Welling goalkeeper Lee Butcher made a crucial late save to deny play-off hopefuls Forest Green Rovers victory.

Toby Ajala forced home keeper Sam Russell into the first save of the game, before Lee Hughes and James Norwood both threatened for Rovers.

Matt Taylor curled an effort over the bar and another wide as the hosts pushed for an opener after half-time.

Butcher ensured Welling escaped with a draw, denying Luke Rodgers from close range late on.

The draw leaves Forest Green two points and four places outside the play-off spots.

Forest Green Rovers manager Adrian Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"It was a good point. I thought we were the better team over the 90 minutes, with half chances here and there, but I thought conditions weren't great with the wind.

"I think everyone should be happy because they've played a lot of games recently and I'm very pleased with them all.

"I'm being very positive, there's a clean sheet, and obviously over the 90 minutes, we could and should have scored but we didn't, so we move on."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Forest Green Rovers

  • 01 Russell
  • 06 Bennett
  • 03 Stokes
  • 15 Oshodi Booked
  • 05 Turley
  • 22 Green
  • 24 Kelly (Hodgkiss - 23' )
  • 23 Barry
  • 14 Taylor (Wright - 76' )
  • 07 Norwood
  • 29 Hughes (Rodgers - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Bangura
  • 21 White
  • 09 Wright
  • 26 Rodgers
  • 02 Hodgkiss

Welling United

  • 18 Butcher
  • 36 Mawson
  • 38 Taylor
  • 23 Williams
  • 33 Healy
  • 37 Ajala (Clarke - 72' )
  • 02 Fazackerley
  • 21 Beautyman (Karagiannis - 79' )
  • 34 Cornick (Gallagher - 72' )
  • 35 Sho-Silva
  • 32 Wakefield

Substitutes

  • 04 Gallagher
  • 27 Day
  • 08 Clarke
  • 13 Turner
  • 05 Karagiannis
Ref: Kevin Johnson
Att: 1,338

Match Stats

Shots

9 5

On target

2 2

Corners

0 0

Fouls

8 5

Live Text Commentary

+8:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Welling United 0.

90:00 +7:05 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Welling United 0.

90:00 +6:02

Corner, Welling United.

90:00 +5:48

Attempt blocked. Tobi Sho-Silva (Welling United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +5:13

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

90:00 +3:44 Booking

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

90:00 +3:38

Foul by Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers).

90:00 +3:38

Basile Karagiannis (Welling United) wins a free kick.

90:00 +2:09

Attempt missed. Chris Stokes (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box.

90:00 +1:19

Foul by Luke Rodgers (Forest Green Rovers).

90:00 +1:19

Loui Fazackerley (Welling United) wins a free kick.

90:00 +0:33

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

86:34

Attempt missed. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Barry with a cross.

85:19

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

84:54

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

84:25

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

84:11

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

82:59

Hand ball by James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers).

81:07

Hand ball by Joe Healy (Welling United).

78:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Welling United. Basile Karagiannis replaces Harry Beautyman.

78:38

Foul by Jamie Turley (Forest Green Rovers).

78:38

Joe Healy (Welling United) wins a free kick.

77:26

Attempt missed. Jake Gallagher (Welling United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

75:55

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

75:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Daniel Wright replaces Matty Taylor.

74:55 Substitution

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

74:24

Offside, Welling United. Tobi Sho-Silva tries a through ball, but Tobi Sho-Silva is caught offside.

71:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Welling United. Lee Clarke replaces Toby Ajala.

71:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Welling United. Jake Gallagher replaces Harry Cornick.

70:51

Attempt missed. Toby Ajala (Welling United) right footed shot from outside the box.

65:15

Attempt missed. Matty Taylor (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

61:27

Foul by Toby Ajala (Welling United).

61:27

Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

59:20

Foul by Matty Taylor (Forest Green Rovers).

59:20

Alfie Mawson (Welling United) wins a free kick.

55:09

Corner, Welling United.

51:01

Foul by Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers).

51:01

Joe Healy (Welling United) wins a free kick.

49:03

Attempt missed. Matty Taylor (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

48:02

Attempt saved. Tobi Sho-Silva (Welling United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

45:00

Second Half begins Forest Green Rovers 0, Welling United 0.

45:00 +1:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Welling United 0.

40:13

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

35:13

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

33:18

Foul by Jamie Turley (Forest Green Rovers).

33:18

Loui Fazackerley (Welling United) wins a free kick.

27:49

Foul by Matty Taylor (Forest Green Rovers).

27:49

Lee Butcher (Welling United) wins a free kick.

24:35

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Eddie Oshodi tries a through ball, but Eddie Oshodi is caught offside.

23:46

Foul by Alfie Mawson (Welling United).

23:46

Jamie Turley (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

22:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Jared Hodgkiss replaces Marcus Kelly because of an injury.

19:59

Attempt saved. Toby Ajala (Welling United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

17:27

Foul by Harry Beautyman (Welling United).

17:27

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

14:23

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

10:57

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

4:00

Foul by Toby Ajala (Welling United).

4:00

Paul Green (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

2:27

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Matty Taylor tries a through ball, but Matty Taylor is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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