Match ends, Cheltenham Town 3, South Shields 1.
Alfie May scored twice as Cheltenham overcame the spirited challenge of non-league South Shields to reach the FA Cup second round with a 3-1 win.
May's first was a close-range finish 11 minutes in after Ellis Chapman released Matty Blair on the right.
But the Sanddancers, of the Northern Premier League and appearing in round one for the first time in nearly 50 years, levelled six minutes later.
A fine ball from Robert Briggs took out Cheltenham's defence and, after Jason Gilchrist failed to reach it, Darius Osei touched it in.
Osei paid a price for his bravery in scoring, colliding with the post and being forced off.
Cheltenham had more of the ball, but Osei's replacement Will McCamley shot wide when through one-on-one in the 42nd minute and Callum Ross headed into the side netting after a McCamley's cross.
Cheltenham regained the lead in the 53rd minute, with Chapman once again combining with Blair to set up May, who made no mistake to complete his brace.
Outstanding full debutant Chapman teed up Liam Sercombe for the third nine minutes later, with the midfielder finding the bottom left corner from the edge of the box.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 17FreestoneSubstituted forAddaiat 79'minutes
- 9ReidSubstituted forWilliamsat 79'minutes
- 4BaxterSubstituted forLoweat 60'minutes
- 3KempsterSubstituted forGilliesat 69'minutes
- 11OseiSubstituted forMcCamleyat 21'minutes
- Martin Woods
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 3, South Shields 1.
Foul by Conor Thomas (Cheltenham Town).
Phillip Turnbull (South Shields) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Josh Gillies (South Shields) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.
Corner, South Shields. Conceded by William Boyle.
Attempt missed. Chris Hussey (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.
Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Myles Boney.
Attempt saved. Andy Williams (Cheltenham Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner.
Attempt missed. Callum Ross (South Shields) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.
Corner, South Shields. Conceded by Chris Hussey.
Chris Hussey (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Will McCamley (South Shields).
Attempt saved. Alfie May (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Chris Hussey (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Nathan Lowe (South Shields).
Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Andy Williams replaces Reuben Reid.
Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Alex Addai replaces Lewis Freestone.
Attempt missed. Ellis Chapman (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.
Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Blair Adams.