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Cambridge United 0-1 Forest Green Rovers

Lewis Thomas' penalty save and substitute Jack Aitchison's goal earned Forest Green a 1-0 win at Cambridge.

Aitchison struck to snatch the points 12 minutes from the end, running in from the left and smashing in off the upright past Dimi Mitov.

Rovers were indebted to Thomas, who stooped to his left to keep out Marc Richards after referee Anthony Backhouse's assistant flagged for a spot-kick following a shirt pull on George Taft after 66 minutes.

That came moments after Rovers captain Joseph Mills had superbly headed Paul Lewis' header away from underneath the crossbar.

The bar had earlier come to Forest Green's rescue to deny Luke Hannant's fine effort from just outside the box shortly after the interval.

In the first half, Thomas made an important save down low to deny Liam O'Neil as Lewis was again the provider with a low centre.

Forest Green, who had manager Mark Cooper booked 20 minutes from time, offered little but could have capped their win late on, only for Aitchison to hit a post.

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Line-ups

Cambridge

  • 1Mitov
  • 16Darling
  • 5Taylor
  • 4Taft
  • 17Davies
  • 22LewisBooked at 86mins
  • 21Carruthers
  • 8O'NeilBooked at 5minsSubstituted forMarisat 57'minutes
  • 7Hannant
  • 18RichardsSubstituted forIbehreat 77'minutes
  • 20SmithSubstituted forDallasat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Dallas
  • 10Maris
  • 11Dunk
  • 14Ibehre
  • 15John
  • 25Burton
  • 26Knibbs

Forest Green

  • 24Thomas
  • 22Godwin-Malife
  • 6Rawson
  • 20KitchingBooked at 84mins
  • 23MillsBooked at 69mins
  • 18Dawson
  • 7Winchester
  • 12AllenSubstituted forMortonat 45'minutes
  • 28TaylorSubstituted forMondalat 74'minutes
  • 8GrubbSubstituted forAitchisonat 67'minutes
  • 9StevensBooked at 21mins

Substitutes

  • 1Smith
  • 3Bernard
  • 15Morton
  • 19McGinley
  • 21McCoulsky
  • 25Mondal
  • 29Aitchison
Referee:
Anthony Backhouse
Attendance:
3,784

Match Stats

Home TeamCambridgeAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Cambridge United 0, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cambridge United 0, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Attempt missed. Matt Stevens (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left following a fast break.

Jack Aitchison (Forest Green Rovers) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Liam Kitching.

Booking

Paul Lewis (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Paul Lewis (Cambridge United).

Booking

Liam Kitching (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Liam Kitching (Forest Green Rovers).

Luke Hannant (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Andrew Dallas.

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

Foul by Andrew Dallas (Cambridge United).

Attempt missed. Andrew Dallas (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jabo Ibehre.

Attempt missed. Jabo Ibehre (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Samir Carruthers with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Joseph Mills.

Goal!

Goal! Cambridge United 0, Forest Green Rovers 1. Jack Aitchison (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joseph Mills.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Jabo Ibehre replaces Marc Richards.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Andrew Dallas replaces Sam Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Junior Mondal replaces Kyle Taylor.

Foul by Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers).

Leon Davies (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers).

Luke Hannant (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Leon Davies.

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

Foul by Marc Richards (Cambridge United).

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Jack Aitchison replaces Dayle Grubb.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Lewis Thomas.

Penalty saved! Marc Richards (Cambridge United) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Liam Kitching (Forest Green Rovers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Cambridge United. Paul Lewis draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. George Taft (Cambridge United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Hannant with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Liam Kitching.

Attempt blocked. Paul Lewis (Cambridge United) header from very close range is blocked.

Foul by Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers).

Marc Richards (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. George Maris replaces Liam O'Neil.

Attempt missed. Liam O'Neil (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sam Smith.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Exeter7520104617
2Newport743072515
3Crewe750297215
4Swindon7421148614
5Forest Green741265113
6Cheltenham7322127511
7Grimsby7322139411
8Plymouth7322128411
9Macclesfield732296311
10Bradford732285311
11Crawley7322119211
12Mansfield723210829
13Colchester72326609
14Port Vale7232810-29
15Salford7151101008
16Cambridge722367-18
17Leyton Orient7223812-48
18Northampton721478-17
19Carlisle7214813-57
20Morecambe7133812-46
21Walsall713338-56
22Oldham7124510-55
23Stevenage7034410-63
24Scunthorpe7016515-101
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