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Cheltenham   1 - 0   Lincoln City

Cheltenham v Lincoln

Cheltenham 1-0 Lincoln

Julian Alsop's second-half strike helped Cheltenham ease their relegation worries with a narrow win over Lincoln.

The visitors started well with Davide Somma seeing a goal ruled out for offside and the striker also fired a left foot shot wide of the post.

Cheltenham hit back and just before the break Justin Richards had an effort cleared off the line by Joe Anderson.

The winner arrived in the 47th minute when Alsop poked in after Josh Low's shot was blocked by Paul Green.


Cheltenham assistant manager John Schofield told Radio BBC Gloucestershire:
"It was a pretty even contest over the 90 minutes but perhaps we shaded it with the better chances.

"At this stage it's not about how good, bad or indifferent you are, it's about the three points.

"Our aim was to stretch the gap (over Grimsby) and we've still got a game in hand. We've got to steadily accumulate points.

"It was a good finish from Julian Alsop and a pleasing day. He wears his heart on his sleeve and leads by example."

Lincoln City manager Chris Sutton told BBC Lincolnshire:
"In the first half we played some good stuff at times but we didn't turn up at all for the second half. On the balance of play they probably deserved the victory.

"Coming in at 0-0 wasn't the worst result for us at half-time and going into the second half we had to do more of the same, but I think it's fair to say that we might as well not have bothered coming out for the second half.

"We're not safe and our second-half performance showed why we're not safe. We can't take anything for granted, this was a big game for us and we came up well short."

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Saturday, 3 April 2010

League Two

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Cheltenham 1-0 Lincoln City FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Alsop 50

    Cheltenham

    • 01 Brown
    • 03 Ridley
    • 04 Duff
    • 05 Townsend
    • 02 Bird
    • 07 Pook
    • 17 Low
    • 19 Elito (Gallinagh 79)
    • 28 Thornhill
    • 09 Richards (Hayles 70)
    • 39 Alsop

    Substitutes

    • 21 Puddy,
    • 08 Gallinagh,
    • 16 Eastham,
    • 06 Brown,
    • 10 Hutton,
    • 11 Almond,
    • 38 Hayles

    Lincoln City

    • 01 Burch
    • 02 Green
    • 05 Swaibu
    • 38 Anderson
    • 11 Kerr yellow card
    • 16 Lennon (Baker 78)
    • 25 Hughton
    • 34 Herd
    • 39 Saunders
    • 09 Connor (John-Lewis 64)
    • 18 Somma

    Substitutes

    • 20 Musselwhite,
    • 33 Baker,
    • 08 Butcher,
    • 19 Clarke,
    • 23 Keltie,
    • 14 John-Lewis,
    • 26 Hutchinson
    Ref: HooperAtt: 3,708
    CHELTENHAM
    LINCOLN CITY

