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Whaddon Road Ground (ATT 4,304) 10th December 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: J Waugh

Cheltenham Cheltenham Town vs Southend United Southend

Cheltenham 3

J Spencer (20)
R Penn (52)
M Pack (80)

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Robins thrash league leaders

Last Updated: 10/12/11 6:39pm

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Spencer: Netted Robins' first

Spencer: Netted Robins' first

Promotion-chasing Cheltenham ended leaders Southend's 12-game unbeaten league run with a 3-0 romp at Whaddon Road.

Cheltenham took a one-goal advantage into the interval courtesy of Jimmy Spencer's sharp finish.

The on-loan Huddersfield striker swept home Russ Penn's 19th-minute cross, after the midfielder's dazzling footwork left the Shrimpers' defence flat-footed.

Steve Elliott nearly doubled the Robins' advantage, but Southend keeper Luke Daniels produced a brilliant fingertip save to deny his powerful header from Marlon Pack's corner.

Penn doubled Cheltenham's advantage six minutes after the interval. He reacted fastest when Pack's curled effort came back from the post in the immediate aftermath of an outstanding Daniels' double save.

Shortly before the hour mark, Pack rattled Daniels' upright for a second time before Robins keeper Jack Butland was finally called into action at the other end, tipping a deflected header round the post to prevent an own goal.

As Southend pressed forward, Cheltenham's pace threatened on the break and, after Spencer went close, Pack's controlled left-footed finish clinched the points.

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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