Reece Styche wrapped up victory for Forest Green as they came from a goal down to defeat Ebbsfleet.

Fleet's Paul Lorraine broke the deadlock when he headed home from Michael West's Corner.

But the hosts equalised early in the second half when Keiron Forbes' long-range effort flew into the net.

The momentum was with Rovers, and they took the lead when Matty Taylor fired in from close range, before Styche slotted home to secure the win.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Forest Green manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Gloucestershire:

"First half, for 15 minutes, I thought we were excellent but we couldn't hit a barn door with a banjo and then we went a little bit flat. We didn't do the basics and they've had a free header for 1-0.

"It's a great result, in the second half we played some great stuff and we found a way to win the game.

"All we can do is get a maximum of 76 points and that will start on Monday against Bath."

Ebbsfleet manager Liam Daish told BBC Radio Kent:

"It was very pleasing first half, and not pleasing second half.

"We were comfortable first half and second half the early goal rocked us and we struggled to get back to what we were doing in the first half for some reason.

"I didn't see that second half performance coming although there was a suspicion of offside about the second goal.

"We were looking to each other for inspiration when the players could have done that themselves."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Forest Green

  • 30 Russell
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 03 Stokes
  • 05 Turley
  • 22 Oshodi (Thomson - 56' )
  • 08 Klukowski
  • 11 Forbes
  • 28 Collins
  • 14 Taylor (Styche - 75' )
  • 23 Uwezu (Graham - 67' )
  • 24 Henderson Booked

Substitutes

  • 16 Graham
  • 19 Rowe
  • 21 Thomson
  • 09 Styche
  • 29 Wright

Ebbsfleet United

  • 30 Cronin
  • 02 Stone
  • 06 Lorraine
  • 14 Howe Booked
  • 16 Smith
  • 07 West
  • 08 Marwa (Phipp - 79' )
  • 10 Shakes (Pinney - 71' )
  • 24 Barrett (Bellamy - 78' )
  • 09 Willock
  • 15 Marum

Substitutes

  • 12 McNeil
  • 03 Herd
  • 11 Phipp
  • 31 Bellamy
  • 26 Pinney
Ref: Barratt
Att: 1,058

Match Stats

Shots

14 13

On target

4 7

Corners

4 6

Fouls

8 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:51 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +3:59

Reece Styche gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Bellamy. Free kick taken by Liam Bellamy.

90:00 +3:06

Jake Thomson concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathaniel Pinney. Nathaniel Pinney restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:48

Chris Stokes provided the assist for the goal.

90:00 +0:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Reece Styche - Forest Grn 3 - 1 Ebbsfleet A goal is scored by Reece Styche from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Forest Green 3-1 Ebbsfleet United.

90:00 +0:26

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Michael West from the right by-line, Reece Styche manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +0:08

Tom Phipp takes a shot. Save made by Sam Russell.

87:57

Nathaniel Pinney handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Chris Stokes takes the direct free kick.

87:30

Unfair challenge on Jamie Collins by Liam Bellamy results in a free kick. Chris Stokes takes the direct free kick.

86:50

The official flags Nathaniel Pinney offside. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

85:06

Shot by Calum Willock from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

84:34

Michael West decides to take the corner short.

83:26

The assistant referee signals for offside against Calum Willock. Free kick taken by Sam Russell.

80:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Reece Styche on Paul Lorraine. Craig Stone takes the direct free kick.

79:31

Craig Stone gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jake Thomson. Sam Russell takes the free kick.

77:46 Substitution

Substitution Tom Phipp is brought on as a substitute for Ram Marwa.

77:46 Substitution

Substitution Liam Bellamy comes on in place of Neil Barrett.

76:57

Michael West has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.

76:29

Unfair challenge on Calum Willock by Luke Graham results in a free kick. Michael West takes the direct free kick.

75:55

Corner taken right-footed by Jake Thomson from the right by-line, Chris Stokes has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.

74:44

Ross Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Reece Styche. Shot comes in from Yan Klukowski from the free kick, Calum Willock gets a block in.

73:53

Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

73:53 Substitution

Substitution Matty Taylor goes off and Reece Styche comes on.

73:53

Calum Willock challenges Luke Graham unfairly and gives away a free kick.

73:21

A cross is delivered by Joe Howe.

70:40 Substitution

Substitution Nathaniel Pinney is brought on as a substitute for Ricky Shakes.

70:28

Jake Thomson produces a cross.

69:58

Matty Taylor fouled by Paul Lorraine, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Collins.

67:37

The ball is sent over by Jared Hodgkiss, blocked by Joe Howe. Corner from the right by-line taken by Yan Klukowski, Liam Henderson produces a left-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

67:37 Substitution

Substitution Luke Graham on for Michael Uwezu.