    Possession

    • Cheltenham 38%
    • Lincoln City 62%

    Attempts on target

    • Cheltenham 7
    • Lincoln City 4

    Attempts off target

    • Cheltenham 6
    • Lincoln City 9

    Corners

    • Cheltenham 5
    • Lincoln City 5

    Fouls

    • Cheltenham 15
    • Lincoln City 12
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:18 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+3:19 The ball is swung over by Scott Kerr, Shane Duff makes a clearance.
    • 90:00+1:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Moses Swaibu by Lee Ridley. Direct free kick taken by Robert Burch.
    • 89:58 Unfair challenge on Paul Green by Matt Thornhill results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Burch.
    • 89:02 Cian Hughton has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 87:39 Cian Hughton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Townsend. Direct free kick taken by Scott P Brown.
    • 86:46 Direct free kick taken by Lee Ridley.
    • 86:46 Booking Scott Kerr is booked.
    • 86:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Kerr on Michael Pook.
    • 83:14 Lenell John-Lewis concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Gallinagh. Free kick taken by David Bird.
    • 82:13 The ball is crossed by Paul Green.
    • 81:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Julian Alsop on Paul Green. Robert Burch restarts play with the free kick.
    • 80:44 The official flags Lenell John-Lewis offside. Scott P Brown takes the free kick.
    • 80:21 The referee blows for offside. Paul Green takes the free kick.
    • 79:36 Corner from right by-line taken by Matt Thornhill.
    • 79:13 Shane Duff fouled by Davide Somma, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Shane Duff.
    • 78:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Pook by Cian Hughton. Scott P Brown takes the direct free kick.
    • 77:48 Substitution (Cheltenham) makes a substitution, with Andy Gallinagh coming on for Medy Elito.
    • 77:48 Substitution Nathan Baker joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Lennon.
    • 76:07 Julian Alsop has an effort at goal from just inside the penalty box that bounces off the post.
    • 75:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Saunders by Michael Pook. Paul Green restarts play with the free kick.
    • 71:49 The referee blows for offside. Robert Burch takes the free kick.
    • 71:17 Matthew Saunders takes a shot. Shane Duff gets a block in.
    • 70:18 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matt Thornhill, Moses Swaibu manages to make a clearance.
    • 69:46 Substitution Barry Hayles comes on in place of Justin Richards.
    • 68:13 Paul Green challenges Justin Richards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Matt Thornhill.
    • 67:20 Corner from left by-line taken by Matthew Saunders.
    • 64:42 Justin Richards concedes a free kick for a foul on Cian Hughton. Direct free kick taken by Paul Green.
    • 63:57 Substitution Lenell John-Lewis on for Paul Connor.
    • 63:33 A cross is delivered by Davide Somma, Joshua Low manages to make a clearance.
    • 62:52 Chris Herd has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 61:18 Effort from the edge of the area by Medy Elito goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 56:59 The ball is delivered by Cian Hughton, Headed effort on goal by Davide Somma from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
    • 56:31 Joshua Low takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Scott Kerr gets a block in.
    • 54:52 Lee Ridley crosses the ball, clearance by Paul Green.
    • 54:04 Inswinging corner taken by Matt Thornhill from the left by-line, Robert Burch makes a save.
    • 52:50 Unfair challenge on Michael Townsend by Paul Connor results in a free kick. Scott P Brown restarts play with the free kick.
    • 51:40 Matthew Saunders gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Pook. Scott P Brown takes the direct free kick.
    • 49:54 GOAL - Julian AlsopCheltenham 1 - 0 Lincoln City Goal scored by Julian Alsop from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Cheltenham 1-0 Lincoln City.
    • 49:29 Medy Elito produces a cross, Joshua Low takes a shot. Blocked by David Bird.
    • 48:00 Medy Elito concedes a free kick for a foul on Cian Hughton. Direct free kick taken by Paul Green.
    • 45:09 The official flags Justin Richards offside. Robert Burch restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:37 It is the end of the first-half.
    • 45:00+1:33 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Saunders.
    • 45:00+1:05 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Saunders played to the near post, Matt Thornhill makes a clearance.
    • 45:00+0:04 Matt Thornhill takes a shot from 12 yards.
    • 44:43 Julian Alsop crosses the ball, Joshua Low takes a shot.
