Robins return to winning trail
Last Updated: September 18, 2012 11:51pm
Harrad: Long-range stunner
Superb long-range strikes from Darren Carter and Shaun Harrad helped Cheltenham to a 2-1 home win over Oxford United in League Two on Tuesday.
A late penalty from substitute Peter Leven brought the Us back into the match at Whaddon Road, and the hosts had to survive a nervy final 10 minutes before the points were secured.
The visitors went close to opening the scoring when Robins' goalkeeper Scott Brown had to tip Jon-Paul Pittman's long-range effort round a post.
As the first half progressed, Cheltenham gradually gained the upper hand and they eventually went ahead just before the half-hour mark. Billy Jones found the supporting Carter, who opened his Town account with a cleanly-struck left-foot shot from 25 yards.
Adam Chapman almost brought Oxford level soon after the restart, but his powerful free-kick rattled a post.
Harrad then doubled the home side's lead when he smashed a thunderbolt into the top corner to record his fifth goal of the campaign. Leven converted Oxford's 80th-minute penalty, awarded after Alan Bennett held James Constable, but Cheltenham held on despite Chapman and Deane Smalley going close from long range.
npower League 2
Tue 18th Sep
AFC W'don0 - 1Torquay
Aldershot1 - 0Barnet
Bradford3 - 1Morecambe
Cheltenham2 - 1Oxford Utd
Chesterfld4 - 3Accrington
Dag + Red0 - 1Northamptn
Exeter3 - 2Wycombe
Fleetwood2 - 5Port Vale
Gillingham1 - 0Southend
Plymouth1 - 1Bristol R
Rotherham2 - 3Rochdale
npower League 2
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