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Dartford 1-2 Forest Green Rovers

Lee Hughes' fourth goal of the season gave Forest Green Rovers victory over struggling Dartford.

The Darts were denied twice by the woodwork in a goalless first half before Marcus Kelly opened the scoring for the visitors.

Kelly's strike from the edge of the box was added to when Sam Wedgbury's shot deflected past home keeper Jason Brown off Hughes 13 minutes later.

Max Cornhill pulled one back for the hosts in added time.

The win moved Forest Green into the Conference top 10 while Dartford drop into the bottom six.

Forest Green Rovers boss Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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Pennock on Dartford v Forest Green

"I thought the first half was the worst we've been, so I told them at half-time that wasn't acceptable. If it wasn't for Sam (Russell) I think we would have been two or three down. We were awful.

"We've played better and lost, even at Eastleigh we played better than that and drew, but I'll take the three points all day long.

"Lee Hughes looked really bright when he came on. He looked back like he was last year and he livened us up a little bit.

"We played the game out well and maybe could have had a couple more, but I was pleased with the second half."

Line-ups

Dartford

  • 1Brown
  • 4McAuleyBooked at 38mins
  • 14Mitchell-King
  • 20Burns
  • 9DaleySubstituted forCornhillat 78'minutes
  • 16Sweeney
  • 5Bradbrook
  • 15CollierBooked at 61mins
  • 7Hayes
  • 23BradbrookBooked at 45minsSubstituted forHarrisat 72'minutes
  • 17Crawford

Substitutes

  • 3Green
  • 6Cornhill
  • 11Harris
  • 21Ibrahim
  • 24Anidugbe

Forest Green

  • 1Russell
  • 26ColesBooked at 5mins
  • 5Oliver
  • 12Kamdjo
  • 3Stokes
  • 10Kelly
  • 19SinclairSubstituted forHughesat 59'minutes
  • 2Pipe
  • 8Wedgbury
  • 7NorwoodBooked at 90mins
  • 20Parkin

Substitutes

  • 6Bennett
  • 11Hughes
  • 15Oshodi
  • 17Guthrie
  • 18Frear
Referee:
Colin Lymer

Match Stats

Home TeamDartfordAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home7
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Dartford 1, Forest Green Rovers 2.

Full Time

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

Goal!

Goal! Dartford 1, Forest Green Rovers 2. Max Cornhill (Dartford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Foul by Clovis Kamdjo (Forest Green Rovers).

Danny Harris (Dartford) wins a free kick.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Booking

James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt saved. Ryan Hayes (Dartford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

Foul by Luke Oliver (Forest Green Rovers).

Danny Harris (Dartford) wins a free kick.

Foul by James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers).

Elliot Bradbrook (Dartford) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Max Cornhill (Dartford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

Attempt missed. Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers).

Ryan Hayes (Dartford) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Hayes (Dartford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Dartford. Max Cornhill replaces Luke Daley.

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

Foul by Danny Harris (Dartford).

David Pipe (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Dartford. Danny Harris replaces Tom Bradbrook.

Goal!

Goal! Dartford 0, Forest Green Rovers 2. Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Offside, Dartford. Ryan Hayes tries a through ball, but Ryan Hayes is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Peter Sweeney (Dartford) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

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

Offside, Dartford. Harry Crawford tries a through ball, but Harry Crawford is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Attempt saved. Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Booking

Nathan Collier (Dartford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nathan Collier (Dartford).

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

Attempt saved. Harry Crawford (Dartford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Lee Hughes replaces Rob Sinclair.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Goal!

Goal! Dartford 0, Forest Green Rovers 1. Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers).

Lee Burns (Dartford) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Rob Sinclair (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

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