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Forest Green Rovers 3-1 Macclesfield Town

Forest Green moved above play-off rivals Macclesfield into fourth in the Conference with a vital win.

A lively opening saw Aarran Racine's bullet header give Rovers the lead before veteran striker Jon Parkin produced a stunning finish from the halfway line to lob Rhys Taylor.

Lee Bell blasted home from 25 yards to get the Silkmen back into the game.

Rovers made sure of all three points when Dale Bennett's cross evaded everyone and crept into the far corner.

Both sides remain in the play-off places, but sixth-placed Eastleigh have a game in hand and will push Macclesfield out of the top five with a win.

Forest Green Rovers manager Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"We knew at half time it was going to be difficult with the wind against us, but I'm very proud of them.

"(Jon Parkin's goal) would grace any football pitch up and down the land. Kurtis (Guthrie) and him are stoking up a very good partnership.

"We're scoring a lot of goals and long may that continue.

"There's no breathing space at all. If we had the three points that we were deducted at the start of the season then we'd have breathing space."

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 13Arnold
  • 10Kelly
  • 16Racine
  • 19Sinclair
  • 6Bennett
  • 4Clough
  • 18Frear
  • 2Pipe
  • 9FleetwoodSubstituted forMarwoodat 90+2'minutes
  • 20Parkin
  • 17Guthrie

Substitutes

  • 1Russell
  • 12Kamdjo
  • 15Bender
  • 26Coles
  • 33Marwood

Macclesfield

  • 1Taylor
  • 3Barrow
  • 4Audel
  • 18BellBooked at 66mins
  • 28Grant
  • 12CowanSubstituted forPhenixat 87'minutes
  • 6TurnbullBooked at 70mins
  • 23WhitakerBooked at 82mins
  • 9Holroyd
  • 36SampsonSubstituted forRoweat 75'minutes
  • 29Barnes-Homer

Substitutes

  • 11Moke
  • 15Haining
  • 20Branagan
  • 27Phenix
  • 34Rowe
Referee:
Darren England

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamMacclesfield
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away11
Fouls
Home5
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 3, Macclesfield Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 3, Macclesfield Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Michael Phenix (Macclesfield Town).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. James Marwood replaces Stuart Fleetwood.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Michael Phenix replaces Dan Cowan.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Macclesfield Town.

  9. Booking

    Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town).

  11. Post update

    Aarran Racine (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Macclesfield Town.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town).

  14. Post update

    Rob Sinclair (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Danny M. Rowe (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Macclesfield Town.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Macclesfield Town.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Macclesfield Town.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers).

  20. Post update

    Alex Grant (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

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