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Stevenage 0-2 Forest Green Rovers

Forest Green tightened their grip on a play-off place with a 2-0 win at Stevenage.

Liam Shephard and Christian Doidge scored the goals as the visitors showed why they have the second-best away record in League Two.

Main man Doidge - back in form after an ill-fated spell at Bolton - twice fired over from promising positions before heading in to clinch the points early in the second half.

Forest Green's star man Reece Brown was also denied by goalkeeper Paul Farman and hit the post in a match of few chances.

The decisive moment came minutes before Doidge's goal, visiting stopper James Montgomery making a brilliant save from half-time sub Alex Reid.

The away side took the lead with a quick free-kick after 13 minutes. Lloyd James worked the ball to George Williams who squared for Shephard to tap in at the back post.

Doidge got himself on the scoresheet when he nodded in after Farman's brilliant save denied Williams before Montgomery twice kept out Stevenage skipper Alex Revell to protect his clean sheet.

MK Dons' defeat at Grimsby and victory at Stevenage lifted Forest Green up to fifth.

Match report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Stevenage

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Farman
  • 2Wildin
  • 5Cuthbert
  • 31NugentBooked at 29mins
  • 3Hunt
  • 24MakasiSubstituted forSonupeat 73'minutes
  • 4Timlin
  • 8Byrom
  • 10Kennedy
  • 9Revell
  • 7BallSubstituted forReidat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Sonupe
  • 15Vancooten
  • 16Iontton
  • 22Reid
  • 25Henry
  • 27Byrne
  • 30Wilkinson

Forest Green

Formation 3-5-2

  • 13MontgomeryBooked at 35mins
  • 6Rawson
  • 16Gunning
  • 19McGinley
  • 2Shephard
  • 4James
  • 10Brown
  • 7WinchesterSubstituted forDigbyat 72'minutes
  • 23Mills
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forMondalat 77'minutes
  • 9Doidge

Substitutes

  • 5Collins
  • 14Campbell
  • 20Digby
  • 21McCoulsky
  • 25Mondal
  • 26Reid
  • 34Ward
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
2,494

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home8
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home2
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stevenage 0, Forest Green Rovers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stevenage 0, Forest Green Rovers 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Junior Mondal (Forest Green Rovers).

  4. Post update

    Luther Wildin (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Timlin (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by James Montgomery.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Revell (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Alex Reid (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Christian Doidge.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Liam Shephard.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Junior Mondal replaces George Williams.

  15. Post update

    Foul by George Williams (Forest Green Rovers).

  16. Post update

    Luther Wildin (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Gavin Gunning.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Emmanuel Sonupe replaces Moses Makasi.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Paul Digby replaces Carl Winchester.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City29178453292459
2Mansfield291412344222254
3Bury30158758362253
4Carlisle301631148351351
5Forest Green291311545271850
6MK Dons28138744251947
7Exeter29138839291047
8Colchester301371045351046
9Stevenage30135123538-344
10Tranmere2911994238442
11Crewe30125133337-441
12Swindon301010103339-640
13Oldham2810994135639
14Newport27116103845-739
15Grimsby30114153038-837
16Crawley30113163542-736
17Northampton2971393839-134
18Cheltenham2988133545-1032
19Port Vale2988132737-1032
20Cambridge3095162850-2232
21Yeovil2879123034-430
22Morecambe3078153047-1729
23Macclesfield3076172948-1927
24Notts County2949162959-3021
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