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Summary

  1. FT: Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green
  2. Forest Green promoted to Football League for first time
  3. Kaiyne Woolery with a brace of first-half goals for Forest Green
  4. Connor Jennings had struck eye-catching equaliser for Tranmere
  5. Christian Doidge fired Forest Green back ahead

Live Reporting

By Phil Shepka

All times stated are UK

Goodbye

FT: Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

Forest Green
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Well there you have it. Nineteen years in the top flight of English football's non-league are over for Forest Green.

Kaiyne Woolery's brace and Christian Doidge's superb strike were enough to give the Gloucestershire side a Football League place next season.

For Tranmere their exile outside the Football League continues, but I'm sure they will have a day like Forest Green are having soon enough.

If you want to relive the full match, read Tom Garry's match report from Wembley here. But from us, it's goodbye and congrats to Forest Green.

FT: Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

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Kaiyne Woolery on BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"It's a moment I'll never forget. I'm so pleased we won.

"It's absolutely tremendous. To score two goals at Wembley as well is quite unbelievable.

"We had to work really hard in the second half but it's a huge achievement for this club and we stuck to the plan and believed in ourselves."

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Forest Green Rovers manager Mark Cooper on BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"What a brilliant performance, what an occasion.

"The players deserve it so much for how well they've played."

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Bob Hunt

BBC Radio Gloucestershire

"Cheltenham, Swindon, Newport - You're going to eat hummus at the New Lawn next season as Forest Green Rovers have been promoted to the Football League."

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Tom Garry

BBC Sport at Wembley

Nailsworth has an EFL club. Nailsworth!

The Gloucestershire men go wild in the corner. What a moment for them, after 19 years in the National League.

They're up via the play-offs at their third attempt. And they're over the moon.

Tranmere's fans have been singing "Tranmere til I die." They'll be back soon, surely.

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Forest Green goalscorer Kaiyne Woolery told BT Sport: "This group has great togetherness, great team spirit. We had a chance to win the league but threw it away, and have come back.

"To lose (the promotion final) two times in a row was never going to happen and I'm glad we got over the line finally."

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Last season Forest Green were losing finalists. This year they celebrate as winners.

The longest-serving side in the National League have been promoted to the fFootball League for the first time in their history.

Nailsworth will be the smallest population ever to host a Football League club.

Forest Green promoted to the Football League

FT: Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

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Corner cleared and the referee blows his whistle. Full-time.

Delight for Forest Green. Despair for Tranmere.

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

Still no whistle and Tranmere have a corner...

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

Another ball is curled into the Forest Green box, but again Sam Russell is on hand to grab hold of it.

He's excelled in the Forest Green goal today.

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

Forest Green are nearly there. Daniel Wishart wins a free-kick on the edge of his own area to ease the pressure on the Gloucestershire side.

Their Football League wait is nearly over.

YELLOW CARD

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

Forest Green captain Liam Noble is not endearing himself to Tranmere, and gets a yellow card for getting in the way of another drop ball.

The ball is then pumped forward by Tranmere, but left-back Liam Ridehalgh fires a volley well over.

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

Charlie Cooper is not best pleased as he is accidentally trodden on by a Tranmere player, causing others to rush in to their team-mates aid.

Then from the resulting drop ball, Tranmere are not happy with Liam Noble's decision to kick the ball out of play rather than kick it back to the keeper. Jeff Hughes knocks over Noble, but it's all rather silly.

We're into five added minutes.

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

Jack Dunn has caused problems this afternoon, but not there. He turned his defender and got it on his right foot, but fired well wide of the mark.

Andy Cook, in the middle, is furious with his Tranmere team-mate.

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

Tranmere win a free-kick in a good position on the right, but Adam Buxton's ball into the area doesn't beat the first man and Tranmere midfielder Jeff Hughes' touch is poor and he gives away a foul.

It's just eeking away from Rovers now, and their fans are quiet.

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

Tranmere finished above Forest Green in the table, on a club record 95 points, but Micky Mellon's side just cannot find a way through Mark Cooper's men.

Forest Green owner Dale Vince said their eventual promotion to the Football League was inevitable. Is today the day that happens?

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

Weak calls for a penalty by Tranmere as Andy Cook goes down when going up for the ball in the air with Mark Ellis but the ref really isn't interested.

Tranmere need to ramp this up now. Forest Green will be rather happy with this at the moment.

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SUBSTITUTION

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

Forest Green make another change as they bring off Drissa Traore for some fresh legs in Sam Wedgbury. He'll probably sit just in front of the defence.

