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Forest Green Rovers 3-0 Chester

Lee Hughes scored twice to help Forest Green end Chester's five-game unbeaten run and inflict a first league defeat on new manager Steve Burr.

Chester went close early on, but Ross Killock could only fire at the keeper from five yards when he seized a ball deflected off the woodwork.

Hughes scored in each half, his first from James Norwood's reverse pass.

Norwood's angled shot made it 2-0 before Hughes converted a close-range effort thanks to work by Al Bangura.

In November, Forest Green had approached Burr to take charge following Dave Hockaday's sacking, but he opted to stay at Kidderminster only to be dismissed himself on January 7.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Forest Green Rovers manager Adrian Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

Adrian Pennock

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Post-match: Forest Green's Pennock

"I knew it was going to be a tricky game with the conditions but we pulled our sleeves up and battled, we played some good football and scored three very good goals.

"I was really pleased for Lee [Hughes] today because he scored two very special goals.

"We don't talk about the play-offs, we just take every game as it comes and we've got a tough game next week at Woking."

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 1Russell
  • 15Oshodi
  • 5Turley
  • 27Binnom-Williams
  • 2Hodgkiss
  • 23BarrySubstituted forGreenat 82'minutes
  • 4Bangura
  • 24Kelly
  • 7Norwood
  • 9WrightSubstituted forVieiraat 79'minutes
  • 29HughesSubstituted forWalkerat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 18Walker
  • 10Vieira
  • 12Asafu-Adjaye
  • 13Bulman
  • 22Green

Chester

  • 1Danby
  • 12TurnerBooked at 48mins
  • 27Killock
  • 4Horan
  • 25Miller
  • 8JarrettSubstituted forMahonat 63'minutes
  • 14McIntyre
  • 24Rooney
  • 34MenaghSubstituted forPeersat 80'minutes
  • 7Reed
  • 11LindfieldSubstituted forBondat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 21Mahon
  • 2Kay
  • 13Fearon
  • 16Bond
  • 23Peers
Referee:
Adam Hopkins
Attendance:
1,483

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamChester
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 3, Chester FC 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 3, Chester FC 0.

Offside, Chester FC. Jamie Reed tries a through ball, but Jamie Reed is caught offside.

Foul by Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers).

Lewis Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Corner, Chester FC.

Attempt missed. Magno Vieira (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Jason Walker replaces Lee Hughes.

Attempt missed. John Rooney (Chester FC) left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Lewis Turner with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Paul Green replaces Anthony Barry.

Attempt missed. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Tom Peers replaces Jamie Menagh.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Magno Vieira replaces Daniel Wright.

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Lee Hughes tries a through ball, but Lee Hughes is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 3, Chester FC 0. Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Al Bangura.

Attempt missed. Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot is too high.

Corner, Chester FC.

Attempt missed. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers).

Jamie Reed (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 2, Chester FC 0. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Hand ball by Jamie Reed (Chester FC).

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Craig Mahon replaces Jason Jarrett.

Foul by Jason Jarrett (Chester FC).

Al Bangura (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Corner, Chester FC.

Foul by Jamie Menagh (Chester FC).

Jared Hodgkiss (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Jason Jarrett (Chester FC) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by George Horan.

Attempt missed. George Horan (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box.

Corner, Chester FC.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Andrew Bond replaces Craig Lindfield.

Attempt missed. Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Attempt missed. Jamie Reed (Chester FC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lewis Turner with a cross.

Booking

Lewis Turner (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Attempt saved. Jared Hodgkiss (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved. Assisted by Jared Hodgkiss with a cross.

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