Forest Green Rovers thrashed 10-man Hyde on the opening day of the Conference Premier season.

Josh Brizell was sent off for the visitors after 19 minutes for a challenge on Al Bangura and Rovers dominated proceedings.

Goals from Danny Wright, James Norwood and two from debutant Marcus Kelly gave them a 4-0 lead at the break.

Taylor netted his second before Matthew Barnes-Homer made it 7-0 and Kelly completed his hat-trick.

Midfielder Kelly, who signed for Rovers after turning down a new deal at Tamworth, struck twice in five minutes before the half-hour mark - the first a powerful drive from 20 yards followed up with a low finish from inside the area.

Wright, also making his debut, slotted in a third after 33 minutes and Norwood headed a fourth before half time.

Taylor tapped in a fifth and newcomer Barnes-Homer's placed effort made it six, before Taylor headed his second.

Kelly completed his hat-trick with 15 minutes to spare with a close-range finish.

It was a nightmare debut for Hyde full-back Adam Blakeman, who completed a move to the Tigers prior to their opening game of the season.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Forest Green manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Gloucestershire:

"I'm absolutely delighted to get three points and to get the goals we've got in the first game.

"We had a good variety of goals, we were getting the ball in a lot earlier, we were being clever and getting the ball down the sides and through the middle.

"There was a lot of quality today and that's a great start to the season, I don't think I've ever won a game on the first day of the season, so hopefully that's a good omen."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Forest Green

  • 01 Russell
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 03 Stokes (Asafu-Adjaye - 74' )
  • 06 Bennett
  • 27 Pilkington
  • 04 Bangura
  • 23 Barry
  • 24 Kelly
  • 07 Norwood (Klukowski - 59' )
  • 09 Wright (Barnes-Homer - 67' )
  • 14 Taylor

Substitutes

  • 13 Bulman
  • 12 Asafu-Adjaye
  • 08 Klukowski
  • 10 Vieira
  • 18 Barnes-Homer

Hyde

  • 01 Carnell
  • 02 Brizell Dismissed
  • 04 Haining
  • 05 Ashworth
  • 21 Blakeman
  • 06 Tomsett Booked
  • 07 Poole
  • 08 Brown (Fitzgerald - 42' )
  • 10 Collins
  • 15 Carlton (Spencer - 52' )
  • 18 Almond (Moses - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Thurston
  • 17 Fitzgerald
  • 11 Hughes
  • 20 Moses
  • 09 Spencer
Ref: Bromley
Att: 1,158

Match Stats

Shots

23 3

On target

19 2

Corners

11 2

Fouls

7 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:00 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +2:25

Unfair challenge on Matt Taylor by Andy Fitzgerald results in a free kick. Ed Asafu-Adjaye restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:47

Matt Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on David Poole. David Carnell restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:19

Corner taken by Marcus Kelly.

87:53

The assistant referee signals for offside against Yan Klukowski. David Carnell takes the free kick.

87:36

Dale Bennett takes a shot. David Carnell parries the effort to safety.

87:17

Short corner taken by Marcus Kelly from the right by-line.

79:26

Ed Asafu-Adjaye takes a shot. Will Haining gets a block in.

78:59 Booking

Booking

78:50

Marcus Kelly fouled by Liam Tomsett, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Tomsett goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by George Pilkington.

77:54

Jared Hodgkiss is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by David Carnell.

75:50

Assist by Matthew Barnes-Homer.

75:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Marcus Kelly - Forest Grn 8 - 0 Hyde Marcus Kelly scores with their left foot. Forest Green 8-0 Hyde.

73:24

Will Haining manages to make a clearance.

73:24 Substitution

Substitution Ed Asafu-Adjaye is brought on as a substitute for Chris Stokes.

73:24

Corner taken by Marcus Kelly.

71:22

The assist for the goal came from Jared Hodgkiss.

71:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Taylor - Forest Grn 7 - 0 Hyde Matt Taylor grabs a goal with a headed effort. Forest Green 7-0 Hyde.

70:08

The assist for the goal came from Matt Taylor.

70:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Matthew Barnes-Homer - Forest Grn 6 - 0 Hyde Matthew Barnes-Homer scores with their right foot. Forest Green 6-0 Hyde.

68:12

The referee blows for offside against Jared Hodgkiss. Free kick taken by David Carnell.

66:08 Substitution

Substitution Matthew Barnes-Homer on for Danny Wright.

63:57

Header by Danny Wright goes harmlessly over the bar.

