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Forest Green Rovers 3-0 AFC Telford United

Forest Green Rovers cemented their Conference play-off place by taking all three points against bottom club AFC Telford United.

Rovers broke the deadlock when Elliott Frear laid the ball on to Jon Parkin, who coolly poked the ball home.

The lead was doubled when Rob Sinclair's cross was met by the head of the onrushing Charlie Clough.

Telford's misery was compounded when Frear netted from James Norwood's cross to extend their unbeaten run.

Forest Green have not lost in nine games, while Telford, who saw Tony Gray squander their best chance, lie 10 points from safety at the foot of the Conference table.

Forest Green boss Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"They're fighting for their lives, they were very game and they were tough to crack, but I do think we're a very fit team and that really showed.

"Jon Parkin's in a rich vein of form at the moment. He's playing really well, and his overall performance again was fantastic.

"He's got the bit between his teeth and is hungry to do well for this football club."

AFC Telford United manager Steve Kittrick told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"I've said to the players that once again poor defending has cost us. If you put in a unprofessional performance like how we have done, making mistakes, you will always get beat.

"We've played too deep and failed to clear the ball a number of times and, unless people start taking responsibility, it will always end up with the way we have got beaten.

"When we came here we were 15 points adrift but the players sat in that dressing room need to start looking at themselves, as the performance was not good enough - some people seem to have given up."

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 13Arnold
  • 6BennettSubstituted forPipeat 90+2'minutes
  • 16Racine
  • 4Clough
  • 10Kelly
  • 7Norwood
  • 19Sinclair
  • 8Wedgbury
  • 18Frear
  • 20ParkinSubstituted forGuthrieat 90+2'minutes
  • 33MarwoodSubstituted forFleetwoodat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Russell
  • 2Pipe
  • 9Fleetwood
  • 12Kamdjo
  • 17Guthrie

Telford

  • 25Hall
  • 3McLaughlin
  • 4ByrneBooked at 69mins
  • 27Sharps
  • 26Matthews
  • 24VentreBooked at 81mins
  • 20PokuSubstituted forClancyat 76'minutes
  • 6Grogan
  • 10GraySubstituted forFarrellat 46'minutes
  • 29Dyer
  • 18Smith

Substitutes

  • 9Farrell
  • 11Clancy
  • 16McDonald
  • 23Disney
  • 28Preston
Referee:
Jeff Muschik

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamTelford
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home17
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 3, AFC Telford United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 3, AFC Telford United 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. David Pipe replaces Dale Bennett.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Kurtis Guthrie replaces Jon Parkin.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Forest Green Rovers 3, AFC Telford United 0. Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by James Norwood.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ben McLaughlin (AFC Telford United).

  7. Post update

    Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Forest Green Rovers 2, AFC Telford United 0. Charlie Clough (Forest Green Rovers) from a free kick with a header to the bottom right corner.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Glenn Matthews (AFC Telford United).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Booking

    Danny Ventre (AFC Telford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Danny Ventre (AFC Telford United).

  14. Post update

    Stuart Fleetwood (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Fleetwood (Forest Green Rovers).

  16. Post update

    Danny Ventre (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross Dyer (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, AFC Telford United. Sean Clancy replaces Godfrey Poku.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box.