Wrexham's Blue Square Bet Premier automatic promotion hopes were dealt a blow as Forest Green's James Norwood scored a shock injury-time winner.

Jake Speight opened the scoring for Wrexham as the striker fired in a low penalty after Mark Creighton was brought down by Jamie Collins.

Matt Taylor punished Wrexham, pouncing on Steven Leslie's loose pass to round keeper Joslain Mayebi and equalise.

And Norwood condemned the hosts to their first home loss since September.

Mathias Pogba had two great chances to score for second-placed Wrexham, including a header that was tipped onto the post by Rovers keeper Sam Russell, before a Morrell header cannoned off the Rovers crossbar.

Wrexham winger Glen Little had a penalty appeal turned down but midfielder Norwood popped up in the fourth minute of stoppage time to squeeze the ball into the corner of the net from close range and end Wrexham's four-match winning streak.

Leaders Fleetwood's victory over Mansfield ensured their lead over Wrexham is extended to nine points as the two teams chase the one automatic promotion place to the Football League, although Wrexham have two games in hand.

Interview: Wrexham manager Andy Morrell

Wrexham manager Andy Morrell told BBC Radio Wales: "That was hard to take as we played alright and we created a few chances, we just didn't take them and we were hit by a sucker punch at the end.

"We were good for the lead in the first-half and could have had a couple more and in the second-half we took our foot off the gas and just thought it would do and we didn't do the nitty gritty bits.

"Perhaps we thought it was a bit easy maybe and then we get hit by two horrendous goals to give away, which is unlike us."

Win at Wrexham was 'brilliant' - Hockaday

Forest Green manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Gloucestershire: "We didn't turn up first half, but we've shown another way to win a game.

"Fitness levels were good, we've scored a great equaliser and form then on it could have gone either way. To be fair it's a bit of a smash and grab win with virtually the last kick, but it's pleasing because it's happened against us too many times.

"We were a lot more compact in the second half and the substitutions worked almost immediately. We are well organised, we've got pace and we defend well. It's a magnificent double over the second-best team in the league. It's a brilliant three points."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Wrexham

  • 25 Mayebi
  • 03 Ashton Booked
  • 04 Creighton
  • 34 Wright
  • 06 Harris (Clarke - 54' )
  • 12 Keates
  • 20 Knight-Percival
  • 30 Leslie (Little - 73' )
  • 10 Speight (Cieslewicz - 72' )
  • 11 Morrell
  • 24 Pogba

Substitutes

  • 21 Maxwell
  • 23 Westwood
  • 07 Cieslewicz
  • 17 Little
  • 26 Clarke

Forest Green

  • 30 Russell
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 03 Stokes
  • 05 Turley Booked
  • 22 Oshodi
  • 08 Klukowski
  • 11 Forbes (Pook - 63' )
  • 28 J Collins
  • 07 Norwood
  • 14 Taylor Booked (Henderson - 90' )
  • 29 T Wright (Uwezu - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Todd
  • 04 Pook
  • 09 Styche
  • 23 Uwezu
  • 24 Henderson
Ref: Bond
Att: 4,451

Match Stats

Shots

9 4

On target

2 3

Corners

7 2

Fouls

12 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:34 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +3:20

Assist on the goal came from Sam Russell.

90:00 +3:20 Goal scored

Goal! - James Norwood - Wrexham 1 - 2 Forest Grn James Norwood finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wrexham 1-2 Forest Green.

90:00 +2:44

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Neil Ashton from the right by-line, save by Sam Russell.

90:00 +0:53 Substitution

Substitution (Forest Green) makes a substitution, with Liam Henderson coming on for Matty Taylor.

89:08

Corner taken by Neil Ashton.

85:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Uwezu on Adrian Cieslewicz. Direct free kick taken by Neil Ashton.

84:58 Booking

Booking Matty Taylor receives a caution for time wasting.

83:44

Michael Pook crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.

83:44 Booking

Booking Neil Ashton booked for unsporting behaviour.

83:32

Neil Ashton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Uwezu.

82:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mathias Pogba on Chris Stokes. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

77:29

Andrew Morrell takes a shot.

76:31

Corner taken by Dean Keates from the right by-line.

75:38

Header by Mathias Pogba from inside the area hits the post.

