Cheltenham Town: Marlon Pack's brace earns Robins a point at Accrington
Accrington Stanley 2 Cheltenham Town 2
Draw specialists Cheltenham Town dropped two more points in their promotion bid at Accrington Stanley this afternoon.
The first brace of Marlon Pack's career ensured the Robins returned south from the first of their north west double header with a point, but Accrington will feel aggrieved not to have claimed maximum spoils.
Pack put Cheltenham ahead from the penalty spot in the 31st minute after Mark Hughes was adjudged to have tripped Jason Taylor.
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Taylor captained the side in the absence of Russ Penn, who was dropped in favour of Kaid Mohamed in the only change to the team that drew 1-1 at home to Aldershot Town a week earlier.
James Beattie levelled for relegation-threatened Stanley five minutes before half-time, headed in Lawrence Wilson's corner for his first goal since December.
And the former England and Southampton striker put Accrington ahead in the 63rd minute, crashing an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net, via the aid of a small deflection off Pack.
It came after Cheltenham failed to deal with another Wilson set piece and Taylor had to hack Hughes' header off the line.
Accrington looked set to go on and score another, but Scott Brown was in fine form to keep them out and substitutes Darren Carter and Sam Deering made a difference after joining the action.
Carter's free-kick from the right after Deering had been shoved, was headed up into the air by Steve Elliott via a defender and Pack leapt highest to nod the ball over the line from close range in the 70th minute.
Cheltenham lacked fluidity once again, but they did show battling qualities against an Accrington Stanley who competed fiercely for every ball.
Mark Yates' side dropped to sixth and they travel to Fleetwood Town on Tuesday night.
Accrington Stanley: P Rachubka; N Hunt, M Hughes, D Winnard, M Liddle; R Boco, P Murphy, L Joyce, L Wilson; J Beattie (A Linganzi 74), J Gray (P Amond 88). Subs not used: W Hatfield, G Miller, A Dawber, L Molyneux, T Aldred.
Cheltenham Town: S Brown; K Lowe, M Hector, S Elliott, S Jombati; J McGlashan (S Deering 59), M Pack, J Taylor, K Mohamed (D Carter 59); B Harrison (S Harrad 82), P Benson. Subs not used: B Jones, C Roberts, R Penn, D Duffy.
Referee: Andy D’Urso
Attendance: 1,216 (141 away).
Star Man: Scott Brown.
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