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Forest Green Rovers 1-4 Carlisle United

Nathan Thomas hit a hat-trick as Carlisle derailed Forest Green's promotion ambitions with an emphatic away win.

On a chastening night for Mark Cooper's side, the Cumbrians stunned their hosts with two goals in three first-half minutes.

Rovers dominated territory for the opening 20 minutes, but Carlisle struck after 23 minutes when Mike Jones fired a ball across the box for Thomas to stab in.

Two minutes later Thomas grabbed second, this time letting fly with a ferocious drive from 30 yards that flew past Conrad Logan.

And he completed his hat-trick just 11 seconds after the restart, scoring from the penalty spot after former Reading defender Matt Mills brought down Jack Bridge.

Rovers were in disarray, Lewis Alessandra hitting a post moments before Josh Kayode poked home a 49th-minute fourth.

Carl Winchester pulled a goal back for the hosts after 58 minutes, converting a penalty after Josh March was upended by Aaron Hayden, but Carlisle were already home and dry.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 26Logan
  • 2ShephardSubstituted forBernardat 17'minutes
  • 6Rawson
  • 5Mills
  • 20Kitching
  • 15HallSubstituted forStevensat 58'minutes
  • 14AdamsBooked at 84mins
  • 7Winchester
  • 42Bailey
  • 10CollinsSubstituted forFrearat 45'minutes
  • 28March

Substitutes

  • 3Bernard
  • 9Stevens
  • 11Williams
  • 17Frear
  • 18Dawson
  • 24Thomas
  • 29Aitchison

Carlisle

  • 1Collin
  • 14Jones
  • 17Webster
  • 6HaydenBooked at 31minsSubstituted forHuntat 60'minutes
  • 34Wilmer-AndertonBooked at 55mins
  • 19Bridge
  • 8Jones
  • 12WattBooked at 83mins
  • 9AlessandraSubstituted forScougallat 73'minutes
  • 23KayodeSubstituted forLoftat 82'minutes
  • 7Thomas

Substitutes

  • 3Iredale
  • 10Scougall
  • 15Charters
  • 22Gray
  • 25Loft
  • 28Sagaf
  • 33Hunt
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
1,514

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamCarlisle
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home15
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Carlisle United 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Carlisle United 4.

Foul by Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers).

Jack Bridge (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Adam Collin.

Attempt saved. Matt Stevens (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers).

Jack Bridge (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Odin Bailey (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Kitching.

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

Foul by Stefan Scougall (Carlisle United).

Attempt saved. Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dominic Bernard.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Max Hunt.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Liam Kitching.

Attempt blocked. Gethin Jones (Carlisle United) right footed shot from long range on the right is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Thomas.

Booking

Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers).

Gethin Jones (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Elliot Watt (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card.

Odin Bailey (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Elliot Watt (Carlisle United).

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Ryan Loft replaces Joshua Kayode.

Matt Stevens (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nick Anderton (Carlisle United).

Foul by Dominic Bernard (Forest Green Rovers).

Elliot Watt (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Michael Jones (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Stefan Scougall.

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Stefan Scougall replaces Lewis Alessandra.

Foul by Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers).

Michael Jones (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Elliot Watt (Carlisle United).

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

Foul by Nathan Thomas (Carlisle United).

Attempt missed. Nick Anderton (Carlisle United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Byron Webster.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Liam Kitching.

Foul by Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers).

Joshua Kayode (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon30175853341956
2Exeter2915953930954
3Crewe29157753351852
4Plymouth28156747301751
5Colchester301213541261549
6Northampton29147844311349
7Bradford30121173628847
8Cheltenham281112542231945
9Forest Green30128103531444
10Port Vale30111183837144
11Newport2710982724339
12Salford30109114040039
13Crawley30812104143-236
14Walsall30106142941-1236
15Grimsby2889113034-433
16Scunthorpe3089133945-633
17Oldham30712113144-1333
18Cambridge3088143142-1132
19Carlisle2988133046-1632
20Leyton Orient30710133648-1231
21Mansfield3079144148-730
22Macclesfield2971392832-428
23Morecambe3068162751-2426
24Stevenage30313142136-1522
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