Yan Klukowski's second-half hat-trick helped Forest Green to an impressive Blue Square Bet Premier victory over Barrow.

Andy Cook's drilled effort for the visitors was as close as either team came to a goal before the break.

Klukowski tucked home a penalty after Danny Hone handled, and he added a second when he slotted in Michael Uwezu's cross from six yards.

He wrapped up a fine display with a superb curling free-kick from 25 yards.

The Bluebirds are now without a goal in over 600 minutes of football.

FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Forest Green manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Gloucestershire:

"The objective was 60 points and then beyond. The earlier you do that, the better your season is. Now we've got them, we've achieved our target so let's see where we end up.

"In the first half we were poor and didn't turn up. There were harsh words and I had to rifle into them. In the second half for 20-25 minutes it was two and it could have been more. We've kept a clean sheet and to go from first gear to third or fourth takes some doing.

"The crowd were pretty fair with us today because in the first half we didn't give them anything to cheer. In the second half we did and they got behind us and we showed a little bit of what we're about."

Barrow boss Dave Bayliss told BBC Radio Cumbria:

"It's a game that we've dominated today from start to finish.

"I've been in football a ling time and 3-0 was massively harsh.

"Things are going against us at the moment but we've got to keep believing in what we're doing."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Forest Green Rovers

  • 30 Russell
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 03 Stokes
  • 05 Turley (Graham - 62' )
  • 22 Oshodi
  • 08 Klukowski
  • 11 Forbes
  • 28 Collins
  • 14 Taylor (Styche - 80' )
  • 21 Thomson (Henderson - 46' )
  • 23 Uwezu

Substitutes

  • 16 Graham
  • 19 Rowe
  • 09 Styche
  • 24 Henderson
  • 29 Wright

Barrow

  • 01 Hurst
  • 03 Skelton (Mackreth - 69' )
  • 05 Bolland Booked
  • 19 Lomax
  • 22 Hone Booked
  • 07 Rutherford
  • 08 Baker (Harvey - 69' )
  • 12 Owen (Smith - 83' )
  • 14 Edwards
  • 09 Cook
  • 11 Boyes

Substitutes

  • 31 Cudworth
  • 04 Nicholas
  • 15 Smith
  • 16 Mackreth
  • 24 Harvey
Ref: Swabey
Att: 1,070

Match Stats

Shots

6 6

On target

4 3

Corners

4 2

Fouls

13 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:15 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +4:10 Booking

Booking Phil Bolland booked for dissent.

90:00 +3:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Yan Klukowski - Forest Grn 3 - 0 Barrow Yan Klukowski finds the net with a goal direct from the free kick from outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Forest Green 3-0 Barrow.

90:00 +2:20

Chris Stokes fouled by Phil Bolland, the ref awards a free kick.

90:00 +1:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Hone by Reece Styche. Danny Hone takes the indirect free kick.

90:00 +0:06

The ball is swung over by Paul Rutherford, Michael Uwezu makes a clearance.

88:16

Reece Styche challenges Paul Rutherford unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Hone restarts play with the free kick.

85:15

Keiron Forbes delivers the ball, Kelvin Lomax fouled by Reece Styche, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Hurst restarts play with the free kick.

82:39 Substitution

Substitution Paul Smith replaces James Owen.

81:37

Reece Styche challenges Danny Hone unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phil Bolland takes the free kick.

81:18

James Owen crosses the ball, comfortable save by Sam Russell.

80:32

Keiron Forbes sends in a cross, Danny Hurst makes a save.

79:56

Chris Stokes crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by James Owen.

79:56 Booking

Booking Danny Hone is booked.

79:50

Danny Hone gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Reece Styche.

79:12 Substitution

Substitution Reece Styche comes on in place of Matty Taylor.

78:55

Alex-Ray Harvey produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.

75:45

The ball is crossed by Michael Uwezu, clearance by Phil Bolland.

74:13

Paul Edwards fouled by Matty Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Hurst.

73:09

Unfair challenge on Andy Cook by Eddie Oshodi results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Kelvin Lomax.

71:34

Unfair challenge on Matty Taylor by Paul Edwards results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Yan Klukowski from right wing, clearance by Andy Cook.

68:01 Substitution

Substitution Alex-Ray Harvey replaces Richie Baker.

68:01 Substitution

Substitution Jack Mackreth is brought on as a substitute for Gavin Skelton.

67:37

Foul by Liam Henderson on James Owen, free kick awarded. Kelvin Lomax takes the indirect free kick.

