National League
DartfordDartford0Forest GreenForest Green Rovers1

Dartford missed the opportunity to climb out of the Conference Premier relegation places after losing at home to Forest Green.

The hosts thought they had taken an early lead but Max Cornhill's strike was disallowed.

James Norwood's low shot almost put Rovers ahead but he was denied by Darts keeper Alan Julian.

Substitute Danny Wright won it for the visitors when he found the bottom corner with a left-footed strike.

Dartford remain in 22nd place after the result, one point from safety while Forest Green move up to 12th.

Dartford manager Tony Burman speaks to BBC Radio Kent:

"It's disappointing, but in fairness today we really needed to take the lead. If we'd taken the lead today, then there would have been a bit more adrenaline in the players. A lot of them were dead on their feet.

"it wasn't to be and I've got no complaints at their efforts, but it got scrappy in the second half and that happens.

"It was a very important result Thursday night to get three points, I don't think we played a lot better that night, but we got the breaks and got the goal - which counts."

"Tired legs was going to happen - there's nothing I can do about that. It is a small squad we've got and we have a couple of injuries too - it's been our bug bear all season, but I can't fault the way the players have played."

Forest Green Rovers manager Adrian Pennock speaks to BBC Gloucestershire:

"Sam Russell made a couple of good saves in the first half and kept us in it to be fair, but I thought we looked nice and bright.

"This is a difficult place for us to come to, and to win 1- 0 is great, I'm really pleased.

"I didn't want the season just to filter out. I don't care what game we play, be it tiddly-winks or football, I want to win."

Line-ups

Dartford

  • 1Julian
  • 14Mitchell-King
  • 38McAuley
  • 4Sterling
  • 31Stevenson
  • 6Cornhill
  • 8NobleSubstituted forWoodyardat 71'minutes
  • 19Swallow
  • 20Burns
  • 37SuarezSubstituted forCollierat 65'minutes
  • 11HarrisSubstituted forAkinwandeat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 32Eisa
  • 30Woodyard
  • 29Holloway
  • 26Akinwande
  • 15Collier

Forest Green

  • 1Russell
  • 6Bennett
  • 15Oshodi
  • 20Oliver
  • 22Green
  • 2Hodgkiss
  • 4Bangura
  • 30JordanSubstituted forWrightat 83'minutes
  • 8KlukowskiBooked at 21mins
  • 7Norwood
  • 14TaylorSubstituted forHughesat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 21White
  • 26Rodgers
  • 9Wright
  • 29Hughes
  • 23Barry
Referee:
Justin Amey
Attendance:
1,061

Match Stats

Home TeamDartfordAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dartford 0, Forest Green Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Alex Woodyard (Dartford).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Luke Oliver (Forest Green Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Femi Akinwande (Dartford) wins a free kick.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Dartford 0, Forest Green Rovers 1. Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Daniel Wright replaces Bradley Jordan.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Dartford. Femi Akinwande replaces Danny Harris.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Dartford.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Danny Harris (Dartford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Luke Oliver (Forest Green Rovers).

  13. Post update

    Danny Harris (Dartford) wins a free kick.

  14. Post update

    Hand ball by Yan Klukowski (Forest Green Rovers).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers).

  18. Post update

    Max Cornhill (Dartford) wins a free kick.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Lee Hughes replaces Matty Taylor.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Al Bangura (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.