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Cheltenham Town fall to another disappointing home defeat against Barrow A.F.C

Cheltenham Town missed the chance to extend their lead at the top of League Two after they fell to a disappointing 2-0 defeat against Barrow. 

The Robins were considered large favourites for the game given their position at the summit of the league table, however, as many people will find out during Cheltenham Raceweek, being favourite doesn’t always result in victory.  

The visitors took the lead just two minutes into the game when Ben Tozer misread a cross and allowed the ball to roll past him and eventually goalkeeper Josh Griffiths too.  

That lead was then doubled in the second half after an even more disappointing mishap at the back for Cheltenham when Griffiths booted the ball into defender Sean Long and saw it fly past him into his own net.  

With many expecting Cheltenham to assume dominance from the start, Rob Kelly’s men stunned those watching by taking a surprise lead.  

It was a cross from James Jones that was left by Robins captain Ben Tozer and rolled past Griffiths between the posts.

The young goalkeeper was selected for England’s Under-21 side on Monday morning, but him and Tozer will be incredibly disappointed with that one.  

Cheltenham did gather control of the game after that though and had a number of chances, with the best falling to Chris Hussey and Alfie May.

Before those two opportunities though, Sam Smith looked sure to complete a fine move by the Robins but was off balance as he took the shot and failed to add any meaningful power behind the shot, which allowed it to be blocked. 

Hussey saw his effort rebound off the post, while May had another opportunity well cleared off the line by a Barrow defender. 

At half-time many would have said that the Robins looked the more likely to go on and win however, the danger of Barrow getting another goal was always present.  

There wasn’t much to write about for Cheltenham at the start of the second half and their mood was dampened even further when the ball cannoned off Long into his own net to make it two-nil.  

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The ball had come in from a long throw and as Griffiths looked to boot the ball up-field, he accidentally hammered it into his own teammate.  

Clearly knocked back by the second, Cheltenham failed to create anything of note before the end of the game and the match fizzled out.  

The result doesn’t have many ramifications for either side as Cheltenham remain one point clear at the top of the table and Barrow stay in 22nd.  

The Robins next face Salford City – who drew 0-0 with Colchester tonight -at home on Saturday. 

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