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Torquay United 3-3 Forest Green Rovers

Kurtis Guthrie
Kurtis Guthrie joined Forest Green Rovers from Welling in May

Forest Green Rovers fought back from 3-1 down with 15 minutes left to earn a draw in a thrilling game against fellow Conference play-off chasers Torquay.

Ryan Bowman put the Gulls ahead with a looping header and Toby Ajala's close-range finish doubled the advantage.

Kurtis Guthrie replied with a precise header only for Ajala's strike to make it 3-1 after good work by Aaron Downes.

But a stunning James Norwood free-kick gave the visitors hope and Guthrie poked home the equaliser.

Both sides had chances to take all three points in a frantic finale but neither team could make the most of them.

Forest Green manager Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"We've given teams 2-0, 3-0 leads and that just can't happen. It's nice that we're scoring goals but we're just conceding a little bit (too often) now.

"(Kurtis Guthrie) has come in full-time, he's getting stronger and I thought he was a very good handful today.

"That's four points we've taken off Torquay this year, so I'm very pleased."

Line-ups

Torquay

  • 1Rice
  • 29BerryBooked at 37mins
  • 4Downes
  • 5Pearce
  • 3Cruise
  • 10Ajala
  • 8Young
  • 16Richards
  • 11CameronSubstituted forThompsonat 77'minutes
  • 9BowmanSubstituted forOfori-Acheampongat 53'minutes
  • 7BriscoeSubstituted forYeomanat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Yeoman
  • 15Thompson
  • 23Seabright
  • 24Ofori-Acheampong
  • 30Odofin

Forest Green

  • 1Russell
  • 6BennettBooked at 73mins
  • 26Coles
  • 15OshodiBooked at 44mins
  • 10Kelly
  • 7Norwood
  • 12Kamdjo
  • 19Sinclair
  • 18FrearSubstituted forJolleyat 66'minutes
  • 11Hughes
  • 17Guthrie

Substitutes

  • 2Pipe
  • 5Oliver
  • 20Parkin
  • 21White
  • 28Jolley
Referee:
Nick Kinseley
Attendance:
2,117

Match Stats

Home TeamTorquayAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home13
Away3

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Torquay United 3, Forest Green Rovers 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Torquay United 3, Forest Green Rovers 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Toby Ajala (Torquay United) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luke Young (Torquay United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Clovis Kamdjo (Forest Green Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Krystian Pearce (Torquay United) wins a free kick.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Torquay United. Ashley Yeoman replaces Louis Briscoe.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aaron Downes (Torquay United) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Young.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Torquay United.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Torquay United 3, Forest Green Rovers 3. Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Lee Hughes with a cross.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Torquay United. Niall Thompson replaces Courtney Cameron.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Young (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Torquay United 3, Forest Green Rovers 2. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Krystian Pearce (Torquay United).

  18. Post update

    Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  19. Booking

    Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers).

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