65:37

Keiron Forbes sends in a cross.

64:50

Unfair challenge on Jake Thomson by Ram Marwa results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Russell.

63:30

Michael West takes a shot. Save by Sam Russell.

61:07

Assist by Yan Klukowski.

61:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Matty Taylor - Forest Grn 2 - 1 Ebbsfleet Goal scored by Matty Taylor from close range low into the middle of the goal. Forest Green 2-1 Ebbsfleet United.

60:03

The ball is delivered by Craig Stone, Calum Willock takes a shot. Save by Sam Russell.

56:48

Michael West sends in a cross.

56:00 Substitution

Substitution Eddie Oshodi goes off and Jake Thomson comes on.

55:11

Outswinging corner taken by Yan Klukowski from the right by-line.

55:04

Yan Klukowski delivers the ball, clearance made by Ross Smith.

52:30

The official flags Matty Taylor offside. Lance Cronin takes the free kick.

51:20

Michael West crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Sam Russell.

51:20 Booking

Booking Liam Henderson is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

51:09

Ram Marwa fouled by Liam Henderson, the ref awards a free kick.

50:12

Corner taken right-footed by Michael West from the right by-line, Jamie Turley manages to make a clearance.

49:58

Ram Marwa takes a shot. Yan Klukowski gets a block in.

48:41

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

46:58

The assist for the goal came from Liam Henderson.

46:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Keiron Forbes - Forest Grn 1 - 1 Ebbsfleet Keiron Forbes finds the net with a goal from outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Forest Green 1-1 Ebbsfleet United.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:59 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +1:26

Shot by Matty Taylor from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.

44:23

Matty Taylor is caught offside. Free kick taken by Lance Cronin.

41:41

Foul by Liam Enver-Marum on Michael Uwezu, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Sam Russell.

39:57

Ricky Shakes crosses the ball.

39:23

The ball is delivered by Liam Henderson, save by Lance Cronin.

38:23

Michael Uwezu takes a shot.

37:46 Booking

Booking Joe Howe receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

37:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Howe on Michael Uwezu. Direct free kick taken by Yan Klukowski.

36:04

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

34:31

Neil Barrett concedes a free kick for a foul on Keiron Forbes. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jared Hodgkiss from right wing, Neil Barrett manages to make a clearance.

32:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ram Marwa on Liam Henderson. Yan Klukowski crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Calum Willock.

31:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Collins by Calum Willock. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

30:39

Yan Klukowski takes the outswinging corner, Chris Stokes has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

29:42

The referee penalises Ricky Shakes for handball. Sam Russell takes the indirect free kick.

28:39

Calum Willock takes a shot. Save made by Sam Russell.

27:20

Unfair challenge on Keiron Forbes by Liam Enver-Marum results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Collins.

26:02

Matty Taylor challenges Ross Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lance Cronin takes the indirect free kick.

25:32

Shot from just outside the box by Neil Barrett misses to the right of the goal.

24:22

The referee blows for offside against Yan Klukowski. Free kick taken by Lance Cronin.

24:00

Ricky Shakes produces a cross, Close range headed effort by Neil Barrett misses to the right of the goal.

22:47

Liam Henderson has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

21:39

Unfair challenge on Calum Willock by Jamie Turley results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Howe.

19:40

The assist for the goal came from Michael West.

19:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Lorraine - Forest Grn 0 - 1 Ebbsfleet Paul Lorraine scores a headed goal from close range. Forest Green 0-1 Ebbsfleet United.

19:22

Corner taken by Michael West,

19:02

Michael West takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Keiron Forbes.

18:49

Ricky Shakes takes a shot. Jamie Turley gets a block in.

17:30

Joe Howe takes a shot.

16:49

A cross is delivered by Matty Taylor, save by Lance Cronin.

15:04

Shot on goal by Liam Henderson from just inside the area goes over the target.

13:43

The ball is delivered by Chris Stokes.

12:44

A cross is delivered by Liam Henderson, Ram Marwa manages to make a clearance.

10:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Henderson by Ross Smith. Yan Klukowski produces a cross, Effort from deep inside the area by Eddie Oshodi misses to the left of the goal.

9:36

The ball is delivered by Craig Stone.

8:44

Corner taken right-footed by Michael West to the near post, Keiron Forbes makes a clearance.

6:54

Liam Henderson has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

3:25

Calum Willock fouled by Jamie Turley, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is sent over by Michael West, Close range header by Calum Willock goes over the bar.

1:14

Michael Uwezu produces a cross, Ross Smith manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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