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17:00 9th February 2002

Exeter City v Cheltenham Town

The Grecians' start the game making no changes from the victorious line up that beat Macclesfield Town last weekend.  Cheltenham are also unchanged from their last match. The Grecians' start the game attacking the Cheltenham fans situated in the St James' Road end.  The Grecians' start the stronger with the first shot on target in the second minute with Flack forcing the stop from Steve Book. The first quarter of an hour has proved to be very uneventful with all of the play being in the middle of the field with neither goalkeeper being threatened.  A bit of a mix up in the box led to Cheltenham's first real chance with a header going inches past Fraser's right post. Cheltenham pinned back in their own corner were fortunate when a clearance ricocheted into the path of Flack who in turn tried to lay the ball off to Tomlinson who was just pipped to the post by the defence. Half an hour gone and still not a lot to mention, Alsop found himself with a bit of space on the edge of the six yard box but blazed his header high over the bar.  Steve Flack showed some superb skills playing keep ball in the corner before eventually flicking the ball through both defenders, the ball squirmed free and Power's shot blazed wide. A highly uninteresting first half ends in stalemate, with hopefully better things to come in the second half. Half Time Score: Exeter City 0 - 0 Cheltenham Town The second half starts just as dire as the first as neither team seems able to break each other down.  Martin Barlow comes off to be replaced by Glenn Cronin ten minutes into the half.  One of his first contributions was to get himself booked! Cronin then went on to make a great rundown the right, he cut the ball back to Flack who left it for Tomlinson who unfortunately ran the ball slightly too far.  Cheltenham made the breakthrough when a free kick was swung in from the left and met by the head of Mark Yates who successfully found the back of the net. City's first real attempt of the half came when the ball bounced over the head of the defence and Roberts latched onto the free ball unleashing an effort from thirty yards that whistled past the upright.   Tomlinson had a good effort saved when he picked the ball up on the edge of the box with his back to goal before swivelling and striking the ball goal bound.  Graeme Tomlinson was then replaced by Paul Read. With the clock ticking away the Grecians' finally start to apply a bit of pressure but it is too little too late only for Cheltenham to counter with the sucker blow as Tony Naylor found plenty of space and placed the ball into the bottom corner. A very dour game in which Cheltenham steal the three points as the home form continues to let the team down.  City now embark on a run of three away games in a row hoping the away form keeps us in the right half of the table.
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