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Forest Green Rovers 3-0 Chester

Lee Hughes scored twice to help Forest Green end Chester's five-game unbeaten run and inflict a first league defeat on new manager Steve Burr.

Chester went close early on, but Ross Killock could only fire at the keeper from five yards when he seized a ball deflected off the woodwork.

Hughes scored in each half, his first from James Norwood's reverse pass.

Norwood's angled shot made it 2-0 before Hughes converted a close-range effort thanks to work by Al Bangura.

In November, Forest Green had approached Burr to take charge following Dave Hockaday's sacking, but he opted to stay at Kidderminster only to be dismissed himself on January 7.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Forest Green Rovers manager Adrian Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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Post-match: Forest Green's Pennock

"I knew it was going to be a tricky game with the conditions but we pulled our sleeves up and battled, we played some good football and scored three very good goals.

"I was really pleased for Lee [Hughes] today because he scored two very special goals.

"We don't talk about the play-offs, we just take every game as it comes and we've got a tough game next week at Woking."

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 1Russell
  • 15Oshodi
  • 5Turley
  • 27Binnom-Williams
  • 2Hodgkiss
  • 23BarrySubstituted forGreenat 82'minutes
  • 4Bangura
  • 24Kelly
  • 7Norwood
  • 9WrightSubstituted forVieiraat 79'minutes
  • 29HughesSubstituted forWalkerat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 18Walker
  • 10Vieira
  • 12Asafu-Adjaye
  • 13Bulman
  • 22Green

Chester

  • 1Danby
  • 12TurnerBooked at 48mins
  • 27Killock
  • 4Horan
  • 25Miller
  • 8JarrettSubstituted forMahonat 63'minutes
  • 14McIntyre
  • 24Rooney
  • 34MenaghSubstituted forPeersat 80'minutes
  • 7Reed
  • 11LindfieldSubstituted forBondat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 21Mahon
  • 2Kay
  • 13Fearon
  • 16Bond
  • 23Peers
Referee:
Adam Hopkins
Attendance:
1,483

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamChester
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 3, Chester FC 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 3, Chester FC 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Chester FC. Jamie Reed tries a through ball, but Jamie Reed is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers).

  5. Post update

    Lewis Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Chester FC.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Magno Vieira (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Jason Walker replaces Lee Hughes.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Rooney (Chester FC) left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Lewis Turner with a cross.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Paul Green replaces Anthony Barry.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Chester FC. Tom Peers replaces Jamie Menagh.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Magno Vieira replaces Daniel Wright.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Lee Hughes tries a through ball, but Lee Hughes is caught offside.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Forest Green Rovers 3, Chester FC 0. Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Al Bangura.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot is too high.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Chester FC.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers).

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