Goals from Kieron Forbes and Yan Klukowski helped Forest Green comfortably beat relegated Darlington.

Forbes gave the host's the lead early on when he fired in a superb effort from 25 yards out.

Darlo's best opportunity came when Drewe Broughton's effort crept wide of the post, just before he saw red prior to the break.

Klukowski then drove home past keeper Jordan Pickford from inside the box to wrap up victory for Rovers.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Forest Green manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Gloucestershire:

"It was efficient, we started off really fast and scored a great goal but it then went a bit flat.

"Three points, clean sheet, 70 points in total we would have taken that before the season started.

"There's a link between the players and fans and we could hear that before the game, they're getting louder and there's more of them which is what we want.

"We need to have more performances like today against teams at the bottom of the table and we've improved immeasurably since Christmas."

Darlington manager Craig Liddle told BBC Tees:

"It's a fantastic strike - no keeper at any level would have saved that and that's after four minutes. I feared the worst given the run we're on.

"We dug in, regrouped and hit the post through Ryan Bowman, but 10 seconds later they nearly scored - so we come close to levelling but then they come back and nearly kill the game off.

"We kept going and that's all I can ask for."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Forest Green Rovers

  • 30 Russell
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 03 Stokes Booked
  • 05 Turley
  • 22 Oshodi Booked
  • 08 Klukowski
  • 11 Forbes
  • 19 Rowe (Thomson - 46' )
  • 28 Collins
  • 07 Norwood (Uwezu - 72' )
  • 14 Taylor (Styche - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Todd
  • 04 Pook
  • 21 Thomson
  • 09 Styche
  • 23 Uwezu

Darlington

  • 24 Pickford
  • 02 Arnison (Ferguson - 82' )
  • 03 Brown Booked
  • 05 Johnson
  • 19 Hollis Booked
  • 07 Keltie Booked
  • 08 Taylor
  • 16 McReady (Wainwright - 90' )
  • 20 Rundle Booked
  • 10 Broughton Dismissed
  • 12 Bowman (Lambert - 22' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Nixon
  • 17 Ferguson
  • 11 Lambert
  • 14 Barton
  • 26 Wainwright
Ref: Hopkins
Att: 1,131

Match Stats

Shots

11 10

On target

6 5

Corners

8 4

Fouls

11 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:17 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

89:43 Substitution

Substitution John McReady goes off and Neil Wainwright comes on.

88:16

Reece Styche takes a shot from 20 yards. Blocked by Paul Johnson.

85:57

Jordan Pickford takes the direct free kick.

85:57 Booking

Booking Chris Stokes booked for unsporting behaviour.

85:54

Chris Stokes concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Johnson.

83:55

Haydn Hollis challenges Eddie Oshodi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sam Russell takes the direct free kick.

81:39 Substitution

Substitution Paul Arnison goes off and David Ferguson comes on.

81:39

Haydn Hollis has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

80:32

The ball is swung over by Chris Stokes, Reece Styche concedes a free kick for a foul on Jordan Pickford. Free kick taken by Jordan Pickford.

79:56

Jamie Collins restarts play with the free kick. A cross is delivered by Jake Thomson, clearance made by Paul Arnison. Centre by Jamie Collins, clearance by Paul Johnson.

79:56 Booking

Booking Clark Keltie shown a yellow card.

79:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yan Klukowski by Clark Keltie.

78:13

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jake Thomson from right wing, Paul Arnison makes a clearance. Corner taken by Jake Thomson, Danny Lambert manages to make a clearance.

78:13 Booking

Booking Aaron Brown receives a yellow card.

78:03

Jake Thomson fouled by Aaron Brown, the ref awards a free kick.

77:42

Centre by Jake Thomson, clearance by Kris Taylor.

76:27

Jake Thomson produces a cross.

75:10

Chris Stokes concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Lambert. Free kick crossed left-footed by Kris Taylor from right wing, clearance by Keiron Forbes.

