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Barnet 2-1 Forest Green Rovers

A late Mark Byrne goal kept Barnet's hopes of reaching the Conference Premier play-offs alive with victory over Forest Green Rovers at The Hive.

On-loan Derby defender Valentin Gjokaj nodded home the opener for the Bees from Keanu Marsh-Brown's cross.

Rovers looked like they had rescued a point when James Norwood calmly slotted the ball past Graham Stack to level.

But Byrne moved the home side to within three points of the play-offs when he slid home Marsh-Brown's cross late on.

Forest Green Rovers manager Adrian Pennock told BBC Gloucestershire

"The first half was just unacceptable, obviously a lot of things were said at half time and I pointed a few things at individuals as well as collectively to the team. That was the worst we've played in a long time.

"If there's a 50-50 header they've got to put their head on it for the cause and the football club, and I didn't see that in the first half.

"When we scored, there was only one team in it, but to be fair looking at the bigger picture, the game is about 95 minutes not 45."



  • 29Stack
  • 41Gjokaj
  • 30Stephens
  • 3JohnsonSubstituted forAbdullahat 69'minutes
  • 20Vilhete
  • 5Harper
  • 7Marsh-Brown
  • 8ByrneBooked at 45mins
  • 2Yiadom
  • 9HydeSubstituted forSavilleat 87'minutes
  • 28NurseSubstituted forMuggletonat 69'minutes


  • 6Saville
  • 33Dymond
  • 14Abdullah
  • 42Muggleton
  • 10Crawford

Forest Green

  • 1Russell
  • 15Oshodi
  • 20Oliver
  • 22GreenBooked at 25mins
  • 2HodgkissSubstituted forWrightat 90+2'minutes
  • 5TurleySubstituted forBarryat 8'minutes
  • 4BanguraSubstituted forRodgersat 83'minutes
  • 30Jordan
  • 8Klukowski
  • 29Hughes
  • 7Norwood


  • 14Taylor
  • 23Barry
  • 9Wright
  • 26Rodgers
  • 21White
Darren England

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barnet 2, Forest Green Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barnet 2, Forest Green Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Ahmed Abdullah (Barnet).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, Barnet.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Daniel Wright replaces Jared Hodgkiss.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Jack Saville (Barnet) wins a free kick.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Andy Yiadom (Barnet) wins a free kick.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Mark Byrne (Barnet).

  12. Post update

    Jared Hodgkiss (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnet. Jack Saville replaces Jake Hyde.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yan Klukowski (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Luke Rodgers replaces Al Bangura.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jake Hyde (Barnet).

  18. Post update

    Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Barnet 2, Forest Green Rovers 1. Mark Byrne (Barnet) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Keanu Marsh-Brown with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mauro Vilhete (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.