Reuben Reid’s early penalty ensured Cheltenham continued their fine start to the season with a 1-0 home victory over Scunthorpe.
The visitors were without boss Neil Cox and his assistant Mark Lillis due to Covid-19 protocol after an unnamed member of the squad tested positive.
The club’s under-23s coach Russ Wilcox led the team at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium and he saw them concede after five minutes.
Elliot Bonds was brought down by George Hornshaw in the area and referee Sam Allison pointed to the spot.
Reid stepped up and scored his fourth of the season in all competitions, but his first in League Two.
Cheltenham controlled much of the opening half, with Aaron Jarvis’ shot comfortably saved by Josh Griffiths in a rare attempt from Scunthorpe.
Rory Watson pulled off a double save to deny Matty Blair and then Liam Sercombe in the 52nd minute as Cheltenham pressed for a second.
Scunthorpe were close to levelling when Mason O’Malley thumped a shot wide in the 73rd minute before Abo Eisa fired straight at Griffiths.
Andy Williams forced Watson into another diving stop in the 79th minute but Cheltenham had done enough for their fifth win in seven games.
Report supplied by PA Media
- 5RaglanBooked at 60mins
- 15BoyleBooked at 27mins
- 23BondsSubstituted forSangat 39′minutes
- 9ReidSubstituted forWilliamsat 68′minutes
- 19LloydSubstituted forAddaiat 89′minutes
- 28HornshawSubstituted forGreenat 54′minutes
- 20SpenceBooked at 35minsSubstituted forMcAteeat 61′minutes
- 19JarvisSubstituted forLoftat 81′minutes
- Sam Allison
Match ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Scunthorpe United 0.
Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Scunthorpe United 0.
Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Chris Hussey.
Attempt missed. Emmanuel Onariase (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mason O’Malley with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by William Boyle.
Attempt blocked. Alex Gilliead (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emmanuel Onariase.
Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Emmanuel Onariase.
Attempt missed. Andy Williams (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Liam Sercombe following a fast break.
Foul by Alex Addai (Cheltenham Town).
Alex Gilliead (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Chris Clements (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by John McAtee (Scunthorpe United).
Attempt saved. Chris Hussey (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Clements.
Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Ryan Loft.
Attempt missed. Ryan Loft (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mason O’Malley with a cross.
Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Alex Addai replaces George Lloyd because of an injury.
Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Ryan Loft replaces Aaron Jarvis.
Offside, Cheltenham Town. George Lloyd tries a through ball, but Andy Williams is caught offside.
Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Rory Watson.
Attempt saved. Andy Williams (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Clements.