Cheltenham Town vs ASFC

League Two
Score: 3 - 0

Match Report

Ten-man Stanley lost 3-0 to Cheltenham and dropped to within two points of the relegation places.

The Reds had to play with a man down from 62 minutes when midfielder Scott Brown was controversially sent off by referee Lee Swabey for a sliding tackle on Billy Waters – a yellow seemed enough.

The Robins, who moved out of the bottom two with the win, were already ahead after a 55th minute header from Danny Wright and then their second goal came in contentious circumstances with Stanley down to ten men.

Omar Beckles got a touch to a cross which was picked up by debutant keeper Marek Rodak, signed from Fulham yesterday, and the ref judged it a backpass, giving Cheltenham a free kick six yards out which Diego De Girolamo fired home.

Waters added a third to complete a miserable trip to Whaddon Road for the Reds.

Cheltenham had three players making their debuts and the first real chance fell to them when a ball over the top found striker Wright but he couldn’t control the ball and the Stanley defence got back to cover.

The home side also hit the woodwork when a cross from Waters on eight minutes was deflected off Janoi Donacien but a combination of the crossbar and Rodak denied the Robins an opener.

A Sean McConville corner just needed a touch but it was Cheltenham who enjoyed more of the pressure in the first half.

Striker Wright’s volley was well-held by Rodak while, at the other end, Matty Pearson had a go from distance but keeper Scott Brown was equal to it while a header by Hull loan striker Jonny Edwards was just wide.

De Girolamo raced into the Stanley area ten minutes before half-time but the Stanley defence did well to stop the winger getting a shot on target as the first half ended with limited chances for both sides.

After the break, Waters headed wide for Cheltenham while Beckles headed over the bar for the Reds.

The Robins opened the scoring on 55 minutes when James Rowe’s ball into the box found the head of Wright and he guided the ball into the top corner of the net for his seventh goal of the season.

Stanley came close to an equaliser three minutes later when Mark Hughes hit the bar with a header from a McConville free kick before the ball was scrambled away.

It got worse for the Reds on 62 minutes when Stanley’s Scott Brown controversially saw red but the visitors were still in it with sub Shay McCartan firing over from 10 yards in a decent position.

But it all went wrong on 74 minutes when De Girolamo smashed a free kick from six yards out beyond the 10 men on the line.

And it got worse for Stanley four minutes later when Waters made it 3-0, getting on the end of Rowe’s cross, as Cheltenham celebrated the win.