League Two
CheltenhamCheltenham Town4HarrogateHarrogate Town1

Cheltenham Town 4-1 Harrogate Town

Cheltenham celebrate with the League Two trophy
Cheltenham Town have topped a division in the English Football League for the first time in their history

Cheltenham secured the League Two title with an emphatic 4-1 victory over visitors Harrogate.

The Robins needed to match title rivals Cambridge United's result but clinched the silverware in style.

An early Harrogate goal from Jack Muldoon after just seven minutes spurred them into a dazzling spell starting with Liam Sercombe's 11th-minute equaliser.

Sam Smith's volley into the roof of the net edged Cheltenham into a 22nd-minute lead before Alfie May netted from close range after 34 minutes.

The visitors finished the half strongly with Brendan Kiernan rattling the crossbar and Robins keeper Josh Griffiths doing well to keep out a wayward header from teammate Matty Blair that was heading for the bottom corner.

The second half failed to match the pace and excitement of the first, particularly after Callum Wright's first-time strike after 56 minutes effectively sealed the win.

Harrogate's Jon Stead, playing his 700th professional game, was applauded by players, officials and coaches when he was substituted late in the game before the title celebrations started on the final whistle.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Cheltenham

Formation 3-5-2

  • 20Griffiths
  • 5Raglan
  • 4Tozer
  • 2Long
  • 11Blair
  • 23WrightSubstituted forAzazat 83'minutes
  • 7Thomas
  • 26Sercombe
  • 3Hussey
  • 9SmithSubstituted forWilliamsat 77'minutes
  • 10MaySubstituted forLloydat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Flinders
  • 14Williams
  • 17Freestone
  • 18Azaz
  • 19Lloyd
  • 28Chapman
  • 29Vassilev

Harrogate

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Cracknell
  • 2Fallowfield
  • 5Smith
  • 26LokkoSubstituted forHallat 61'minutes
  • 29RobertsSubstituted forBurrellat 60'minutes
  • 7Thomson
  • 8HondermarckSubstituted forKerryat 60'minutes
  • 22FrancisSubstituted forFalkinghamat 60'minutes
  • 18Muldoon
  • 16SteadSubstituted forAndrewsat 82'minutes
  • 14Kiernan

Substitutes

  • 1Belshaw
  • 4Falkingham
  • 6Burrell
  • 17Kerry
  • 20Hall
  • 31Andrews
Referee:
Ben Speedie

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamHarrogate
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home21
Away14
Shots on Target
Home10
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cheltenham Town 4, Harrogate Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 4, Harrogate Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Jack Muldoon (Harrogate Town).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Joe Cracknell.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andy Williams (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Finn Azaz.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Fallowfield (Harrogate Town).

  8. Post update

    Liam Sercombe (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Andrews (Harrogate Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by George Thomson with a cross following a set piece situation.

  10. Post update

    Jack Muldoon (Harrogate Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Liam Sercombe (Cheltenham Town).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Joe Cracknell.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andy Williams (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Finn Azaz.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Josh Andrews (Harrogate Town).

  15. Post update

    Matty Blair (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Finn Azaz replaces Callum Wright.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Harrogate Town. Josh Andrews replaces Jon Stead.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Connor Hall (Harrogate Town).

  19. Post update

    Andy Williams (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Josh Falkingham (Harrogate Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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