Forest Green Rovers 1-0 Dartford

James Norwood's strike earned managerless Forest Green victory over Dartford to end their run of five straight defeats.

Norwood headed home after only five minutes when he rose highest to meet Marcus Kelly's cross.

The Rovers striker then went close with an ambitious long-range volley which flew narrowly wide.

Dartford should have equalised but Max Cornhill stabbed Ryan Hayes' low cross wide of an open goal.

And the visitors were denied a leveller again when goalkeeper Sam Russell saved Hayes' shot with his feet.

Forest Green were led by academy manager Scott Bartlett, who will remain in charge at the New Lawn until a permanent successor to Dave Hockaday is found.

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Bartlett: Forest Green caretaker boss on Dartford win

Forest Green Rovers caretaker boss Scott Bartlett told BBC Gloucestershire:

"My job is to steady the ship, look after training and to be here on a match day.

"The lads have worked really hard this week and I think you saw a spirited performance there.

"We sent a team out there that was going to work, give 100% and I think they've done that."

Dartford manager Tony Burman told BBC Radio Kent:

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Post match: Dartford boss Burman

"I think we played alright. We worked hard in dreadful conditions and we deserved something from the game but it wasn't to be.

"In today's performance I can't fault the effort. We conceded in the first five minutes, which was disappointing, but we should have come in level, if not in the lead.

"I think we did enough to take something from the game. We didn't test the goalkeeper enough but our build-up play was excellent."

As It Stood

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1Cambridge1711511838
2Kidderminster1710251032
3Luton178721431
4Grimsby17935830
5Salisbury17935630
6Braintree17854929
7Barnet17773828
8Welling17845528
9Alfreton17917228
10Nuneaton17764027
11Gateshead17827426
12Halifax17746025
13Lincoln City17647022
14Macclesfield17647-122
15Forest Green17638121
16Southport17638-521
17Wrexham17548-319
18Dartford17539-1018
19Hereford17458-617
20Tamworth17458-917
21Woking17359-1014
22Chester17359-1314
23Aldershot17656213
24Hyde United170314-303
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