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Cheltenham   1 - 1   Accrington Stanley

Cheltenham 1-1 Accrington Stanley

Cheltenham 1-1 Accrington Stanley

Cheltenham made sure of their Football League status on the last day of the season with a draw against Accrington.

Defeat, along with a victory for Barnet and a big win for Grimsby, could have relegated the Robins from League Two.

But Josh Low's ninth-minute finish from 12 yards steadied the hosts' nerves and they had chances to extend their lead.

Chris Turner powered home a 24th-minute equaliser from just inside the area, but Grimsby's defeat at Burton meant Cheltenham were safe anyway.

And the Robins could have signed off the season with a win had Stanley keeper Ian Dunbavin not pulled off a glorious save from Julian Alsop's header.

Michael Townsend then went close early in the second period but he failed to find the target with a six-yard header.


Cheltenham manager Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"We've achieved what we wanted to do, and that's to keep the club in the football league.

"When you've got 12 outfield players and two goalies and the rest in loans it's not ideal. So massive credit to the players for putting their bodies on the line to do it for the club and its supporters.

"I've thanked the players for everything that they've done."

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Saturday, 8 May 2010

League Two

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Cheltenham 1-1 Accrington FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Low 9
  • Turner 24

Cheltenham

  • 01 Brown
  • 03 Ridley (Brown 73)
  • 05 Townsend
  • 08 Gallinagh
  • 07 Pook
  • 17 Low
  • 19 Elito
  • 28 Thornhill
  • 36 Lescott
  • 09 Richards (Almond 88)
  • 39 Alsop (Hayles 81)

Substitutes

  • 21 Puddy,
  • 16 Eastham,
  • 06 Brown,
  • 10 Hutton,
  • 14 Watkins,
  • 11 Almond,
  • 38 Hayles

Accrington Stanley

  • 25 Dunbavin
  • 03 Richardson
  • 12 Edwards
  • 20 Murphy (Mullin 57)
  • 26 Lees
  • 31 Flynn
  • 06 Procter
  • 11 Grant
  • 16 Turner
  • 17 McConville (Kee 67)
  • 19 Symes

Substitutes

  • 01 Bouzanis,
  • 29 Riley,
  • 08 Joyce,
  • 18 Mullin,
  • 24 King,
  • 07 Miles,
  • 09 Kee
Ref: DeadmanAtt: 3,856
CHELTENHAM
ACCRINGTON

