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Forest Green Rovers 2-2 Barnet

Forest Green started their debut season in the Football League by giving away a two-goal lead in their draw with Barnet.

Christian Doidge bagged a brace in the final four minutes of the first half but sloppy and hesitant play after the break allowed the visitors to bag a share of the spoils through Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Jamal Campbell-Ryce.

It had been a tight affair until a swirling corner from Charlie Cooper was nodded in from close range by Doidge in the 41st minute and Rovers doubled their lead within two minutes as Doidge lifted Liam Noble's long ball over advancing keeper James Stephens.

Barnet gradually imposed themselves after the break and when Doidge gave away the ball in his own half, Campbell-Ryce was released down the left and his shot looped up off Bradley Collins for Akpa-Akpro to bundle into the empty net.

Then, a slick exchange with Jack Taylor led to Campbell-Ryce striding forward and squeezing into Collins's bottom right corner from 20 yards with 63 minutes played.

Both sides became increasingly ragged in pursuit of a winner but clear cut chances were at a premium and Taylor picked up a second booking for a late challenge in added time.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 1Collins
  • 2Bennett
  • 5Collins
  • 6Monthe
  • 18EvansSubstituted forMarsh-Brownat 68'minutes
  • 3Laird
  • 4TraoréSubstituted forBugielat 78'minutes
  • 8Noble
  • 15Cooper
  • 10BrownSubstituted forMullingsat 60'minutes
  • 9Doidge

Substitutes

  • 7Marsh-Brown
  • 11Bugiel
  • 14Mullings
  • 16Fitzwater
  • 17Wishart
  • 23Russell
  • 33James

Barnet

  • 1Stephens
  • 16Taylor
  • 5Almeida Santos
  • 4CloughSubstituted forNelsonat 45'minutes
  • 3Johnson
  • 19ShomotunSubstituted forTutondaat 45'minutes
  • 12TaylorBooked at 90mins
  • 20Vilhete
  • 25Akpa-Akpro
  • 10Campbell-Ryce
  • 11CoulthirstSubstituted forAmaluzorat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Nelson
  • 13Tutonda
  • 14Akinola
  • 15Bover
  • 18Fonguck
  • 21Ross
  • 30Amaluzor
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
3,171

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamBarnet
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home5
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Barnet 2.

Full Time

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

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Jack Taylor (Barnet) for a bad foul.

Charlie Cooper (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Taylor (Barnet).

Emmanuel Monthe (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Barnet).

Attempt missed. Justin Amaluzor (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Justin Amaluzor replaces Shaquile Coulthirst.

Keanu Marsh-Brown (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mauro Vilhete (Barnet).

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Charlie Cooper.

Foul by Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers).

Mauro Vilhete (Barnet) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Emmanuel Monthe (Forest Green Rovers).

Shaquile Coulthirst (Barnet) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Emmanuel Monthe.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Omar Bugiel replaces Drissa Traoré.

Attempt missed. Shamir Mullings (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Scott Laird (Forest Green Rovers).

Ricardo Santos (Barnet) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Drissa Traoré (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Barnet).

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Keanu Marsh-Brown replaces Callum Evans.

Attempt blocked. Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 2, Barnet 2. Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Harry Taylor (Barnet) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Shamir Mullings replaces Reece Brown.

Emmanuel Monthe (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shaquile Coulthirst (Barnet).

Booking

Jack Taylor (Barnet) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lee Collins (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Taylor (Barnet).

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 2, Barnet 1. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Barnet) header from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Lee Collins.

Attempt missed. Jack Taylor (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Second Half

Second Half begins Forest Green Rovers 2, Barnet 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. David Tutonda replaces Fumnaya Shomotun.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Michael Nelson replaces Charlie Clough.

Half Time

First Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Barnet 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton11008263
2Coventry11003033
3Accrington11003123
4Grimsby11003123
5Port Vale11003123
6Morecambe11002113
7Swindon11002113
8Exeter11001013
9Newport10103301
10Stevenage10103301
11Barnet10102201
12Crewe10102201
13Forest Green10102201
14Lincoln City10102201
15Mansfield10102201
16Wycombe10102201
17Carlisle100112-10
18Cheltenham100112-10
19Cambridge100101-10
20Chesterfield100113-20
21Colchester100113-20
22Crawley100113-20
23Notts County100103-30
24Yeovil100128-60
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