League Two
Forest Green2Macclesfield0

Forest Green Rovers 2-0 Macclesfield Town

Christian Doidge's 13th goal of the season and a late Joseph Mills free-kick kept Forest Green's play-off dreams on track with a win over Macclesfield.

In a lacklustre first 45 minutes, Macclesfield's Elliott Durrell chanced his arm with two long-range strikes and striker Harry Smith planted a header over the bar.

In response, Forest Green's Junior Mondal watched one long-range strike fly wide of the post and then another effort deviated in the air and cleared the bar.

Macclesfield started the second half with intent and Reece Cole and Michael Rose both went close to breaking the stalemate.

Rovers responded in equal measure and Doidge watched an effort fly over the bar from the edge of the box.

However, he found his range on 56 minutes. Mills' measured free-kick saw Rovers' leading marksman swivel and volley home into the bottom corner.

Mills wrapped up victory two minutes from time when he drove home a free-kick from 25 yards out.

Sol Campbell's Macclesfield remain in danger, just two points clear of the bottom two, after their five-match unbeaten run came to an end.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 34Ward
  • 2Shephard
  • 6Rawson
  • 19McGinley
  • 23Mills
  • 7Winchester
  • 5CollinsSubstituted forJamesat 90'minutes
  • 25MondalSubstituted forMcCoulskyat 81'minutes
  • 10Brown
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forGunningat 66'minutes
  • 9Doidge

Substitutes

  • 4James
  • 16Gunning
  • 17Pearce
  • 21McCoulsky
  • 22Godwin-Malife
  • 24Thomas
  • 26Reid

Macclesfield

  • 1O'Hara
  • 33Jules
  • 27Cameron
  • 5KelleherBooked at 71mins
  • 14Welch-Hayes
  • 7Durrell
  • 24RoseSubstituted forWhitakerat 59'minutesBooked at 64mins
  • 30ColeSubstituted forWilsonat 76'minutes
  • 3Fitzpatrick
  • 10Smith
  • 15Stephens

Substitutes

  • 6Grimes
  • 8Marsh
  • 9Wilson
  • 17Evans
  • 23Whitaker
  • 28Idem
  • 39Martis
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
2,386

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamMacclesfield
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home8
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Macclesfield Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Macclesfield Town 0.

Shawn McCoulsky (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elliott Durrell (Macclesfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Lloyd James replaces Lee Collins.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 2, Macclesfield Town 0. Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

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

Foul by Fiacre Kelleher (Macclesfield Town).

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Shawn McCoulsky.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Shawn McCoulsky replaces Junior Mondal.

Foul by Gavin Gunning (Forest Green Rovers).

Harry Smith (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Ben Stephens (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Junior Mondal (Forest Green Rovers).

Foul by Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers).

Zak Jules (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Scott Wilson replaces Reece Cole.

Foul by Junior Mondal (Forest Green Rovers).

Nathan Cameron (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by David Fitzpatrick.

Booking

Fiacre Kelleher (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Junior Mondal (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fiacre Kelleher (Macclesfield Town).

Foul by Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers).

Harry Smith (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Smith (Macclesfield Town).

Attempt missed. Fiacre Kelleher (Macclesfield Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Farrend Rawson.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Gavin Gunning replaces George Williams.

Booking

Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town).

Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harry Smith (Macclesfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Danny Whitaker replaces Michael Rose.

Attempt missed. Elliott Durrell (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 1, Macclesfield Town 0. Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joseph Mills following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Michael Rose (Macclesfield Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City422315473383584
2Bury4221111076502674
3Mansfield421916762352773
4MK Dons422191267452272
5Tranmere4220111161451671
6Forest Green4218131162422067
7Exeter4218111357451265
8Carlisle42187176259361
9Colchester42179165852660
10Swindon421515125350360
11Stevenage42179165052-260
12Newport41179155257-560
13Oldham4115131362501258
14Crewe42168185253-156
15Northampton421218125355-254
16Cheltenham421411175460-653
17Grimsby42148204153-1250
18Port Vale421211193648-1247
19Morecambe421211194764-1747
20Crawley42137224261-1946
21Cambridge42129213761-2445
22Macclesfield42912214570-2539
23Yeovil42910233861-2337
24Notts County42813214377-3437
View full League Two table

Top Stories