Cheltenham Town ended their woeful run of six consecutive defeats with a deserved 0-1 away win at Huish Park after JJ Melligan headed the winner two minutes from time courtesy of a Mickey Bell cross.
Cheltenham largely dominated proceedings, and moments prior to the goal the visitors twice hit the woodwork. Brian Wilson was first to find the crossbar with a cracking shot from 25-yards before Steve Guinan saw his header rebound of the post, the follow-up denied by a remarkable block by Yeovilís Steve Mildenhall.
The Robins ought to have gone into the half-time interval a goal in front having come close to scoring through a David Bird effort shortly after the half-hour mark, before Yeovil had even registered a shot on target.
Russell Sladeís men knew that they must up their game if they were going to gain a point, let alone grab all three, and the Glovers immediately responded positively to the half-time team talk. Wayne Gray immediately found the woodwork after Marcus Stewart provided the cross before a stretching Chris Cohen could only direct a JP Kalala ball agonisingly wide of the goal. Captain Terry Skiverton later had his header cleared off the line but his side were unable to salvage a point to a Cheltenham side struggling in recent weeks.
As seems to be a pattern, the appearance of a Premiership referee, Phil Dowd in this instance, saw a further drop is the standard of officiating, but in truth it was a lack lustre performance by the home side over the balance of the ninety minutes and they got what they deserved: nothing.
Final score: Yeovil Town 0-1 Cheltenham Town
A full match report will appear when our roving reporter finally gets home - dirty stop out!
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