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

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There are 18,801 fans in attendance at Wembley today, the vast majority of which are Tranmere fans.

They have just seen their man Jeff Hughes have a try at goal from a tight angle, but Sam Russell is equal to it.

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

Tranmere are throwing bodies forward but it's leaving them slightly exposed at the back.

When Forest Green clear, Kaiyne Woolery is set through one-on-one against Steve McNulty, but the cult hero Tranmere defender holds firm against the forward.

Woolery then goes down with cramp. Not exactly endearing himself to Tranmere fans there...

Buxton and Woolery
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The story of Tranmere's day - they win a free-kick but hit it long above everyone.

Meanwhile, Forest Green goalscorer Christian Doidge is replaced by Shamir Mullings.

Here's a look at Doidge's goal once more...

Doidge goal
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YELLOW CARD

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Forest Green are taking their time with things, as you'd expect, but defender Dale Bennett goes into the book for time wasting at a throw in.

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

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Forest Green are sitting back and seemingly inviting pressure at the moment, but Tranmere can't take advantage as Lois Maynard chips forward to James Norwood, but his first touch is heavy and goes into the hands of the keeper.

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

Tranmere midfielder Jeff Hughes has a pop of his own this time, but from around 30 yards out strikes wide of the mark.

Time is slowly running out for Tranmere...

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

Tom Garry

BBC Sport at Wembley

It's been all Tranmere, but they surely needed to score in their dominant spell at the start of this half.

The longer Forest Green's two-goal lead remains intact, the more the hope will slowly start to dry up in the noisy Tranmere end.

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

That could have been a hat-trick for Kaiyne Woolery, but Adam Buxton managed to get back to tackle the Forest Green man, after he had got in behind from a long ball.

This game is being played at a silly pace.

YELLOW CARD

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

Forest Green midfielder Charlie Cooper is the next man that goes into the book, after lunging in late on Adam Buxton.

Jack Dunn's delivery from the resulting free-kick is straight into the hands of the keeper.

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

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Tranmere have been pretty dominant in this second half so far. Forest Green boss Mark Cooper will be hoping a change to a less attacking side will pay dividends.

But winger Keanu Marsh-Brown didn't look terribly happy to be coming off...

YELLOW CARD

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

First yellow card of the game goes to Tranmere right-back Adam Buxton, for an obvious foul. Liam Noble has a free-kick in a dangerous position once more, but his short pass into Christian Doidge is cut out.

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

Daniel Wishart makes an instant impact as he breaks forward through three Tranmere defenders, before laying off Liam Noble, whose strike on the edge of the area is just wide of the post.

SUBSTITUTION

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

Tranmere want to turn the screw here. Micky Mellon brings on top scorer Andy Cook for goalscorer Connor Jennings to go more attacking.

Meanwhile, Forest Green want to go more defensive, bringing off Keanu Marsh-Brown for Daniel Wishart.

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

Jack Dunn has looked really lively since coming on for Tranmere, and his cross is just headed wide by Cole Stockton.

Tranmere are knocking on the door.

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

A bit of a break in play now as Forest Green defender Dale Bennett is down receiving treatment. Time to catch our breath from a match which has been played at 100mph.

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

Jack Dunn comes so close to a Tranmere equaliser and it would have been another worldie. He takes aim from around 35 yards out, but it is deflected just wide, with the goalkeeper rooted to his spot.

That would have fit in well with the other goals in this game.

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Oh my goodness - that was a ridiculous passage of play.

The ball is passed back to Forest Green goalkeeper Sam Russell under pressure, who does well with his feet to take it around one Tranmere forward, tries to do another but loses the ball, however Cole Stockton loops the ball over the bar.

Russell put himself under pressure for no reason there. He should have just belted it clear.

SUBSTITUTION

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

First change of the afternoon for Tranmere and it's former Forest Green man Andy Mangan who is coming off for Jack Dunn.

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

Cole Stockton is not a happy bunny.

He tries to get on the end of a ball forward but bundles over Forest Green defender Emmaunel Monthe, but Stockton harrangs the referee for giving a free-kick.

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

Tranmere win a corner, which is curled in by Jeff Hughes towards Cole Stockton.

Stockton heads down towards goal, but keeper Sam Russell is equal to it, and Andy Mangan can't connect with the rebound.

Let off for Forest Green.

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

Confidence is clearly high in the Forest Green team. Emmanuel Monthe strides forward out of defence and tries a rather speculative effort at goal.

It trickles wide of the mark.

Tranmere 1-3 Forest Green

Forest Green get us back under way. Is it 45 minutes until they are a Football League club?