Forest Green edged to victory over Chester, who remain without a point after five Conference Premier games.

Danny Wright's downward header from Marcus Kelly's corner put the visitors ahead in the first half.

Substitute Matthew Barnes-Homer rose above team-mate Eddie Oshodi to nod in Forest Green's second after the break.

Striker Lee Mills gave Chester hope when he struck from close range with 10 minutes to go, but they failed to find an equaliser.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

Post-match: Forest Green boss Hockaday

"It was incredibly hot, the sun was out, and I can't tell you how hard it was to play on that pitch which looked lovely, but in my humble opinion needed to be watered. The ball just wasn't rolling, so we had to adapt, and the good thing is we did.

"We've still got a lot of very, very, young players and they do have to grow up.

"We just have to calm it down and we've got to be that swan where the legs are paddling like hell underneath, but we're nice and calm and look nice and serene.

"The best players are the best actors and some of my players have got to act a bit better."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Chester

  • 13 Fearon
  • 02 Kay
  • 04 Horan
  • 12 L Turner
  • 20 Pugh Booked
  • 06 Harrison
  • 14 McIntyre Booked
  • 15 N Turner
  • 09 Mills
  • 22 Titchiner (Reed - 78' )
  • 24 Laidler Booked (Lindfield - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Linwood
  • 16 Williams
  • 25 Chippendale
  • 07 Reed
  • 11 Lindfield

Forest Green

  • 01 Russell
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 03 Stokes
  • 06 Bennett
  • 15 Oshodi Booked
  • 04 Bangura
  • 08 Klukowski
  • 23 Barry Booked (Vieira - 90' )
  • 24 Kelly
  • 07 Norwood
  • 09 Wright (Barnes-Homer - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Bulman
  • 12 Asafu-Adjaye
  • 10 Vieira
  • 18 Barnes-Homer
  • 25 Williams
Ref: Anthony Backhouse
Att: 2,083

Match Stats

Shots

3 5

On target

2 2

Corners

2 7

Fouls

9 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:59 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +2:20

Marcus Kelly takes a shot.

89:19 Substitution

Substitution Magno Vieira on for Anthony Barry.

87:58

Shot by Nathan Turner missed to the left of the net.

86:12

Matthew Barnes-Homer takes a shot and went wide right of the net.

83:46

Corner taken by Kevin McIntyre from the right by-line. Dale Bennett makes a clearance.

81:16 Booking

Booking

81:16

Booking for Anthony Barry for dissent.

79:36

Assist on the goal came from Kevin McIntyre.

79:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Ben Mills - Chester 1 - 2 Forest Grn Ben Mills grabs a goal with a headed effort. Chester FC 1-2 Forest Green.

79:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dale Bennett on Kevin McIntyre. Free kick taken by Martin Fearon.

77:15 Booking

Booking

76:55 Substitution

Substitution Alex Titchiner goes off and Jamie Reed comes on.

76:55

Unfair challenge on Al Bangura by Kevin McIntyre results in a free kick. The referee books Kevin McIntyre for unsporting behaviour.

76:28

Kevin McIntyre takes a shot. Sam Russell safely holds on.

75:17

James Norwood takes a shot and went wide of the right hand upright.

74:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin McIntyre by Matthew Barnes-Homer. Free kick taken by Kevin McIntyre.

72:23

Assist on the goal came from Yan Klukowski.

72:23 Goal scored

Goal! - Matthew Barnes-Homer - Chester 0 - 2 Forest Grn Matthew Barnes-Homer scores with a header. Chester FC 0-2 Forest Green.

72:04

Corner taken by Yan Klukowski from the left by-line.

69:41

Corner from the left by-line taken by Yan Klukowski. Michael Kay manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Yan Klukowski from the left by-line. Martin Fearon gets a fist to the ball to punch .

68:29

Corner from the left by-line taken by Yan Klukowski. Martin Fearon gets a fist to the ball to punch .

66:51

Free kick taken by Sam Russell.

66:51 Substitution

Substitution Craig Lindfield on for Jordan Laidler.

66:51 Substitution

Substitution (Forest Green) makes a substitution, with Matthew Barnes-Homer coming on for Danny Wright.

66:51

Danny Harrison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Kelly.

63:12

Jordan Laidler challenges Marcus Kelly unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Marcus Kelly restarts the game.

52:30

The referee blows for offside against Ben Mills. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

51:56 Booking

Booking

51:02

Ben Mills fouled by Eddie Oshodi, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for Eddie Oshodi. Free kick taken by Kevin McIntyre.

49:44

Al Bangura is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Jordan Laidler.

47:09

Foul by Michael Kay on James Norwood, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Yan Klukowski.

45:55

Danny Harrison fouled by Marcus Kelly, the ref awards a free kick. Jordan Laidler takes the free kick.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +3:44 Half time

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

45:00 +2:45 Booking

Booking

45:00 +2:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordan Laidler on Danny Wright. Jordan Laidler is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Al Bangura restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +0:14

Danny Wright challenges Lee Pugh unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Martin Fearon.

44:11 Booking

Booking

44:04

Danny Wright fouled by Lee Pugh, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Pugh receives a yellow card. Marcus Kelly crosses the ball in from the free kick. Martin Fearon catches the ball.

43:10

Eddie Oshodi is ruled offside. Martin Fearon restarts play with the free kick.

42:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Al Bangura by Kevin McIntyre. Marcus Kelly takes the free kick.

39:50

George Horan fouled by Danny Wright, the ref awards a free kick. Martin Fearon takes the free kick.

37:32

Danny Wright challenges Lewis Turner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Martin Fearon.

36:27

Michael Kay fouled by Danny Wright, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Martin Fearon.

30:14

Corner from the right by-line taken by Kevin McIntyre. Clearance by Al Bangura.

29:39

Foul by Dale Bennett on Ben Mills, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jordan Laidler.

25:50

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin McIntyre on Marcus Kelly. Sam Russell takes the free kick.

21:12

Foul by Danny Wright on George Horan, free kick awarded. Martin Fearon restarts play with the free kick.

20:25

Foul by Yan Klukowski on Lewis Turner, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Martin Fearon.

19:11

Corner taken by Marcus Kelly from the right by-line.

17:52

Martin Fearon fouled by Dale Bennett, the ref awards a free kick. Martin Fearon restarts play with the free kick.

17:18

James Norwood fouled by Danny Harrison, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Yan Klukowski.

15:34

Lewis Turner is caught offside. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

14:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Stokes on Lewis Turner. Martin Fearon takes the free kick.

5:45

Assist on the goal came from Marcus Kelly.

5:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Wright - Chester 0 - 1 Forest Grn Danny Wright scores a headed goal. Chester FC 0-1 Forest Green.

5:14

Corner taken by Marcus Kelly.

1:38

Corner taken by Yan Klukowski.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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