Cheltenham Town video: Harrad on spot to rescue point
Wycombe Wanderers 1 Cheltenham Town 1
Shaun Harrad's fourth goal of the season earned Cheltenham Town a deserved point at Wycombe Wanderers this afternoon.
Harrad scored emphatically from the penalty spot in the 38th minute after ex-Wycombe loan player Marlon Pack was tripped in the box by Stuart Lewis.
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Wycombe were gifted the lead in the third minute through Keith Lowe's own goal as his 100th appearance and first start of the season opened on the worst possible note.
He stabbed the ball past Scott Brown as he attempted to cut out a cross from Joel Grant.
But Cheltenham recovered well and controlled much of the opening period, with Brown a spectator.
Former Birmingham City midfielder Darren Carter made his first start, with Sam Deering recalled in the attacking role just behind lone front man Shaun Harrad.
Carter and skipper Marlon Pack pulled the strings in the middle of the pitch, with Deering a constant threat and wide men Jermaine McGlashan and Kaid Mohamed also prominent.
Cheltenham created chance after chance, but Harrad shot straightat Nikki Bull after one move involving at least 20 passes.
Deering fed Mohamed, whose shot was weak and McGlashan saw a drive touched over the bar by Bull, but Cheltenham levelled in the 38th minute.
Pack went down and Harrad made no mistake, sending Bull the wrong way from 12 yards.
Lowe directed a shot from Carter over the bar from close range as it remained level at the break, but Cheltenham had been dominant.
Wycombe showed an improvement after the break, but Cheltenham still looked the more likely winners.
Harrad fired over after being set up by Mohamed in the 48th minute.
Substitute Gareth Ainsworth, so often a thorn in Cheltenham's side, saw a cross headed away from almost underneath by Sido Jombati in the 77th minute but Brown did not have a serious shot to save throughout.
Bull blocked well from Jeff Goulding and ex-Wanderers forward Chris Zebroski shot side of the near post as Cheltenham mounted a late push for a winner.
Goulding brought down a corner well, but then blazed over as Wycombe held on, but Cheltenham showed the improvement Yates had demanded after the previous week's setback at home to Accrington Stanley.
WYCOMBE WANDERERS: N Bull; C Dunne, G Doherty, L Johnson, M Parsons; J Kewley-Graham, M Spring (G Ainsworth 40), J Grant, S Lewis; J Kuffour, D Oli (R Logan 21). Subs not used: M Ingram, D Foster, G Basey, D Winfield, L Angol.
CHELTENHAM TOWN: S Brown; S Jombati, K Lowe, S Elliott, B Jones; J McGlashan (C Zebroski 68), M Pack, S Deering (J Goulding 74), D Carter, K Mohamed; S Harrad (D Duffy 78). Subs not used: C Roberts, H Hooman, R Penn, D Andrew.
REFEREE: D Sheldrake.
STAR MAN: Marlon Pack.