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Forest Green Rovers 3-2 Cambridge United

Forest Green edged a five-goal game with second-placed Cambridge United in the Conference Premier.

James Norwood fired Rovers ahead, but the U's replied with a Josh Coulson header and Nathan Arnold's finish.

Rovers goalkeeper Sam Russell brought down Delano Sam-Yorke in the area, but saved Ryan Donaldson's spot-kick.

And Jared Hodgkiss nodded in a leveller before Danny Wright's six-yard tap-in won it against his former club, whose automatic promotion bid is dwindling.

Cambridge missed an opportunity to close the gap on leaders Luton, who drew with Salisbury, to 12 points ahead of their meeting on Tuesday night.

Forest Green Rovers manager Adrian Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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Post-match: Forest Green boss Pennock

"Everyone worked their socks off and you need that. We did concede a few goals during the first half and I was disappointed but we showed a lot of character.

"To win the game 3-2 is a fantastic achievement but this is only one game with three points, we have to look forward to Tuesday now.

"It was a big game for us in a big week, today was a massive test for us and we've come through it.

"In a game where you play four games we won't really train. We just have to help the lads recover and prepare for the games."

Cambridge United boss Richard Money told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"It's a game where we've shot ourselves in the foot, 2-1 up and we miss a penalty, we should go 3-1 up and we lose a goal right on half-time so we've come in at half-time 2-2 in a game we should be well in control of.

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Post-match: Cambridge boss Money

"You have to give them credit, they fought hard and got themselves on top of the game.

"We've got to pick ourselves up and go again. It's a game gone, another game closer to the end of the season and we haven't picked up any points so we need to make sure we pick up some points when we start again."

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 1Russell
  • 16Racine
  • 28Green
  • 5Turley
  • 2Hodgkiss
  • 15Oshodi
  • 24Kelly
  • 23BarrySubstituted forBanguraat 74'minutes
  • 9WrightBooked at 90mins
  • 29HughesSubstituted forRodgersat 86'minutes
  • 7NorwoodSubstituted forKlukowskiat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Bangura
  • 21White
  • 26Rodgers
  • 8Klukowski
  • 12Asafu-Adjaye

Cambridge

  • 13Norris
  • 4Coulson
  • 6Miller
  • 3Taylor
  • 14Tait
  • 7Donaldson
  • 24ArnoldSubstituted forBerryat 60'minutes
  • 8Champion
  • 17L HughesSubstituted forAustinat 80'minutes
  • 25Bird
  • 19Sam-YorkeSubstituted forGilliesat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 16Austin
  • 5Bonner
  • 29Gillies
  • 18Berry
  • 2Roberts
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
1,411

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamCambridge
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home14
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home14
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 3, Cambridge United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 3, Cambridge United 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Yan Klukowski replaces James Norwood.

Booking

Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers).
Mitch Austin (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.
Hand ball by James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Luke Rodgers replaces Lee Hughes.
Foul by Josh Gillies (Cambridge United).
Jared Hodgkiss (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Ryan Bird (Cambridge United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Josh Gillies.
Corner, Cambridge United.
Foul by Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers).
Mitch Austin (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.
Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Lee Hughes tries a through ball, but Lee Hughes is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.
Foul by Greg Taylor (Cambridge United).
James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Mitch Austin replaces Liam Hughes.
Attempt missed. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Al Bangura with a cross.
Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Lee Hughes tries a through ball, but Lee Hughes is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Al Bangura replaces Anthony Barry because of an injury.
Attempt missed. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Josh Gillies replaces Delano Sam-Yorke.
Foul by Paul Green (Forest Green Rovers).
Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.
Foul by Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers).
Greg Taylor (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.
Corner, Forest Green Rovers.
Corner, Forest Green Rovers.
Attempt missed. Jamie Turley (Forest Green Rovers) header from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Marcus Kelly.
Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Luke Berry replaces Nathan Arnold.
Attempt missed. Richard Tait (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box.
Attempt saved. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.
Foul by Josh Coulson (Cambridge United).
Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 3, Cambridge United 2. Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Norwood with a cross.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Luton34221025876
2Cambridge33171062861
3Alfreton3518413-358
4Barnet3616911857
5Nuneaton3616911-257
6Gateshead36151011855
7Halifax36159121654
8Salisbury3516613-254
9Grimsby3115881553
10Kidderminster3415613051
11Welling34131011549
12Forest Green32146121548
13Macclesfield3314613548
14Woking3614616-748
15Wrexham3513814247
16Lincoln City36121113-347
17Braintree2913791046
18Hereford35101015-1340
19Chester3591214-1639
20Southport3510718-1937
21Aldershot34111013333
22Dartford369621-2333
23Tamworth348818-2232
24Hyde United361629-639
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