Forest Green's Blue Square Bet Premier play-off hopes came to an end as they were defeated at home by Hereford.

Ryan Bowman came closest to an opener for the Bulls when he rattled the crossbar with a stinging drive.

But Rod McDonald then struck the only goal of the game on 56 minutes, volleying in from a Sam Clucas corner.

Magno Vieira came closest to an equaliser in the closing stages but saw his effort well saved by Hereford keeper James Bittner.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Gloucestershire:

Hockaday is 'beyond frustrated'

"It goes beyond frustrating because I can't say we haven't played well or passed it around well.

"But we've got to win games. We should have easily scored three goals.

"We just can't get the ball in the net. Frustrating is a nice word for it but for us to play like that and not have the game won is just wrong.

"We have to take a look at ourselves."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (3)

Forest Green

  • 23 Russell
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 03 Stokes
  • 05 Turley Booked
  • 15 Oshodi
  • 22 Green (Collins - 76' )
  • 04 Bangura
  • 08 Klukowski (Odubade - 71' )
  • 11 Forbes
  • 29 Burns (Vieira - 59' )
  • 30 Connolly

Substitutes

  • 01 Bulman
  • 16 Asafu-Adjaye
  • 12 Collins
  • 10 Vieira
  • 27 Odubade

Hereford

  • 01 Bittner
  • 06 Graham
  • 26 McDonald
  • 27 Bush
  • 04 Connor Booked
  • 07 Watkins
  • 15 James
  • 18 Clucas
  • 21 O'Keefe
  • 10 Sharp
  • 19 Bowman

Substitutes

  • 02 Gallinagh
  • 03 Heath
  • 14 Stam
  • 22 Smikle
  • 09 Jackson
Ref: Horwood
Att: 1,142

Match Stats

Shots

10 6

On target

6 2

Corners

3 5

Fouls

10 10

Live Text Commentary

94:02 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +2:24

Chris Sharp produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

87:27

Samuel Clucas decides to take the corner short.

86:23

Chris Bush takes the direct free kick.

86:23 Booking

Booking Jamie Turley receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

86:22

Unfair challenge on Chris Sharp by Jamie Turley results in a free kick.

84:09

Ryan Bowman produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

82:57

Chris Stokes crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by James Bittner.

82:57 Booking

Booking Joe Connor is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

82:50

Yemi Odubade fouled by Joe Connor, the ref awards a free kick.

81:33

Unfair challenge on Rod McDonald by Jamie Collins results in a free kick. James Bittner takes the direct free kick.

76:53

The referee penalises Eddie Oshodi for handball. Direct free kick taken by James Bittner.

76:17

Luke Graham concedes a free kick for a foul on Reece Connolly. Chris Stokes restarts play with the free kick.

75:23 Substitution

Substitution Jamie Collins is brought on as a substitute for Paul Green.

72:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Green on Kingsley James. Chris Bush restarts play with the free kick.

72:07

Magno Vieira takes a shot. Save by James Bittner. Reece Connolly takes a shot. Blocked by Luke Graham.

70:58 Substitution

Substitution Yemi Odubade joins the action as a substitute, replacing Yan Klukowski.

69:36

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Samuel Clucas, Rod McDonald takes a shot.

68:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marley Watkins by Reece Connolly. James Bittner takes the direct free kick.

63:57

Rod McDonald fouled by Reece Connolly, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by James Bittner.

62:44

Corner taken by Yan Klukowski from the left by-line, James Bittner makes a comfortable save.

62:35

Yan Klukowski takes a shot. Blocked by Joe Connor.

61:09

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

57:45

Sam Russell takes the direct free kick.

57:45 Substitution

Substitution Magno Vieira is brought on as a substitute for Wes Burns.

57:45

Corner taken right-footed by Marley Watkins, Eddie Oshodi fouled by Ryan Bowman, the ref awards a free kick.

55:54

Samuel Clucas provided the assist for the goal.

55:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Rod McDonald - Forest Grn 0 - 1 Hereford Rod McDonald grabs a goal from close range to the top left corner of the goal. Forest Green 0-1 Hereford.

55:27

Samuel Clucas takes the inswinging corner,

53:56

Unfair challenge on Kingsley James by Kieron Forbes results in a free kick. Chris Bush restarts play with the free kick.

52:58

Unfair challenge on Jared Hodgkiss by Samuel Clucas results in a free kick. Sam Russell takes the direct free kick.

51:40

Reece Connolly fouled by Kingsley James, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Stokes takes the direct free kick. Shot by Paul Green from outside the box goes over the target.

47:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Graham by Wes Burns. James Bittner restarts play with the free kick.

46:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Green on Joshua O'Keefe. Chris Bush takes the free kick.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:02 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

38:46

Shot from 25 yards by Reece Connolly. Blocked by Rod McDonald.

34:10

The assistant referee flags for offside against Wes Burns. James Bittner takes the free kick.

29:53

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by James Bittner.

28:33

Yan Klukowski produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

27:36

Unfair challenge on Paul Green by Ryan Bowman results in a free kick. Sam Russell takes the direct free kick.

27:16

Reece Connolly takes a shot. Save by James Bittner.

24:35

Foul by Luke Graham on Reece Connolly, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Yan Klukowski from the free kick.

23:43

Paul Green fouled by Marley Watkins, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Green takes the free kick.

21:05

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Yan Klukowski from the left by-line to the near post, Kingsley James manages to make a clearance.

20:30

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Yan Klukowski from the left by-line to the near post.

19:33

Wes Burns is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by James Bittner.

17:35

Yan Klukowski takes a shot. James Bittner makes a comfortable save.

16:33

The assistant referee signals for offside against Ryan Bowman. Free kick taken by Sam Russell.

14:42

The referee penalises Ryan Bowman for handball. Sam Russell takes the free kick.

9:54

Corner taken right-footed by Marley Watkins from the left by-line, save by Sam Russell.

9:40

Shot by Samuel Clucas. Save made by Sam Russell.

9:07

Ryan Bowman takes a shot.

6:54

Jared Hodgkiss concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Sharp. Kingsley James crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Jamie Turley makes a clearance.

5:25

Ryan Bowman is penalised for a handball. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

3:54

Jared Hodgkiss gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Samuel Clucas. Chris Bush restarts play with the free kick.

2:12

Kieron Forbes has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

1:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Stokes by Marley Watkins. Direct free kick taken by Sam Russell.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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