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Forest Green Rovers 2-2 Tranmere Rovers

James Norwood
Tranmere's James Norwood celebrates his equalising goal

National League leaders Forest Green Rovers led twice but were held to an entertaining draw at home to promotion rivals Tranmere.

The hosts grabbed an early opener through Christian Doidge's close-range finish, but Lois Maynard's downward header from a corner quickly brought Tranmere level.

Forest Green were dominating and Liam Noble's curling, left-footed strike from range deservedly restored their lead before half-time.

But the visitors responded after the break, and equalised with former Forest Green forward James Norwood's low finish.

The draw extended Tranmere's unbeaten run in the league to seven games but could not stop them slipping from third to fifth in the table, while Forest Green's lead at the top was cut to four points as Lincoln City won.

Mark Cooper's side could have run away with the game before the break, but Dan Wishart struck the post, and visiting goalkeeper Scott Davies pulled off three fine saves.

Keanu Marsh-Brown also hit the post for the home side in the second half, before an unmarked Doidge missed from four yards, yet a spirited Tranmere could have won it in stoppage time when Andy Mangan went close.

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 23Russell
  • 16Pinnock
  • 4Traore
  • 12Carter
  • 6Bennett
  • 5Clough
  • 7Marsh-BrownSubstituted forMurphyat 85'minutes
  • 15Noble
  • 19Sinclair
  • 9DoidgeSubstituted forTubbsat 76'minutes
  • 17WishartBooked at 81mins

Substitutes

  • 10Kelly
  • 11Frear
  • 20Tubbs
  • 21Racine
  • 39Murphy

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 20Maynard
  • 6Ihiekwe
  • 18TollittBooked at 73mins
  • 12Sutton
  • 5McNulty
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 24HughesBooked at 46mins
  • 17Kirby
  • 9CookSubstituted forNorwoodat 57'minutes
  • 19Mangan

Substitutes

  • 7Mekki
  • 10Norwood
  • 13Turner
  • 21Dawson
  • 28Gumbs
Referee:
Antony Coggins
Attendance:
2,040

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Tranmere Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Tranmere Rovers 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Rhys Murphy replaces Keanu Marsh-Brown.

Booking

Daniel Wishart (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Matt Tubbs replaces Christian Doidge.

Booking

Ben Tollitt (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 2, Tranmere Rovers 2. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. James Norwood replaces Andy Cook.

Booking

Jeff Hughes (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Second Half

Second Half begins Forest Green Rovers 2, Tranmere Rovers 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Tranmere Rovers 1.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 2, Tranmere Rovers 1. Liam Noble (Forest Green Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 1, Tranmere Rovers 1. Lois Maynard (Tranmere Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 1, Tranmere Rovers 0. Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers).

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Forest Green22145341182347
2Lincoln City21134446222443
3Dag & Red21133531181342
4Barrow21118235181741
5Tranmere21125430151541
6Dover2113174234840
7Boreham Wood21106525151036
8Eastleigh2198433221135
9Gateshead2197538221634
10Macclesfield2110472821734
11Aldershot229672622433
12Chester217863126529
13Sutton United217592527-226
14Bromley217592531-626
15Wrexham216871826-826
16Torquay2164111927-822
17Solihull Moors2164112637-1122
18Maidstone United2164112539-1422
19Southport2155112143-2220
20Woking2145123042-1217
21Braintree2145121936-1717
22York2137112138-1716
23North Ferriby United214314930-2115
24Guiseley2134142237-1513
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