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Forest Green Rovers 1-2 Walsall

Walsall ended a three-game losing streak to send Forest Green tumbling to their fourth successive home defeat.

Josh Gordon's 50th-minute penalty and a sumptuous strike from substitute Wes McDonald in the 72nd minute put Walsall in control.

Forest Green made the game interesting when Aaron Collins flicked home with four minutes to go but the Saddlers hung on.

Rovers fashioned the first opportunity of note - Oxford United loanee Rob Hall forcing a 14th-minute save from Walsall goalkeeper Liam Roberts.

With seven minutes of the first half to go, dogged Walsall defending maintained the deadlock. Odin Bailey's corner was completely misjudged by Roberts with March appearing to get a glancing header onto the bar and, in the ensuing melee, Cameron Pring hacked the ball off the line.

Rovers pressed the self-destruct button in the 50th minute. Kevin Dawson's aerial challenge floored Liam Kinsella in the box and Gordon rattled the penalty home despite Conrad Logan getting a glove to the ball.

Pring cleared off the line for the second time - denying Rovers' Chris Stokes on his second Forest Green debut.

A moment of individual brilliance from McDonald saw the Saddlers go 2-0 up. Running at the Rovers' defence, McDonald burst into the box to lift the ball deftly over the advancing Logan.

Collins' late goal put the game on edge for Walsall, who remained resolute in five minutes of added time.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 26Logan
  • 18DawsonSubstituted forFrearat 71'minutes
  • 6Rawson
  • 20Kitching
  • 30Stokes
  • 14AdamsSubstituted forWilliamsat 71'minutes
  • 7Winchester
  • 42Bailey
  • 15HallSubstituted forCollinsat 57'minutes
  • 29Aitchison
  • 28March

Substitutes

  • 3Bernard
  • 9Stevens
  • 10Collins
  • 11Williams
  • 17Frear
  • 19McGinley
  • 24Thomas

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 24Facey
  • 6Scarr
  • 4Sadler
  • 3Pring
  • 15HoldenSubstituted forMcDonaldat 54'minutes
  • 34SheronBooked at 76mins
  • 7Sinclair
  • 8Kinsella
  • 10GordonBooked at 39minsSubstituted forAdebayoat 74'minutes
  • 9Lavery

Substitutes

  • 2Norman
  • 11Adebayo
  • 13Rose
  • 16Guthrie
  • 25McDonald
  • 29Nolan
  • 33Jules
Referee:
Antony Coggins
Attendance:
3,136

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home21
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Walsall 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Walsall 2.

Attempt saved. George Williams (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Odin Bailey with a cross.

Offside, Walsall. Dan Scarr tries a through ball, but Elijah Adebayo is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Jack Aitchison (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Kitching.

Attempt blocked. Odin Bailey (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Carl Winchester with a cross.

Hand ball by Wesley McDonald (Walsall).

Attempt blocked. George Williams (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Carl Winchester.

Offside, Walsall. Caolan Lavery tries a through ball, but Elijah Adebayo is caught offside.

Foul by Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers).

Caolan Lavery (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh March.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 1, Walsall 2. Josh March (Forest Green Rovers) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Collins following a corner.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Dan Scarr.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Farrend Rawson.

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

Foul by Elijah Adebayo (Walsall).

Foul by Josh March (Forest Green Rovers).

Wesley McDonald (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jack Aitchison (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Elijah Adebayo (Walsall).

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Liam Roberts.

Attempt saved. Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Stokes with a headed pass.

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

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

Foul by Wesley McDonald (Walsall).

Booking

Nathan Sheron (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Odin Bailey (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Sheron (Walsall).

Foul by Jack Aitchison (Forest Green Rovers).

Caolan Lavery (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Cameron Pring.

Attempt blocked. Odin Bailey (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Elijah Adebayo replaces Josh Gordon.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 0, Walsall 2. Wesley McDonald (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Caolan Lavery.

Attempt missed. Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Liam Kitching with a cross following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Elliott Frear replaces Kevin Dawson.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. George Williams replaces Ebou Adams.

Odin Bailey (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

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1Swindon32186856362060
2Crewe31177757372058
3Exeter3116964233957
4Plymouth30166848331554
5Colchester321313645281752
6Northampton31157945321352
7Cheltenham301212644251948
8Bradford32121283732548
9Port Vale32121284038248
10Forest Green32129113835345
11Salford321011114141041
12Crawley32913104444040
13Newport29109102726139
14Walsall32116153244-1239
15Cambridge32108143443-938
16Scunthorpe3299144148-736
17Oldham32812123546-1136
18Grimsby30811113337-435
19Leyton Orient32811134049-935
20Carlisle31810133349-1634
21Mansfield32711144451-732
22Macclesfield31714102934-529
23Morecambe3269172954-2527
24Stevenage32313162241-1922
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