    • 43:21 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Saunders from the left by-line, Shane Duff makes a clearance.
    • 42:17 Justin Richards takes a shot. Joe Anderson gets a block in.
    • 41:39 Davide Somma produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 40:56 Julian Alsop gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Burch. Direct free kick taken by Robert Burch.
    • 40:25 Paul Connor concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Duff. Free kick taken by Scott P Brown.
    • 39:44 Unfair challenge on Matthew Saunders by Medy Elito results in a free kick. Robert Burch takes the direct free kick.
    • 38:17 David Bird crosses the ball, Header from close range by Justin Richards misses to the right of the goal.
    • 36:31 The assistant referee signals for offside against Davide Somma. Scott P Brown takes the direct free kick.
    • 33:44 Inswinging corner taken by Matt Thornhill, save made by Robert Burch.
    • 32:36 The ball is crossed by Joshua Low, Julian Alsop gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Burch. Robert Burch takes the free kick.
    • 31:14 Justin Richards is caught offside. Robert Burch takes the direct free kick.
    • 30:15 Michael Pook challenges Davide Somma unfairly and gives away a free kick. Davide Somma shoots direct from the free kick, Michael Pook gets a block in.
    • 29:39 Effort from inside the area by Julian Alsop misses to the right of the target.
    • 29:07 Foul by Scott Kerr on Michael Pook, free kick awarded. Matt Thornhill takes the direct free kick.
    • 27:38 Medy Elito produces a cross, Justin Richards takes a shot. Save made by Robert Burch.
    • 25:39 Michael Pook gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Connor. Free kick taken by Robert Burch.
    • 24:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Joshua Low on Davide Somma. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Matthew Saunders, save made by Scott P Brown.
    • 24:08 The assistant referee signals for offside against Paul Connor. Scott P Brown takes the free kick.
    • 22:58 Michael Townsend challenges Paul Connor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Chris Herd from the free kick.
    • 22:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Medy Elito on Steven Lennon. Robert Burch takes the direct free kick.
    • 20:36 Davide Somma is caught offside. Free kick taken by David Bird.
    • 20:28 The ball is delivered by Michael Pook, save by Robert Burch.
    • 18:57 Shot by Steven Lennon from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
    • 17:58 The official flags Paul Connor offside. Matt Thornhill takes the free kick.
    • 17:02 Matt Thornhill takes a shot. Save by Robert Burch.
    • 15:27 The assistant referee flags for offside against Justin Richards. Robert Burch takes the free kick.
    • 14:45 Julian Alsop gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Kerr. Robert Burch restarts play with the free kick.
    • 14:17 A cross is delivered by Medy Elito, clearance made by Joe Anderson.
    • 13:34 Michael Townsend fouled by Paul Connor, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Ridley.
    • 12:30 Davide Somma challenges Scott P Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott P Brown.
    • Correction - 12:00 Corner taken right-footed by Matthew Saunders from the left by-line, Scott P Brown makes a comfortable save.
    • 12:00 Corner taken right-footed by Julian Alsop from the left by-line, save by Robert Burch.
    • 10:37 Shot by Davide Somma from outside the box goes high over the target.
    • 9:32 Effort on goal by Steven Lennon from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
    • 8:35 Chris Herd takes a shot. Save by Scott P Brown.
    • 6:39 Justin Richards is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Robert Burch.
    • 5:51 The ball is swung over by Joshua Low, Julian Alsop takes a shot. Save by Robert Burch.
    • 1:53 Matthew Saunders has an effort at goal from 35 yards and went wide left of the net.
    • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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    League Two table snapshot

    As it stood on 3 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Rochdale 38 43 78
    2 Notts County 37 48 71
    3 Bournemouth 39 10 70
    4 Rotherham 39 9 65
    5 Chesterfield 39 4 64
    6 Northampton 39 12 62
    7 Aldershot 39 10 61
    8 Bury 39 -4 61
    9 Dag & Red 39 7 59
    10 Morecambe 39 7 58
    11 Port Vale 39 11 56
    12 Shrewsbury 39 1 55
    13 Burton Albion 39 2 54
    14 Accrington 38 -8 53
    15 Crewe 39 -1 50
    16 Bradford 39 -8 48
    17 Hereford 39 -14 47
    18 Macclesfield 39 -10 43
    19 Lincoln City 39 -18 43
    20 Barnet 38 -10 42
    21 Torquay 39 -5 40
    22 Cheltenham 38 -15 38
    23 Grimsby 39 -26 31
    24 Darlington 37 -45 22


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