National League
Forest GreenForest Green Rovers0WellingWelling United0

Welling goalkeeper Lee Butcher made a crucial late save to deny play-off hopefuls Forest Green Rovers victory.

Toby Ajala forced home keeper Sam Russell into the first save of the game, before Lee Hughes and James Norwood both threatened for Rovers.

Matt Taylor curled an effort over the bar and another wide as the hosts pushed for an opener after half-time.

Butcher ensured Welling escaped with a draw, denying Luke Rodgers from close range late on.

The draw leaves Forest Green two points and four places outside the play-off spots.

Forest Green Rovers manager Adrian Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"It was a good point. I thought we were the better team over the 90 minutes, with half chances here and there, but I thought conditions weren't great with the wind.

"I think everyone should be happy because they've played a lot of games recently and I'm very pleased with them all.

"I'm being very positive, there's a clean sheet, and obviously over the 90 minutes, we could and should have scored but we didn't, so we move on."

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 1Russell
  • 6Bennett
  • 3Stokes
  • 15OshodiBooked at 90mins
  • 5Turley
  • 22Green
  • 24KellySubstituted forHodgkissat 23'minutes
  • 23Barry
  • 14TaylorSubstituted forWrightat 76'minutes
  • 7Norwood
  • 29HughesSubstituted forRodgersat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Bangura
  • 21White
  • 9Wright
  • 26Rodgers
  • 2Hodgkiss

Welling

  • 18Butcher
  • 36Mawson
  • 38Taylor
  • 23Williams
  • 33Healy
  • 37AjalaSubstituted forClarkeat 72'minutes
  • 2Fazackerley
  • 21BeautymanSubstituted forKaragiannisat 79'minutes
  • 34CornickSubstituted forGallagherat 72'minutes
  • 35Sho-Silva
  • 32Wakefield

Substitutes

  • 4Gallagher
  • 27Day
  • 8Clarke
  • 13Turner
  • 5Karagiannis
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
1,338

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamWelling
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home9
Away5
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Welling United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Welling United 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Welling United.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tobi Sho-Silva (Welling United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Forest Green Rovers. James Norwood tries a through ball, but James Norwood is caught offside.

  6. Booking

    Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Basile Karagiannis (Welling United) wins a free kick.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Stokes (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Luke Rodgers (Forest Green Rovers).

  11. Post update

    Loui Fazackerley (Welling United) wins a free kick.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luke Rodgers (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved. Assisted by Paul Green with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Barry with a cross.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers).

  19. Post update

    Hand ball by Joe Healy (Welling United).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Welling United. Basile Karagiannis replaces Harry Beautyman.

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