Tamworth 0-1 Forest Green

Blue Square Bet Premier

Forest Green beat Tamworth thanks to a fortuitous early own goal at The Lamb.

Rovers' James Norwood was not troubling Tamworth keeper Jonathan Hedge with the game's first shot but Paul Green's attempted block diverted the ball into the top corner.

Hedge had to prevent Rovers doubling their lead before half-time, catching Yan Klukowski's right-footed shot.

But Tamworth were out of luck, Kieron St Aimie's 35-yard piledriver smashing against the bar after the break.

Defender Richard Tait then had a chance to pull Marcus Law's side level right at the death, but his left-foot volley looped over the bar in the 87th minute to seal Tamworth's first home defeat this year.

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Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Gloucestershire:

Hockaday praises 'brilliant' defence

"We kept them at bay but we haven't kept the ball half as much as we wanted to.

"Having said that after the performance and the result on Saturday we'd have bitten your hand off for this result.

"To come here, win the game and keep a clean sheet obviously I'm delighted and very proud of the players."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Tamworth

  • 01 Hedge
  • 02 Tait
  • 03 Habergham
  • 05 Francis (Valentim - 88' )
  • 16 Green
  • 18 Bradley
  • 07 Smith Booked
  • 08 Cain (Sharif - 63' )
  • 10 St Aimie
  • 11 Thomas
  • 09 Mills (Christie - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Collister
  • 12 McDonald
  • 15 Valentim
  • 22 Sharif
  • 23 Christie

Forest Green

  • 01 Bittner Booked
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 03 Stokes Booked
  • 05 Turley
  • 16 Graham
  • 08 Klukowski
  • 11 Forbes Booked
  • 19 Rowe (Turk - 84' )
  • 20 Bangura
  • 07 Norwood (Griffin - 53' )
  • 09 Styche (McDonald - 42' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 12 Imudia
  • 04 Turk
  • 17 McDonald
  • 18 Allen
  • 10 Griffin
Ref: Kinseley
Att: 783

Match Stats

Shots

12 7

On target

7 4

Corners

1 3

Fouls

11 21

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:15 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +4:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jared Hodgkiss on Samuel Habergham. Samuel Habergham takes the indirect free kick.

90:00 +3:51

Paul Green challenges Jared Hodgkiss unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jared Hodgkiss takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +2:30

Iyseden Christie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jared Hodgkiss. James Bittner takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:18

Curtis McDonald has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

90:00 +0:13

Alhassan Bangura fouled by Evangelino Valentim, the ref awards a free kick. James Bittner takes the free kick.

88:23

Curtis McDonald concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Smith. Strike comes in from Jay Smith from the free kick.

88:03

Curtis McDonald challenges Danny Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jonathan Hedge.

86:51 Substitution

Substitution Evangelino Valentim on for Francino Francis.

86:51

Shot on goal by Richard Tait from just inside the area goes over the target.

84:31

Alhassan Bangura challenges Kieron St Aimie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jay Smith.

84:20 Booking

Booking Chris Stokes receives a yellow card for time wasting.

83:14

Free kick taken by James Bittner.

83:14 Substitution

Substitution Wayne Turk is brought on as a substitute for James Rowe.

83:14

Foul by Kieron St Aimie on Luke Graham, free kick awarded.

83:02

Curtis McDonald is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Paul Green.

79:23

The ball is delivered by Samuel Habergham.

78:34

The assistant referee flags for offside against Richard Tait. James Bittner restarts play with the free kick.

78:19

Richard Tait crosses the ball. Samuel Habergham crosses the ball, Jamie Turley manages to make a clearance.

76:47

A cross is delivered by Danny Thomas, Luke Graham makes a clearance.

74:34

Daniel Bradley takes a shot. James Bittner makes a save.

73:37

Jared Hodgkiss gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Thomas. Free kick crossed left-footed by Danny Thomas from left channel, clearance made by Alhassan Bangura.

73:06

Foul by Jamie Turley on Iyseden Christie, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jay Smith, Luke Graham gets a block in.

70:18

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by James Bittner.

69:23

Effort from the edge of the area by Francino Francis goes wide of the right-hand upright.

68:51

Unfair challenge on Iyseden Christie by Jamie Turley results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jay Smith.

68:14

Centre by Kieron St Aimie, Jared Hodgkiss makes a clearance.

65:54

Kieron St Aimie fouled by Chris Stokes, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Thomas, Shot by Keiron Forbes from outside the box goes over the target.

62:34 Substitution

Substitution (Tamworth) makes a substitution, with Nabil Shariff coming on for Ashley Cain.

62:34 Substitution

Substitution Iyseden Christie replaces Danny Mills.

62:19

The ball is delivered by Ashley Cain, save by James Bittner.

60:36

Richard Tait delivers the ball, save by James Bittner.

60:13

Centre by Richard Tait, James Bittner makes a save.

59:31

Alhassan Bangura challenges Danny Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jay Smith delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Curtis McDonald manages to make a clearance.

58:41

Chris Stokes takes a shot. Save by Jonathan Hedge.

58:14

The ball is sent over by Richard Tait, James Bittner makes a save.

57:54

The ball is swung over by Francino Francis, clearance by Jamie Turley.

57:35

Danny Thomas takes a shot. Alhassan Bangura gets a block in.

57:02

Kieron St Aimie takes a shot.

