Forest Green's play-off bid suffered a major setback as they were held to a draw by already-relegated AFC Telford.

The Bucks, who have now failed to win in 29 league games, had relegation confirmed by Saturday's 3-0 loss to Nuneaton but showed tremendous spirit to frustrate their sixth-placed hosts.

Away keeper Ryan Young made a fine save to keep out Yan Klukowski, while Kieron Forbes and Eddie Oshodi went close.

But Rovers could not find a way through and are four points off the top five.

Telford's best chance saw a powerful Aaron Williams effort blocked by Oshodi.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"We've created enough chances and openings, and got into positions where we should have won three games and we haven't, and that's been our Achilles heel of late.

"I don't think Sam Russell's had a shot to save. He didn't have a shot to save against Ebbsfleet, so there's a lot good. But it's a frustrating day because with the territory, possession and chances we've had we've got to be winning games like that.

"We've got to keep working and working and working at that part of our game because there's not a great deal wrong, if anything, with the rest of our game.

"We'll just keep on going. It's three points for a win, and we're still right in the frame."

AFC Telford United interim manager John Psaras told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"It was a resilient performance after what happened against Nuneaton. It was only a draw, but when things are against you we find out who people are. When you are low on confidence, our strikers are scared to pull the trigger.

"Everything was against us after Steve Jones limped off in the warm-up. He felt he was going to be ok and so we struggled. Fitness is a massive problem for us. We have so many people out and so many of our players are not even 50 per cent fit.

"Forest Green have a five, six-times bigger budget than we have, so we gave a good account of ourselves. Between now and the end of the season, if we have three more performances like that I'll be happy."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Forest Green

  • 23 Russell
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 03 Stokes
  • 06 Bennett
  • 15 Oshodi
  • 22 Green
  • 04 Bangura
  • 08 Klukowski (Forbes - 62' )
  • 14 Taylor (Connolly - 36' )
  • 20 Norwood
  • 29 Burns (Koroma - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Forbes
  • 12 Collins
  • 07 Koroma
  • 27 Odubade
  • 30 Connolly

AFC Telford

  • 01 Young
  • 02 Salmon
  • 14 Briscoe
  • 07 Rooney (Bradley - 65' )
  • 08 Trainer
  • 18 Leslie
  • 27 Smith
  • 17 Spray Booked
  • 20 Williams (Bennett - 90' )
  • 21 O'Neil (Meechan - 77' )
  • 25 Adaggio

Substitutes

  • 05 Preston
  • 28 Bradley
  • 26 Meechan
  • 29 Bennett
Ref: Swabey
Att: 1,061

Match Stats

Shots

22 5

On target

9 4

Corners

9 1

Fouls

4 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:00 Full time

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

90:00 +3:28

The ball is sent over by Kieron Forbes.

88:37 Substitution

Substitution Aaron Williams goes off and Jake Bennett comes on.

88:37

Kieron Forbes takes a shot. Blocked by Christian Smith. Kieron Forbes crosses the ball, Christian Smith gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by James Norwood, Shot on goal by Eddie Oshodi from just inside the area goes over the target.

88:05

The ball is crossed by Marco Adaggio, Sam Russell makes a save.

87:26

Tom Bradley crosses the ball, Dale Bennett makes a clearance.

86:47

The ball is sent over by Jared Hodgkiss, clearance by Tom Bradley.

85:42

A cross is delivered by Jared Hodgkiss, Ryan Young makes a save.

80:19

The assistant referee flags for offside against Aaron Williams. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

79:38

James Norwood has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Save by Ryan Young.

79:25

James Norwood delivers the ball, Phil Trainer makes a clearance.

78:16

James Norwood crosses the ball, save by Ryan Young.

76:42

The ball is sent over by Chris Stokes, blocked by Phil Trainer. Chris Stokes takes a short corner. The ball is sent over by Omar Koroma, James Norwood takes a shot. Save by Ryan Young. A cross is delivered by Jared Hodgkiss, Christian Smith makes a clearance.

76:04 Substitution

Substitution James O'Neil leaves the field to be replaced by Alex Meechan.

75:20

The ball is delivered by Chris Stokes, clearance by Christian Smith. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James Norwood from the left by-line to the near post, Aaron Williams makes a clearance.

74:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by James O'Neil on Dale Bennett. Free kick taken by Sam Russell.

72:31

James Norwood crosses the ball, Christian Smith manages to make a clearance.

71:28

James Norwood crosses the ball, Ryan Young makes a save.

70:31 Substitution

Substitution Omar Koroma comes on in place of Wes Burns.

70:31

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

70:00

Chris Stokes delivers the ball, Phil Trainer makes a clearance.

68:31

Kieron Forbes produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

66:53

Kieron Forbes sends in a cross, Ryan Young makes a save.

66:36

The ball is sent over by Eddie Oshodi, clearance made by James Spray.

65:52

Centre by Wes Burns, Christian Smith gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by James Norwood from the right by-line, clearance made by Phil Trainer.

64:46 Substitution

Substitution Tom Bradley on for Nathan Rooney.

64:06

Reece Connolly crosses the ball, Marco Adaggio makes a clearance.