61:58 Substitution

Substitution Tunji Moses on for Louis Almond.

61:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Tomsett on Chris Stokes. Free kick taken by George Pilkington.

59:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Taylor - Forest Grn 5 - 0 Hyde Matt Taylor scores a right footed goal. Forest Green 5-0 Hyde.

59:11

Yan Klukowski takes a shot. David Carnell parries the ball away.

58:15 Substitution

Substitution (Forest Green) makes a substitution, with Yan Klukowski coming on for James Norwood.

57:39

Danny Wright challenges Liam Tomsett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Liam Tomsett takes the free kick.

56:49

Corner from the right by-line taken by Adam Blakeman. Clearance by Dale Bennett.

56:05

James Norwood takes a shot.

54:55

Al Bangura takes a shot. David Carnell catches the ball.

50:50

Dale Bennett takes a shot. David Carnell dives and deflects the ball away.Corner from the left by-line taken by Anthony Barry. David Carnell safely holds on.

50:50 Substitution

Substitution Scott Spencer replaces Danny Carlton.

50:50

Danny Wright takes a shot. Luke Ashworth gets a block in. Corner taken by Marcus Kelly.

49:21

Marcus Kelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Collins. Adam Blakeman crosses the ball in from the free kick. Sam Russell catches the ball.

48:42

The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris Stokes. Free kick taken by David Carnell.

46:51

Danny Wright takes a shot. David Carnell catches the ball.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +3:20 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +2:50

The offside flag is raised against Danny Wright. David Carnell takes the free kick.

45:00 +1:27

Shot by Matt Taylor missed to the right of the net.

44:07

The official flags Matt Taylor offside. David Carnell takes the free kick.

43:39

Jared Hodgkiss takes a shot. David Carnell parries the effort to safety.

42:23

George Pilkington gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Carlton. David Carnell restarts play with the free kick.

41:42

Anthony Barry takes a short corner.

41:11 Substitution

Substitution Alex Brown goes off and Andy Fitzgerald comes on.

37:44

Chris Stokes provided the assist for the goal.

37:44 Goal scored

Goal! - James Norwood - Forest Grn 4 - 0 Hyde James Norwood scores a headed goal. Forest Green 4-0 Hyde.

37:18

Corner taken by Anthony Barry.

36:54

Corner taken short by Anthony Barry.

36:17

Anthony Barry decides to take the corner short.

32:15

The assist for the goal came from Marcus Kelly.

32:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Wright - Forest Grn 3 - 0 Hyde Danny Wright scores a left footed goal. Forest Green 3-0 Hyde.

31:14

Handball by James Norwood. David Carnell takes the free kick.

29:14

James Norwood takes a shot. Blocked by Luke Ashworth.

28:15

The assist for the goal came from Jared Hodgkiss.

28:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Marcus Kelly - Forest Grn 2 - 0 Hyde Marcus Kelly grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Forest Green 2-0 Hyde.

26:47

Will Haining is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Shot comes in from James Norwood from the free kick. David Carnell catches the ball.

26:32

Danny Wright takes a shot. David Carnell gets a block in.

24:54

Assist by Chris Stokes.

24:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Marcus Kelly - Forest Grn 1 - 0 Hyde Marcus Kelly slots the ball right footed into the goal. Forest Green 1-0 Hyde.

24:13

Danny Carlton takes a shot and went wide right of the goal.

23:16

Danny Carlton takes a shot. Dale Bennett gets a block in.

22:55

Short corner taken by Tom Collins from the left by-line.

20:53

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by David Carnell.

18:26 Dismissal

Dismissal

18:14

Unfair challenge on Al Bangura by Josh Brizell results in a free kick. Red card for Josh Brizell. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

16:52

Al Bangura concedes a free kick for a foul on David Poole. Adam Blakeman restarts play with the free kick.

13:42

Corner taken by Anthony Barry. Alex Brown manages to make a clearance.

12:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Taylor by Adam Blakeman. Free kick taken by Marcus Kelly.

11:23

The referee blows for offside against Matt Taylor. Will Haining takes the free kick.

6:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Will Haining by Danny Wright. Free kick taken by David Carnell.

4:34

Jared Hodgkiss gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Louis Almond. Adam Blakeman takes the free kick.

3:39

Shot by James Norwood went over the crossbar.

2:39

Corner from the right by-line taken by Marcus Kelly. David Carnell gets a fist to the ball to punch .

0:10

Tom Collins takes a shot. Sam Russell parries the effort to safety.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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