74:08

The ball is sent over by Chris Stokes, clearance made by Paul Johnson.

73:29

Aaron Brown challenges Jake Thomson unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jake Thomson from right wing, Jordan Pickford makes a save.

72:49

The ball is crossed by Michael Uwezu, save made by Jordan Pickford.

71:36

Sam Russell takes the free kick.

71:36 Substitution

Substitution James Norwood leaves the field to be replaced by Michael Uwezu.

71:36

Danny Lambert challenges Jamie Turley unfairly and gives away a free kick.

70:07

Unfair challenge on Haydn Hollis by Jamie Turley results in a free kick. Aaron Brown takes the free kick, Paul Johnson takes a shot. Shot by Kris Taylor from 25 yards. Save made by Sam Russell.

69:13

The ball is crossed by Aaron Brown, clearance made by Jamie Collins. Aaron Brown takes the outswinging corner, Yan Klukowski makes a clearance.

67:49

Aaron Brown sends in a cross, Danny Lambert takes a shot. Eddie Oshodi gets a block in.

67:05 Substitution

Substitution Reece Styche comes on in place of Matty Taylor.

66:23

James Norwood provided the assist for the goal.

66:23 Goal scored

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

66:21

James Norwood sends in a cross,

64:10

A cross is delivered by James Norwood.

63:07

Jake Thomson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Paul Johnson makes a clearance.

63:07 Booking

Booking The referee shows Eddie Oshodi a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

62:54 Booking

Booking Booking for Haydn Hollis for unsporting behaviour.

61:48

The ball is sent over by Jared Hodgkiss. Clark Keltie is penalised for a handball.

60:28

Chris Stokes delivers the ball, clearance by Clark Keltie. Corner crossed in by Jake Thomson, free kick awarded for a foul by Matty Taylor on Kris Taylor. Jordan Pickford takes the direct free kick.

60:23

The ball is swung over by Jake Thomson.

58:55

Jake Thomson produces a cross, save made by Jordan Pickford.

57:03

Haydn Hollis challenges Eddie Oshodi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sam Russell.

55:35

The ball is swung over by Jake Thomson, Kris Taylor manages to make a clearance. Pass corner from right by-line crossed in by Jake Thomson, clearance by Aaron Brown. Chris Stokes delivers the ball, save by Jordan Pickford.

54:48

The ball is swung over by Jared Hodgkiss. Matty Taylor is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jordan Pickford takes the indirect free kick.

53:36

The ball is delivered by Jared Hodgkiss.

52:48

The ball is swung over by Jake Thomson, Jordan Pickford makes a save.

52:20

Danny Lambert crosses the ball.

51:52

Danny Lambert produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.

50:42

Inswinging corner taken by Jake Thomson, Jordan Pickford makes a save.

50:42 Booking

Booking Adam Rundle booked for dissent.

50:16

Centre by James Norwood, Paul Johnson gets a block in.

48:52

Foul by Clark Keltie on James Norwood, free kick awarded. Jake Thomson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordan Pickford by Eddie Oshodi. Jordan Pickford restarts play with the free kick.

47:41

Haydn Hollis is ruled offside. Eddie Oshodi takes the indirect free kick.

47:23

Jake Thomson delivers the ball, save made by Jordan Pickford.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Jake Thomson is brought on as a substitute for James Rowe.

45:00 +4:08 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +3:38

James Norwood has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

45:00 +3:23

The ball is crossed by Yan Klukowski, Kris Taylor makes a clearance.

45:00 +2:27

Paul Arnison produces a cross, Jamie Turley manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +1:34

Matty Taylor challenges Kris Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kris Taylor takes the free kick.

45:00 +0:22

James Norwood has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

45:00 +0:07

Centre by Yan Klukowski, clearance by Paul Johnson.

44:22

Eddie Oshodi fouled by Aaron Brown, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sam Russell.

