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Forest Green Rovers 2-1 Solihull Moors

Fabien Robert scores Forest Green's opener against Solihull Moors
Fabien Robert (left) gave Forest Green a first-half lead against Solihull Moors

Forest Green Rovers moved three points clear at the top of the National League thanks to Christian Doidge's last-gasp winner against Solihull Moors.

With promotion rivals Lincoln slipping to second with defeat at Boreham Wood, Rovers took full advantage.

Fabien Robert had slotted the hosts ahead before Oladapo Afolayan's second-half equaliser looked to have earned Moors a share of the points.

But Doidge's low stoppage-time finish snatched Rovers a vital victory.

Mark Cooper's side - who travel to Lincoln on Saturday - have played three games more than the Imps, but have won seven of their past nine league games.

But for Doidge netting for a sixth consecutive game and taking his tally to 22 for the season, Rovers would have been left frustrated by a Solihull Moors side inspired by former Loughborough University forward Afolayan.

The Moors front man's pace caused the hosts problems on the counter-attack and he levelled when he skipped past keeper Sam Russell to fire in his third goal since signing in February.

Forest Green had started brightly but Robert's early flicked header was acrobatically saved, before the Frenchman's placed finish eventually opened the scoring shortly before the break.

Either side could have led before Doidge's dramatic late goal, as Kaiyne Woolery headed onto the bar for Rovers after Afolayan clipped the post.

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 23Russell
  • 5Ellis
  • 6Bennett
  • 15NobleBooked at 64mins
  • 9Doidge
  • 8Wedgbury
  • 11BugielSubstituted forWooleryat 66'minutes
  • 17WishartBooked at 83minsSubstituted forKellyat 84'minutes
  • 19Sinclair
  • 20CooperSubstituted forGoslingat 87'minutes
  • 26Robert

Substitutes

  • 3Monthe
  • 10Kelly
  • 12Carter
  • 14Woolery
  • 31Gosling

Solihull Moors

  • 24Baxter
  • 2MurombedziSubstituted forByrneat 35'minutes
  • 3Franklin
  • 12Green
  • 5Kettle
  • 4Daly
  • 7SammonsSubstituted forNorteyat 46'minutes
  • 34Charles-CookSubstituted forSterling-Jamesat 70'minutes
  • 25Carline
  • 17AfolayanBooked at 90mins
  • 14Maye

Substitutes

  • 1Lewis
  • 8Byrne
  • 9Brown
  • 22Sterling-James
  • 31Nortey
Referee:
Dean Treleaven

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Solihull Moors 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Solihull Moors 1.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 2, Solihull Moors 1. Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers).

Booking

Oladapo Afolayan (Solihull Moors) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Jake Gosling replaces Charlie Cooper.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Marcus Kelly replaces Daniel Wishart.

Booking

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

Substitution

Substitution, Solihull Moors. Omari Sterling-James replaces Regan Charles-Cook.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Kaiyne Woolery replaces Omar Bugiel.

Booking

Liam Noble (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 1, Solihull Moors 1. Oladapo Afolayan (Solihull Moors).

Substitution

Substitution, Solihull Moors. Nortei Nortey replaces Ashley Sammons.

Second Half

Second Half begins Forest Green Rovers 1, Solihull Moors 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Solihull Moors 0.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 1, Solihull Moors 0. Fabien Robert (Forest Green Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Solihull Moors. Jack Byrne replaces Shepherd Murombedzi.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Forest Green38229779463375
2Lincoln City35226767343372
3Tranmere36217855322370
4Dag & Red382141363461767
5Gateshead391812965392666
6Aldershot3918111053341965
7Dover371961268541463
8Barrow381614855381762
9Macclesfield351761249371257
10Wrexham391411143849-1153
11Boreham Wood391313134033752
12Eastleigh391313135151052
13Bromley38147174557-1249
14Solihull Moors38139165355-248
15Chester371210155654246
16Guiseley391210174656-1046
17Sutton United37129164050-1045
18Braintree39129184763-1645
19Woking39118205469-1541
20Maidstone United37118184564-1941
21Torquay38109194354-1139
22York37715154159-1836
23North Ferriby United39103262564-3933
24Southport3887234484-4031
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