The FA Cup - First Round
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Forest Green Rovers 4-0 Billericay Town

A first-half goal rush saw League Two leaders Forest Green make light work of National League South Billericay Town in a one-sided FA Cup first-round tie which finished 4-0.

A three-goal flurry in eight-minutes knocked the stuffing out of Jamie O'Hara's side.

Former boxer Matty Stevens delivered the first blow in the 38th minute - leaping above a statuesque defence to plant a towering header beyond Alan Julian from a precise Aaron Collins' cross. And on the cusp of the break Joseph Mills' angled cross caught Julian cold.

Celtic loanee Jack Aitchison made it 3-0 deep into first-half stoppage-time.

Rovers made it four in the 65th minute when Liam Shephard watched his skidder bounce up and over Julian from an Elliott Frear cross.

Frear hobbled off near the end as Rovers made it comfortably into round two.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 13Wollacott
  • 23Mills
  • 20KitchingSubstituted forMcGinleyat 78'minutes
  • 6Rawson
  • 3Bernard
  • 14Adams
  • 7WinchesterSubstituted forTaylorat 69'minutes
  • 2Shephard
  • 29AitchisonSubstituted forFrearat 64'minutes
  • 10Collins
  • 9Stevens

Substitutes

  • 15Morton
  • 17Frear
  • 19McGinley
  • 22Godwin-Malife
  • 24Thomas
  • 25Mondal
  • 28Taylor

Billericay Town

  • 1Julian
  • 2Ramsay
  • 12KefalasBooked at 54mins
  • 5Henry
  • 3Nunn
  • 6DeeringSubstituted forReynoldsat 77'minutes
  • 8Loft
  • 14Potter
  • 10PaxmanBooked at 44minsSubstituted forEmmanuelat 45'minutes
  • 11AlfaSubstituted forPhillipsat 58'minutes
  • 9Robinson

Substitutes

  • 4O'Hara
  • 7Emmanuel
  • 13Agboola
  • 16Laurent
  • 18Phillips
  • 19Krasniqi
  • 20Reynolds
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
1,419

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamBillericay Town
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away4

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 4, Billericay Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 4, Billericay Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Themistoklis Kefalas (Billericay Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Bernard (Forest Green Rovers).

  5. Post update

    Louis Ramsay (Billericay Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jake Robinson (Billericay Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jake Robinson (Billericay Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Ben Nunn.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Nathan McGinley replaces Liam Kitching.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Billericay Town. Jamie Joe Reynolds replaces Sam Deering.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Harry Phillips (Billericay Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Billericay Town. Conceded by Jojo Wollacott.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Moses Emmanuel (Billericay Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Kyle Taylor replaces Carl Winchester.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers).

  18. Post update

    Moses Emmanuel (Billericay Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Forest Green Rovers 4, Billericay Town 0. Liam Shephard (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Elliott Frear.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Elliott Frear replaces Jack Aitchison.

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