Yan Klukowski's strike enabled Forest Green Rovers to end a run of three successive defeats with a deserved win over Gateshead.

James Marwood went close for the visitors early on, but Klukowski swept home Rovers' first real chance when he tucked in a Chris Stokes' cross.

Klukowski almost made it 2-0 but Adam Bartlett tipped his shot wide and the keeper then denied Stokes.

Bartlett's counterpart Sam Russell was barely tested as Rovers held on.

Forest Green's win means they are 12th in the Conference Premier table, five points and four places clear of Gateshead.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"It's a great three points and a clean sheet. We've been untested apart from some hopeful crosses at the end and we've probably created more chances in this game than we have in the last four games put together.

"I thought some of the counter attacks were a joy to behold. We've shown we can play, and we can grind it out.

"It was a great team effort, it was a gutsy, honest performance.

"That's a big three points. Although we should have won the game by more, I still felt that we looked strong."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Forest Green Rovers

  • 01 Russell
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 03 Stokes
  • 16 Racine
  • 27 Pilkington
  • 04 Bangura
  • 08 Klukowski
  • 23 Barry (Forbes - 77' )
  • 09 Wright (Koroma - 89' )
  • 10 Vieira (Mangan - 60' )
  • 18 Barnes-Homer

Substitutes

  • 13 Bulman
  • 12 Asafu-Adjaye
  • 11 Forbes
  • 20 Koroma
  • 30 Mangan

Gateshead

  • 01 Bartlett
  • 02 Magney
  • 05 Curtis
  • 06 Clark
  • 28 Lelan (Baxter - 46' )
  • 08 Turnbull
  • 11 Cummins
  • 18 Marwood
  • 29 Oster (Hatch - 55' )
  • 07 Larkin
  • 27 Jordan Hugill (Brown - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 16 Baxter
  • 21 Ramshaw
  • 25 Maddison
  • 09 Hatch
  • 14 Brown
Ref: Colin Lymer
Att: 1,149

Match Stats

Shots

15 9

On target

7 2

Corners

4 4

Fouls

9 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:30 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +1:40

Colin Larkin challenges George Pilkington unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Sam Russell.

90:00 +1:21

A cross is delivered by Chris Stokes. Adam Bartlett catches the ball.

89:53

Chris Stokes takes a shot and missed to the left of the goal.

88:34 Substitution

Substitution Omar Koroma joins the action as a substitute, replacing Danny Wright.

88:34

Liam Hatch concedes a free kick for a foul on Al Bangura. Free kick taken by Sam Russell.

88:11

Phil Turnbull produces a cross. Colin Larkin takes a shot. Sam Russell safely holds on.

87:08

Centre by Micky Cummins. Liam Hatch takes a shot. Sam Russell catches the ball.

86:50

A cross is delivered by Craig Baxter.

86:37

Centre by Craig Baxter. Clearance made by Aarran Racine.

84:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Micky Cummins on Kieron Forbes. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

83:11

The ball is crossed by Micky Cummins. Clearance made by George Pilkington.

79:49

Jared Hodgkiss crosses the ball. James Curtis makes a clearance.

79:24

A cross is delivered by Danny Wright. James Curtis manages to make a clearance.

76:48 Substitution

Substitution Anthony Barry goes off and Kieron Forbes comes on.

74:15

Carl Magnay crosses the ball. Sam Russell catches the ball.

73:59

James Marwood delivers the ball. Clearance made by George Pilkington.

72:35

Craig Baxter produces a cross. Sam Russell safely holds on.

72:14

A cross is delivered by Colin Larkin. Clearance made by Aarran Racine.

71:22

Unfair challenge on James Curtis by Andy Mangan results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Phil Turnbull.

69:33

The ball is swung over by Colin Larkin and goes out.

68:53

Centre by Andy Mangan. Matthew Barnes-Homer takes a shot. Blocked by James Curtis.

67:11

The ball is delivered by Matthew Barnes-Homer. Adam Bartlett safely holds on.

65:11 Substitution

Substitution James Brown on for Jordan Hugill.

64:13

The ball is crossed by Jordan Hugill. Liam Hatch takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Stokes.

63:31

Colin Larkin crosses the ball. Sam Russell safely holds on.

63:02

Shot by Jared Hodgkiss went wide right of the post.

62:34

Colin Larkin sends in a cross. Blocked by Chris Stokes.

61:39

Jordan Hugill takes a shot.

