Delroy Gordon scored a late equaliser for Nuneaton to dent Forest Green's promotion hopes, as they slipped five points behind leaders Wrexham.

The hosts missed an early penalty, with Sam Russell guessing correctly to keep out James Armson's powerful spot-kick.

Forest Green seized the initiative just before the hour mark when striker Matt Taylor headed the ball past Ben McNamara from the middle of the box.

But Gordon levelled when his shot from 10 yards ended up in the net.

Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

Draw feels like loss for Hockaday

"There were too many balls in our box for my liking, that's very unlike us.

"We looked a little bit spread out when we're normally more compact.

"We've come here and they've only lost two games all season at home in the league, so it's a tough place to come, but I'm disappointed we didn't nail all three points.

"We've had a few scrambled off the line, we've had a goal disallowed, but I'm delighted for (goalscorer) Matty Taylor because he's worked hard."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Nuneaton

  • 19 McNamara
  • 02 Cartwright (McNamee - 77' )
  • 05 Dean Booked
  • 14 Forsdick Booked
  • 15 Gordon
  • 21 O'Halloran (Taylor - 78' )
  • 06 Walker
  • 11 Adams (Newton - 72' )
  • 12 Armson
  • 07 York
  • 10 Brown

Substitutes

  • 18 James
  • 24 McNamee
  • 13 Sleath
  • 17 Newton
  • 26 Taylor

Forest Green

  • 23 Russell
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 03 Stokes Booked
  • 15 Oshodi (Turley - 89' )
  • 21 Racine Booked
  • 04 Bangura
  • 08 Klukowski
  • 11 Forbes (Rowe - 89' )
  • 10 Vieira (Styche - 67' )
  • 14 Taylor
  • 20 Norwood

Substitutes

  • 05 Turley
  • 22 Green
  • 19 Rowe
  • 07 Koroma
  • 09 Styche
Ref: Evans
Att: 910

Match Stats

Shots

10 14

On target

7 7

Corners

3 6

Fouls

12 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:33 Full time

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

90:00 +4:10

The official flags Reece Styche offside. Ben McNamara takes the free kick.

90:00 +3:43

Delroy Gordon takes a shot. Save made by Sam Russell.

90:00 +2:47

Adam Walker crosses the ball in from the free kick.

90:00 +2:47 Booking

Booking Chris Stokes is given a yellow card.

90:00 +2:30

Chris Stokes challenges Connor Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick.

90:00 +0:21

The ball is sent over by Simon Forsdick, Jamie Turley manages to make a clearance.

88:05 Substitution

Substitution Kieron Forbes goes off and James Rowe comes on.

88:05 Substitution

Substitution Jamie Turley joins the action as a substitute, replacing Eddie Oshodi.

85:12

The ball is crossed by Simon Forsdick, Andy Brown takes a shot. Sam Russell makes a save. Adam Walker takes a shot. Blocked by Aarran Racine.

85:00 Booking

Booking Simon Forsdick goes into the referee's book.

83:43

A cross is delivered by Simon Forsdick, Unfair challenge on Aarran Racine by Andy Brown results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sam Russell.

81:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Delroy Gordon - Nuneaton 1 - 1 Forest Grn Delroy Gordon gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Nuneaton 1-1 Forest Green.

80:37

James Norwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Connor Taylor. Adam Walker delivers the ball, Andy Brown takes a shot. Save made by Sam Russell.

80:06

Reece Styche takes a shot. Save by Ben McNamara.

78:45

Foul by James Armson on James Norwood, free kick awarded. Yan Klukowski takes the free kick.

76:57 Substitution

Substitution Stephen O'Halloran leaves the field to be replaced by Connor Taylor.

76:57 Substitution

Substitution David McNamee on for Neil Cartwright.

75:47

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Yan Klukowski played to the near post. Sam Russell produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

74:03

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Yan Klukowski. Corner taken by Yan Klukowski, clearance by Delroy Gordon.

71:38 Substitution

Substitution Danny Newton joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jon Adams.

69:27

Gareth Dean challenges Matt Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Yan Klukowski.

68:25

Eddie Oshodi concedes a free kick for a foul on Wesley York. Free kick crossed by Neil Cartwright.

66:51 Substitution

Substitution Reece Styche comes on in place of Magno Vieira.

66:12

The offside flag is raised against Magno Vieira. Indirect free kick taken by Ben McNamara.

64:51

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

64:01

Gareth Dean concedes a free kick for a foul on James Norwood. Direct free kick taken by Chris Stokes.

61:17

Adam Walker delivers the ball.

