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

Cheltenhm Cheltenham Town vs Southend United Southend

Cheltenhm 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 Wycombe Wanderers 13 28
2 Bury 13 26
3 Burton Albion 13 25
4 Luton Town 13 24
5 Plymouth Argyle 13 22
6 Morecambe 13 22
7 Shrewsbury Town 13 21
8 Southend United 13 21
9 Newport County AFC 13 19
10 Cheltenham Town 13 19
11 Cambridge United 13 18
12 Northampton Town 13 18
13 AFC Wimbledon 13 18
14 Portsmouth 13 17
15 Stevenage 13 17
16 Mansfield Town 13 17
17 Exeter City 13 16
18 Accrington Stanley 13 16
19 Dagenham & Redbridge 13 14
20 Oxford United 13 13
21 Carlisle United 13 12
22 Hartlepool United 13 11
23 York City 13 10
24 Tranmere Rovers 13 9