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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

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Booking

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Paul Lewis (Cambridge United).

  8. Booking

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Liam Kitching (Forest Green Rovers).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Andrew Dallas.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Dallas (Cambridge United).

  14. Post update

    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.

  15. Post update

    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.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Joseph Mills.

  17. 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.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Cambridge United. Jabo Ibehre replaces Marc Richards.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Cambridge United. Andrew Dallas replaces Sam Smith.

  20. Substitution

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