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Forest Green Rovers 2-2 Barnet

Forest Green started their debut season in the Football League by giving away a two-goal lead in their draw with Barnet.

Christian Doidge bagged a brace in the final four minutes of the first half but sloppy and hesitant play after the break allowed the visitors to bag a share of the spoils through Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Jamal Campbell-Ryce.

It had been a tight affair until a swirling corner from Charlie Cooper was nodded in from close range by Doidge in the 41st minute and Rovers doubled their lead within two minutes as Doidge lifted Liam Noble's long ball over advancing keeper James Stephens.

Barnet gradually imposed themselves after the break and when Doidge gave away the ball in his own half, Campbell-Ryce was released down the left and his shot looped up off Bradley Collins for Akpa-Akpro to bundle into the empty net.

Then, a slick exchange with Jack Taylor led to Campbell-Ryce striding forward and squeezing into Collins's bottom right corner from 20 yards with 63 minutes played.

Both sides became increasingly ragged in pursuit of a winner but clear cut chances were at a premium and Taylor picked up a second booking for a late challenge in added time.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Forest Green

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Collins
  • 2Bennett
  • 5Collins
  • 6Monthe
  • 18EvansSubstituted forMarsh-Brownat 68'minutes
  • 3Laird
  • 4TraoréSubstituted forBugielat 78'minutes
  • 8Noble
  • 15Cooper
  • 10BrownSubstituted forMullingsat 60'minutes
  • 9Doidge

Substitutes

  • 7Marsh-Brown
  • 11Bugiel
  • 14Mullings
  • 16Fitzwater
  • 17Wishart
  • 23Russell
  • 33James

Barnet

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Stephens
  • 16Taylor
  • 5Almeida Santos
  • 4CloughSubstituted forNelsonat 45'minutes
  • 3Johnson
  • 19ShomotunSubstituted forTutondaat 45'minutes
  • 12TaylorBooked at 90mins
  • 20Vilhete
  • 25Akpa-Akpro
  • 10Campbell-Ryce
  • 11CoulthirstSubstituted forAmaluzorat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Nelson
  • 13Tutonda
  • 14Akinola
  • 15Bover
  • 18Fonguck
  • 21Ross
  • 30Amaluzor
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
3,171

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamBarnet
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home5
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Barnet 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Barnet 2.

  3. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Jack Taylor (Barnet) for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Charlie Cooper (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jack Taylor (Barnet).

  6. Post update

    Emmanuel Monthe (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Barnet).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Justin Amaluzor (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnet. Justin Amaluzor replaces Shaquile Coulthirst.

  10. Post update

    Keanu Marsh-Brown (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Mauro Vilhete (Barnet).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Charlie Cooper.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers).

  14. Post update

    Mauro Vilhete (Barnet) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Emmanuel Monthe (Forest Green Rovers).

  16. Post update

    Shaquile Coulthirst (Barnet) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Emmanuel Monthe.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Omar Bugiel replaces Drissa Traoré.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shamir Mullings (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Scott Laird (Forest Green Rovers).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton11008263
2Coventry11003033
3Accrington11003123
4Grimsby11003123
5Port Vale11003123
6Morecambe11002113
7Swindon11002113
8Exeter11001013
9Newport10103301
10Stevenage10103301
11Barnet10102201
12Crewe10102201
13Forest Green10102201
14Lincoln City10102201
15Mansfield10102201
16Wycombe10102201
17Carlisle100112-10
18Cheltenham100112-10
19Cambridge100101-10
20Chesterfield100113-20
21Colchester100113-20
22Crawley100113-20
23Notts County100103-30
24Yeovil100128-60
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