A second-half Matty Taylor hat-trick helped Forest Green to a comfortable victory over Alfreton.

Rovers took the lead when Taylor drilled in from close range before Anthony Wilson's curled effort from the edge of the area levelled the scores.

Taylor's close-range volley saw Rovers re-take the lead before completing his hat-trick with a placed 12-yard effort.

Charlie Griffin met Kieron Forbes' cross with a powerful shot as Rovers claimed their third consecutive win.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday tells BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

Hockaday enjoys 'breathtaking goals'

"I was really happy because at 1-0 we were the better team, then they scored a goal and we then showed bravery and bounced back from it with some breathtaking goals.

"We carved our way through them and should have ended with more goals, but we thoroughly earned our win today.

"We're getting close to the big group in the league and that's where we want to be."

Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law told BBC Radio Derby:

The wheels came off - Law

"For 48 or 49 minutes I thought we were equal to them and I didn't think we were in danger.

"We had a good shape about us, we kept the ball and were a threat going forward.

"Then we gave a poor goal away. It was a diagonal ball into the box, we didn't deal with the first ball and we didn't deal with the second one.

"The next two goals were both from corners and that's where we've come undone."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (3)

Forest Green

  • 30 Bond
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 03 Stokes
  • 05 Turley Booked
  • 22 Oshodi
  • 08 Klukowski Booked
  • 11 Forbes
  • 19 Rowe
  • 20 Bangura
  • 10 Griffin
  • 14 Taylor Booked (Uwezu - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Bittner
  • 12 Imudia
  • 16 Graham
  • 21 Thomson
  • 23 Uwezu

Alfreton Town

  • 21 Day
  • 02 Law
  • 04 Streete
  • 05 Young Booked
  • 25 Potter
  • 07 Brown Booked
  • 10 Senior
  • 14 Hall
  • 09 Clayton (Arnold - 70' )
  • 15 Wilson
  • 16 Jarman (Mullan - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 17 Mackin
  • 19 Mullan
  • 22 Ellison
  • 23 Stevenson
  • 11 Arnold
Ref: Evans
Att: 764

Match Stats

Shots

16 7

On target

9 5

Corners

8 6

Fouls

11 11

Live Text Commentary

95:13 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +3:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Potter on Michael Uwezu. Michael Uwezu restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +3:34

Anthony Wilson fouled by Eddie Oshodi, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jordan Hall.

90:00 +3:05

Shot by Charlie Griffin from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

90:00 +2:35

Shot by Anton Brown from deep inside the six-yard box clear the bar.

90:00 +1:42

Corner taken by Luke Potter played to the near post, Alhassan Bangura manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:30

Josh Law takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Jared Hodgkiss.

89:56

Anthony Wilson takes a shot. Save made by Jonathan Bond.

89:01

Assist by Keiron Forbes.

89:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Charlie Griffin - Forest Grn 4 - 1 Alfreton Charlie Griffin gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Forest Green 4-1 Alfreton Town.

88:27

The ball is swung over by Michael Uwezu, clearance by Josh Law.

85:08 Substitution

Substitution Matty Taylor leaves the field to be replaced by Michael Uwezu.

84:49

The ball is swung over by Chris Stokes, Shot from inside the area by Charlie Griffin clears the bar.

82:12

The ball is sent over by Greg Young, Matty Taylor makes a clearance.

81:11

Jamie Turley concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Wilson. Nathan Arnold delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Yan Klukowski manages to make a clearance.

80:28 Booking

Booking Caution for Matty Taylor.

79:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Matty Taylor - Forest Grn 3 - 1 Alfreton Matty Taylor fires in a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Forest Green 3-1 Alfreton Town.

78:52

James Rowe decides to take the corner short.

78:06 Substitution

Substitution Jamie Mullan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nathan Jarman.

76:44

Assist by Eddie Oshodi.

76:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Matty Taylor - Forest Grn 2 - 1 Alfreton Matty Taylor gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Forest Green 2-1 Alfreton Town.

75:04

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by James Rowe.

74:56

Chris Stokes sends in a cross, clearance by Jordan Hall.

74:34

Jared Hodgkiss fouled by Nathan Arnold, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jonathan Bond.

73:40

Chris Stokes takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

71:59

Chris Senior is caught offside. Jonathan Bond restarts play with the free kick.

68:33 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Arnold replaces Paul Clayton.

68:33

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James Rowe, Charlie Griffin concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Potter. Direct free kick taken by Joe Day.

68:25

Charlie Griffin delivers the ball, blocked by Theo Streete.

68:04

Alhassan Bangura produces a cross, Theo Streete makes a clearance.

67:56

Centre by Keiron Forbes, Luke Potter gets a block in.

67:42

Unfair challenge on Eddie Oshodi by Anthony Wilson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Eddie Oshodi.

63:59

Corner taken by James Rowe from the right by-line to the near post, Jordan Hall makes a clearance.

63:27

Keiron Forbes sends in a cross, blocked by Nathan Jarman.

62:49

Anthony Wilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Turley. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Bond.

61:14

Josh Law provided the assist for the goal.

61:14 Goal scored

Goal! - Anthony Wilson - Forest Grn 1 - 1 Alfreton Anthony Wilson finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Forest Green 1-1 Alfreton Town.

58:47 Booking

Booking Greg Young is given a yellow card.

57:18

Matty Taylor has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

56:31

Nathan Jarman produces a cross, save by Jonathan Bond.

56:11

Corner taken right-footed by Nathan Jarman from the left by-line, Jonathan Bond manages to make a clearance.