62:32

Kieron Forbes has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

61:37 Substitution

Substitution Yan Klukowski goes off and Kieron Forbes comes on.

61:37

Effort on goal by Steven Leslie from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

59:11

Wes Burns sends in a cross, Nathan Rooney makes a clearance. Shot on goal by Al Bangura from long range goes harmlessly over the target.

57:22

Will Salmon produces a cross, clearance by Al Bangura.

56:07

James Norwood sends in a cross, clearance by Michael Briscoe. Corner taken right-footed by Yan Klukowski, clearance made by Phil Trainer.

54:56

Will Salmon is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Sam Russell takes the indirect free kick.

53:59

Yan Klukowski produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

52:11

James Norwood has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

51:28

The referee gives a free kick against Al Bangura for handball. Steven Leslie crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save made by Sam Russell.

50:36

Reece Connolly has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Blocked by Michael Briscoe.

47:05

James O'Neil crosses the ball, save by Sam Russell.

46:07

Unfair challenge on Aaron Williams by Eddie Oshodi results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Nathan Rooney, clearance made by Paul Green.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:13 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +1:52

The ball is crossed by Eddie Oshodi, save by Ryan Young.

45:00 +1:23 Booking

Booking James Spray goes into the referee's book.

45:00 +0:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eddie Oshodi by James Spray. Free kick taken by Sam Russell.

44:16

Wes Burns delivers the ball, Christian Smith gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Yan Klukowski from the right by-line to the near post, Phil Trainer makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Yan Klukowski, Effort from the edge of the area by Paul Green goes wide of the left-hand post.

43:08

Paul Green crosses the ball, save by Ryan Young.

42:50

Paul Green takes a shot. Blocked by Marco Adaggio.

42:34

James Norwood produces a cross, Will Salmon gets a block in.

39:17

The ball is delivered by Wes Burns.

38:18

Aaron Williams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Stokes. Yan Klukowski crosses the ball in from the free kick.

35:53

James Spray produces a cross, Sam Russell makes a save.

35:16

Inswinging corner taken by Steven Leslie from the right by-line, Dale Bennett manages to make a clearance.

35:16 Substitution

Substitution Reece Connolly joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matt Taylor.

34:08

Aaron Williams takes a shot. Blocked by Eddie Oshodi.

33:35

Yan Klukowski challenges Nathan Rooney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Briscoe takes the direct free kick.

31:43

James Norwood takes a shot. Blocked by Christian Smith.

30:39

Eddie Oshodi fouled by James Spray, the ref awards a free kick. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

30:22

Yan Klukowski takes a shot. Ryan Young makes a save.

29:33

Steven Leslie takes a shot. Save made by Sam Russell.

28:48

The ball is crossed by Matt Taylor, Michael Briscoe makes a clearance.

28:15

The ball is delivered by Steven Leslie, clearance made by Yan Klukowski.

27:31

A cross is delivered by James Spray, Jared Hodgkiss makes a clearance.

26:49

James Norwood takes a shot. Blocked by Christian Smith. Marco Adaggio fouled by Matt Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Young restarts play with the free kick.

26:39

Aaron Williams challenges Jared Hodgkiss unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Green.

25:54

Foul by Will Salmon on James Norwood, free kick awarded. Yan Klukowski crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Ryan Young.

25:20

Aaron Williams is ruled offside. Sam Russell takes the indirect free kick.

24:27

Matt Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christian Smith. Ryan Young restarts play with the free kick.

23:57

The ball is delivered by James Norwood, Ryan Young makes a save.

22:59

Steven Leslie takes a shot. Eddie Oshodi gets a block in.

21:16

The ball is swung over by Matt Taylor, clearance by Michael Briscoe.

20:18

Steven Leslie takes a shot. Blocked by Eddie Oshodi.

19:29

A cross is delivered by Eddie Oshodi, James Norwood produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

18:33

James Norwood crosses the ball, clearance by Christian Smith. Phil Trainer concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Green. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Stokes from left channel, clearance made by James O'Neil.

15:31

Chris Stokes produces a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Wes Burns goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

14:37

Shot from just outside the area by Eddie Oshodi misses to the left of the target.

13:31

Matt Taylor fouled by Christian Smith, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Yan Klukowski from right wing, clearance by Christian Smith.

12:26

The offside flag is raised against Aaron Williams. Al Bangura restarts play with the free kick.

9:44

Matt Taylor crosses the ball.

7:59

The offside flag is raised against Yan Klukowski. Ryan Young restarts play with the free kick.

6:48

The ball is sent over by Chris Stokes, Effort from deep inside the area by Yan Klukowski clears the bar.

6:15

A cross is delivered by Jared Hodgkiss, clearance made by Marco Adaggio.

3:09

Foul by Marco Adaggio on James Norwood, free kick awarded. Chris Stokes crosses the ball in from the free kick, James O'Neil manages to make a clearance. Paul Green takes a shot. Ryan Young makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by Yan Klukowski, clearance by Michael Briscoe. Inswinging corner taken by Yan Klukowski from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by James Spray.

2:14

Christian Smith produces a cross, save made by Sam Russell.

1:17

Wes Burns has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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