A valiant effort today – real backs to the wall stuff – but we couldn’t match the youth, pace and skill of Cheltenham B, eventually losing 4-0. We set ourselves up more defensively today – driven mainly by the fact we had no less than 7 defenders – and with the score 0-0 at half-time despite soaking up a lot of pressure, it seemed the right call. However, when we quickly went 2-0 down early in the second half and pushed higher to chase the game, we left ourselves open and conceded two more before the end. Mike Lilley was outstanding in the first half, saving shot after shot from the many shorts they generated. It was ironic that Cheltenham took the lead from a cheeky reverse lift that dribbled in at the near post. In fact most of their goals were soft and one was a mis-hit that bobbled in, although that’s not to say Cheltenham weren’t fully deserving winners. They seemed to have extra men in all positions, with their forwards constantly interchanging positions. Phil and Ross W manfully competed in midfield but we struggled to create many chances. Man of the Match was Ross W for his tireless running and support for the defence.