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15:50 1st May 2010

Notts County 5-0 Cheltenham Town

Notts County rounded off a tremendous season in front of the home faithful with a second 5-0 triumph in a week. Fans crammed into all sides of the stadium for this memorable day at Meadow Lane. The Magpies were going to be crowned League Two champions after the full time whistle but first they had to tackle a Cheltenham team that were out to ruin the party. They had opportunities to get off to a flying start but Medi Elito's fierce strike was blocked by a wall of black and white. Another chance presented itself from the resulting corner and Matty Thornhill almost found the corner of the net with a stylish overhead kick. Lee Hughes also came close for Notts following some energetic work down the right by Neal Bishop. Although the initial cross was cleared, Ben Davies' delivery found the head of the striker, who nodded well wide of the target. Davies' next centre, from a corner, provided the first goal of the afternoon. Graeme Lee rose at the back post amidst a crowd of players to nod into the bottom corner past Scott Brown. The creative provider, Davies, was again the architect for County's second, sending a diagonal ball from deep perfectly onto the toe Hughes. Taking a touch under pressure from his marker, he didn't hesitate in driving the ball past the outrushing Brown. It was 3-0 before the celebrations had even settled, from a Davies set-piece this time. The unmanageable midfielder whipped fiercely into the box from the left and, with the help of Hughes' distracting run, the ball squirmed through the goalkeeper's legs. Top scorer Hughes attempted to claim the goal but Davies' name went down on the score sheet - quite rightfully. He didn't have to wait long for his second, though, which came just moments later. A low pass forward from the back found its way through the legs of Delroy Facey, fooling the Robins' backline. Hughes raced forward into the area, cut back on a defender, worked the ball out of his feet and finally bent into the corner with an expert finish. And he may have netted a hat-trick if his prodded finish wasn't ruled out for offside. Westcarr, who had provided him with the chance, also came close but his low strike across the goalmouth was hacked off the line by an alert Lee Ridley. Hughes was withdrawn prior to the break to a standing ovation, worthy of his 33 goals for the campaign. Luke Rodgers came on in his place to spearhead the attack alongside Facey. A well worked passing move involving Rodgers and Westcarr resulted in Bishop being presented with the first chance of the second period. Threaded into the area, he poked harmlessly wide of the bottom corner, due to the pressure from his marker. In a stark contrast to the opening 45 minutes, goalmouth action was proving to be a rarity. Notts were dictating play with sessions of calm passing, accompanied by the rhythmic beat of the Kop Stand. The visitors were looking much more organised and were valiantly trying to snatch a goal. Thornhill came closest with a long range shot, which forced Kasper Schmeichel to smother well. A hopeful, unexpected punt from Davies almost caught Brown out as the clock ticked closer to the championship ceremony. Westcarr and Rodgers almost got on the end of the tricky wide man's cross, too, but the score remained at 4-0. Sparking the game back into life, Rodgers did grab his 13th of the term with a delicate chip. Latching onto a long ball, the energetic striker dinked over Brown for the fifth and final goal of the match. Prior to the full time whistle Schmeichel was withdrawn to allow the home fans to pay tribute to him in his last Meadow Lane match in County colours. His replacement, Russell Hoult, preserved another clean sheet with a reaction stop, denying Justin Richards. Notts' fans upped the volume in anticipation of the moment they'd all been waiting for. John Thompson would lift the League Two title and what better way to prepare the fans for the celebrations than with a convincing 5-0 triumph fitting of the champions. Hillside Medical Man of the Match: Ben Davies Attendance: 11,331 (528 Cheltenham supporters) Notts County: Kasper Schmeichel (Hoult 83), John Thompson, Mike Edwards, Graeme Lee, Stephen Hunt, Craig Westcarr, Neal Bishop, Ricky Ravenhill, Ben Davies, Lee Hughes (Rodgers 39) , Delroy Facey (Hamshaw 67). Substitutes: Russell Hoult, Matt Hamshaw, Jamie Clapham, Karl Hawley, Luke Rodgers, Johnnie Jackson, Ade Akinbiyi. Scorer(s): Lee 21, Hughes 22, 31, Davies 25, Rodgers 81 Yellow Card(s): Bishop 17, Thompson 76 Cheltenham Town: Scott Brown, Lee Ridley, Michael Townsend, Michael Pook, Andy Gallinagh, Justin Richards, Ashley Eastham, Josh Low, Medi Elito, Matty Thornhill, Barry Hayles (Lescott 46). Substitutes: Will Puddy, Scott Brown, David Hutton, Louis Almond, Marley Watkins, Aaron Lescott, Julian Alsop. Scorer(s): None Yellow Card(s): None Report by: Dane Vincent
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    For the first 50 years of their existence, England played their home matches all around the country.