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Forest Green Rovers 1-0 Stevenage

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

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 1McGee
  • 22Godwin-Malife
  • 5Stokes
  • 6KitchingBooked at 45mins
  • 25RichardsonSubstituted forBernardat 72'minutes
  • 8Adams
  • 20Whitehouse
  • 21Wagstaff
  • 10Collins
  • 18YoungSubstituted forMarchat 74'minutes
  • 14Matt

Substitutes

  • 3Bernard
  • 16Evans
  • 19McCoulsky
  • 24Thomas
  • 27Bunker
  • 28March

Stevenage

  • 1Cumming
  • 24Marshall
  • 5CuthbertSubstituted forOtehat 67'minutes
  • 6ProsserBooked at 49mins
  • 2Wildin
  • 23SmithSubstituted forNewtonat 83'minutes
  • 19ReadBooked at 82mins
  • 12HuttonSubstituted forCokerat 67'minutes
  • 17List
  • 9Effiong
  • 27Aitchison

Substitutes

  • 3Coker
  • 4Vincelot
  • 8Osborne
  • 11Newton
  • 13Johnson
  • 20Akinwande
  • 28Oteh
Referee:
James Bell

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home7
Away2
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Stevenage 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Stevenage 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Aramide Oteh (Stevenage).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Elliott Whitehouse.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jack Aitchison (Stevenage).

  7. Post update

    Scott Wagstaff (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Danny Newton (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Aitchison.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Elliott Whitehouse (Forest Green Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Arthur Read (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Danny Newton replaces Jack Smith.

  12. Booking

    Arthur Read (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Josh March (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Arthur Read (Stevenage).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Scott Wagstaff.

  16. Post update

    Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Ebou Adams.

  18. Post update

    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.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ben Coker (Stevenage).