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Alex Addai replaces Alfie May.

Hand ball by Michael Harriman (Northampton Town).

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Sean Long.

Booking

Luke Varney (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Alan McCormack replaces Nicky Adams.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Mark Marshall replaces Sam Hoskins.

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 2, Northampton Town 1. Luke Varney (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Raglan (Cheltenham Town) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Chris Hussey with a cross.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Scott Wharton.

Attempt blocked. Sean Long (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

Booking

Callum Morton (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Callum Morton (Northampton Town).

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Michael Harriman.

Attempt saved. Alfie May (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Varney.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Luke Varney replaces Reuben Reid.

Attempt missed. Chris Hussey (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Scott Wharton (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ryan Broom (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Wharton (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. Ryan Watson (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Hoskins following a corner.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Charlie Raglan.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by William Boyle.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Nicky Adams.

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

Foul by Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. Lloyd Jones (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Callum Morton with a cross.

Foul by Conor Thomas (Cheltenham Town).

Lloyd Jones (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Alfie May (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Alfie May (Cheltenham Town).

Ryan Watson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Chris Lines (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon34206860372366
2Crewe34197862402264
3Exeter34189750381263
4Plymouth34188854371762
5Cheltenham341612650272360
6Colchester351413849351455
7Northampton351671250381255
8Port Vale35141384842655
9Bradford351312104237551
10Forest Green351210134140146
11Cambridge35129143844-645
12Crawley351014114746144
13Salford351111134546-144
14Grimsby341111124345-244
15Walsall35128153748-1144
16Newport331110123132-143
17Scunthorpe34109154250-839
18Leyton Orient35912144554-939
19Oldham35814133954-1538
20Carlisle34812143552-1736
21Mansfield35811164654-835
22Morecambe35710183458-2431
23Macclesfield35715133242-1030
24Stevenage35313192347-2422
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