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Match Report - Cheltenham 2-0 Aldershot (Cheltenham Fans Perspective)

Sunday 15th January 2012
For 71 minutes on Saturday, Cheltenham Town sat proudly on top of League Two.

We were there as Luke Summerfield's goal had us in front against Aldershot, while Crawley were being held at Bristol Rovers and Southend were behind or level at Northampton.

Paul Sturrock's men eventually came back to win 5-2 and take top spot, but our win on Saturday leaves us only trailing them on goal difference.

But we didn't play like table-toppers on Saturday. In fact, since our 3-0 win over Southend at Whaddon Road five league games ago, it has to be said we have not hit our best form.

But those five games have brought us three wins and two draws – so we are living up to that adage which says good teams eke out results when it matters, and when they do not play well.

We made two changes from the side which had its day in the sun against Spurs in the FA Cup last weekend.

Defender Steve Elliott was out with a calf injury, and the patient Keith Lowe – last season's player of the year – came in, and deservedly walked off with the man of the match champagne.

Elsewhere, Josh Low was left out and top scorer Darryl Duffy started.

There was a bit of nervousness around after the excitement of Spurs and the fact that the players had spent five days in Portugal – some fans wondering if their minds would be on the job.

We got the early goal – Summerfield drilling home his fifth of the season from 20 yards after Luke Garbutt's cross-field ball was shovelled into his path by the prostrate Jimmy Spencer.

Aldershot had the better of the territory and possession, but looked bereft of confidence in the final third – not surprising for a side without a goal in eight hours and with one win in 10 games.

For all their possession, they didn't worry Scott Brown unduly, and we wrapped the game up at the death.

Marlon Pack smashed the bar with an incredible 40 yard free kick, then Jeff Goulding set Kaid Mohamed away and he charged forward and smashed in the second goal.

So we now have 52 points – as many as we got in the whole of last season – and face a big derby game with Bristol Rovers next weekend.

That's also now 10 games unbeaten in the league, and a fifth successive clean sheet at home – the last goal conceded at Whaddon Road was on October 29.

With Southend facing a tricky game at Shrewsbury next weekend, another win could see us take over top spot.
Mark Halliwell

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