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Boreham Wood 1-0 Forest Green Rovers

Ricky Shakes helped Boreham Wood stun last season's National League high-flyers Forest Green Rovers 1-0 at Meadow Park.

Shakes made no mistake when a block by Dale Bennett fell kindly for him in the box on the half-hour mark, rifling past goalkeeper Sam Russell.

Prior to the goal and for long periods after that, Forest Green Rovers, who lost to Grimsby in last term's play-off final after finishing second overall, created chances and just could not finish them off.

Portuguese midfielder Bruno Andrade was a constant threat for the hosts, though, and he nearly rubber-stamped the victory with a late burst into the box, only to be denied by Russell.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

LISTEN: Forest Green Rovers boss Mark Cooper's post-match interview

Forest Green Rovers boss Mark Cooper told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"You can't expect to win a game when you have as many players as we did. Boreham Wood fully deserved to win the game.

"If you have seven, eight or nine players not at it or not near the top of their game you don't win. We'll put that down to first day blues and move on.

"We were poor in the forward areas, the front players didn't secure the ball, we didn't have any control in the middle of the pitch from where we've been in pre-season. If we lose control of the game we look ragged and we were today."

Line-ups

Boreham Wood

  • 1Smith
  • 33Devera
  • 2Nunn
  • 4Ricketts
  • 6StephensSubstituted forWoodardsat 87'minutes
  • 5Paine
  • 11Andrade
  • 7Shakes
  • 8DavisBooked at 23minsSubstituted forC Cliffordat 67'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10Moke
  • 19BalantaSubstituted forFerrierat 75'minutesBooked at 77mins

Substitutes

  • 3Woodards
  • 12Ferrier
  • 15Ilesanmi
  • 16C Clifford
  • 21Boal

Forest Green

  • 23Russell
  • 4Traore
  • 16Pinnock
  • 12CarterSubstituted forRobertat 63'minutes
  • 6BennettBooked at 77mins
  • 5Clough
  • 11Frear
  • 19Sinclair
  • 25Chemlal
  • 9Doidge
  • 39MurphySubstituted forTubbsat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Maxted
  • 14Moore
  • 20Tubbs
  • 21Racine
  • 26Robert
Referee:
Neil Hair

Live Text

Match ends, Boreham Wood 1, Forest Green Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Boreham Wood 1, Forest Green Rovers 0.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Booking

Conor Clifford (Boreham Wood) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Boreham Wood. Dan Woodards replaces David Stephens.

Corner, Boreham Wood.

Booking

Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Morgan Ferrier (Boreham Wood) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Boreham Wood. Morgan Ferrier replaces Angelo Balanta.

Substitution

Substitution, Boreham Wood. Conor Clifford replaces Kenny Davis.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Fabien Robert replaces Darren Carter.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Matt Tubbs replaces Rhys Murphy.

Corner, Boreham Wood.

Second Half

Second Half begins Boreham Wood 1, Forest Green Rovers 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Boreham Wood 1, Forest Green Rovers 0.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Goal!

Goal! Boreham Wood 1, Forest Green Rovers 0. Ricky Shakes (Boreham Wood).

Booking

Kenny Davis (Boreham Wood) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

As It Stood

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2Gateshead11003033
3Lincoln City11003123
4Solihull Moors11003123
5Macclesfield11002023
6Tranmere11002023
7Eastleigh11002113
8Barrow11001013
9Boreham Wood11001013
10Maidstone United10101101
11York10101101
12Braintree10100001
13Dover10100001
14North Ferriby United10100001
15Wrexham10100001
16Guiseley100112-10
17Aldershot100101-10
18Forest Green100101-10
19Sutton United100113-20
20Woking100113-20
21Bromley100102-20
22Torquay100102-20
23Chester100103-30
24Southport100103-30
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