League Two
Forest Green1Notts County2

Forest Green Rovers 1-2 Notts County

Notts County celebrate at Forest Green
Notts County players congratulate Enzio Boldewijn on his winning goal at Forest Green

Notts County's survival hopes were handed a significant lifeline as they secured a shock 2-1 victory at promotion-chasing Forest Green.

The Magpies dominated a high-octane first half which saw Forest Green's on-loan Reading goalkeeper Lewis Ward in superlative form.

County, scrapping for their EFL future, scored the goal their dominance deserved after 57 minutes.

Mitch Rose's torpedo throw was headed clear by Rovers captain Gavin Gunning, but the ball dropped at the feet of Jim O'Brien who wrapped his foot around the ball to beat Ward from just inside the box.

Rovers were back in the contest just six minutes later. County keeper Ryan Schofield was booked after punching the ball outside the box and Joseph Mills took the opportunity to fizz home the subsequent free-kick.

The Magpies picked Rovers off with a sublime moment from Enzio Boldewijn - cutting in from the left the County man unleashed a right-footed effort to beat the flying Ward in the 77th minute.

Neal Ardley's side remain rooted to the foot of the League Two table, four points shy of safety.

Match report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 34Ward
  • 2Shephard
  • 16Gunning
  • 6Rawson
  • 23Mills
  • 20Digby
  • 4JamesSubstituted forMcCoulskyat 79'minutes
  • 10Brown
  • 7WinchesterSubstituted forScobleat 90+4'minutes
  • 26ReidSubstituted forWilliamsat 67'minutes
  • 9DoidgeBooked at 39mins

Substitutes

  • 5Collins
  • 11Williams
  • 18Liddle
  • 19McGinley
  • 21McCoulsky
  • 24Thomas
  • 25Scoble

Notts County

  • 27SchofieldBooked at 62mins
  • 26Rose
  • 6BarclayBooked at 79mins
  • 18Stubbs
  • 24MilsomBooked at 90mins
  • 21O'BrienBooked at 76mins
  • 43Doyle
  • 11Boldewijn
  • 10GomisSubstituted forHemmingsat 67'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 28Mackail-SmithSubstituted forHewittat 74'minutes
  • 30SteadSubstituted forAlessandraat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fitzsimons
  • 2Tootle
  • 3Bird
  • 4Hewitt
  • 7Alessandra
  • 8Vaughan
  • 15Hemmings
Referee:
Neil Hair
Attendance:
2,871

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamNotts County
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away8
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Notts County 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Notts County 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Junior Mondal replaces Carl Winchester.

Foul by Shawn McCoulsky (Forest Green Rovers).

Robert Milsom (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Robert Milsom (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Kane Hemmings (Notts County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kane Hemmings (Notts County).

(Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers).

Attempt saved. Kane Hemmings (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Mitch Rose (Notts County) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Kane Hemmings (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Ben Barclay (Notts County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Barclay (Notts County).

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Shawn McCoulsky replaces Lloyd James.

George Williams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sam Stubbs (Notts County).

Paul Digby (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kane Hemmings (Notts County).

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 1, Notts County 2. Enzio Boldewijn (Notts County) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner.

Booking

Jim O'Brien (Notts County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

George Williams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jim O'Brien (Notts County).

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Lewis Alessandra replaces Jon Stead.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Elliott Hewitt replaces Craig Mackail-Smith.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Gavin Gunning.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Kane Hemmings replaces Virgil Gomis.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. George Williams replaces Reuben Reid.

Attempt missed. Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 1, Notts County 1. Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Ryan Schofield (Notts County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Hand ball by Ryan Schofield (Notts County).

Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jon Stead (Notts County).

Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mitch Rose (Notts County).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City311710455312461
2Mansfield321513448252358
3Bury32169762392357
4Colchester321571052351752
5Carlisle311641149361352
6Forest Green311312647301751
7Exeter31149843311251
8MK Dons31148949321750
9Stevenage32145133640-447
10Tranmere31129104540545
11Grimsby32134153639-343
12Swindon311110103641-543
13Newport30127113948-943
14Oldham30119104537842
15Crewe31126133640-442
16Northampton32814104145-438
17Crawley32114173646-1037
18Cheltenham3198143648-1235
19Cambridge31105162950-2135
20Port Vale3189142738-1133
21Yeovil3179153139-830
22Morecambe3178163250-1829
23Macclesfield3277183354-2128
24Notts County31510163261-2925
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