Forest Green edged a five-goal game with second-placed Cambridge United in the Conference Premier.

James Norwood fired Rovers ahead, but the U's replied with a Josh Coulson header and Nathan Arnold's finish.

Rovers goalkeeper Sam Russell brought down Delano Sam-Yorke in the area, but saved Ryan Donaldson's spot-kick.

And Jared Hodgkiss nodded in a leveller before Danny Wright's six-yard tap-in won it against his former club, whose automatic promotion bid is dwindling.

Cambridge missed an opportunity to close the gap on leaders Luton, who drew with Salisbury, to 12 points ahead of their meeting on Tuesday night.

Forest Green Rovers manager Adrian Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"Everyone worked their socks off and you need that. We did concede a few goals during the first half and I was disappointed but we showed a lot of character.

"To win the game 3-2 is a fantastic achievement but this is only one game with three points, we have to look forward to Tuesday now.

"It was a big game for us in a big week, today was a massive test for us and we've come through it.

"In a game where you play four games we won't really train. We just have to help the lads recover and prepare for the games."

Cambridge United boss Richard Money told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"It's a game where we've shot ourselves in the foot, 2-1 up and we miss a penalty, we should go 3-1 up and we lose a goal right on half-time so we've come in at half-time 2-2 in a game we should be well in control of.

"You have to give them credit, they fought hard and got themselves on top of the game.

"We've got to pick ourselves up and go again. It's a game gone, another game closer to the end of the season and we haven't picked up any points so we need to make sure we pick up some points when we start again."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Forest Green Rovers

  • 01 Russell
  • 16 Racine
  • 28 Green
  • 05 Turley
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 15 Oshodi
  • 24 Kelly
  • 23 Barry (Bangura - 74' )
  • 09 Wright Booked
  • 29 Hughes (Rodgers - 86' )
  • 07 Norwood (Klukowski - 92' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Bangura
  • 21 White
  • 26 Rodgers
  • 08 Klukowski
  • 12 Asafu-Adjaye

Cambridge United

  • 13 Norris
  • 04 Coulson
  • 06 Miller
  • 03 Taylor
  • 14 Tait
  • 07 Donaldson
  • 24 Arnold (Berry - 60' )
  • 08 Champion
  • 17 Hughes (Austin - 80' )
  • 25 Bird
  • 19 Sam-Yorke (Gillies - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 16 Austin
  • 05 Bonner
  • 29 Gillies
  • 18 Berry
  • 02 Roberts
Ref: Lee Swabey
Att: 1,411

Match Stats

Shots

14 6

On target

4 4

Corners

0 0

Fouls

14 5

Live Text Commentary

+6:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 3, Cambridge United 2.

90:00 +5:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 3, Cambridge United 2.

90:00 +1:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Yan Klukowski replaces James Norwood.

89:36 Booking

Booking Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

89:28

Foul by Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers).

89:28

Mitch Austin (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

87:25

Hand ball by James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers).

86:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Luke Rodgers replaces Lee Hughes.

84:30

Foul by Josh Gillies (Cambridge United).

84:30

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

83:46

Attempt missed. Ryan Bird (Cambridge United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Josh Gillies.

83:21

Corner, Cambridge United.

82:56

Foul by Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers).

82:56

Mitch Austin (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

82:03

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

81:29

Attempt missed. Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

80:35

Foul by Greg Taylor (Cambridge United).

80:35

James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

80:06

Attempt missed. Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

79:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Mitch Austin replaces Liam Hughes.

78:24

Attempt missed. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Al Bangura with a cross.

76:26

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

74:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Al Bangura replaces Anthony Barry because of an injury.

70:28

Attempt missed. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

69:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Josh Gillies replaces Delano Sam-Yorke.

68:12

Foul by Paul Green (Forest Green Rovers).

68:12

Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

64:39

Foul by Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers).

64:39

Greg Taylor (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

63:57

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

63:26

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

61:27

Attempt missed. Jamie Turley (Forest Green Rovers) header from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Marcus Kelly.

61:01

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

59:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Luke Berry replaces Nathan Arnold.

54:57

Attempt missed. Richard Tait (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box.

53:21

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

51:51

Foul by Josh Coulson (Cambridge United).

51:51

Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

47:08

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

46:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forest Green Rovers 3, Cambridge United 2. Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Norwood with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins Forest Green Rovers 2, Cambridge United 2.

45:00 +2:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Cambridge United 2.

45:00 +1:37

Attempt blocked. Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jared Hodgkiss with a cross.

44:07

Attempt saved. Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

43:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forest Green Rovers 2, Cambridge United 2. Jared Hodgkiss (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jamie Turley with a cross.

40:46

Foul by Paul Green (Forest Green Rovers).

40:46

Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

39:31

Foul by Anthony Barry (Forest Green Rovers).

39:31

Ryan Bird (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

37:30

Foul by Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers).

37:30

Tom Champion (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

36:39

Foul by Tom Champion (Cambridge United).

36:39

Anthony Barry (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

35:09

Penalty saved! Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

34:06

Penalty conceded by Sam Russell (Forest Green Rovers) after a foul in the penalty area.

34:06

Penalty Cambridge United. Delano Sam-Yorke draws a foul in the penalty area.

33:24

Attempt missed. Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

32:33

Foul by Paul Green (Forest Green Rovers).

32:33

Ian Miller (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

25:08

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

24:24

Foul by Richard Tait (Cambridge United).

24:24

Anthony Barry (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

19:00

Corner, Cambridge United.

18:17

Corner, Cambridge United.

17:28

Offside, Cambridge United. Ryan Bird tries a through ball, but Ryan Bird is caught offside.

16:46

Foul by Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers).

16:46

Tom Champion (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

15:11

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

12:24

Foul by Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers).

12:24

Ian Miller (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

11:13

Corner, Cambridge United.

9:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forest Green Rovers 1, Cambridge United 2. Nathan Arnold (Cambridge United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Donaldson.

9:18

Attempt blocked. Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

7:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forest Green Rovers 1, Cambridge United 1. Josh Coulson (Cambridge United) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Donaldson.

7:01

Corner, Cambridge United.

5:59

Foul by Jared Hodgkiss (Forest Green Rovers).

5:59

Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

4:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forest Green Rovers 1, Cambridge United 0. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daniel Wright.

1:38

Foul by Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers).

1:38

Ian Miller (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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