59:49

The ball is sent over by James Armson.

58:47

James Norwood is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Neil Cartwright.

56:44

Assist on the goal came from Yan Klukowski.

56:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Taylor - Nuneaton 0 - 1 Forest Grn Matt Taylor grabs a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Nuneaton 0-1 Forest Green.

56:13

Centre by Yan Klukowski,

56:13 Booking

Booking Gareth Dean receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

55:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Taylor by Gareth Dean.

54:42

Wesley York takes a shot. Sam Russell makes a save.

53:40

Effort from inside the penalty area by James Norwood bounces off the post. James Norwood produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.

50:51

Jared Hodgkiss challenges Andy Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by James Armson, Sam Russell makes a save.

49:41

Foul by Gareth Dean on James Norwood, free kick awarded. Yan Klukowski delivers the ball, James Norwood has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

47:26

Foul by Chris Stokes on James Armson, free kick awarded. Ben McNamara restarts play with the free kick.

46:37

Neil Cartwright takes a shot. Save by Sam Russell.

45:47

Neil Cartwright produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +3:03 Half time

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

45:00 +2:32

Jared Hodgkiss crosses the ball.

44:53

Magno Vieira produces a cross. Matt Taylor is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ben McNamara takes the free kick. The ball is crossed by James Armson, clearance made by Jared Hodgkiss. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James Armson from the left by-line, Delroy Gordon has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.

42:06

Al Bangura produces a cross, Gareth Dean manages to make a clearance. Matt Taylor takes a shot. Delroy Gordon gets a block in.

40:59

The ball is sent over by Neil Cartwright, Sam Russell makes a save.

39:49

Stephen O'Halloran sends in a cross, save made by Sam Russell.

38:32

Adam Walker produces a cross, clearance by Aarran Racine. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James Armson.

38:10

Kieron Forbes crosses the ball, Gareth Dean makes a clearance.

36:27

The ball is delivered by Kieron Forbes, save by Ben McNamara.

35:26

A cross is delivered by Wesley York, Jared Hodgkiss manages to make a clearance.

33:04

The ball is sent over by James Norwood.

31:52

Magno Vieira delivers the ball, save by Ben McNamara.

30:11

Jared Hodgkiss fouled by Adam Walker, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sam Russell.

29:31

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Yan Klukowski from the right by-line, save by Ben McNamara.

26:04

Al Bangura takes a shot. Blocked by Delroy Gordon. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Yan Klukowski from the left by-line to the near post, Aarran Racine takes a shot. Save by Ben McNamara. Inswinging corner taken by Yan Klukowski,

25:39

Magno Vieira takes a shot. Blocked by Gareth Dean.

24:47

Neil Cartwright gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Magno Vieira. Free kick crossed right-footed by Yan Klukowski, James Armson manages to make a clearance.

23:02

Matt Taylor fouled by Gareth Dean, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Stokes crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Andy Brown.

21:34

Centre by Chris Stokes, Shot from just outside the box by Kieron Forbes misses to the left of the goal.

20:01

A cross is delivered by Chris Stokes, Matt Taylor has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

19:35

Matt Taylor sends in a cross, Gareth Dean manages to make a clearance.

18:35 Penalty

Penalty taken by James Armson saved by Sam Russell. Nuneaton 0-0 Forest Green.

17:13

Eddie Oshodi gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Adam Walker.

15:38

Neil Cartwright sends in a cross, Header by Andy Brown from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

13:59

Wesley York fouled by Al Bangura, the ref awards a free kick. James Armson takes the direct free kick, The ball is swung over by Neil Cartwright, Sam Russell makes a save.

12:50

Simon Forsdick delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.

12:50 Booking

Booking Caution for Aarran Racine.

11:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Forsdick by Chris Stokes.

10:53

Stephen O'Halloran gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matt Taylor. Magno Vieira crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by Ben McNamara.

10:01

Stephen O'Halloran concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Taylor. Jared Hodgkiss takes the free kick.

7:49

Chris Stokes produces a cross, clearance by Stephen O'Halloran. Eddie Oshodi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wesley York. Adam Walker takes the free kick. The ball is delivered by James Armson, Simon Forsdick takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Jared Hodgkiss manages to make a clearance.

6:56

Matt Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Simon Forsdick.

4:09

Centre by James Norwood, Chris Stokes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Armson. Indirect free kick taken by Ben McNamara.

0:58

Unfair challenge on Aarran Racine by Andy Brown results in a free kick. Sam Russell takes the indirect free kick.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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