Robins fly into top seven: Match Review

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Cheltenham moved into the play-off places with a comfortable 4-2 win at Accrington.

The Robins never really looked back after racing into into a two goal lead in the first 18 minutes.

With only four minutes on the clock, Jeff Goulding split open the Stanley defence and threaded the ball through for Brian Smikle to slot in between keeper Alex Cisak's legs for his second goal of the season.

Smikle could have had an early hat-trick, firing into the side netting and heading another just wide.

However he was involved in the next goal in the 18th minute, flicking Scott Brown's goalkick into the path of Goulding who shot past Cisak.

Out -of-sorts Stanley got one back on 51 minutes when Sean McConville played in a cross from the right and Terry Gornell poked the ball home from 10 yards for his fifth of the season.

Then it was game on with Stanley piling on the pressure without seriously testing keeper Brown.

However the Robins got that all-important third when they broke on 74 minutes, Smikle flicked the ball through for Goulding who again placed the ball past Cisak for his fifth goal of the campaign.

And number four came six minutes later when a ball into the area found Goulding who knocked it down for Smikle to find winger Robin Shroot who fired home from 10 yards out.

Two minutes from time, Stanley got a penalty when Martin Riley was adjudged to have brought down McConville and Phil Edwards tucked it home but it was too little too late for the Reds who have now gone four games without a victory.

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Sean McConville
Phil Edwards
Jeff Goulding
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Terry Gornell
Scott Brown
Scott Brown
Accrington Stanley
Robin Shroot

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