League Two - Play-offs - 1st Leg
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Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Forest Green Rovers

Forest Green's Gavin Gunning is sent off
Forest Green had to play more than 75 minutes with ten men after Gavin Gunning's dismissal

A stunning Ollie Banks strike gave Tranmere a slender lead after the first leg of a fiery League Two play-off semi-final with 10-man Forest Green.

Gavin Gunning was dismissed after 15 minutes for kicking out at Jay Harris.

Ten minutes later the hosts made the extra man count when Banks moved into space and smashed in a glorious 25-yard shot via the underside of the bar.

Tranmere's top scorer James Norwood had four good chances to extend the lead but Forest Green held out.

Norwood could easily have been dismissed before Gunning saw red, the division's leading marksman lucky to escape yellow cards for two rash challenges.

But he then went close to adding to the lead, first seeing a shot deflected just wide, then blazing wildly over from close range before shooting just off target from a right-wing cross.

The visitors, who won both league meetings this season, posed a threat on the break, notably when Christian Doidge dragged a first-half shot just wide.

Tranmere remained the more likely scorers with Norwood going close late on, but they were unable to add to their lead heading into the second leg in Gloucestershire on Monday.

The Merseyside club are bidding to return to League One for the first time since 2014, while Forest Green have never featured in the third tier.

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 14Caprice
  • 4Nelson
  • 6Monthe
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 28BanksSubstituted forGilmourat 76'minutes
  • 19MorrisSubstituted forSmithat 62'minutes
  • 8Harris
  • 17Perkins
  • 11Jennings
  • 10Norwood

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 5McNulty
  • 18Smith
  • 22Gilmour
  • 25Pilling
  • 27Pringle
  • 29Dagnall

Forest Green

  • 34Ward
  • 2Shephard
  • 6Rawson
  • 19McGinley
  • 23Mills
  • 7Winchester
  • 16GunningBooked at 15mins
  • 25MondalSubstituted forCollinsat 32'minutes
  • 10BrownSubstituted forDigbyat 88'minutes
  • 8GrubbSubstituted forWilliamsat 66'minutes
  • 9Doidge

Substitutes

  • 4James
  • 5Collins
  • 11Williams
  • 13Montgomery
  • 20Digby
  • 21McCoulsky
  • 22Godwin-Malife
Referee:
John Busby
Attendance:
9,579

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home20
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away2

Live Text

Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Forest Green Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Forest Green Rovers 0.

Attempt blocked. Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by George Williams with a cross.

Foul by David Perkins (Tranmere Rovers).

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

Attempt saved. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Paul Digby replaces Reece Brown.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Liam Shephard.

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Lewis Ward tries a through ball, but Christian Doidge is caught offside.

Foul by Johnny Smith (Tranmere Rovers).

Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Reece Brown with a cross.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Harvey Gilmour.

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

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high. Assisted by Sid Nelson.

Foul by Johnny Smith (Tranmere Rovers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Harvey Gilmour replaces Oliver Banks.

Attempt saved. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Emmanuel Monthe.

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

Attempt saved. David Perkins (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jay Harris with a cross.

Attempt saved. Jake Caprice (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Johnny Smith.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Nathan McGinley.

Foul by Johnny Smith (Tranmere Rovers).

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

Foul by James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).

Lee Collins (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. George Williams replaces Dayle Grubb.

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sid Nelson.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Johnny Smith replaces Kieron Morris.

Attempt missed. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Liam Ridehalgh with a cross.

Foul by Kieron Morris (Tranmere Rovers).

Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jake Caprice (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieron Morris.

Attempt missed. Oliver Banks (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Oliver Banks (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers).

Second Half

Second Half begins Tranmere Rovers 1, Forest Green Rovers 0.

goal

As It Stood

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2Bury4622131182562679
3MK Dons4623101371492279
4Mansfield4620161069412876
5Forest Green4620141268472174
6Tranmere4620131363501373
7Newport462011155959071
8Colchester4620101665531270
9Exeter4619131460491170
10Stevenage462010165955470
11Carlisle46208186762568
12Crewe46198196059165
13Swindon461616145956364
14Oldham461614166760762
15Northampton461419136463161
16Cheltenham461512195768-1157
17Grimsby46168224556-1156
18Morecambe461412205470-1654
19Crawley46158235168-1753
20Port Vale461213213955-1649
21Cambridge461211234066-2647
22Macclesfield461014224874-2644
23Notts County46914234884-3641
24Yeovil46913244166-2540
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