Cheltenham eased any lingering relegation fears with a return to winning ways courtesy of a 2-0 win over Morecambe - inspired by veteran striker Julian Alsop.

The Robins went into the clash on the back of a six-match winless streak but secured the points in convincing style with strikes in either half from Alsop and Matt Thornhill.

Alsop broke the deadlock after 33 minutes climbing highest to power in a towering header from a David Bird corner and equalled the club`s all-time Football League goalscoring record.

Both players were involved in the second, created when Alsop nodded down Bird's cross for Thornhill to drill in from 15 yards just before the hour mark.

Barry Hayles might also have got on the scoresheet after intercepting a back pass and nipping round keeper Barry Roche but could only lift an angled shot over the bar with the goal gaping.

Morecambe began the match brightly but faded although they still had good scoring chances most notably when Paul Mullin beat the offside trap early on but shot tamely as Scott Brown came off his line.

Brown also denied Stewart Drummond from point-blank range in the second half to keep the Robins' two goal advantage, while top scorer Phil Jevons hooked a shot over from six yards.

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