Brilliant opening strike sets four-goal Town up for victory
Cheltenham 4 Isca 2
CHELTENHAM proved too strong for promoted Isca in a hard-fought Conference West fixture.
They scored a brilliant opening goal within the first two minutes, Alex Salmon finishing off an impressive team move.
Nick Lampkin started with the ball on the halfway line and eight passes later Cheltenham had the lead.
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Tom Cole, Will Pearce and Mike Strachan were all involved in getting the ball to Astley and he fired the ball across to Salmon who deflected it in at the back post.
Isca's route one hockey caught Cheltenham out and Isca were level after eight minutes, after Jon Wright picked up the ball.
Although it looked as though Cheltenham had numbers back to recover, the forward bustled his way into the circle and his shot with the help of a deflection found its way past Giles Rooke into the back of the net.
The standard of the game dropped as both teams went through a scrappy phase.
The umpires responded by giving cards to both teams as mistimed tackles were punished.
This only frustrated both teams more as the game was a stop-start affair until Cheltenham raised their level again and went 2-1 in front.
The move again started on the right-hand side with Lampkin feeding Matt Fairburn.
The ball fell kindly to Cole who fired the ball into the circle to Pete Duffy and his deft touch diverted the ball beyond the keeper.
Isca again tried to lower the level by breaking up any Cheltenham attacks and then firing the ball forward quickly to the forwards.
Cheltenham looked the most likely to score, though, with Duffy hitting a post with another deflection and James Astley forcing the Isca keeper into a good save.
Half-time brought a sense of calm to a frantic game and as the match restarted Cheltenham took the game away from the visitors.
Astley had another opportunity well saved and Tom Cole had a short corner effort saved on the line by a defender.
Isca could do nothing though to stop Will Pearce getting on the scoresheet from a short corner.
His flick low to the keeper's right brought some breathing space for the home side and they soon made this pay off as Sam Carter opened his account for his new club.
Carter himself did the hard work in forcing the Isca defence to give a sloppy pass into the path of Salmon.
Salmon then fed the ball back to Carter and his shot saw the ball bounce over the onrushing Isca keeper.
Cheltenham had the lion's share of possession but Isca held firm and forced the home side back down to their level.
They got a foothold back into the game when they were awarded a penalty stroke which was dispatched by Tom Whitworth.
Isca missed a short corner and Cheltenham could breath safely as they took their points tally to nine for the season.
Cirencester A 1 Cheltenham C 2
CHELTENHAM C made it four wins in a row with a hard-fought victory.
They started strongly with a fine strike from Tom Gill putting them 1-0 up.
A mistake in Cheltenham's own D allowed Cirencester to level the scores.
Luck was with Cheltenham as a pass bounced back off Cirencester's post to be put in the back of the net clinically by Adam Jones.
A strong performance from Cheltenham's back four allowed Cheltenham to hold out for the three points.
Cheltenham Ladies III 2 Gloucester III 0
CHELTENHAM Ladies added another three points to their tally after successfully converting two short corners in the second half.
The first goal was set up by a selfless pass that gave Tegan Lodde the opportunity to ease the ball across the line.
Katie Brammar scored the second with a clean strike from the top of the D and once again Cheltenham's defence held strong in order to maintain a spell of clean sheets.