67:16

Gavin Skelton crosses the ball, clearance by Luke Graham.

66:29

Unfair challenge on Gavin Skelton by Yan Klukowski results in a free kick. Gavin Skelton takes the indirect free kick.

65:59

Adam Boyes is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Russell.

65:46

The ball is swung over by Kelvin Lomax, clearance made by Eddie Oshodi.

63:55

The ball is sent over by Kelvin Lomax. Richie Baker is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

62:10

Andy Cook produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

61:03 Substitution

Substitution Luke Graham is brought on as a substitute for Jamie Turley.

59:50

James Owen takes a shot. Sam Russell makes a save.

56:57

Richie Baker decides to take the corner short.

55:19

Effort from outside the penalty area by Matty Taylor goes wide left of the goal.

52:39

Inswinging corner taken by Yan Klukowski, Foul by Chris Stokes on Danny Hone, free kick awarded. Danny Hurst takes the free kick.

52:27

The ball is sent over by Michael Uwezu, save made by Danny Hurst.

51:08

Assist on the goal came from Michael Uwezu.

51:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Yan Klukowski - Forest Grn 2 - 0 Barrow Yan Klukowski scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Forest Green 2-0 Barrow.

50:47

Centre by Michael Uwezu,

50:00

A cross is delivered by Chris Stokes, Matty Taylor takes a shot. Phil Bolland gets a block in.

48:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Yan Klukowski - Forest Grn 1 - 0 Barrow Placed penalty scored by Yan Klukowski. Forest Green 1-0 Barrow.

47:34

Danny Hone is adjudged to have handled the ball.

46:42

The ball is sent over by Keiron Forbes, blocked by Richie Baker.

45:46

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Yan Klukowski, clearance by Phil Bolland.

45:38

Michael Uwezu sends in a cross, Paul Edwards gets a block in.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Jake Thomson goes off and Liam Henderson comes on.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

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

38:51

Matty Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on James Owen. Danny Hurst takes the free kick.

35:23

Chris Stokes sends in a cross, Yan Klukowski takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Bolland.

33:56

Unfair challenge on Matty Taylor by Phil Bolland results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jake Thomson, Andy Cook manages to make a clearance.

31:59

Unfair challenge on Keiron Forbes by Adam Boyes results in a free kick. Jamie Turley takes the indirect free kick.

29:17

Phil Bolland concedes a free kick for a foul on Matty Taylor. Free kick crossed by Jake Thomson, save by Danny Hurst.

28:58

Andy Cook takes a shot. Save by Sam Russell.

26:42

Kelvin Lomax delivers the ball, clearance made by Jared Hodgkiss.

25:28

Michael Uwezu produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

25:19

The ball is delivered by Chris Stokes, clearance by Andy Cook.

24:31

Gavin Skelton concedes a free kick for a foul on Jake Thomson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jake Thomson.

21:55

Foul by Jamie Turley on Andy Cook, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Gavin Skelton.

20:57

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Danny Hurst.

19:16

The ball is delivered by James Owen, clearance made by Eddie Oshodi.

18:20

Matty Taylor challenges Phil Bolland unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Hurst.

13:30

The ball is crossed by Paul Edwards, Andy Cook has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

13:20

Paul Edwards sends in a cross, Jamie Collins manages to make a clearance.

13:08

The ball is sent over by Paul Rutherford, clearance by Eddie Oshodi.

11:13

The offside flag is raised against Yan Klukowski. Indirect free kick taken by Danny Hurst.

10:31

Michael Uwezu fouled by Danny Hone, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Eddie Oshodi.

9:42

Kelvin Lomax sends in a cross, clearance by Eddie Oshodi.

9:18

Andy Cook has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Sam Russell makes a save.

8:42

Corner from left by-line crossed in by Richie Baker, clearance by Jared Hodgkiss.

8:35

Paul Edwards crosses the ball, Michael Uwezu gets a block in.

8:06

The ball is swung over by Paul Edwards, Michael Uwezu gets a block in.

6:24

Adam Boyes challenges Jared Hodgkiss unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

5:26

Corner taken right-footed by Jake Thomson, Danny Hone makes a clearance.

5:15

The ball is crossed by Jake Thomson, Danny Hone gets a block in.

4:22

Jake Thomson takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Kelvin Lomax.

4:16

The ball is delivered by Chris Stokes, Paul Rutherford gets a block in.

2:52

Jamie Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Cook. Kelvin Lomax takes the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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