Former Exeter striker James Norwood scored twice as Forest Green eased past Alfreton Town.

Norwood took just seven minutes to open his account, nodding home Anthony Barry's cross to break the deadlock.

He doubled his tally with a thumping right-footed volley into the top right-hand corner from 12 yards out.

Danny Wright's low finish made it three before Dan Bradley netted a consolation for the visitors, firing home from 18 yards with the only goal of the half.

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Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"We just played it simply, we passed and moved and some of the goals were excellent.

"It's a comfortable win for us because we had such a good start, if we can replicate the first half into the second half then we have got a very good, powerful team.

"We're still growing, I'm not unhappy with where we are. We had one poor game against Lincoln but other than that we've been competitive, dominating possession and when we play I don't think there is anyone who can handle us.

"Whatever team we put out, it's competitive and we've got some great players to come back, so competition is going to get really fierce in the next few weeks."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Forest Green Rovers

  • 01 Russell
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 03 Stokes Booked
  • 06 Bennett
  • 15 Oshodi
  • 04 Bangura
  • 08 Klukowski
  • 23 Barry (Vieira - 89' )
  • 24 Kelly
  • 07 Norwood (Barnes-Homer - 68' )
  • 09 Wright (Taylor - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Bulman
  • 12 Asafu-Adjaye
  • 10 Vieira
  • 14 Taylor
  • 18 Barnes-Homer

Alfreton Town

  • 01 Atkins
  • 02 Wood
  • 03 Franklin
  • 04 Westwood (Wylde - 15' )
  • 07 Law
  • 10 Bradley
  • 16 Fenton Booked
  • 12 Meadows (Taylor - 56' Booked )
  • 17 McGrath Booked
  • 13 Wishart (Clayton - 57' )
  • 18 Akinde

Substitutes

  • 05 Wylde
  • 08 Shaw
  • 14 Taylor
  • 09 Clayton
  • 11 Ramsey-Dickson
Ref: Daniel Cook
Att: 1,027

Match Stats

Shots

19 12

On target

11 6

Corners

7 6

Fouls

13 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:23 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:41

John Akinde challenges Jared Hodgkiss unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Marcus Kelly.

90:00 +1:42

The ball is crossed by Chris Stokes. Yan Klukowski takes a shot.

90:00 +0:32

The ball is delivered by Magno Vieira. Chris Stokes takes a shot. Ross Atkins parries the effort to safety.

88:11 Substitution

Substitution Magno Vieira is brought on as a substitute for Anthony Barry.

86:24

Dan Bradley takes a shot. Dale Bennett gets a block in. Corner from the right by-line taken by Josh Law. Matthew Barnes-Homer makes a clearance.

85:41

The ball is swung over by Alastair Taylor. Jared Hodgkiss manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Josh Law from the left by-line. Clearance made by Eddie Oshodi.

84:43

A cross is delivered by Bradley Wood.

83:48

Matt Taylor produces a cross. Nick Fenton makes a clearance.

82:18

Foul by Nick Fenton on Matt Taylor, free kick awarded. Marcus Kelly takes the free kick. Eddie Oshodi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Wylde. Ross Atkins takes the free kick.

81:51

John Akinde is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Sam Russell.

79:58

Al Bangura concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Clayton. John McGrath restarts play with the free kick.

79:58 Substitution

Substitution Danny Wright goes off and Matt Taylor comes on.

78:44

The assist for the goal came from John McGrath.

78:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Dan Bradley - Forest Grn 3 - 1 Alfreton Dan Bradley slots the ball right footed into the goal. Forest Green 3-1 Alfreton Town.

78:32

The referee shows Chris Stokes a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Handball by Chris Stokes. John McGrath crosses the ball.

78:32 Booking

Booking

77:45

The ball is swung over by John McGrath. Nick Fenton takes a shot. Dale Bennett makes a clearance.

76:52

Corner taken by Josh Law. Clearance by Al Bangura. A cross is delivered by Josh Law. Eddie Oshodi manages to make a clearance.

75:31

Foul by Danny Wright on Connor Franklin, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Michael Wylde.

74:17

Centre by Al Bangura. Header at goal by Yan Klukowski misses left of the target.

71:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John McGrath by Matthew Barnes-Homer. Free kick taken by Michael Wylde.

71:32

Centre by Nick Fenton. Sam Russell safely holds on.

70:35

Shot by Bradley Wood cleared the target.

69:34

Danny Wright produces a cross. Michael Wylde manages to make a clearance. Free kick awarded for a foul by Marcus Kelly on Josh Law. Ross Atkins takes the free kick.

68:53

Paul Clayton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Al Bangura. Sam Russell takes the free kick.

67:12 Booking

Booking

67:01

Yan Klukowski has a direct shot on goal from the free kick which goes over the bar.

67:01 Substitution

Substitution Matthew Barnes-Homer comes on in place of James Norwood.

67:01

Foul by Alastair Taylor on Chris Stokes, free kick awarded. Alastair Taylor receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

62:09

A cross is delivered by Jared Hodgkiss. Yan Klukowski takes a shot. Blocked by John Akinde. Unfair challenge on Dan Bradley by Marcus Kelly results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Nick Fenton.

61:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Barry by Josh Law. Free kick taken by Sam Russell.

60:11

Corner from the left by-line taken by Josh Law. Parried by Sam Russell back into danger.

59:36

Yan Klukowski takes a shot.

56:50

Foul by James Norwood on Michael Wylde, free kick awarded. Nick Fenton takes the free kick.

