Cheltenham Town: Much-improved performance at Fleetwood but another draw
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Cheltenham Town produced a much-improved performance on their first visit to Fleetwood Town, but they had to settle for yet another draw.
They led through Marlon Pack's superb first half volley, but Junior Brown's header from a corner in the 69th minute earned the Cod Army their second point against the Robins this season.
Mark Yates made four changes to the side that drew 2-2 at Accrington Stanley on Saturday.
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In came Billy Jones, Russ Penn, Darren Carter and Sam Deering, with Sido Jombati, Kaid Mohamed, Jermaine McGlashan and Byron Harrison dropping to the bench.
With five central midfielders in the line-up, skipper Penn started on the right, with Carter on the left, Pack and Taylor in the centre and Deering in the hole just off lone striker Paul Benson.
The changes worked with Cheltenham dominating the first half and playing some of their best football of the season.
Deering caused major problems popping up all over the pitch and linking well with Benson.
The Robins took a deserved lead in the 24th minute when a cross from the right was cleared to Pack and he scored a beautifully controlled left-foot volley, which flew into the bottom left corner, giving Scott Davies no chance.
But Davies, who returned from suspension in place of David Lucas, was not to be beaten again, much to Yates' frustration.
The pick of Davies' first half saves was from Deering's curling effort after a slick passing move involved Carter and Penn, which was turned behind for a corner.
But ex-Robins front man Steven Gillespie forced Scott Brown into a smart block in first-half stoppage time, underlining his threat.
Cheltenham had been firmly on top however and they seemed certain to go on and claim maximum points in the second half.
But substitute Brown, who caused Cheltenham difficulty at Whaddon Road earlier in the season, lost his marker and powered in a header, giving his namesake Scott no chance.
Davies then kept his side on level terms with a low save from Pack's swerving drive in the 73rd minute and a stunning reaction stop from Benson.
Cheltenham were by far the better side, but one piece of poor marking cost them two valuable points.
They play Alan Bennett's AFC Wimbledon at home on Saturday.
FLEETWOOD TOWN: S Davies; C McLaughlin, R Atkinson, R Edwards, D Howell; R Crowther (D Ball 79), A Barry, B Nicholson (J Brown 60), P McKenna; S Gillespie, J Fontaine (J Parkin 46). Subs not used: J Milligan, J Matt, K Charnock, D Lucas.
CHELTENHAM TOWN: S Brown; K Lowe, M Hector, S Elliott, B Jones; R Penn, M Pack, S Deering, J Taylor, D Carter (J McGlashan 86); P Benson. Subs not used: D Duffy, C Roberts, S Harrad, S Jombati, K Mohamed, B Harrison.
REFEREE: J Simpson.
STAR MAN: Sam Deering.
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