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Cheltenham Town 3-2 Port Vale

League Two leaders Cheltenham Town survived a late rally to see out victory over Port Vale, having led 3-0 seven minutes from time.

The Robins were seemingly coasting after strikes from Alfie May, Liam Sercombe and a Scott Brown own goal before Vale hit back through Will Swan and Alex Hurst - but the visitors could not find an equaliser.

A mix-up between Vale keeper Brown and defender Zak Mills saw May nip in between and net from Matt Blair's hopeful nudge forward in the 15th minute.

The lead was doubled in the 18th minute when Chris Hussey's swinging cross from the left was kept alive by Blair for May to thunder against the underside of the bar, against the back of Brown's arm and into the net.

The rest of the game was scrappy and seemed over when Cheltenham substitute Sercombe's half-volley into the ground crept into the top corner via a kiss off the underside of the bar in the 76th minute.

Vale substitute Swan threw the cat amongst the pigeons by netting at the second attempt, following up on a fine point-blank stop by Cheltenham keeper Josh Griffiths with seven minutes to go.

The gap was cut to one goal when Swan centred from the left for Theo Robinson to draw another point-blank save from Griffiths, only for Hurst to tuck into the gaping net in the 85th minute.

But Cheltenham survived seven minutes of added time, with Griffiths tipping wide a daisy cutter from Luke Joyce.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Cheltenham

Formation 3-5-2

  • 20Griffiths
  • 5Raglan
  • 4Tozer
  • 2Long
  • 11Blair
  • 23Wright
  • 7Thomas
  • 18AzazSubstituted forSercombeat 62'minutes
  • 3Hussey
  • 9SmithSubstituted forWilliamsat 80'minutes
  • 10MaySubstituted forVassilevat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Flinders
  • 14Williams
  • 17Freestone
  • 24Horton
  • 25Chamberlain
  • 26Sercombe
  • 29Vassilev

Port Vale

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Brown
  • 15Mills
  • 5Legge
  • 6Smith
  • 3CrookesBooked at 74mins
  • 17TaylorSubstituted forRobinsonat 68'minutes
  • 4Joyce
  • 10Conlon
  • 21Rodney
  • 14GuthrieBooked at 65minsSubstituted forSwanat 68'minutes
  • 27Hurst

Substitutes

  • 12Robinson
  • 13Cullen
  • 16Brisley
  • 18Whitehead
  • 32Scott
  • 33Olagunju
  • 34Swan
Referee:
Robert Lewis

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cheltenham Town 3, Port Vale 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 3, Port Vale 2.

  3. Post update

    Matty Blair (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Zak Mills (Port Vale).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Joshua Griffiths.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luke Joyce (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Devante Rodney.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Callum Wright (Cheltenham Town).

  8. Post update

    Devante Rodney (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Port Vale. Leon Legge tries a through ball, but Devante Rodney is caught offside.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Cheltenham Town 3, Port Vale 2. Alex Hurst (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Theo Robinson (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Will Swan.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Cheltenham Town 3, Port Vale 1. Will Swan (Port Vale) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Will Swan (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Theo Robinson.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andy Williams (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sean Long with a headed pass following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Leon Legge.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Indiana Vassilev replaces Alfie May.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Andy Williams replaces Sam Smith.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Alfie May (Cheltenham Town).

  19. Post update

    Tom Conlon (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Cheltenham Town 3, Port Vale 0. Liam Sercombe (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ben Tozer with a headed pass following a corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cheltenham32178744281659
2Cambridge341771049301958
3Forest Green32169745331257
4Morecambe33167104744355
5Tranmere32166104438654
6Newport3214994032851
7Bolton33149104241151
8Exeter311311755371850
9Salford321311841261550
10Bradford31138103633347
11Harrogate33136143638-245
12Crawley31128114240244
13Carlisle29134124035543
14Leyton Orient32126143738-142
15Stevenage34914112831-341
16Oldham32116154956-739
17Scunthorpe31123163340-739
18Walsall32814103641-538
19Mansfield32813113843-537
20Colchester32812123345-1236
21Port Vale3397174349-634
22Barrow3178163541-629
23Southend3378182147-2629
24Grimsby3166192351-2824
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