A LAST-GASP goal finished off Hartlepool United at Cheltenham, as they looked set for a hard-earned point.

Pools defended firmly and in numbers - and rode their luck at times – but were ready to return home with a 0-0 draw.

But in the 90th minute, substitute Koby Arthur leapt inside the penalty area to head in from around eight yards.

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The Robins twice hit the frame of the goal, first through Matt Richards in the first half, then substitute John Marquis after his second-half appearance.

Scott Flinders made a wonder save on 83 minutes, tipping a goalbound Marquis header onto the underside of the bar.

Pools didn’t create a lot at the other end, but the efforts of strikers Charlie Wyke and Marlon Harewood – scorers last time out at Wimbledon – couldn’t be faulted.

CHELTENHAM TOWN (3-5-2): Carson; M Taylor, Brown, Elliott; Vaughan (Sterling-James 71), Wynter, Richards, J Taylor, Braham-Barrett; Harrison (Arthur 77), Gornell (Marquis 60). Subs: Haworth, Deaman, Hanks, Black.

HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Flinders; Duckworth, Bates, Collins, Austin; Franks (James 90), Miller, Walker, Brobbel (Compton 90); Wyke, Harewood (Woods 70). Subs: Holden, Richards, Harrison, Dixon (gk).