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Forest Green Rovers 1-0 Dartford

James Norwood's strike earned managerless Forest Green victory over Dartford to end their run of five straight defeats.

Norwood headed home after only five minutes when he rose highest to meet Marcus Kelly's cross.

The Rovers striker then went close with an ambitious long-range volley which flew narrowly wide.

Dartford should have equalised but Max Cornhill stabbed Ryan Hayes' low cross wide of an open goal.

And the visitors were denied a leveller again when goalkeeper Sam Russell saved Hayes' shot with his feet.

Forest Green were led by academy manager Scott Bartlett, who will remain in charge at the New Lawn until a permanent successor to Dave Hockaday is found.


Forest Green Rovers caretaker boss Scott Bartlett told BBC Gloucestershire:

"My job is to steady the ship, look after training and to be here on a match day.

"The lads have worked really hard this week and I think you saw a spirited performance there.

"We sent a team out there that was going to work, give 100% and I think they've done that."

Dartford manager Tony Burman told BBC Radio Kent:

"I think we played alright. We worked hard in dreadful conditions and we deserved something from the game but it wasn't to be.

"In today's performance I can't fault the effort. We conceded in the first five minutes, which was disappointing, but we should have come in level, if not in the lead.

"I think we did enough to take something from the game. We didn't test the goalkeeper enough but our build-up play was excellent."


Forest Green

  • 1Russell
  • 22Green
  • 6Bennett
  • 3StokesSubstituted forHodgkissat 52'minutes
  • 12Asafu-Adjaye
  • 5Turley
  • 8Klukowski
  • 24Kelly
  • 4Bangura
  • 9Wright
  • 7Norwood


  • 19Styche
  • 10Vieira
  • 13Bulman
  • 17Brogan
  • 2Hodgkiss


  • 1Julian
  • 5ClarkBooked at 90mins
  • 19Fry
  • 14Mitchell-KingBooked at 83mins
  • 15CollierSubstituted forIbemereat 72'minutes
  • 20Burns
  • 30Woodyard
  • 6Cornhill
  • 21Godden
  • 7Hayes
  • 16BirchallSubstituted forHillat 90+1'minutes


  • 11Harris
  • 22Forecast
  • 27Monger
  • 18Ibemere
  • 2Hill
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Dartford 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Dartford 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Burns (Dartford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Dartford.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Paul Green (Forest Green Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Josh Hill (Dartford) wins a free kick.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Dartford.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Dartford. Josh Hill replaces Adam Birchall.

  9. Booking

    Kenny Clark (Dartford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Kenny Clark (Dartford).

  11. Post update

    James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Paul Green (Forest Green Rovers).

  13. Post update

    Lee Burns (Dartford) wins a free kick.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yan Klukowski (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marcus Kelly with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Foul by James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers).

  16. Post update

    Lee Burns (Dartford) wins a free kick.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Mathew Mitchell-King (Dartford).

  18. Post update

    Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  19. Booking

    Mathew Mitchell-King (Dartford) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Max Cornhill (Dartford) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Alex Woodyard with a cross.

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