55:39

The official flags Matty Taylor offside. Free kick taken by Luke Potter.

55:06

Effort on goal by Yan Klukowski from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

54:38

The ball is delivered by Chris Stokes, clearance made by Theo Streete.

52:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Griffin by Josh Law. The ball is sent over by James Rowe, Matty Taylor takes a shot. Save by Joe Day.

51:15

The ball is sent over by Jared Hodgkiss, Nathan Jarman gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by James Rowe, Charlie Griffin produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

49:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alhassan Bangura by Jordan Hall. Free kick taken by Jonathan Bond.

48:02

Assist on the goal came from Charlie Griffin.

48:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Matty Taylor - Forest Grn 1 - 0 Alfreton Matty Taylor grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Forest Green 1-0 Alfreton Town.

46:45 Booking

Booking The referee shows Anton Brown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

46:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Anton Brown on Alhassan Bangura. James Rowe restarts play with the free kick.

45:34

Nathan Jarman crosses the ball, Alhassan Bangura makes a clearance.

45:17

The ball is delivered by Josh Law, Keiron Forbes manages to make a clearance.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:27 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:57

Handball by Charlie Griffin. Free kick taken by Theo Streete.

45:00 +0:23 Booking

Booking Jamie Turley is shown a yellow card.

45:00 +0:12

The ball is swung over by Anthony Wilson.

43:03

Nathan Jarman takes the inswinging corner, Jamie Turley makes a clearance.

42:37

Chris Senior sends in a cross, Anthony Wilson takes a shot. Save by Jonathan Bond.

42:03

Unfair challenge on Anthony Wilson by Yan Klukowski results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Josh Law.

41:39

The official flags Charlie Griffin offside. Luke Potter takes the free kick.

41:11

The referee penalises Charlie Griffin for handball. Joe Day restarts play with the free kick.

40:49

Eddie Oshodi crosses the ball.

39:59

Alhassan Bangura fouled by Paul Clayton, the ref awards a free kick. Alhassan Bangura takes the direct free kick.

39:21

Inswinging corner taken by Nathan Jarman from the left by-line, Jamie Turley makes a clearance.

39:11

Nathan Jarman crosses the ball, clearance by Jamie Turley.

38:43

Keiron Forbes is penalised for a handball. Greg Young takes the indirect free kick.

38:21

The ball is swung over by Charlie Griffin, clearance made by Luke Potter.

36:58

Corner taken by James Rowe from the right by-line, Greg Young manages to make a clearance.

36:52

Alhassan Bangura sends in a cross, Luke Potter manages to make a clearance.

34:51

James Rowe delivers the ball.

31:30

Chris Senior takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Stokes.

31:00

Charlie Griffin produces a cross, Joe Day makes a brilliant save.

30:27

Anthony Wilson challenges Jared Hodgkiss unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jonathan Bond takes the free kick.

29:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matty Taylor on Luke Potter. Joe Day restarts play with the free kick.

28:45

Yan Klukowski produces a cross.

28:02

The referee blows for offside. Joe Day restarts play with the free kick.

26:36

Centre by Jordan Hall, Eddie Oshodi manages to make a clearance.

25:38

Outswinging corner taken by Nathan Jarman from the right by-line played to the near post, Keiron Forbes makes a clearance.

25:32

Josh Law crosses the ball, Charlie Griffin gets a block in.

24:46 Booking

Booking Booking for Yan Klukowski for dissent.

23:55

Inswinging corner taken by James Rowe from the left by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Day by Jamie Turley. Joe Day takes the free kick.

23:48

Matty Taylor crosses the ball, Josh Law gets a block in.

23:14

The ball is sent over by Jordan Hall, Alhassan Bangura manages to make a clearance.

23:02

The ball is crossed by Josh Law, blocked by Eddie Oshodi.

22:20

The ball is delivered by Jared Hodgkiss, Theo Streete manages to make a clearance.

22:13

A cross is delivered by Matty Taylor, clearance by Greg Young.

21:37

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Yan Klukowski, clearance by Josh Law.

20:55

Cross/shot by Yan Klukowski, Joe Day makes a save.

18:27

Handball by Josh Law. Shot on goal comes in from James Rowe from the free kick.

16:30

Foul by Eddie Oshodi on Anthony Wilson, free kick awarded. Josh Law produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

15:58

The assistant referee flags for offside against Matty Taylor. Joe Day takes the free kick.

13:42

Theo Streete concedes a free kick for a foul on James Rowe. The free kick is swung in right-footed by James Rowe, save by Joe Day.

12:34

Long range effort from Alhassan Bangura misses to the left of the target.

12:08

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jordan Hall. Chris Stokes takes the free kick.

8:35

Unfair challenge on Paul Clayton by Keiron Forbes results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Theo Streete.

6:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Turley on Anthony Wilson. Nathan Jarman crosses the ball in from the free kick, Jonathan Bond manages to make a clearance.

5:59

Anthony Wilson is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Jonathan Bond takes the direct free kick.

4:33

Shot from 20 yards from Alhassan Bangura. Save made by Joe Day.

4:17

Jared Hodgkiss produces a cross, Theo Streete makes a clearance.

3:14

Yan Klukowski produces a cross, Matty Taylor takes a shot. Fantastic save by Joe Day.

2:24

Jamie Turley challenges Nathan Jarman unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is sent over by Josh Law, Greg Young takes a shot. Jonathan Bond makes a save.

2:00

Greg Young fouled by Alhassan Bangura, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Day.

1:19

Josh Law concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Griffin. Free kick crossed right-footed by James Rowe, clearance made by Nathan Jarman.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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