Matty Taylor

Taylor started the season with North Leigh in the Southern League

Matty Taylor's audacious backheel for Forest Green knocked Wrexham off the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Taylor made the most of James Norwood's low driven pass to send visiting goalkeeper Joslain Mayebi the wrong way three minutes after the break.

Wrexham had a last-minute chance to level when player-manager Andy Morrell was brought down in the penalty area.

But former Wrexham keeper Sam Russell's trailing legs denied Dean Keates's shot from the spot.

Fleetwood climbed above Wrexham courtesy of their 3-1 win over Braintree.

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Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Gloucestershire:

"We want more nights like this because it was a fantastic performance and we just about deserved it.

"If you let good teams play they'll rip you apart, so we played a brave game and a high, really high press. Both keepers pulled off some great saves and we had a bit of luck, but we had more chances than them.

"A second goal would have killed it but hey, we hung on and everyone did their job tonight."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Forest Green

  • 30 Russell
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 03 Stokes
  • 05 Turley
  • 22 Oshodi
  • 08 Klukowski
  • 11 Forbes (Allen - 72' )
  • 21 Thomson
  • 07 Norwood (Griffin - 88' )
  • 14 Taylor Booked (Uwezu - 80' )
  • 24 Henderson Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Bittner
  • 16 Graham
  • 18 Allen
  • 10 Griffin
  • 23 Uwezu

Wrexham

  • 25 Mayebi
  • 02 Obeng Booked
  • 03 Ashton
  • 04 Creighton
  • 06 Harris
  • 07 Cieslewicz
  • 12 Keates
  • 20 Knight-Percival Booked
  • 26 Clarke (Hunt - 68' )
  • 11 Morrell
  • 24 Pogba (Little - 55' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Maxwell
  • 16 Hunt
  • 17 Little (Colbeck - 71' )
  • 27 Colbeck
  • 19 Anorllo
Ref: Robert Merchant
Att: 1,109

Match Stats

Shots

19 13

On target

13 6

Corners

7 7

Fouls

12 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:34 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +6:13

Corner taken by Neil Ashton from the left by-line.

90:00 +6:05 Penalty

A save by Sam Russell from penalty by Dean Keates. Forest Green 1-0 Wrexham.

90:00 +4:43

Andrew Morrell fouled by Sam Russell, the ref awards a Penalty.

90:00 +4:27

The referee blows for offside against Liam Henderson. Neil Ashton takes the free kick.

89:54

Neil Ashton takes a shot. Eddie Oshodi gets a block in.

88:45

Handball decision goes against Eddie Oshodi. Dean Keates restarts play with the free kick.

86:51

Neil Ashton takes the free kick.

86:51 Substitution

Substitution Charlie Griffin replaces James Norwood.

86:51

Chris Allen handles the ball and concedes a free kick.

85:23

Yan Klukowski takes a shot. Save by Joslain Mayebi.

83:12

Jay Harris gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jake Thomson. Centre by Jake Thomson, Jamie Turley produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

81:44

Corner taken right-footed by Jake Thomson from the right by-line, Johnny Hunt manages to make a clearance.

81:32

Michael Uwezu takes a shot. Save by Joslain Mayebi.

80:51

Foul by Chris Allen on Dean Keates, free kick awarded. Neil Ashton restarts play with the free kick.

79:30 Substitution

Substitution Michael Uwezu comes on in place of Matty Taylor.

78:44

Inswinging corner taken by Jake Thomson from the left by-line, Joslain Mayebi makes a save.

78:44 Booking

Booking Curtis Obeng goes into the referee's book for dissent.

78:06

Liam Henderson takes a shot. Save by Joslain Mayebi.

76:35

Dean Keates takes a shot. Sam Russell makes a save.

76:21

Adrian Cieslewicz takes a shot.

73:36

Effort by Jay Harris from a long way out goes over the crossbar.

71:26 Substitution

Substitution Chris Allen joins the action as a substitute, replacing Keiron Forbes.

70:19 Substitution

Substitution James Colbeck replaces Glen Little.

69:23

Corner taken by Neil Ashton from the left by-line, Jay Harris takes a shot. Save by Sam Russell.

69:10

Adrian Cieslewicz takes a shot. Jamie Turley makes a clearance.

68:05

Keiron Forbes takes a shot. Save made by Joslain Mayebi.

67:25 Substitution

Substitution Johnny Hunt is brought on as a substitute for Joe Clarke.

67:02 Booking

Booking Booking for Matty Taylor for dissent.

66:09

The ball is sent over by James Norwood.

65:01

Jake Thomson crosses the ball in from the free kick.

