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Whaddon Road Ground (ATT 3,037) 18th September 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: A Madley

Cheltenhm Cheltenham Town vs Oxford United Oxford Utd

Cheltenhm 2

D Carter (29)
S Harrad (60)

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Oxford Utd 1

P Leven (pen 80)

Robins return to winning trail

Last Updated: 18/09/12 11:51pm

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Harrad: Long-range stunner

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.

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8 Stevenage 27 41
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22 Carlisle United 27 27
23 Dagenham & Redbridge 26 26
24 Hartlepool United 27 18