Forest Green  Rovers 2 - 1 Harrogate Town
Photo by Matt Kirkham

Forest Green  Rovers 2 – 1 Harrogate Town

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A goal in each half was enough to give Forest Green victory,although the hosts had to survive a grandstand finish from Harrogate Town.

For Harrogate,Simon Weaver made two changes from Tuesday’s line up,with Jack Muldoon and Ed Francis replacing Josh March and Lloyd Kerry.

After an early George Thomson shot across goal,Forest Green forced a couple of corners,which were easily dealt with by the Town defence.

Halfway through the half Rovers took the lead when a defensive header fell to home skipper,Chris Stokes,who shot low past James Belshaw.

There was little quality on offer as both sides struggled to contend with the blustery,wet conditions.

Town tried to hit back and both Warren Burrell and Josh McPake had shots over the bar as the interval approached.

Within five minutes of the restart,Town slipped further behind when Kane Wilson played a smart one two with Jamille Matt and raced clear to shoot past Belshaw.

The Town management quickly introduced Connor Hall,Brendan Kiernan and Aaron Martin to try to rescue the situation.

A Martin header from Kiernan’s centre failed to trouble Lewis Thomas in the home goal and Dan Jones headed over the crossbar.

However,as the game entered stoppage time,late Town sub,Jay Williams,forced in a Thomson corner at the far post.

This heralded a frantic last five minutes in which Forest Green’s, Elliott Whitehouse, was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

Forest Green Rovers 2-1 Harrogate Town


Town,

Belshaw,Fallowfield,Jones,Falkingham(Williams 80),Smith,Burrell(Hall 56),Thomson,Beck(Martin56),Muldoon,Francis(Kiernan 56),McPake.

Unused subs,Lawlor,Minter.

Scorer,Williams,90+1

Forest Green,

Thomas,Wilson,Bernard,Stokes,Cargill,Collins(Richardson90),Cadden(Wagstaff 83),Matt,Whitehouse,Godwin=Malife,Davison(Bailey 76).

Unused subs,McGee,HutchinsonAllen,Young

Scorers,Stokes 22,Wilson 50.

Booked,Bernard,Whitehouse            Sent Off,Whitehouse.

Referee,C Pollard

By John Harrison.



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