Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Barnet 2.
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.
- 18EvansSubstituted forMarsh-Brownat 68'minutes
- 4TraoréSubstituted forBugielat 78'minutes
- 10BrownSubstituted forMullingsat 60'minutes
- 5Almeida Santos
- 4CloughSubstituted forNelsonat 45'minutes
- 19ShomotunSubstituted forTutondaat 45'minutes
- 12TaylorBooked at 90mins
- 11CoulthirstSubstituted forAmaluzorat 87'minutes
- Darren Drysdale
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Barnet 2.
Second yellow card to Jack Taylor (Barnet) for a bad foul.
Charlie Cooper (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jack Taylor (Barnet).
Emmanuel Monthe (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Barnet).
Attempt missed. Justin Amaluzor (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Substitution, Barnet. Justin Amaluzor replaces Shaquile Coulthirst.
Keanu Marsh-Brown (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mauro Vilhete (Barnet).
Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Charlie Cooper.
Foul by Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers).
Mauro Vilhete (Barnet) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Emmanuel Monthe (Forest Green Rovers).
Shaquile Coulthirst (Barnet) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Emmanuel Monthe.
Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Omar Bugiel replaces Drissa Traoré.
Attempt missed. Shamir Mullings (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Foul by Scott Laird (Forest Green Rovers).