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

Cheltenham Cheltenham Town vs Grimsby Town Grimsby

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

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