43:06

Centre by Kris Taylor.

42:24

Aaron Brown sends in a cross, clearance made by Chris Stokes. Corner taken left-footed by Kris Taylor to the near post, Keiron Forbes makes a clearance.

41:47

Aaron Brown fouled by Jared Hodgkiss, the ref awards a free kick. Jordan Pickford restarts play with the free kick.

39:39

Sam Russell takes the direct free kick.

39:39 Dismissal

Dismissal The referee sends off Drewe Broughton for violent conduct.

39:33

Foul by Drewe Broughton on Eddie Oshodi, free kick awarded.

38:54

Drewe Broughton has a curled shot and went wide left of the goal.

38:28

The ball is sent over by Danny Lambert, Eddie Oshodi makes a clearance. Paul Arnison crosses the ball, save by Sam Russell.

36:44

The ball is crossed by Paul Arnison.

36:21

Danny Lambert sends in a cross, Chris Stokes gets a block in.

35:44

Eddie Oshodi takes a shot. Jordan Pickford makes a save.

33:56

James Rowe challenges Clark Keltie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jordan Pickford.

32:52

James Norwood has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.

32:21

The ball is delivered by Adam Rundle, clearance by Jamie Turley.

31:37

The assistant referee flags for offside against James Norwood. Indirect free kick taken by Jordan Pickford.

30:21

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

27:08

Centre by Haydn Hollis, Effort on goal by John McReady from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

26:41

Jamie Turley fouled by Haydn Hollis, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sam Russell.

25:40

Effort from the edge of the area by Matty Taylor goes wide of the right-hand post.

24:37

Outswinging corner taken by Kris Taylor from the left by-line, save made by Sam Russell.

22:40

A cross is delivered by Jared Hodgkiss, Paul Johnson makes a clearance.

21:37 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Bowman leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Lambert.

17:46

The ball is sent over by Eddie Oshodi, Matty Taylor has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.

16:35

The ball is delivered by John McReady, Chris Stokes gets a block in. Corner taken by Kris Taylor from the right by-line, Ryan Bowman takes a shot. Jamie Turley gets a block in.

15:35

Paul Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Matty Taylor. Jamie Collins takes the direct free kick. Centre by James Norwood, Paul Arnison makes a clearance.

14:32

Outswinging corner taken by James Rowe.

14:17

Keiron Forbes delivers the ball, clearance made by Paul Johnson.

13:25

James Norwood takes a shot. Blocked by Haydn Hollis. James Rowe takes a inswinging corner to the near post, save made by Jordan Pickford.

12:08

A cross is delivered by Jared Hodgkiss, Jordan Pickford makes a save.

11:25

Chris Stokes produces a cross.

10:40

Centre by James Norwood.

8:45

Chris Stokes produces a cross, Paul Johnson makes a clearance.

8:15

Paul Arnison concedes a free kick for a foul on James Norwood. Chris Stokes takes the free kick.

7:12

The ball is crossed by Jamie Collins, Paul Johnson manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by James Rowe from the left by-line, Jordan Pickford fouled by Matty Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jordan Pickford.

6:09

James Rowe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Brown. The ball is delivered by Kris Taylor, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Haydn Hollis misses to the left of the goal.

5:19

The ball is sent over by Yan Klukowski.

3:30

Assist on the goal came from James Norwood.

3:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Keiron Forbes - Forest Grn 1 - 0 Darlington Keiron Forbes finds the net with a goal from outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Forest Green 1-0 Darlington.

3:04

Unfair challenge on Jamie Turley by Drewe Broughton results in a free kick. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

2:20

Clark Keltie has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Blocked by Jamie Turley.

1:48

Adam Rundle delivers the ball, Jamie Collins makes a clearance.

1:18

Matty Taylor takes a shot. Paul Johnson gets a block in.

0:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jared Hodgkiss by Drewe Broughton. Free kick taken by Sam Russell.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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