55:45 Substitution

Substitution Paul Clayton joins the action as a substitute, replacing Daniel Wishart.

55:45 Substitution

Substitution Alastair Taylor is brought on as a substitute for Danny Meadows.

55:05

A cross is delivered by Daniel Wishart. Danny Meadows takes a shot. Sam Russell safely holds on.

54:14

Yan Klukowski produces a cross. Clearance by Nick Fenton.

53:55

John Akinde takes a shot. Sam Russell safely holds on.

52:11

Daniel Wishart takes a shot.

50:58

Danny Wright takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Wylde. Corner taken by Yan Klukowski from the left by-line. Michael Wylde manages to make a clearance. The referee blows for offside. Ross Atkins restarts play with the free kick.

50:41

A cross is delivered by Bradley Wood. Sam Russell catches the ball.

49:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Wylde by Dale Bennett. Ross Atkins restarts play with the free kick.

49:10

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

49:01

Yan Klukowski produces a cross. Michael Wylde makes a clearance.

47:51

Anthony Barry crosses the ball. Clearance made by Daniel Wishart.

46:35

The ball is sent over by Eddie Oshodi. Blocked by Danny Meadows. Corner taken by Danny Wright.

45:52 Booking

Booking

45:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Norwood by Nick Fenton. Nick Fenton receives a caution. Marcus Kelly takes the free kick.

45:01

The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +3:28 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +2:56

Marcus Kelly produces a cross. Michael Wylde manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +1:00

Centre by Yan Klukowski. Bradley Wood gets a block in. James Norwood has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

43:58

The ball is crossed by Danny Meadows. Sam Russell safely holds on.

42:20

Corner taken short by Bradley Wood.

41:52

Yan Klukowski crosses the ball. Dan Bradley gets a block in.

41:02

Centre by James Norwood.

39:08

Unfair challenge on Dan Bradley by Al Bangura results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Connor Franklin. Nick Fenton is caught offside. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

37:03

Dan Bradley produces a cross. John Akinde takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.

36:26

The assistant referee signals for offside against Daniel Wishart. Sam Russell takes the free kick.

34:49

The assist for the goal came from Chris Stokes.

34:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Wright - Forest Grn 3 - 0 Alfreton Danny Wright grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Forest Green 3-0 Alfreton Town.

34:43

Chris Stokes crosses the ball.

33:41

Corner from the left by-line taken by Yan Klukowski. Header at goal by Chris Stokes goes over the frame of the goal.

32:22

Nick Fenton challenges Danny Wright unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marcus Kelly takes the free kick. James Norwood takes a shot. Ross Atkins dives and deflects the ball away.

30:35

Shot by John Akinde went over the bar.

29:55

James Norwood takes a shot. Bradley Wood gets a block in.

28:43

Danny Meadows crosses the ball. Clearance made by Eddie Oshodi. Josh Law takes a shot.

28:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bradley Wood on Marcus Kelly. Marcus Kelly restarts play with the free kick.

27:30

Josh Law concedes a free kick for a foul on Jared Hodgkiss. Sam Russell takes the free kick.

26:05 Booking

Booking

25:55

Foul by John McGrath on James Norwood, free kick awarded. The referee shows John McGrath a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

25:05

The ball is delivered by Bradley Wood. Blocked by Chris Stokes. Corner taken by Josh Law.

24:43

Al Bangura gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Josh Law. Free kick taken by Josh Law.

22:35

Assist by Danny Wright.

22:35 Goal scored

Goal! - James Norwood - Forest Grn 2 - 0 Alfreton James Norwood scores a brilliant right footed goal. Forest Green 2-0 Alfreton Town.

20:36

The ball is sent over by James Norwood. Nick Fenton manages to make a clearance. Anthony Barry takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Nick Fenton. Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Stokes on Bradley Wood. Free kick taken by Ross Atkins.

20:23

James Norwood delivers the ball. Connor Franklin gets a block in.

17:49

John Akinde takes a shot and went wide left of the net.

17:11

The ball is delivered by Jared Hodgkiss. James Norwood takes a shot. Ross Atkins catches the ball.

16:17

A cross is delivered by Danny Meadows that goes out of play.

12:05 Substitution

Substitution Michael Wylde joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Westwood.

12:05

Anthony Barry takes a shot and went wide left of the net.

11:47

Centre by Yan Klukowski. Blocked by Chris Westwood.

10:36

The ball is sent over by Connor Franklin. Sam Russell catches the ball.

10:12

The ball is swung over by Connor Franklin. Danny Meadows takes a shot. Sam Russell punches the ball.

9:28

Foul by Danny Wright on John McGrath, free kick awarded. Josh Law takes the free kick.

8:36

Shot by Danny Wright went wide right of the net.

6:43

The assist for the goal came from Anthony Barry.

6:43 Goal scored

Goal! - James Norwood - Forest Grn 1 - 0 Alfreton James Norwood scores a headed goal. Forest Green 1-0 Alfreton Town.

6:41

A cross is delivered by Anthony Barry.

6:01

Corner from the right by-line taken by Marcus Kelly. Nick Fenton manages to make a clearance.

5:25

The ball is swung over by Chris Stokes. Clearance by Connor Franklin. Corner taken by Yan Klukowski from the left by-line. Chris Westwood manages to make a clearance.

2:30

Anthony Barry challenges John McGrath unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Connor Franklin.

1:43

Danny Wright has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

0:47

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

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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