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Forest Green Rovers 1-0 Braintree Town

Jon Parkin
Jon Parkin has scored 10 goals in 25 league appearances for Forest Green Rovers this season

Jon Parkin scored the only goal to see off Braintree and send Forest Green Rovers top of the National League.

Parkin's 10th league goal of the season - a header following Darren Carter's parried shot - sees Rovers move past Cheltenham, who play on Sunday.

Charlie Clough wasted two good chances for the home side from close-range, before Parkin had a shot was saved.

Braintree's Remy Clemira and Harry Anderson had chances but could not score past goalkeeper Steve Arnold.

Rovers' fourth win in a row puts pressure on Cheltenham, who play Dover on Sunday, while Braintree stay 12th after back-to-back defeat.

Forest Green striker Jon Parkin told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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Jon Parkin : Forest Green striker on Braintree win

"It doesn't matter who scores we've got a vital three points which has taken us to the top of the league.

"They came with a game plan of dropping off and then clogging up the midfield and inviting us to break them down. Eventually we kept knocking on the door and got the goal.

"I think we have learned from last year and we are more resilient this year. Everyone is working their socks off week in week out and 1-0 wins are the sort of results that get you promoted, hopefully."

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 1Arnold
  • 3Jennings
  • 14MooreBooked at 47mins
  • 19SinclairBooked at 52mins
  • 6Bennett
  • 4Clough
  • 24CarterSubstituted forWilliamsat 83'minutes
  • 8Wedgbury
  • 11FrearSubstituted forPipeat 90+4'minutes
  • 20ParkinSubstituted forGuthrieat 83'minutes
  • 9Marsh-Brown

Substitutes

  • 2Pipe
  • 10Kelly
  • 17Guthrie
  • 18Cooper
  • 26Williams

Braintree

  • 33Crowe
  • 3HaberghamBooked at 76mins
  • 5PaineSubstituted forMilesat 66'minutes
  • 30Woodyard
  • 2Clerima
  • 15Phillips
  • 11SparkesSubstituted forAndersonat 72'minutes
  • 8DavisBooked at 61mins
  • 6Fry
  • 10Akinola
  • 23CheekSubstituted forEdgarat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Isaac
  • 9Marks
  • 14Miles
  • 17Anderson
  • 22Edgar
Referee:
Simon Bennett

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamBraintree
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Braintree Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Braintree Town 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. David Pipe replaces Elliott Frear.

Attempt missed. Keanu Marsh-Brown (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Offside, Braintree Town. Mark Phillips tries a through ball, but Mark Phillips is caught offside.

Offside, Braintree Town. Taylor Miles tries a through ball, but Taylor Miles is caught offside.

Corner, Braintree Town.

Foul by Brett Williams (Forest Green Rovers).

Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

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

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Brett Williams replaces Darren Carter.

Foul by Rob Sinclair (Forest Green Rovers).

Harry Anderson (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, Braintree Town.

Attempt blocked. Harry Anderson (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Anthony Edgar (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Remy Clerima (Braintree Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Taylor Miles.

Corner, Braintree Town.

Foul by Mark Phillips (Braintree Town).

Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Booking

Sam Habergham (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sam Habergham (Braintree Town).

Keanu Marsh-Brown (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

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

Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) hits the woodwork with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Keanu Marsh-Brown.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Harry Anderson replaces Dan Sparkes.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Anthony Edgar replaces Michael Cheek.

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Keanu Marsh-Brown tries a through ball, but Keanu Marsh-Brown is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box.

Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

Keanu Marsh-Brown (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Dan Sparkes (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Michael Cheek (Braintree Town).

James Jennings (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Taylor Miles replaces Matt Paine.

Attempt missed. Keanu Marsh-Brown (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from long range on the left misses to the left.

Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

Matt Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Rob Sinclair (Forest Green Rovers).

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