Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Stevenage 0.
Jake Young's first-half strike maintained Forest Green's unbeaten start to the season as Rovers earned a home win over Stevenage.
The former Sheffield United played scored his first senior goal in League football as he fired a 23rd-minute strike beyond Jamie Cumming after Aaron Collins threaded him through.
Collins should have made it 2-0 to Forest Green after 30 minutes when he smashed an effort against the post from close in after Jamille Matt had chased down a lost cause.
Stevenage offered little in a tepid first half, with Arthur Read fizzing one effort over from distance.
The second period was a war of attrition.
Cumming did well to gather a deflected Udoka Godwin-Malife strike while Collins hit the post for the second time for Rovers from a Josh March cross with 10 minutes to go.
Stevenage missed a late opportunity with Ross Marshall failing to get on the end of a loose ball in the box.
Prior to the match, Forest Green revealed one first-team player had returned a positive test for Covid-19.
As a result of the positive case, three further players will self-isolate for a fortnight.
Match report supplied by PA Media
- 6KitchingBooked at 45mins
- 25RichardsonSubstituted forBernardat 72'minutes
- 18YoungSubstituted forMarchat 74'minutes
- 5CuthbertSubstituted forOtehat 67'minutes
- 6ProsserBooked at 49mins
- 23SmithSubstituted forNewtonat 83'minutes
- 19ReadBooked at 82mins
- 12HuttonSubstituted forCokerat 67'minutes
- James Bell
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Stevenage 0.
Foul by Aramide Oteh (Stevenage).
Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Elliott Whitehouse.
Foul by Jack Aitchison (Stevenage).
Scott Wagstaff (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Danny Newton (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Aitchison.
Foul by Elliott Whitehouse (Forest Green Rovers).
Arthur Read (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Stevenage. Danny Newton replaces Jack Smith.
Arthur Read (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Josh March (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Arthur Read (Stevenage).
Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Scott Wagstaff.
Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.
Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Ebou Adams.
Attempt saved. Udoka Godwin-Malife (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Elliott Whitehouse.
Jamille Matt (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Ben Coker (Stevenage).