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Forest Green Rovers 0-0 Dover Athletic

Forest Green Rovers will face Bristol Rovers after they made the Conference play-offs for the first time, thanks to a goalless draw with Dover Athletic.

The home side nearly took the lead through Jon Parkin before Stefan Payne missed the target for the visitors.

Steve Arnold kept the sides level just past the hour mark as he denied Tom Murphy from putting Dover ahead.

Deep in added time, James Poole saw his effort deflected just wide as Rovers hung on to seal a play-off spot.

Forest Green clinched fifth place in the Conference table as Macclesfield failed to beat Torquay.

Meanwhile, Dover finished in eighth place in their first season back in the Conference, 11 points behind the play-off places.

Forest Green Rovers manager Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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Pennock on Forest Green v Dover

"It's all about the football club today and about Dale (Vince) and what he's achieved here. We're two games away from special things.

"It was a little bit tense at the end when we heard that Macclesfield had equalised - someone told me that they'd scored again and I thought 'here we go'.

"You've got to celebrate, but I'll be around. (The players) won't be too plastered, don't you worry."

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 13Arnold
  • 6Bennett
  • 4Clough
  • 19Sinclair
  • 15BenderSubstituted forWedgburyat 30'minutes
  • 16Racine
  • 2Pipe
  • 18Frear
  • 9FleetwoodSubstituted forMarwoodat 80'minutes
  • 20ParkinBooked at 81mins
  • 17GuthrieBooked at 71mins

Substitutes

  • 1Russell
  • 8Wedgbury
  • 12Kamdjo
  • 26Coles
  • 33Marwood

Dover

  • 30Rafferty
  • 3Wynter
  • 5Raggett
  • 17Deverdics
  • 29Essam
  • 6Orlu
  • 16Sterling
  • 10MurphySubstituted forPooleat 85'minutes
  • 28TaiwoBooked at 75mins
  • 7ModesteBooked at 84mins
  • 14Payne

Substitutes

  • 4Kinnear
  • 8Bellamy
  • 11Cogan
  • 18O'Cearuill
  • 31Poole
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
2,674

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamDover
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away10
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Dover Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Dover Athletic 0.

Corner, Dover Athletic.

Attempt blocked. James Poole (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Tom Wynter (Dover Athletic).

Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Corner, Dover Athletic.

Attempt blocked. Ricky Modeste (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Dover Athletic.

Attempt blocked. Ricky Modeste (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Dover Athletic. James Poole replaces Tom Murphy.

Foul by Aarran Racine (Forest Green Rovers).

Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Booking

Ricky Modeste (Dover Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ricky Modeste (Dover Athletic).

David Pipe (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Ricky Modeste (Dover Athletic) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved.

Attempt missed. Tom Murphy (Dover Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Booking

Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

Connor Essam (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. James Marwood replaces Stuart Fleetwood.

Attempt missed. Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Elliott Frear tries a through ball, but Elliott Frear is caught offside.

Booking

Solomon Taiwo (Dover Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Solomon Taiwo (Dover Athletic).

Charlie Clough (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Booking

Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers).

Nicky Deverdics (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Foul by Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers).

Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Corner, Dover Athletic.

Attempt saved. Tom Murphy (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Attempt blocked. Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Elliott Frear with a cross.

Attempt saved. Solomon Taiwo (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Attempt missed. Tyrone Sterling (Dover Athletic) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by David Pipe (Forest Green Rovers).

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