74:55

Unfair challenge on Nathaniel Knight-Percival by Matty Taylor results in a free kick. Neil Ashton takes the direct free kick.

73:20

Joslain Mayebi restarts play with the free kick.

73:20 Booking

Booking Jamie Turley booked.

73:04

Andrew Morrell fouled by Jamie Turley, the ref awards a free kick.

71:27

Sam Russell takes the direct free kick.

71:27 Substitution

Substitution Glen Little on for Steven Leslie.

71:27 Substitution

Substitution Adrian Cieslewicz joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jake Speight.

71:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eddie Oshodi by Joe Clarke.

69:45

Unfair challenge on Jake Speight by Jared Hodgkiss results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Neil Ashton.

65:46

Nathaniel Knight-Percival gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matty Taylor. Free kick taken by Michael Pook.

63:13

The assist for the goal came from Michael Uwezu.

63:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Matty Taylor - Wrexham 1 - 1 Forest Grn Goal scored by Matty Taylor from close in low into the middle of the goal. Wrexham 1-1 Forest Green.

62:26 Substitution

Substitution Michael Pook on for Keiron Forbes.

60:25

James Norwood takes a shot. Save by Joslain Mayebi.

55:01

Neil Ashton challenges Yan Klukowski unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Yan Klukowski.

53:02

Direct free kick taken by Sam Russell. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jake Speight by Eddie Oshodi. Direct free kick taken by Neil Ashton.

53:02 Substitution

Substitution Joe Clarke is brought on as a substitute for Jay Harris.

53:02

Steven Leslie concedes a free kick for a foul on Keiron Forbes.

50:46

Corner taken by Yan Klukowski from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Stephen Wright.

48:38

Jake Speight is caught offside. Free kick taken by Sam Russell.

46:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Morrell on Jamie Turley. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Turley.

45:25

Effort from deep inside the area by Mathias Pogba clears the bar.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Tommy Wright leaves the field to be replaced by Michael Uwezu.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

44:32

Unfair challenge on James Norwood by Stephen Wright results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Sam Russell.

43:14

Yan Klukowski has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.

42:53

The referee blows for offside. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

42:07

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Steven Leslie. Mark Creighton takes a shot. Save by Sam Russell.

41:16

Matty Taylor is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Joslain Mayebi.

39:29

Neil Ashton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tommy Wright. Free kick taken by Jamie Turley.

37:34

Stephen Wright challenges Matty Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Yan Klukowski takes the direct free kick.

36:49

Unfair challenge on Jamie Turley by Andrew Morrell results in a free kick. Sam Russell takes the direct free kick.

36:18

Corner from left by-line taken by Stephen Wright.

35:24

Chris Stokes challenges Jake Speight unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Wright.

34:17

Outswinging corner taken by Yan Klukowski from the right by-line, clearance by Steven Leslie.

31:06

Jamie Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Harris. Free kick taken by Neil Ashton.

30:31

Steven Leslie has a shot on goal from long range that goes wide left.

28:10

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Chris Stokes.

27:39

Dean Keates takes a shot. Save by Sam Russell.

26:12

Steven Leslie takes a shot. Save by Sam Russell.

24:47

Effort on goal by Jake Speight from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.

22:43

Foul by Matty Taylor on Neil Ashton, free kick awarded. Dean Keates takes the direct free kick.

21:43

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Steven Leslie from the right by-line, Mathias Pogba has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

19:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Jake Speight - Wrexham 1 - 0 Forest Grn Jake Speight scores a placed penalty. Wrexham 1-0 Forest Green.

18:40

Jamie Collins gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Steven Leslie.

17:55

Foul by Tommy Wright on Neil Ashton, free kick awarded. Joslain Mayebi takes the free kick.

17:15

The referee penalises Mathias Pogba for handball. Free kick taken by Sam Russell.

10:32

Mark Creighton concedes a free kick for a foul on Matty Taylor. Jamie Collins takes the free kick.

9:25

Jared Hodgkiss concedes a free kick for a foul on Jake Speight. Joslain Mayebi restarts play with the free kick.

8:03

Chris Stokes is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Joslain Mayebi.

7:22

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Steven Leslie from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Jamie Turley.

6:04

Chris Stokes is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Joslain Mayebi takes the free kick.

4:03

Handball by Andrew Morrell. Sam Russell takes the free kick.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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