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Forest Green Rovers 1-0 Macclesfield Town

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Highlights: Forest Green 1-0 Macclesfield

Christian Doidge's first-half goal was sufficient to give League Two Forest Green a comfortable FA Cup first-round 1-0 win over National League Macclesfield.

Doidge bundled the ball home on 42 minutes from a Scott Laird cross to put Mark Cooper's side into the hat for Monday's second-round draw.

Six places separate the two sides in the pyramid and it was Rovers who set the tone, Doidge skimming the top of the Macclesfield bar from a neat Manny Monthe pass.

The boot of goalkeeper Brad Collins saved Rovers as the Silkmen found their feet. Tyrone Marsh opened the home side up, but the Chelsea loanee reacted quickly to deny Daniel Whitehead from point-blank range.

Rovers responded, Doidge directing a header wide and Keanu Marsh-Brown forcing Shwan Jalal into a plunging save.

Rovers should have wrapped the tie up on 75 minutes when Reece Brown and Doidge combined to set substitute Omar Bugiel free, but he somehow contrived to skew wide with just Jalal to beat.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 1Collins
  • 16Fitzwater
  • 5Collins
  • 6Monthe
  • 2BennettBooked at 69mins
  • 4TraoréSubstituted forStevensat 90+2'minutes
  • 34Osbourne
  • 3Laird
  • 7Marsh-BrownSubstituted forBugielat 70'minutes
  • 10Brown
  • 9Doidge

Substitutes

  • 11Bugiel
  • 19Randall-Hurren
  • 21Roberts
  • 23Russell
  • 25Correia Gomes
  • 33James
  • 35Stevens

Macclesfield

  • 1Jalal
  • 2Hodgkiss
  • 4Lowe
  • 15KennedySubstituted forPilkingtonat 45'minutes
  • 3Fitzpatrick
  • 14BabaBooked at 52minsSubstituted forWhitakerat 75'minutes
  • 18Whitehead
  • 11Lloyd
  • 7Durrell
  • 8Marsh
  • 22ArthurSubstituted forWilsonat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Pilkington
  • 9Wilson
  • 12Ramsbottom
  • 16Hancox
  • 19Toure
  • 20Burgess
  • 23Whitaker
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
1,387

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamMacclesfield
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home13
Away4
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Macclesfield Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Macclesfield Town 0.

Scott Laird (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town).

Foul by Emmanuel Monthe (Forest Green Rovers).

Scott Wilson (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Jordan Stevens replaces Drissa Traoré.

Foul by Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers).

Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Monthe (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Drissa Traoré (Forest Green Rovers) because of an injury.

Jack Fitzwater (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tyrone Marsh (Macclesfield Town).

Attempt missed. Drissa Traoré (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by David Fitzpatrick.

Attempt blocked. Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by David Fitzpatrick.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Scott Wilson replaces Koby Arthur.

Hand ball by Omar Bugiel (Forest Green Rovers).

Attempt missed. Omar Bugiel (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Danny Whitaker replaces Noe Baba.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Dale Bennett.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Omar Bugiel replaces Keanu Marsh-Brown.

Booking

Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Fitzpatrick (Macclesfield Town).

Foul by Keanu Marsh-Brown (Forest Green Rovers).

Noe Baba (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Danny Whitehead (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Jack Fitzwater.

Attempt missed. Drissa Traoré (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

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

Booking

Noe Baba (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Noe Baba (Macclesfield Town).

Attempt saved. Isaiah Osbourne (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Noe Baba (Macclesfield Town).

Jack Fitzwater (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Whitehead (Macclesfield Town).

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