65:01 Booking

Booking Nathaniel Knight-Percival receives a caution for dissent.

64:32

Unfair challenge on Matty Taylor by Nathaniel Knight-Percival results in a free kick.

62:57

Matty Taylor challenges Neil Ashton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Neil Ashton restarts play with the free kick.

61:28

Adrian Cieslewicz gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Stokes. Sam Russell takes the free kick.

60:09

Mark Creighton challenges Matty Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jake Thomson, Joslain Mayebi makes a save.

59:13

Corner taken right-footed by Jake Thomson from the left by-line to the near post, Close range header by Eddie Oshodi goes wide of the left-hand upright.

59:01

Keiron Forbes takes a shot. Blocked by Neil Ashton.

58:01

Adrian Cieslewicz challenges Matty Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jake Thomson crosses the ball in from the free kick, Neil Ashton manages to make a clearance.

54:44

Sam Russell takes the indirect free kick.

54:44 Substitution

Substitution Glen Little on for Mathias Pogba.

54:44

The offside flag is raised against Mathias Pogba.

53:13

Shot by Jay Harris from outside the box goes over the net.

52:37

Dean Keates fouled by Keiron Forbes, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Neil Ashton, Eddie Oshodi makes a clearance.

52:00

Adrian Cieslewicz produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

50:26

Liam Henderson takes a shot. Joslain Mayebi makes a save.

47:55

Assist by James Norwood.

47:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Matty Taylor - Forest Grn 1 - 0 Wrexham Matty Taylor grabs a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Forest Green 1-0 Wrexham.

47:22

James Norwood takes a shot. Blocked by Matty Taylor.

46:55

Short corner taken by Jake Thomson.

46:18

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jake Thomson, save by Joslain Mayebi.

46:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Keates on Jake Thomson. Jake Thomson restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +0:59 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

44:12

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jake Thomson, Matty Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Joslain Mayebi. Joslain Mayebi takes the free kick.

43:57

Jake Thomson takes a shot. Nathaniel Knight-Percival gets a block in.

42:34

Chris Stokes delivers the ball, Joe Clarke manages to make a clearance.

40:56

James Norwood has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.

39:26

Neil Ashton takes the free kick.

39:26 Booking

Booking Liam Henderson is shown a yellow card.

39:05

Foul by Liam Henderson on Neil Ashton, free kick awarded.

38:25

Shot from just outside the box by Joe Clarke misses to the left of the target.

38:09

Matty Taylor is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Dean Keates.

36:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mathias Pogba by Keiron Forbes. Shot comes in from Jay Harris from the free kick.

33:25

James Norwood takes a shot. Joslain Mayebi makes a save.

32:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Norwood on Curtis Obeng. Joslain Mayebi takes the direct free kick.

31:31

Dean Keates takes a shot. Save by Sam Russell.

30:28

Corner taken short by Joe Clarke.

30:13

Adrian Cieslewicz takes a shot. Jamie Turley gets a block in.

29:06

Yan Klukowski takes a shot. Save made by Joslain Mayebi.

28:24

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Jake Thomson goes wide of the right-hand upright.

26:19

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jake Thomson, save made by Joslain Mayebi.

26:08

Keiron Forbes takes a shot. Blocked by Jay Harris.

24:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adrian Cieslewicz by James Norwood. Direct free kick taken by Jay Harris.

22:32

Corner taken by Dean Keates, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Nathaniel Knight-Percival misses to the left of the goal.

21:37

James Norwood delivers the ball.

16:32

James Norwood produces a cross, Liam Henderson produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

15:41

Shot from just outside the box by Keiron Forbes misses to the right of the goal.

13:44

Andrew Morrell is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Russell.

13:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathaniel Knight-Percival by James Norwood. Free kick taken by Neil Ashton.

10:58

Chris Stokes takes a shot. Mark Creighton gets a block in.

9:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matty Taylor by Nathaniel Knight-Percival. Direct free kick taken by Jake Thomson.

8:22

Corner taken right-footed by Joe Clarke, clearance by Jamie Turley.

8:03

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Dean Keates, Jamie Turley makes a clearance.

7:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Keates by Jake Thomson. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Dean Keates from right wing, save by Sam Russell.

6:54

Liam Henderson challenges Neil Ashton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Neil Ashton takes the free kick.

4:43

Corner taken left-footed by Dean Keates from the right by-line to the near post, Chris Stokes makes a clearance.

2:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keiron Forbes by Joe Clarke. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

2:12

The referee blows for offside. Nathaniel Knight-Percival takes the free kick.

0:00

The game begins.

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