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Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Sean Rigg, Alan Bennett manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by Sean Rigg, Scott P Brown makes a save.
Kaid Mohamed takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Tomlinson.
Keith Lowe joins the action as a substitute, replacing Darryl Duffy.
Guy Madjo replaces Tom Pope.
Ben Williamson comes on in place of Gareth Owen. Corner taken by Jennison Myrie-Williams. A goal is scored by Sean Rigg from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Port Vale 1-2 Cheltenham.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Sean Rigg, Gareth Owen produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
Brian Smikle grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Port Vale 0-2 Cheltenham.Assist by Darryl Duffy.
Outswinging corner taken by Jennison Myrie-Williams from the left by-line.
Effort from just inside the penalty box by Jeff Goulding strikes the post.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sido Jombati by Sean Rigg. Sido Jombati crosses the ball, Alan Bennett finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Port Vale 0-1 Cheltenham.Sido Jombati provided the assist for the goal.
Jeff Goulding on for Russell Penn.
Brian Smikle replaces Joshua Low.
Unfair challenge on Sean Rigg by Steve Elliott results in a free kick. Booking for Steve Elliott for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Adam Yates, Steve Elliott makes a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by Marlon Pack from the right by-line, John McCombe manages to make a clearance.
Darryl Duffy takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Tomlinson.
The official flags Tom Pope offside. Free kick taken by Scott P Brown.
Adam Yates concedes a free kick for a foul on Kaid Mohamed. Caution for Adam Yates. Free kick crossed by Luke Garbutt, clearance made by Doug Loft.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Doug Loft, save by Scott P Brown.
Marc Richards takes a shot. Blocked by Marlon Pack.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Tom Pope. Indirect free kick taken by Scott P Brown.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Griffith by Russell Penn. Free kick taken by Gareth Owen.
Luke Summerfield fouled by Doug Loft, the ref awards a free kick. Doug Loft receives a caution. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Luke Garbutt.
Marc Richards produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Corner taken by Doug Loft from the right by-line, clearance made by Russell Penn.
Shot from just outside the box by Marlon Pack misses to the left of the target.
Corner taken left-footed by Jennison Myrie-Williams to the near post, Luke Garbutt makes a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Jennison Myrie-Williams, Tom Pope gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Bennett. Scott P Brown restarts play with the free kick.
(Port Vale) makes a substitution, with Sean Rigg coming on for Robert Taylor.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Tom Pope. Scott P Brown takes the free kick.
Luke Summerfield takes a shot. Stuart Tomlinson makes a save.
Effort from outside the area by Marc Richards goes wide right of the goal.
Handball decision goes against Luke Summerfield. Adam Yates restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Luke Summerfield by Anthony Griffith results in a free kick. Luke Garbutt takes the direct free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Marc Richards misses to the right of the goal. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jennison Myrie-Williams, clearance made by Alan Bennett. Corner taken left-footed by Jennison Myrie-Williams, clearance made by Alan Bennett. Handball by Doug Loft. Direct free kick taken by Scott P Brown.
Sido Jombati challenges Robert Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Collins restarts play with the free kick.
Valiants set for changes
Changes to the Port Vale side are likely when Cheltenham visit Vale Park.
The game against the Robins will be a third in the space of seven days for the team managed by Micky Adams, who may have freshened things up anyway following the defeat at Macclesfield on New Year's Eve.
The likes of defender Clayton McDonald, midfielder Sean Rigg and forwards Marc Richards, Ben Williamson and Louis Dodds are available for recalls.
"We made mistakes at Macclesfield and got punished but hopefully we can learn from them and kick on," Adams told the club's official website.
Midfielders Lewis Haldane (broken leg) and Ryan Burge (knee) and on-loan striker Andrew Little (knee) continue their rehabilitation from long-term injuries.
Cheltenham are in the best position possible to transfer their good form of 2011 into 2012, as manager Mark Yates has no injury or suspension worries.
The Robins currently sit second in npower League Two, having lost just once in their last 14 outings in the league, and could climb to the division's summit if results go their way.
Yates could make a handful of changes to his starting line-up from the side that secured a 1-0 victory over Rotherham on December 30, with the Robins dealing with a hectic schedule of three games in seven days.
Young winger Bagasan Graham will be hoping to retain his place in Yates' XI after impressing on his full league debut against the Millers.
Graham, who set up the winner for Marlon Pack on Friday night, will have to keep Kaid Mohamed out of the Cheltenham side.
Robins hold off Vale
Cheltenham's promotion charge continued as they withstood a spirited Port Vale revival to secure a 2-1 win and extend their unbeaten run to nine games in npower League Two.
Vale striker Marc Richards headed over with the only real chance of a hard fought and uneventful first-half and the home side were on top before the game turned on the hour.
Robins' striker Darryl Duffy served notice of what was to come when he forced a smart save from Vale goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson.
And the visitors took a 63rd-minute lead when Kaid Mohamed swung over a free-kick from the right flank for big defender Alan Bennett to head inside Tomlinson's right-hand post from eight yards.
Cheltenham continued to pile forward and Mohamed crashed a shot against the outside of a post before substitute Brian Smikle added a second goal in the 73rd minute.
Vale's overrun defence was all over the place as Jeff Goulding teed up Smikle to fire a 14-yard shot, which flicked Tomlinson's fingers on its way into the net.
It looked like game over, but Vale rallied and the fightback looked on when substitute Sean Rigg reduced the arrears 12 minutes from time.
Tom Pope's original effort was blocked by visiting keeper Scott Brown and Rigg rammed in a low shot from eight yards.
But Cheltenham's defence held firm under late pressure to secure their seventh away win of the season.
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