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Forest Green Rovers 1-1 Carlisle United

A virtuoso goalkeeping masterclass from Reading loanee Lewis Ward helped Forest Green earn a point against play-off rivals Carlisle.

Reece Brown's eighth goal of the season in the 31st minute gave Rovers the lead, but Nathan Thomas levelled things up three minutes after the restart.

Carlisle should have been ahead on 24 minutes when Danny Grainger's corner moved like a beach ball to leave Ward flapping, but Nathan Thomas watched his stooping header clip the crossbar.

Two minutes later Thomas breezed inside Nathan McGinley, but Ward imposed himself to produce a fine block.

Rovers served a riposte to take the lead seven minutes later as Christian Doidge played in Brown, who lashed in a sumptuous strike from the edge of the box.

Carlisle were back in the game after 49 minutes. Nathan McGinley had his pocket picked by Thomas, who finally found his shooting boots to level proceedings.

The goal knocked Rovers' confidence, but Ward came to their rescue, saving well to divert a Mike Jones stinger over and then diving across his goal to tip a Thomas strike wide.

Ward kept the game level, producing another great save to deny Regan Slater with nine minutes to go, while at the other end, Rovers substitute George Williams smashed against a post from 35 yards three minutes later.

Forest Green remain sixth on 58 points and Carlisle drop to ninth, a point behind Rovers.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 34Ward
  • 6Rawson
  • 22Godwin-MalifeSubstituted forScobleat 89'minutes
  • 19McGinley
  • 2Shephard
  • 16Gunning
  • 10Brown
  • 7Winchester
  • 23Mills
  • 26ReidSubstituted forWilliamsat 69'minutes
  • 9Doidge

Substitutes

  • 4James
  • 8Grubb
  • 11Williams
  • 17Pearce
  • 21McCoulsky
  • 24Thomas
  • 25Scoble

Carlisle

  • 30Collin
  • 2Miller
  • 5Gerrard
  • 6ParkesBooked at 84mins
  • 3Grainger
  • 10DevittSubstituted forScougallat 81'minutes
  • 15Slater
  • 8Jones
  • 17O'Hare
  • 16Thomas
  • 9HopeSubstituted forSimpsonat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Liddle
  • 7Kennedy
  • 18Grant
  • 19Simpson
  • 22Scougall
  • 23Branthwaite
  • 29Gray
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
2,381

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamCarlisle
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home9
Away22
Shots on Target
Home2
Away11
Corners
Home5
Away10
Fouls
Home6
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Carlisle United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Carlisle United 1.

Regan Slater (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers).

Attempt missed. Gavin Gunning (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Gary Miller (Carlisle United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Connor Simpson replaces Hallam Hope.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Farrend Rawson.

Attempt blocked. Hallam Hope (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Callum O'Hare (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Nathan Thomas (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Junior Mondal replaces Udoka Godwin-Malife.

Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Regan Slater (Carlisle United).

George Williams (Forest Green Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Foul by Michael Jones (Carlisle United).

Gavin Gunning (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Booking

Tom Parkes (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tom Parkes (Carlisle United).

George Williams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Danny Grainger (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Lewis Ward.

Attempt saved. Regan Slater (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Stefan Scougall replaces Jamie Devitt.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Danny Grainger.

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

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Gavin Gunning.

Hand ball by Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers).

Foul by Hallam Hope (Carlisle United).

Udoka Godwin-Malife (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

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

Attempt missed. Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the right.

Attempt saved. Tom Parkes (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Nathan McGinley.

Attempt missed. Reuben Reid (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Nathan Thomas (Carlisle United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City372112465353075
2Bury372010771413070
3MK Dons381991062402266
4Mansfield371714654302465
5Tranmere3717101054421261
6Forest Green3815131055391658
7Exeter3716101150371358
8Colchester381691357461157
9Carlisle38176155749857
10Stevenage38158154347-453
11Northampton381216104847152
12Newport37157154656-1052
13Swindon371312124346-351
14Crewe38148164648-250
15Oldham371212135448648
16Grimsby38146184048-848
17Cheltenham38129174656-1045
18Crawley38127194055-1543
19Morecambe38119184458-1442
20Port Vale381011173343-1041
21Cambridge37118183254-2241
22Yeovil3899203654-1836
23Macclesfield3789203862-2433
24Notts County38712193871-3333
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