56:21

A cross is delivered by Ashley Cain, clearance by Jamie Turley.

56:06

Unfair challenge on Samuel Habergham by Yan Klukowski results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jay Smith.

55:34

Free kick crossed right-footed by Richard Tait from right channel, Jared Hodgkiss makes a clearance.

55:34 Booking

Booking The referee books Curtis McDonald for unsporting behaviour.

55:21

Curtis McDonald concedes a free kick for a foul on Kieron St Aimie.

54:38

Alhassan Bangura concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Cain. Jay Smith restarts play with the free kick.

53:41

Centre by Danny Mills, save by James Bittner.

53:03

Chris Stokes challenges Ashley Cain unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Thomas delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right by-line, Charlie Griffin makes a clearance.

51:45 Substitution

Substitution Charlie Griffin on for James Norwood.

51:45

James Norwood takes a shot. Blocked by Samuel Habergham. A cross is delivered by Jared Hodgkiss.

48:56

The ball is delivered by Ashley Cain, Jamie Turley manages to make a clearance.

46:33

Centre by James Norwood, save by Jonathan Hedge.

46:23

Alhassan Bangura produces a cross, clearance by Danny Thomas.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +4:01 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +3:46

James Rowe is penalised for a handball. Jonathan Hedge restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +3:02

The ball is swung over by Chris Stokes, clearance made by Francino Francis.

45:00 +2:31

Foul by Paul Green on Yan Klukowski, free kick awarded. James Rowe takes the direct free kick.

45:00 +1:53

The referee blows for offside against Danny Mills. James Bittner restarts play with the free kick.

44:59

Unfair challenge on Luke Graham by Kieron St Aimie results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by James Bittner.

44:39

Centre by Richard Tait, James Norwood manages to make a clearance.

43:13

The assistant referee signals for offside against Kieron St Aimie. Chris Stokes takes the free kick.

42:34

The official flags James Norwood offside. Jonathan Hedge takes the free kick.

41:10

Corner taken left-footed by Danny Thomas from the left by-line, Chris Stokes manages to make a clearance.

41:10 Substitution

Substitution Reece Styche goes off and Curtis McDonald comes on.

39:15

Danny Thomas crosses the ball, clearance by Chris Stokes.

37:22

Yan Klukowski takes a shot. Save by Jonathan Hedge.

36:45

Ashley Cain takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

36:36

Danny Mills takes a shot. Blocked by Luke Graham.

35:50

Danny Thomas takes a shot. Save by James Bittner.

34:18

The ball is crossed by Yan Klukowski, Jonathan Hedge makes a save.

33:56

The ball is sent over by Richard Tait, James Bittner makes a save.

33:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jared Hodgkiss on Ashley Cain. Jay Smith takes the indirect free kick.

32:08

Keiron Forbes crosses the ball, Francino Francis manages to make a clearance. James Rowe takes a inswinging corner.

31:10

James Rowe takes the inswinging corner, save by Jonathan Hedge.

30:46

Yan Klukowski delivers the ball, clearance made by Francino Francis.

29:15

Jay Smith fouled by James Rowe, the ref awards a free kick. Jay Smith restarts play with the free kick.

28:30

Reece Styche takes a shot from a long way out clearing the crossbar.

27:40

Jonathan Hedge takes the free kick.

27:40 Booking

Booking Booking for Jay Smith for dissent.

27:35 Booking

Booking Keiron Forbes is cautioned.

25:45

Keiron Forbes challenges Jay Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick.

25:12

Reece Styche gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Green. Jonathan Hedge takes the direct free kick.

24:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Green by Reece Styche. Free kick taken by Paul Green.

22:31

Danny Thomas takes a shot. Save by James Bittner.

21:14

Danny Thomas takes a shot. Save by James Bittner.

20:29

The offside flag is raised against Reece Styche. Jonathan Hedge restarts play with the free kick.

19:34

Chris Stokes sends in a cross, Samuel Habergham makes a clearance.

18:40

The referee blows for offside against Reece Styche. Francino Francis takes the direct free kick.

15:17

Foul by Kieron St Aimie on Chris Stokes, free kick awarded. James Bittner takes the free kick.

14:40

James Rowe fouled by Jay Smith, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by James Bittner.

14:13 Booking

Booking James Bittner shown a yellow card.

13:31

Unfair challenge on Alhassan Bangura by Richard Tait results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by James Bittner.

11:47

Keiron Forbes challenges Danny Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jay Smith fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, James Bittner makes a save.

11:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Mills by Luke Graham. Jay Smith restarts play with the free kick.

10:24

Jay Smith is flagged offside by the assistant referee. James Bittner restarts play with the free kick.

10:00

The referee blows for offside. Francino Francis restarts play with the free kick.

9:08

Corner taken short by James Rowe, A cross is delivered by James Norwood, Samuel Habergham makes a clearance.

8:09

Kieron St Aimie challenges Chris Stokes unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Bittner takes the indirect free kick.

4:02

Danny Thomas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keiron Forbes. Free kick taken by James Bittner.

3:39

Samuel Habergham fouled by Keiron Forbes, the ref awards a free kick. Jonathan Hedge restarts play with the free kick.

2:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Green - Tamworth 0 - 1 Forest Grn Paul Green scores an own goal. Tamworth 0-1 Forest Green.

1:57

James Norwood takes a shot. Paul Green gets a block in.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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