Chris Stokes and Yan Klukowski both scored as Forest Green Rovers continued their promotion charge with an important win at Lincoln City in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

The visitors took an early lead when Klukowski followed up to convert Reece Styche's saved effort.

Stokes then tapped home from close range to double the lead.

Substitute Adam Smith's penalty gave the Imps hope, but Forest Green held on.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM:

Lincoln City manager David Holdsworth told BBC Lincolnshire:

Holdsworth says Imps deserved point

"We've certainly played well at times and deserved a bit more than we got.

"We haven't been outdone overall by a quality performance. We've been done by shooting ourselves defensively.

"Before the game we knew Forest Green would be a tough test but it just didn't drop for us today."

Forest Green manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Gloucestershire:

Hockday happy with points return

"It's a great three points. We've had five games away from home on the trot and we've got 10 points, so that's great form.

"The performance today wasn't great. We couldn't really get going and we lacked bravery on the ball, but we managed the moments well and took our chances.

"It's difficult when you're playing away and training on the 3G or whatever surface you can get but then it's difficult for every team.

"It's a great three points and we'll get ourselves recovered for another game away."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Lincoln City

  • 31 Preece
  • 03 Bush
  • 06 Garner Booked
  • 20 Miller
  • 12 Sheridan (Smith - 76' )
  • 15 Gray
  • 19 Thomson
  • 35 Turnbull
  • 10 Taylor (Oliver - 61' )
  • 34 Larkin (Jones - 77' )
  • 39 Robinson

Substitutes

  • 01 Farman
  • 05 Boyce
  • 18 Jones
  • 07 Smith
  • 14 Oliver

Forest Green

  • 23 Russell
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 03 Stokes
  • 05 Turley
  • 15 Oshodi Booked
  • 08 Klukowski
  • 11 Forbes
  • 12 Collins
  • 09 Styche (Asafu-Adjaye - 86' )
  • 14 Taylor
  • 20 Norwood (Vieira - 56' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 01 Bulman
  • 16 Asafu-Adjaye
  • 22 Green
  • 10 Vieira
  • 27 Odubade
Ref: Breakspear
Att: 1,663

Match Stats

Shots

9 7

On target

4 5

Corners

6 5

Fouls

8 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:52 Full time

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

90:00 +1:02

Vadaine Oliver concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Stokes. Free kick taken by Sam Russell.

89:05

Vadaine Oliver gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jared Hodgkiss. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

87:39

Corner taken short by Yan Klukowski.

86:00 Substitution

Substitution Ed Asafu-Adjaye is brought on as a substitute for Reece Styche.

85:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Adam Smith - Lincoln 1 - 2 Forest Grn Adam Smith scores a placed penalty. Lincoln City 1-2 Forest Green.

84:20 Booking

Booking Eddie Oshodi booked.

83:25

Corner taken by Jake Thomson from the left by-line. Chris Stokes handles the ball and concedes a .

80:34

Shot from outside the box by Adam Smith misses to the left of the goal.

77:55

David Preece takes the direct free kick.

77:55 Booking

Booking Booking for Magno Vieira for unsporting behaviour.

77:54

Magno Vieira concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Bush.

75:48 Substitution

Substitution Jake Jones replaces Colin Larkin.

75:48 Substitution

Substitution Jake Sheridan leaves the field to be replaced by Adam Smith.

69:16

The offside flag is raised against Jamie Turley. Free kick taken by David Preece.

68:34

Foul by Scott Garner on Reece Styche, free kick awarded. Chris Stokes takes the direct free kick.

67:33

Vadaine Oliver has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

66:18

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jake Thomson.

65:08

Jake Sheridan fouled by Chris Stokes, the ref awards a free kick. Jake Thomson takes the free kick.

58:29

Direct free kick taken by Chris Stokes.

58:29 Substitution

Substitution Jamie Taylor goes off and Vadaine Oliver comes on.

58:29

Scott Garner concedes a free kick for a foul on Reece Styche.

55:21 Substitution

Substitution Magno Vieira comes on in place of James Norwood.

49:33

Paul Turnbull takes a shot. Save made by Sam Russell. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Colin Larkin.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +4:42 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +3:40

Shot comes in from Yan Klukowski from the free kick.

45:00 +3:40 Booking

Booking Scott Garner is booked.

45:00 +2:37

The assist for the goal came from Yan Klukowski. Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Garner on Matt Taylor.

45:00 +2:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Stokes - Lincoln 0 - 2 Forest Grn Goal scored by Chris Stokes from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Lincoln City 0-2 Forest Green.

45:00 +0:11

Jamie Collins takes a shot. Save made by David Preece. Corner taken right-footed by Yan Klukowski, clearance made by Jake Sheridan. Yan Klukowski takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post,

42:28

Conner Robinson takes a shot. Save made by Sam Russell.

40:42

Unfair challenge on Conner Robinson by Kieron Forbes results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Chris Bush from the free kick.

32:10

Conner Robinson challenges Matt Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Yan Klukowski. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Yan Klukowski, Jamie Turley challenges David Preece unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Preece takes the direct free kick.

27:29

Reece Styche fouled by Jake Thomson, the ref awards a free kick. Sam Russell takes the direct free kick.

22:42

The offside flag is raised against Conner Robinson. Free kick taken by Eddie Oshodi.

21:54

Effort on goal by Conner Robinson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

20:49

Jake Thomson takes a shot. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jake Thomson.

16:15

Chris Stokes is caught offside. Free kick taken by David Preece.

13:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yan Klukowski by Daniel Gray. The ball is sent over by Yan Klukowski, James Norwood takes a shot. Save by David Preece. Corner from right by-line taken by Yan Klukowski.

10:35

Jamie Collins challenges Conner Robinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jake Thomson.

9:49

The offside flag is raised against Conner Robinson. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Russell.

8:55

Chris Bush takes a shot. Save by Sam Russell. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jake Thomson.

6:44

The assist for the goal came from Reece Styche.

6:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Yan Klukowski - Lincoln 0 - 1 Forest Grn Yan Klukowski fires in a goal from close range to the top left corner of the goal. Lincoln City 0-1 Forest Green.

6:06

Reece Styche takes a shot. Save by David Preece.

4:10

Corner taken by Jake Thomson, Chris Bush takes a shot.

1:57

James Norwood takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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