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Woking 1-0 Forest Green Rovers

Woking beat Forest Green Rovers to close the gap on their fellow play-off chasers to four points.

Rovers are fifth in the Conference, the final play-off spot, but have played a game more than Eastleigh and Woking, six and seventh respectively.

The visitors went close when Dale Bennett's half-volley hit the crossbar.

But Rovers had their unbeaten 12 league game run ended when Scott Rendell scored a penalty after Yemi Odubade was fouled by Charlie Clough.

Woking midfielder John Goddard told BBC Surrey:

"It's a big three points for us, we've been on a good run lately and today was a vital game for our season and it's pulled us back in the mix as the results have gone for us today.

"We've got seven cup finals now until the end of the season to get into the play-offs and today was a big step forward. We deserved the win today, we can't argue with that and even at the end when they had a few chances we played very well.

"We've shown today when we play as a team, and we have glimpses of quality and we do what we're good at, we can beat anyone in this league. We need to go again on Tuesday and continue this good run of form."

Forest Green Rovers manager Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"First looking at (the penalty decision) I didn't think there was anything in it, but the referee's given it so you have to move on.

"We've had a very good run, that was the 13th game (since the last defeat), I'm not normally superstitious but I am today.

"The players have put themselves in this position, so they have to keep pushing on for the last six games."

Line-ups

Woking

  • 23ColeBooked at 83mins
  • 2Newton
  • 24Saah
  • 22GoddardSubstituted forBanyaat 88'minutes
  • 32Arthur
  • 21Jones
  • 11Betsy
  • 4RickettsSubstituted forNutterat 90+4'minutes
  • 8Murtagh
  • 9Rendell
  • 17OdubadeSubstituted forSoleat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Sole
  • 12Banya
  • 15Nutter
  • 28Stone
  • 31Little

Forest Green

  • 13Arnold
  • 6Bennett
  • 4Clough
  • 8WedgburySubstituted forBenderat 64'minutes
  • 10Kelly
  • 16Racine
  • 17GuthrieSubstituted forMarwoodat 64'minutes
  • 12Kamdjo
  • 18Frear
  • 9FleetwoodSubstituted forPipeat 82'minutes
  • 20Parkin

Substitutes

  • 1Russell
  • 2Pipe
  • 15Bender
  • 26Coles
  • 33Marwood
Referee:
Nick Kinseley
Attendance:
1,436

Match Stats

Home TeamWokingAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home10
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away9
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Woking 1, Forest Green Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Woking.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Arthur (Woking) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Woking. John Nutter replaces Mark Ricketts.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Woking. Giuseppe Sole tries a through ball, but Giuseppe Sole is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Charles Banya (Woking).

  9. Post update

    Charlie Clough (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Tom Bender (Forest Green Rovers).

  11. Post update

    Kevin Betsy (Woking) wins a free kick.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Woking. Charles Banya replaces John Goddard.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. John Goddard (Woking) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  14. Booking

    Jake Cole (Woking) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. David Pipe replaces Stuart Fleetwood.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Tom Bender (Forest Green Rovers).

  19. Post update

    Kevin Betsy (Woking) wins a free kick.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Goddard (Woking) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

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