Cheltenham Town video: D'Ath raider sparks Robins' biggest win
Cheltenham Town 3 Exeter City 0
A debut goal for Reading loan youngster Lawson D'Ath and a brace for right-back Keith Lowe sank Exeter City and earned Cheltenham Town their biggest win of the season.
All three goals came in the second half and the Robins move back into the top three after maintaining their perfect record over the Devon club, who they have beaten seven times in succession.
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Former Grecians left-back Billy Jones' wand of a left foot once again had a big day as two corner deliveries saw Steve Elliott set up Lowe's close range finishes in the 62nd and 87th minutes.
D'Ath's goal arrived ten minutes after half-time and it was a wonderful finish at the end of a fine move.
The 19-year-old flicked a ball from Elliott to Darryl Duffy, continued his run and received a return ball before lifting a shot across Artur Krysiak and into the net from just inside the penalty area.
The inclusion of D'Ath was one of five changes to the Cheltenham team that beat Plymouth Argyle 2-1 last Tuesday night.
Lowe, Duffy, Sam Deering, Kaid Mohamed were all called into the side, with Russ Penn and Sido Jombati suspended, Darren Carter injured and Chris Zebroski ill. Top scorer Shaun Harrad was dropped to the bench.
Alan Bennett forced Krysiak into a fine save after three minutes from a Jones corner, but Scott Brown had to be alert to turn over a drive from Jimmy Keohane in the tenth minute.
It was an entertaining game and Exeter gave as good as they got in the first half, but Cheltenham ran away with it after the break.
Youth team midfielder Joe Hanks was given his first taste of senior action with just under ten minutes left and Jeff Goulding crashed a shot against the near post in stoppage time.
Brown made a fine reaction stop on his 200th Cheltenham start to deny Exeter substitite Alan Gow, who was a menace after joining the action, but Elliott and Bennett defended solidly.
Plenty of players have pressed their claims for regular starting places and that is problem Mark Yates will enjoy having with an FA Cup first round tie against non-League Yate Town next up.
Cheltenham Town: S Brown; K Lowe, A Bennett, S Elliott, B Jones; M Pack; J McGlashan (D Andrew 90), S Deering (J Hanks 84), L D’Ath, K Mohamed; D Duffy(J Goulding 63). Subs not used: C Roberts, B Graham, S Harrad.
Exeter City: A Krysiak; K Amankwaah, S Bennett, D Coles, C Woodman; S Tully (A Gow 65), M Oakley (A Dawson 90), L Sercombe, J Keohane, A Davies (J O’Flynn 28); J Cureton. Subs not used: P Baldwin, T Doherty, R Evans, J Moore-Taylor.
Referee: Trevor Kettle
Attendance: 3,545 (908 away).
Star man: Keith Lowe.
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