Possession

  • Cheltenham 49%
  • Accrington 51%

Attempts on target

  • Cheltenham 5
  • Accrington 5

Attempts off target

  • Cheltenham 6
  • Accrington 1

Corners

  • Cheltenham 5
  • Accrington 5

Fouls

  • Cheltenham 6
  • Accrington 16
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:46 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+1:04 Billy Kee gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Pook. Direct free kick taken by Scott P Brown.
  • 89:00 Medy Elito is ruled offside. Ian Dunbavin takes the free kick.
  • 88:47 The ball is delivered by Medy Elito, Jonathan Flynn makes a clearance.
  • 87:04 Substitution Louis Almond comes on in place of Justin Richards.
  • 86:05 A cross is delivered by Joshua Low, John Mullin makes a clearance.
  • 83:28 Scott Brown delivers the ball.
  • 82:31 Right-footed shot by Joshua Low went wide left of the goal.
  • 82:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Hayles by Leam Richardson. Matt Thornhill restarts play with the free kick.
  • 80:27 Substitution (Cheltenham) makes a substitution, with Barry Hayles coming on for Julian Alsop.
  • 78:45 Unfair challenge on Justin Richards by John Mullin results in a free kick. Matt Thornhill takes the free kick.
  • 75:53 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Turner. Shot from just outside the box by Tom Lees goes over the bar.
  • 75:37 Shot from 30 yards from Billy Kee. Save made by Scott P Brown.
  • 73:57 Headed effort from inside the area by Julian Alsop misses to the right of the target.
  • 73:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Julian Alsop by Leam Richardson. Matt Thornhill restarts play with the free kick.
  • 72:36 Substitution Scott Brown comes on in place of Lee Ridley.
  • 71:49 Chris Turner takes the outswinging corner, Michael Townsend manages to make a clearance.
  • 70:33 Unfair challenge on Matt Thornhill by Robert Grant results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott P Brown.
  • 68:09 Chris Turner takes the outswinging corner, save made by Scott P Brown.
  • 67:28 Chris Turner fouled by Michael Pook, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Grant takes the free kick.
  • 66:10 Substitution Sean McConville goes off and Billy Kee comes on.
  • 66:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Grant on Andy Gallinagh. Free kick taken by Scott P Brown.
  • 63:24 Andrew Procter fouled by Joshua Low, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ian Dunbavin.
  • 62:19 Jonathan Flynn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Ridley. Direct free kick taken by Scott P Brown.
  • 61:42 Corner taken right-footed by Chris Turner from the left by-line, clearance by Julian Alsop.
  • 59:21 Matt Thornhill takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Andrew Procter.
  • 59:08 Aaron Lescott sends in a cross, clearance made by Phil Edwards.
  • 56:39 Substitution John Mullin comes on in place of Peter Murphy.
  • 53:31 Foul by Leam Richardson on Joshua Low, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Matt Thornhill.
  • 53:12 Robert Grant has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Save by Scott P Brown.
  • 52:50 Joshua Low crosses the ball, save made by Ian Dunbavin.
  • 51:07 Justin Richards fouled by Leam Richardson, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Ridley crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
  • 49:39 Michael Symes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Gallinagh. Scott P Brown takes the free kick.
  • 49:16 The assistant referee flags for offside against Justin Richards. Direct free kick taken by Ian Dunbavin.
  • 48:47 Robert Grant concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Townsend. Scott P Brown takes the free kick.
  • 46:01 Phil Edwards handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott P Brown.
  • 45:33 Matt Thornhill delivers the ball, save by Ian Dunbavin.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:56 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 45:00+0:01 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Ian Dunbavin.
  • 43:42 Matt Thornhill challenges Leam Richardson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ian Dunbavin.
  • 41:42 Foul by Matt Thornhill on Andrew Procter, free kick awarded. Ian Dunbavin takes the direct free kick.
  • 40:56 Michael Symes produces a cross.
  • 40:19 Andy Gallinagh takes a shot. Save made by Ian Dunbavin.
  • 39:47 Corner taken right-footed by Matt Thornhill from the right by-line, Julian Alsop takes a shot. Save by Ian Dunbavin.
  • 39:40 Medy Elito sends in a cross, clearance made by Chris Turner.
  • 38:18 Outswinging corner taken by Matt Thornhill.
  • 37:09 Corner taken by Matt Thornhill from the left by-line.
  • 36:23 Tom Lees produces a cross, save made by Scott P Brown.
  • 35:44 Effort from the edge of the box by Matt Thornhill goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 34:21 Michael Pook takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 30:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Thornhill by Peter Murphy. Andy Gallinagh restarts play with the free kick.
  • 30:08 Jonathan Flynn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Julian Alsop. Lee Ridley takes the free kick.
  • 28:59 Andrew Procter takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Pook.
  • 27:12 Tom Lees produces a cross, Michael Townsend manages to make a clearance.
  • 25:28 Centre by Chris Turner, clearance made by Michael Townsend.
  • 23:46 The assist for the goal came from Michael Symes.
  • 23:46 GOAL - Chris TurnerCheltenham 1 - 1 Accrington Stanley A goal is scored by Chris Turner from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Cheltenham 1-1 Accrington Stanley.
  • 22:59 Chris Turner is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Scott P Brown takes the indirect free kick.
  • 22:05 Foul by Julian Alsop on Leam Richardson, free kick awarded. Ian Dunbavin takes the direct free kick.
  • 19:31 Peter Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Medy Elito. Matt Thornhill produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 16:29 The official flags Robert Grant offside. Free kick taken by Scott P Brown.
  • 15:04 Corner taken right-footed by Andrew Procter from the left by-line, save by Scott P Brown.
  • 14:55 Chris Turner produces a cross, Lee Ridley makes a clearance.
  • 13:17 Effort from the edge of the box by Matt Thornhill goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 12:34 Unfair challenge on Matt Thornhill by Peter Murphy results in a free kick. Matt Thornhill restarts play with the free kick.
  • 11:22 Julian Alsop concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Lees. Ian Dunbavin takes the direct free kick.
  • 8:03 Justin Richards provided the assist for the goal.
  • 8:03 GOAL - Joshua LowCheltenham 1 - 0 Accrington Stanley Joshua Low fires in a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Cheltenham 1-0 Accrington Stanley.
  • 7:22 Matt Thornhill takes a weak shot. Save made by Ian Dunbavin.
  • 6:05 Chris Turner takes a shot. Save by Scott P Brown.
  • 5:36 The assistant referee flags for offside against Julian Alsop. Ian Dunbavin restarts play with the free kick.
  • 4:57 Outswinging corner taken by Matt Thornhill from the right by-line played to the near post, Leam Richardson manages to make a clearance.
  • 4:33 Matt Thornhill takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Edwards.
  • 0:58 A cross is delivered by Medy Elito.
  • 0:31 Foul by Michael Symes on Andy Gallinagh, free kick awarded. Andy Gallinagh takes the direct free kick.
  • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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League Two table snapshot

As it stood on 8 May 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Notts County 46 65 93
2 Bournemouth 46 17 83
3 Rochdale 46 34 82
4 Morecambe 46 9 73
5 Rotherham 46 3 73
6 Aldershot 46 13 72
7 Dag & Red 46 11 72
8 Chesterfield 46 -1 70
9 Bury 46 -5 69
10 Port Vale 46 11 68
11 Northampton 46 9 67
12 Shrewsbury 46 1 63
13 Burton Albion 46 0 62
14 Bradford 46 -3 62
15 Accrington 46 -12 61
16 Hereford 46 -11 59
17 Torquay 46 9 57
18 Crewe 46 -5 55
19 Macclesfield 46 -9 54
20 Lincoln City 46 -23 50
21 Barnet 46 -16 48
22 Cheltenham 46 -17 48
23 Grimsby 46 -26 44
24 Darlington 46 -54 30

see also
Barnet & Grimsby fight to stay up
07 May 10 |  League Two


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