National League - 2nd Leg
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Forest Green Rovers 2-0 Dagenham & Redbridge (agg: 3-1)

Christian Doidge
Christian Doidge has scored 26 goals for Forest Green Rovers this season

Forest Green Rovers set up a National League promotion final against Tranmere Rovers after a 3-1 semi-final aggregate victory over Dagenham & Redbridge.

With the tie level at 1-1 from the first leg, Christian Doidge put Rovers ahead against his former club when he turned home Kaiyne Woolery's low cross.

Keanu Marsh-Brown, scorer in Rovers' play-off semi-final last term, curled in from the left to double the lead.

The Daggers were unable to create any clear chances as Rovers defended well.

Woolery nearly added a third for Forest Green in added time, but Mark Cousins saved the one-on-one chance, before a pitch invasion at full-time.

The result means there will be no instant return to the English Football League for John Still's Dagenham, after finishing fourth in the table this season.

Rovers will be hoping to put behind them the disappointment of last season, when they were defeated 3-1 in the Wembley final by Grimsby Town, with Marsh-Brown also getting the Gloucestershire side's goal that day.

They will take on a Tranmere side that ended the regular season second behind champions Lincoln City and beat Aldershot 5-2 on aggregate in their play-off semi-final.

The promotion final at Wembley will take place on Sunday, 14 May.

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 23Russell
  • 5Ellis
  • 6BennettBooked at 42mins
  • 20Cooper
  • 3Monthe
  • 16Pinnock
  • 15Noble
  • 4TraoréSubstituted forWedgburyat 71'minutes
  • 7Marsh-BrownSubstituted forWishartat 66'minutes
  • 9Doidge
  • 14Woolery

Substitutes

  • 2Tilt
  • 8Wedgbury
  • 17Wishart
  • 18Mullings
  • 30Lefebvre

Dag & Red

  • 30Cousins
  • 2Williams
  • 25Whitely
  • 17BoucaudBooked at 28mins
  • 3Widdowson
  • 5Robson
  • 27Donnellan
  • 4Doe
  • 11OkenabirhieSubstituted forGuttridgeat 46'minutes
  • 14BensonSubstituted forHawkinsat 59'minutes
  • 15Maguire-DrewSubstituted forHowellat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Justham
  • 7Howell
  • 10Guttridge
  • 12Hawkins
  • 32Staunton
Referee:
Martin Coy
Attendance:
3,237

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Dagenham and Redbridge 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Dagenham and Redbridge 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Sam Wedgbury replaces Drissa Traoré.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Daniel Wishart replaces Keanu Marsh-Brown.

Substitution

Substitution, Dagenham and Redbridge. Luke Howell replaces Jordan Maguire-Drew.

Substitution

Substitution, Dagenham and Redbridge. Oliver Hawkins replaces Paul Benson.

Substitution

Substitution, Dagenham and Redbridge. Luke Guttridge replaces Fejiri Okenabirhie.

Second Half

Second Half begins Forest Green Rovers 2, Dagenham and Redbridge 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Dagenham and Redbridge 0.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 2, Dagenham and Redbridge 0. Keanu Marsh-Brown (Forest Green Rovers).

Booking

Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 1, Dagenham and Redbridge 0. Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers).

Booking

Andre Boucaud (Dagenham and Redbridge) is shown the yellow card.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 7th May 2017

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City46309783404399
2Tranmere46298979394095
3Forest Green4625111088563286
4Dag & Red462661479532684
5Aldershot4623131066372982
6Dover462471585632279
7Barrow4620151172531975
8Gateshead4619131472512170
9Macclesfield46208186457768
10Bromley46188205966-762
11Boreham Wood461513184948158
12Sutton United461513186163-258
13Wrexham461513184761-1458
14Maidstone United461610205975-1658
15Eastleigh461415175663-757
16Solihull Moors461510216275-1355
17Torquay461411215461-753
18Woking461411216680-1453
19Chester461410226371-852
20Guiseley461312215067-1751
21York461117185570-1550
22Braintree46139245176-2548
23Southport46109275297-4539
24North Ferriby United46123313282-5039
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