60:35

Corner taken by Yan Klukowski. Ben Clark makes a clearance.

59:34 Substitution

Substitution Magno Vieira goes off and Andy Mangan comes on.

57:51

Colin Larkin sends in a cross. Header at goal by Phil Turnbull misses left of the target.

56:56

Al Bangura is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Ben Clark.

56:35

Aarran Racine crosses the ball. James Curtis makes a clearance.

54:49

Phil Turnbull gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yan Klukowski. Sam Russell takes the free kick.

54:17 Substitution

Substitution Liam Hatch is brought on as a substitute for John Oster.

52:19

Corner taken by James Marwood from the left by-line. Sam Russell catches the ball.

51:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Barnes-Homer on James Curtis. James Curtis takes the free kick.

50:41

Unfair challenge on Phil Turnbull by Magno Vieira results in a free kick. Adam Bartlett restarts play with the free kick.

49:37

Danny Wright takes a shot.

48:52

Corner from the right by-line taken by James Marwood. James Curtis takes a shot.

48:21

Al Bangura takes a shot. Adam Bartlett dives and deflects the ball away.

47:29

Corner from the right by-line taken by Yan Klukowski. James Curtis manages to make a clearance.

46:56

A cross is delivered by Danny Wright. Chris Stokes takes a shot. Adam Bartlett parries the effort to safety.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Josh Lelan goes off and Craig Baxter comes on.

45:00 +0:37

Magno Vieira gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Curtis. Adam Bartlett takes the free kick.

45:00 +0:05

Al Bangura fouled by Micky Cummins, the ref awards a free kick. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

43:34 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

42:38

Corner taken by Yan Klukowski from the left by-line. Chris Stokes takes a shot. A parry by Adam Bartlett prevents the goal.

42:05

Yan Klukowski has an effort at goal. Diving save by Adam Bartlett.

41:01

Unfair challenge on Chris Stokes by Ben Clark results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Matthew Barnes-Homer.

40:24

A cross is delivered by Chris Stokes. Adam Bartlett catches the ball.

39:54

The ball is swung over by Phil Turnbull. Clearance by Chris Stokes.

38:19

Al Bangura gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordan Hugill. Phil Turnbull takes the free kick.

37:43

Matthew Barnes-Homer takes a shot. Adam Bartlett safely holds on.

36:39

Unfair challenge on Al Bangura by Micky Cummins results in a free kick. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

36:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carl Magnay by Matthew Barnes-Homer. Phil Turnbull restarts play with the free kick.

33:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Yan Klukowski on Phil Turnbull. Free kick taken by Phil Turnbull.

32:47

Danny Wright takes a shot.

32:01

Colin Larkin crosses the ball.

30:41

A cross is delivered by Jared Hodgkiss. Clearance made by Carl Magnay.

29:26

James Marwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Aarran Racine. Free kick taken by Anthony Barry.

24:44

Corner taken by Yan Klukowski.

24:21

Yan Klukowski takes a shot. Diving save by Adam Bartlett.

19:48

Unfair challenge on Phil Turnbull by Danny Wright results in a free kick. Adam Bartlett takes the free kick.

18:55

The ball is swung over by Micky Cummins. Clearance by Jared Hodgkiss.

17:37

Magno Vieira has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

15:53

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Sam Russell.

15:15

Chris Stokes delivers the ball. James Curtis gets a block in.

14:17

Assist by Chris Stokes.

14:17 Goal scored

Goal! - Yan Klukowski - Forest Grn 1 - 0 Gateshead Yan Klukowski scores a right footed goal. Forest Green 1-0 Gateshead.

14:01

The ball is delivered by Chris Stokes.

11:51

The ball is delivered by Colin Larkin. James Marwood takes a shot. Sam Russell safely holds on.

9:49

Corner from the right by-line taken by James Marwood.

9:20

James Marwood takes a shot.

8:13

Matthew Barnes-Homer crosses the ball. Blocked by Ben Clark.

6:50

James Marwood produces a cross. Carl Magnay gets a block in.

4:18

Corner taken by James Marwood.

3:53

Jordan Hugill takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Chris Stokes gets a block in.

2:28

Matthew Barnes-Homer takes a shot. Blocked by James Curtis.

2:01

The ball is swung over by Carl Magnay. Adam Bartlett safely holds on.

0:58

Unfair challenge on James Curtis by Danny Wright results in a free kick. Ben Clark takes the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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