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Eastleigh 3-2 Forest Green Rovers

Yemi Odubade
Yemi Odubade joined Eastleigh on a free transfer in the summer of 2013

Substitute Ross Lafayette scored in injury time as Eastleigh beat National League leaders Forest Green Rovers.

Yemi Odubade put Eastleigh ahead on the rebound after Jonathan Maxted had saved Lee Cook's free-kick.

Aaron O'Connor rounded Ross Flitney for his ninth goal of the season to level and Rovers then went ahead through Elliott Frear's low strike.

Odubade netted his second from Jai Reason's pass and Lafayette stretched to win it with his first touch.

With Cheltenham winning at Bromley, Forest Green's lead at the top of the table is cut to two points.

Eastleigh move up to eighth, two points adrift of the play-offs.

Forest Green Rovers boss Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"I definitely would have taken a 2-2 draw, but the three goals we conceded were not good enough. But it's not the end of the world - we've lost, we've just got to lick our wounds and crack on.

"We did miss them (Darren Jones and Jon Parkin), they're two good players, they're vastly experienced and their form has been exceptional. It's not an excuse - they're a very important part of our team.

"The boys who have come in, I'm not going to blame them. It's a team game, it's a squad, so there's no excuses."

Line-ups

Eastleigh

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1FlitneyBooked at 45mins
  • 2Partington
  • 4Evans
  • 12Midson
  • 7Odubade
  • 5Turley
  • 10ReasonSubstituted forLafayetteat 89'minutes
  • 14StrevensBooked at 59mins
  • 17Cook
  • 18Drury
  • 20Harding

Substitutes

  • 3Green
  • 11Lafayette
  • 13Noice
  • 15Alexander
  • 16Lee

Forest Green

Formation 5-3-2

  • 23Maxted
  • 6Bennett
  • 4Clough
  • 16Racine
  • 2PipeBooked at 72mins
  • 9Marsh-Brown
  • 19Sinclair
  • 24Carter
  • 11FrearSubstituted forSam-Yorkeat 90'minutes
  • 7O'ConnorBooked at 75mins
  • 17Guthrie

Substitutes

  • 3Jennings
  • 8Wedgbury
  • 10Kelly
  • 15Sam-Yorke
  • 25Eve
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
2,884

Match Stats

Home TeamEastleighAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home11
Away4
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Eastleigh 3, Forest Green Rovers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Eastleigh 3, Forest Green Rovers 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) header from the left side of the box is saved.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Eastleigh 3, Forest Green Rovers 2. Ross Lafayette (Eastleigh) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Cook.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Eastleigh.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Delano Sam-Yorke replaces Elliott Frear.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Eastleigh. Ross Lafayette replaces Jai Reason because of an injury.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jai Reason (Eastleigh) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Eastleigh.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Eastleigh.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Lee Cook (Eastleigh).

  12. Post update

    Keanu Marsh-Brown (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Eastleigh.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Eastleigh.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Eastleigh.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Keanu Marsh-Brown tries a through ball, but Keanu Marsh-Brown is caught offside.

  17. Booking

    Aaron O'Connor (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by Keanu Marsh-Brown (Forest Green Rovers).

  19. Post update

    Jai Reason (Eastleigh) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

  20. Booking

    David Pipe (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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