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Whaddon Road Ground (ATT 3,654) 8th August 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Sheldrake

Cheltenhm Cheltenham Town vs Grimsby Town Grimsby

Cheltenhm 2

L Ridley (56)
B Hayles (68)

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Grimsby 1

B Conlon (35)

Hayles inspires Robins' win

Veteran striker climbs off bench to grab winner

Last Updated: 08/08/09 6:57pm

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Hayles: Struck winner

Hayles: Struck winner

Substitute Barry Hayles inspired Cheltenham to victory as they came from behind to beat Grimsby 2-1 in a thrilling opening game.

The 37-year-old set up the equaliser for Lee Ridley - the full-back's curler was his first goal for the club - and then slid home the winner himself after good work by David Hutton.

It was a swift reversal in fortunes with the Robins outplayed in the first half by an impressive Grimsby who broke the deadlock after 35 minutes with a brilliantly worked goal scrambled in by Barry Conlon after Peter Sweeney and Adam Proudlock had sliced open the defence.

Conlon should have scored after five minutes but headed straight at keeper Scott Brown with the goal gaping.

Oliver Bozanic rattled the crossbar for Cheltenham after the interval while Ridley came close to adding a second, while Elvis Hammond spurned a number of chances.

And Conlon nearly rescued a point in the final minute but dragged his shot wide from 10 yards.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 14 28
2 Burton Albion 14 28
3 Luton Town 14 27
4 Bury 14 26
5 Shrewsbury Town 14 24
6 Plymouth Argyle 14 23
7 Morecambe 14 23
8 Newport County AFC 14 22
9 Cheltenham Town 14 22
10 Southend United 14 21
11 Portsmouth 14 20
12 AFC Wimbledon 14 19
13 Exeter City 14 19
14 Accrington Stanley 14 19
15 Cambridge United 14 18
16 Northampton Town 14 18
17 Mansfield Town 14 18
18 Stevenage 14 17
19 Oxford United 14 16
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 14 14
21 Carlisle United 14 12
22 York City 14 11
23 Hartlepool United 14 11
24 Tranmere Rovers 14 10

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