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Forest Green Rovers 3-3 Lincoln City

Forest Green Rovers pulled off a remarkable comeback from three goals down against Lincoln to extend their unbeaten run to six games.

Delano Sam-Yorke nodded home after nine minutes, before goals from Karl Ledsham and Jordan Burrow either side of half-time put the Imps in control.

But James Norwood scored twice in two minutes, once from the spot, to set up a tense finale.

The turnaround was complete when Dale Bennett netted in added time.

Forest Green Rovers manager Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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Pennock on Forest Green v Lincoln

"It was like a win. The substitutes made a good impact, scored a cracking second goal and once you get that first goal you're on the front foot.

"I was disappointed with the first hour, but you've got to give them credit as well, we know what they're all about and we didn't deal with it.

"We're on a good roll at the moment, and it's a squad not a team.

"Everybody's coming in and doing their job, but don't get me wrong, I'll be speaking to them on Monday about the goals we conceded in the first hour of the game."

Lincoln City manager Gary Simpson told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

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Simpson on Forest Green v Lincoln

"I thought we'd seen it out, we'd played four minutes (of added time) and the cross comes in, hits two people, ricochets to their player and he puts it in the bottom corner. I'm disappointed, it feels like a defeat, but in saying that, at Grimsby we scored in the last seconds to win.

"We only had to fill the holes and they wouldn't have got through us. The wide players had no need to go wide or go forward and Farms (Paul Farman) should have kicked it into the corner flag and wasted a bit more time and slowed the game up, it's game management.

"We're still learning but can take heart from the performance because we're disappointed not to win. To come here and take the game to them and get on top and play like we did was credit to us."

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 1Russell
  • 6Bennett
  • 15OshodiBooked at 53mins
  • 26Coles
  • 12Kamdjo
  • 10Kelly
  • 19Sinclair
  • 18Frear
  • 20ParkinSubstituted forGuthrieat 65'minutes
  • 7Norwood
  • 25RodgersBooked at 64minsSubstituted forJolleyat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Pipe
  • 3Stokes
  • 5Oliver
  • 17Guthrie
  • 28Jolley

Lincoln City

  • 1Farman
  • 2MillerBooked at 73mins
  • 24Audel
  • 23Brown
  • 3Newton
  • 12Mendy
  • 5Bencherif
  • 14NolanSubstituted forBurrowat 8'minutes
  • 10LedshamSubstituted forTomlinsonat 73'minutes
  • 15Sam-Yorke
  • 22MarshallSubstituted forRobinsonat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Burrow
  • 11Tomlinson
  • 16Robinson
  • 17Caprice
  • 26Townsend
Referee:
Jeff Muschik
Attendance:
1,379

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamLincoln City
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away4
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 3, Lincoln City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 3, Lincoln City 3.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 3, Lincoln City 3. Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Connor Robinson replaces Marcus Marshall.

Offside, Lincoln City. Delano Sam-Yorke tries a through ball, but Delano Sam-Yorke is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Ben Tomlinson replaces Karl Ledsham.

Booking

Tom Miller (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 2, Lincoln City 3. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 1, Lincoln City 3. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Marcus Marshall (Lincoln City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Forest Green Rovers. Elliott Frear draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Christian Jolley replaces Luke Rodgers.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Kurtis Guthrie replaces Jon Parkin.

Foul by Thierry Audel (Lincoln City).

Rob Sinclair (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Booking

Luke Rodgers (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luke Rodgers (Forest Green Rovers).

Tom Miller (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 0, Lincoln City 3. Jordan Burrow (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

Penalty saved! Sean Newton (Lincoln City) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Lincoln City. Delano Sam-Yorke draws a foul in the penalty area.

Booking

Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers).

Delano Sam-Yorke (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Attempt missed. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt missed. Luke Rodgers (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Jon Parkin tries a through ball, but Jon Parkin is caught offside.

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. James Norwood tries a through ball, but James Norwood is caught offside.

Second Half

Second Half begins Forest Green Rovers 0, Lincoln City 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Lincoln City 2.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Foul by Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers).

Delano Sam-Yorke (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 0, Lincoln City 2. Karl Ledsham (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

Foul by Karl Ledsham (Lincoln City).

Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

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