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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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1 Burton Albion 46 94
2 Shrewsbury Town 46 89
3 Bury 46 85
4 Wycombe Wanderers 46 84
5 Southend United 46 84
6 Stevenage 46 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 71
8 Luton Town 46 68
9 Newport County AFC 46 65
10 Exeter City 46 64
11 Morecambe 46 63
12 Northampton Town 46 61
13 Oxford United 46 61
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 59
15 AFC Wimbledon 46 58
16 Portsmouth 46 57
17 Accrington Stanley 46 56
18 York City 46 52
19 Cambridge United 46 51
20 Carlisle United 46 50
21 Mansfield Town 46 48
22 Hartlepool United 46 45
23 Cheltenham Town 46 41
24 Tranmere Rovers 46 39

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