Torquay 1-2 Cheltenham (Agg 1-4): McGlashan and Pack set up play-off final clash with Crewe for visitors

The Robins go to Wembley after a stunning performance from goalkeeper Scott Brown and one of the goals of the season by Marlon Pack helped them progress
Cheltenham Town will face Crewe Alexandra in the League Two play-off final after a 2-1 win against Torquay United on Thursday night gave them a 4-1 aggregate victory.

Goals from Jermaine McGlashan and Marlon Pack did the damage but the visitors were indebted to a fine goalkeeping display from Scott Brown.

The Robins had the first chance of the match as Kaid Mohamed's shot was charged down by defender Brian Saah but the home side responded well with Eunan O’Kane hitting on target but finding Brown difficult to beat.

McGlashan then went mightily close with a strike from distance for the visitors as both sides traded blows inside the first ten minutes.

Moments later, the in-form Brown saved from Ryan Jarvis superbly as his night continued to get better, palming away a chance low across the goal around the post for a corner.

Torquay continued to press for a way back into the tie and were a toe’s length from getting that all-important goal as Keith Lowe flicked the ball off the line onto the woodwork.

And the home side rattled Cheltenham’s frame again via a Lee Mansell header, with Brown rooted to the spot following a free-kick from 20 yards out.

Just on the stroke of half-time Mohamed could have opened the scoring against the run of play but his shot was again foiled by Olejnik.

Cheltenham boss Mark Yates opted to bring on an extra midfielder at the start of the second half to stop Torquay from overrunning the middle of the park, and it almost immediately paid off.

Within just a few minutes first-leg scorers McGlashan and Ben Burgess - who had a bandaged head for the majority of the game - almost had a further goal apiece but Olejnik did well on both occasions.

Both goalkeepers did not deserve to be on the losing side and it was Brown this time who adjusted his body to keep out a badly deflected header from nestling in the top corner.

The extra man in midfield did stop Torquay’s rhythm and it was Cheltenham’s time to start wave after wave of attack with McGlashan was proving to be a thorn in the Gulls’ side.

Luke Summerfield almost killed the tie off but his free-kick somehow found itself on the wrong side of Olejnik’s goal.

But McGlashan finally put Torquay to the sword after 75 minutes, running onto a reverse pass before dinking his shot at goal. It took a fortunate flick of goalkeeper Olejnik to bounce in off the back post.

Ten minutes later and Taiwo Atieno had given the Gulls a lifeline heading in from a corner but Pack's free-kick from range sent the away end into delirium and Cheltenham into the final

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