A late Mark Byrne goal kept Barnet's hopes of reaching the Conference Premier play-offs alive with victory over Forest Green Rovers at The Hive.

On-loan Derby defender Valentin Gjokaj nodded home the opener for the Bees from Keanu Marsh-Brown's cross.

Rovers looked like they had rescued a point when James Norwood calmly slotted the ball past Graham Stack to level.

But Byrne moved the home side to within three points of the play-offs when he slid home Marsh-Brown's cross late on.

Forest Green Rovers manager Adrian Pennock told BBC Gloucestershire

Post-match: Forest Green's Pennock

"The first half was just unacceptable, obviously a lot of things were said at half time and I pointed a few things at individuals as well as collectively to the team. That was the worst we've played in a long time.

"If there's a 50-50 header they've got to put their head on it for the cause and the football club, and I didn't see that in the first half.

"When we scored, there was only one team in it, but to be fair looking at the bigger picture, the game is about 95 minutes not 45."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Barnet

  • 29 Stack
  • 41 Gjokaj
  • 30 Stephens
  • 03 Johnson (Abdullah - 69' )
  • 20 Vilhete
  • 05 Harper
  • 07 Marsh-Brown
  • 08 Byrne Booked
  • 02 Yiadom
  • 09 Hyde (Saville - 87' )
  • 28 Nurse (Muggleton - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Saville
  • 33 Dymond
  • 14 Abdullah
  • 42 Muggleton
  • 10 Crawford

Forest Green Rovers

  • 01 Russell
  • 15 Oshodi
  • 20 Oliver
  • 22 Green Booked
  • 02 Hodgkiss (Wright - 92' )
  • 05 Turley (Barry - 8' )
  • 04 Bangura (Rodgers - 83' )
  • 30 Jordan
  • 08 Klukowski
  • 29 Hughes
  • 07 Norwood

Substitutes

  • 14 Taylor
  • 23 Barry
  • 09 Wright
  • 26 Rodgers
  • 21 White
Ref: Darren England
Att: 1,466

Match Stats

Shots

11 10

On target

5 5

Corners

0 0

Fouls

12 6

Live Text Commentary

+5:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Barnet 2, Forest Green Rovers 1.

90:00 +3:50 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Barnet 2, Forest Green Rovers 1.

90:00 +2:34

Foul by Ahmed Abdullah (Barnet).

90:00 +2:34

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

90:00 +2:01

Corner, Barnet.

90:00 +1:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Daniel Wright replaces Jared Hodgkiss.

90:00 +0:54

Foul by Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers).

90:00 +0:54

Jack Saville (Barnet) wins a free kick.

89:06

Foul by Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers).

89:06

Andy Yiadom (Barnet) wins a free kick.

88:42

Foul by Mark Byrne (Barnet).

88:42

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

86:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnet. Jack Saville replaces Jake Hyde.

85:18

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

85:05

Attempt saved. Yan Klukowski (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved.

82:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Luke Rodgers replaces Al Bangura.

81:24

Foul by Jake Hyde (Barnet).

81:24

Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

79:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barnet 2, Forest Green Rovers 1. Mark Byrne (Barnet) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Keanu Marsh-Brown with a cross.

78:49

Attempt missed. Mauro Vilhete (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

77:55

Hand ball by Jake Hyde (Barnet).

76:48

Foul by Jake Hyde (Barnet).

76:48

Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

72:54

Foul by Mark Byrne (Barnet).

72:54

Bradley Jordan (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

71:10

Attempt missed. Keanu Marsh-Brown (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

70:30

Hand ball by Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers).

68:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnet. Ahmed Abdullah replaces Elliot Johnson.

68:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnet. Sam Muggleton replaces Jon Nurse.

67:34

Attempt saved. Keanu Marsh-Brown (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

65:47

Offside, Barnet. Jake Hyde tries a through ball, but Jake Hyde is caught offside.

65:06

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

62:44

Attempt saved. Luke Oliver (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved.

60:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barnet 1, Forest Green Rovers 1. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Yan Klukowski with a cross.

59:48

Attempt missed. Yan Klukowski (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bradley Jordan.

59:16

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

58:38

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

58:19

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

57:21

Attempt missed. Mauro Vilhete (Barnet) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Keanu Marsh-Brown.

56:53

Corner, Barnet.

54:21

Foul by James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers).

54:21

Graham Stack (Barnet) wins a free kick.

53:49

Foul by Mauro Vilhete (Barnet).

53:49

Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

52:20

Corner, Barnet.

50:33

Corner, Barnet.

49:55

Corner, Barnet.

45:00

Second Half begins Barnet 1, Forest Green Rovers 0.

45:00 +2:52 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Barnet 1, Forest Green Rovers 0.

45:00 +0:53

Attempt missed. Luke Oliver (Forest Green Rovers) header from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Bradley Jordan with a cross.

45:00 +0:23 Booking

Booking Mark Byrne (Barnet) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:10

Foul by Mark Byrne (Barnet).

45:00 +0:10

Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

43:42

Foul by Mauro Vilhete (Barnet).

43:42

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

42:52

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

42:43

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

39:17

Attempt missed. Keanu Marsh-Brown (Barnet) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

33:07

Corner, Barnet.

32:58

Attempt saved. Keanu Marsh-Brown (Barnet) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

29:32

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

27:38

Attempt blocked. Keanu Marsh-Brown (Barnet) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

24:43 Booking

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

24:37

Foul by Paul Green (Forest Green Rovers).

24:37

Jon Nurse (Barnet) wins a free kick.

22:43

Hand ball by Jon Nurse (Barnet).

22:00

Foul by Anthony Barry (Forest Green Rovers).

22:00

Mark Byrne (Barnet) wins a free kick.

18:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barnet 1, Forest Green Rovers 0. Valentin Gjokaj (Barnet) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Keanu Marsh-Brown with a cross.

18:28

Corner, Barnet.

18:17

Attempt saved. Jake Hyde (Barnet) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

16:19

Offside, Barnet. Jon Nurse tries a through ball, but Jon Nurse is caught offside.

15:21

Attempt missed. Jake Hyde (Barnet) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

8:28

Foul by Mark Byrne (Barnet).

8:28

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

7:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Anthony Barry replaces Jamie Turley because of an injury.

5:14

Foul by Mark Byrne (Barnet).

5:14

Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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