Lee Hughes scored twice to help Forest Green end Chester's five-game unbeaten run and inflict a first league defeat on new manager Steve Burr.

Chester went close early on, but Ross Killock could only fire at the keeper from five yards when he seized a ball deflected off the woodwork.

Hughes scored in each half, his first from James Norwood's reverse pass.

Norwood's angled shot made it 2-0 before Hughes converted a close-range effort thanks to work by Al Bangura.

In November, Forest Green had approached Burr to take charge following Dave Hockaday's sacking, but he opted to stay at Kidderminster only to be dismissed himself on January 7.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Forest Green Rovers manager Adrian Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"I knew it was going to be a tricky game with the conditions but we pulled our sleeves up and battled, we played some good football and scored three very good goals.

"I was really pleased for Lee [Hughes] today because he scored two very special goals.

"We don't talk about the play-offs, we just take every game as it comes and we've got a tough game next week at Woking."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Forest Green Rovers

  • 01 Russell
  • 15 Oshodi
  • 05 Turley
  • 27 Binnom-Williams
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 23 Barry (Green - 82' )
  • 04 Bangura
  • 24 Kelly
  • 07 Norwood
  • 09 Wright (Vieira - 79' )
  • 29 Hughes (Walker - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 18 Walker
  • 10 Vieira
  • 12 Asafu-Adjaye
  • 13 Bulman
  • 22 Green

Chester

  • 01 Danby
  • 12 Turner Booked
  • 27 Killock
  • 04 Horan
  • 25 Miller
  • 08 Jarrett (Mahon - 63' )
  • 14 McIntyre
  • 24 Rooney
  • 34 Menagh (Peers - 80' )
  • 07 Reed
  • 11 Lindfield (Bond - 55' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Mahon
  • 02 Kay
  • 13 Fearon
  • 16 Bond
  • 23 Peers
Ref: Adam Hopkins
Att: 1,483

Match Stats

Shots

13 8

On target

5 1

Corners

0 0

Fouls

8 7

Live Text Commentary

+5:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 3, Chester FC 0.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 3, Chester FC 0.

90:00 +3:31

Offside, Chester FC. Jamie Reed tries a through ball, but Jamie Reed is caught offside.

90:00 +1:09

Foul by Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers).

90:00 +1:09

Lewis Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

90:00 +0:36

Corner, Chester FC.

88:43

Attempt missed. Magno Vieira (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box.

85:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Jason Walker replaces Lee Hughes.

84:46

Attempt missed. John Rooney (Chester FC) left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Lewis Turner with a cross.

81:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Paul Green replaces Anthony Barry.

81:29

Attempt missed. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

80:46

Attempt missed. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

79:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. Tom Peers replaces Jamie Menagh.

78:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Magno Vieira replaces Daniel Wright.

75:28

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Lee Hughes tries a through ball, but Lee Hughes is caught offside.

72:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forest Green Rovers 3, Chester FC 0. Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Al Bangura.

70:33

Attempt missed. Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot is too high.

68:21

Corner, Chester FC.

67:22

Attempt missed. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

66:07

Foul by Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers).

66:07

Jamie Reed (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

64:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forest Green Rovers 2, Chester FC 0. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

63:51

Hand ball by Jamie Reed (Chester FC).

62:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. Craig Mahon replaces Jason Jarrett.

60:54

Foul by Jason Jarrett (Chester FC).

60:54

Al Bangura (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

60:00

Corner, Chester FC.

59:11

Foul by Jamie Menagh (Chester FC).

59:11

Jared Hodgkiss (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

58:37

Attempt missed. Jason Jarrett (Chester FC) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by George Horan.

57:58

Attempt missed. George Horan (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box.

57:21

Corner, Chester FC.

55:48

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

54:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. Andrew Bond replaces Craig Lindfield.

52:14

Attempt missed. Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

51:17

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

49:15

Attempt missed. Jamie Reed (Chester FC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lewis Turner with a cross.

47:26 Booking

Booking Lewis Turner (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

46:42

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

46:37

Attempt saved. Jared Hodgkiss (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved. Assisted by Jared Hodgkiss with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins Forest Green Rovers 1, Chester FC 0.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Chester FC 0.

43:44

Foul by James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers).

43:44

Ross Killock (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

41:29

Foul by George Horan (Chester FC).

41:29

Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

40:19

Attempt missed. Jared Hodgkiss (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right.

38:10

Foul by Lewis Turner (Chester FC).

38:10

Jared Hodgkiss (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

35:47

Attempt missed. Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

32:09

Foul by Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers).

32:09

Kevin McIntyre (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

30:35

Offside, Chester FC. Kevin McIntyre tries a through ball, but Kevin McIntyre is caught offside.

29:02

Offside, Chester FC. Jamie Menagh tries a through ball, but Jamie Menagh is caught offside.

26:28

Foul by James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers).

26:28

Kevin McIntyre (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

25:47

Corner, Chester FC.

24:35

Foul by Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers).

24:35

Jason Jarrett (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

22:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forest Green Rovers 1, Chester FC 0. Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Norwood.

21:37

Attempt blocked. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

17:55

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. James Norwood tries a through ball, but James Norwood is caught offside.

17:20

Attempt saved. Al Bangura (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

12:16

Attempt saved. Ross Killock (Chester FC) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by John Rooney with a cross.

11:22

Foul by Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers).

11:22

Jason Jarrett (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

9:26

Hand ball by Jason Jarrett (Chester FC).

8:19

Attempt missed. Kevin McIntyre (Chester FC) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lewis Turner with a cross.

7:27

Attempt blocked. Anthony Barry (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Hughes with a cross.

4:14

Foul by Jason Jarrett (Chester FC).

4:14

Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

1:32

Foul by Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers).

1:32

Jamie Reed (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

1:07

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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