Jon Parkin's goal gave Forest Green a draw against Bristol Rovers.

The visitors came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half but home keeper Sam Russell saved Lee Mansell's free-kick and Matty Taylor's strike was rightly ruled out for offside.

The Pirates took the lead in the second half when Andy Monkhouse powerfully headed home Lee Brown's cross.

Parkin equalised for the hosts when he inadvertently deflected Marcus Kelly's shot past keeper Steve Mildenhall.

Pennock on draw with Bristol Rovers

Forest Green Rovers boss Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"I think we could have done better and we should have done better.

"After their goal, I thought our two substitutes looked bright when they came on.

"We've got some good footballers in the team but we just needed someone, in the middle of the park, to put their foot on the ball."

Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

Clarke on draw at Forest Green Rovers

"I was pleased with our performance but disappointed we didn't get the win. I thought we deserved the win and we created more chances - they really only had a 15-minute spell in the game when they got us under pressure.

"But my boys are learning and learning quickly. The lads played well and put a shift in.

"Forest Green have got probably double our budget. They've got experienced players and are a very ambitious football club but we've had to cut our cloth and I've got good, hard-working players and the fans have been terrific.

"We need to improve but I know we've got improvement in us."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Forest Green Rovers

  • 01 Russell
  • 02 Pipe
  • 03 Stokes Booked
  • 08 Wedgbury Booked
  • 05 Oliver Booked
  • 26 Coles
  • 19 Sinclair (Norwood - 59' )
  • 12 Kamdjo
  • 20 Parkin
  • 11 Hughes (Rodgers - 81' )
  • 18 Frear (Kelly - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Norwood
  • 10 Kelly
  • 13 Arnold
  • 15 Oshodi
  • 25 Rodgers

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Mildenhall
  • 04 Lockyer Booked
  • 03 Brown
  • 08 Clarke
  • 15 Trotman Booked
  • 06 Parkes
  • 23 Monkhouse
  • 07 Mansell
  • 10 Taylor (White - 83' )
  • 27 Cunnington (Harrison - 49' )
  • 16 Martin (Sinclair - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Gosling
  • 14 White
  • 17 Harrison
  • 24 Sinclair
  • 25 Puddy
Ref: Steven Rushton
Att: 3,781

Match Stats

Shots

7 13

On target

3 4

Corners

0 0

Fouls

13 7

Live Text Commentary

+4:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Bristol Rovers 1.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Bristol Rovers 1.

90:00 +2:15

Attempt missed. Neal Trotman (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lee Mansell.

90:00 +1:57

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

90:00 +1:16 Booking

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

90:00 +1:09

Foul by Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers).

90:00 +1:09

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

90:00 +0:16

Attempt missed. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

88:45

Foul by Daniel Coles (Forest Green Rovers).

88:45

Jamie White (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

88:28

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

87:45

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Luke Rodgers tries a through ball, but Luke Rodgers is caught offside.

86:42

Foul by Luke Rodgers (Forest Green Rovers).

86:42

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

86:29

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

86:09

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

85:14 Booking

Booking Neal Trotman (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84:49

Foul by Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers).

84:49

Luke Rodgers (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

84:25

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Stuart Sinclair tries a through ball, but Stuart Sinclair is caught offside.

82:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jamie White replaces Matty Taylor.

82:48

Foul by Luke Oliver (Forest Green Rovers).

82:48

Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

81:20

Hand ball by Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers).

80:40 Substitution

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

80:05

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

80:05

Luke Oliver (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

78:39

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

78:24

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

77:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Stuart Sinclair replaces Dave Martin.

74:32

Attempt missed. Daniel Coles (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marcus Kelly.

73:57

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

73:44

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

70:47

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

70:47

Clovis Kamdjo (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

70:23

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

67:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forest Green Rovers 1, Bristol Rovers 1. Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marcus Kelly.

66:09

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

65:24

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

64:29

Attempt saved. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Tom Lockyer with a cross.

62:56

Hand ball by James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers).

59:56

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Jon Parkin tries a through ball, but Jon Parkin is caught offside.

59:40

Attempt saved. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

58:51

Foul by David Pipe (Forest Green Rovers).

58:51

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

58:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. James Norwood replaces Rob Sinclair.

57:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Marcus Kelly replaces Elliott Frear.

57:23

Foul by Rob Sinclair (Forest Green Rovers).

57:23

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

56:30

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

56:30

Chris Stokes (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

54:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forest Green Rovers 0, Bristol Rovers 1. Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Brown with a cross.

52:12

Foul by Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers).

52:12

Neal Trotman (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

48:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Adam Cunnington because of an injury.

45:31

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

45:00

Second Half begins Forest Green Rovers 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

45:00 +1:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

40:25

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

40:04

Attempt blocked. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

38:28

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

36:59

Foul by Adam Cunnington (Bristol Rovers).

36:59

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

36:39

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

35:08

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

34:44

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

31:09 Booking

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

30:52

Foul by Luke Oliver (Forest Green Rovers).

30:52

Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

29:18

Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

29:18

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

28:41 Booking

Booking Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

27:56

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

27:56

Chris Stokes (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

26:51

Attempt missed. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

25:54

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Adam Cunnington tries a through ball, but Adam Cunnington is caught offside.

24:12

Attempt missed. Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high.

22:00

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

21:41

Attempt blocked. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

20:36

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

19:46

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

19:46

Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

18:03

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

17:22 Booking

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

17:01

Foul by Chris Stokes (Forest Green Rovers).

17:01

Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

16:39

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

15:52

Attempt missed. Dave Martin (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

15:40

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

11:48

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

11:33

Attempt blocked. Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Brown with a cross.

9:06

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

1:28

Attempt missed. Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Mansell.

1:12

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

0:58

Attempt saved. Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

0:07

Foul by Luke Oliver (Forest Green Rovers).

0:07

Adam Cunnington (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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