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Cheltenham Town 1-2 Forest Green Rovers

Forest Green Rovers moved top of the League Two table with a derby win at Cheltenham Town.

The damage was done in the first half, with goals from Jack Aitchison and Elliott Frear putting Rovers in command, before Luke Varney pulled one back after the break.

But Forest Green had done enough to end Cheltenham's 17-match unbeaten home run that stretched back to January.

They took the lead when Ryan Broom gave the ball away and Matt Stevens beat two men before finding Aitchison, who played a one-two with Liam Shephard before finishing neatly.

Frear headed wide from a good position in the 28th minute.

But the former Motherwell midfielder made no mistake when Ebou Adams found him with a fine pass five minutes before half-time, tapping past Scott Flinders for the first goal of his second spell at Rovers.

Forest Green did a good job of closing the game down early in the second half, but Cheltenham hauled themselves back into it in the 65th minute.

Substitute Chris Clements' low free-kick was spilled by Joe Wollacott and Varney headed into an empty net for his sixth of the season.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Cheltenham

  • 1Flinders
  • 5RaglanBooked at 23minsSubstituted forInceat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 4TozerBooked at 90mins
  • 26Greaves
  • 2Long
  • 11Broom
  • 7Thomas
  • 21Doyle-HayesSubstituted forClementsat 57'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 3Hussey
  • 20ReillySubstituted forSmithat 65'minutes
  • 32Varney

Substitutes

  • 8Clements
  • 15Boyle
  • 16Addai
  • 19Lloyd
  • 22Lovett
  • 23Ince
  • 27Smith

Forest Green

  • 13Wollacott
  • 3Bernard
  • 6Rawson
  • 20Kitching
  • 23Mills
  • 14Adams
  • 7Winchester
  • 2Shephard
  • 29Aitchison
  • 17FrearSubstituted forCollinsat 77'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 9Stevens

Substitutes

  • 10Collins
  • 15Morton
  • 19McGinley
  • 22Godwin-Malife
  • 24Thomas
  • 25Mondal
  • 28Taylor
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
5,788

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home6
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home23
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Forest Green Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Forest Green Rovers 2.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Liam Kitching.

Booking

Ben Tozer (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Rohan Ince (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Rohan Ince (Cheltenham Town).

Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Chris Clements (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Chris Clements (Cheltenham Town).

Matt Stevens (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Luke Varney (Cheltenham Town).

Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Luke Varney (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Clements.

Foul by Luke Varney (Cheltenham Town).

Dominic Bernard (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Clements (Cheltenham Town).

Matt Stevens (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Sean Long (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Aaron Collins replaces Elliott Frear.

Foul by Rohan Ince (Cheltenham Town).

Jack Aitchison (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Jack Aitchison tries a through ball, but Matt Stevens is caught offside.

Foul by Ryan Broom (Cheltenham Town).

Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Scott Flinders.

Attempt saved. Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Ben Tozer.

Attempt blocked. Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ebou Adams.

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Joseph Mills tries a through ball, but Farrend Rawson is caught offside.

Foul by Jonte Smith (Cheltenham Town).

Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 1, Forest Green Rovers 2. Luke Varney (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

Attempt saved. Chris Clements (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Jonte Smith (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers).

Foul by Chris Hussey (Cheltenham Town).

Dominic Bernard (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jonte Smith replaces Gavin Reilly.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Forest Green1694320101031
2Bradford169342415930
3Swindon179352820830
4Crewe169342618830
5Exeter178542320329
6Cheltenham1584327141328
7Newport167631713427
8Colchester177552216626
9Northampton177462218425
10Port Vale176742222025
11Salford176652125-424
12Cambridge176562217523
13Plymouth166552420423
14Mansfield175572625120
15Macclesfield165561720-320
16Leyton Orient175572428-420
17Crawley175572429-520
18Grimsby155462020019
19Carlisle175391829-1118
20Oldham173771826-816
21Scunthorpe173682125-415
22Walsall1743101225-1315
23Stevenage172781221-913
24Morecambe1734101529-1413
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