No Good Friday for robins

By Alex Anderson

Cheltenham Town did not experience a Good Friday as they let a lead slip, losing 2-1 at home to promotion chasing Fleetwood Town.

Although the Robins looked accomplished in the first half they struggled in the second; an all too familiar story this season.

The home side took the lead in the 32nd minute after left-back Craig Braham-Barrett had come across to the right hand side to launch a long throw in to the box.

Fleetwood’s defence struggled to deal with the bouncing ball and it fell to home debutant Harry Williams, but his shot was saved by Chris Maxwell in the Fleetwood goal.

The rebound then fell to Jamie Cureton who rolled the ball in to an empty net for his ninth goal of the season.

Cheltenham actually started the second half brightly and looked in control of the match but that changed after 55 minutes when Matt Richards tripped Iain Hume in the penalty area.

Antoni Sarcevic stepped up to take the spot kick and struck it emphatically past Robins’ keeper Scott Brown, who up until this point had relatively untested.

His only real save coming when he tipped a looping header from his own centre half, Troy Brown, on to the bar minutes earlier.

From this point on it was clear to see which side was fighting for promotion and which side had all but nothing to play for as Fleetwood began to dominate.

In fact, the only cheers from Cheltenham fans in the second half were sarcastic ones as the referee decided that two match balls were unsuitable to play with, meaning there was a break of close to a minute while the fourth official scampered round trying to find a ball.

Fleetwood took the lead shortly after as good play from Stephen Jordan and David Ball down the left hand side made space for Josh Morris to receive the ball and finish superbly past Brown.

The Robins did have chances late on and Fleetwood had their keeper to thank for some brilliant saves from the ever impressive Sido Jombati and Steve Elliot, but, it wasn’t enough as Cheltenham suffered their 15th defeat of the season.