The FA Cup - First Round
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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

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Emmanuel Monthe (Forest Green Rovers).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Substitution

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Tyrone Marsh (Macclesfield Town).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by David Fitzpatrick.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by David Fitzpatrick.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Scott Wilson replaces Koby Arthur.

  20. Post update

    Hand ball by Omar Bugiel (Forest Green Rovers).

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