National League
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Gateshead 2-4 Forest Green Rovers

Play-off chasing Forest Green recorded a comfortable win at Gateshead.

Kevin Sainte-Luce gave the hosts the lead from close range before veteran Jon Parkin scored from 12 yards after Charlie Clough was fouled in the area.

Kurtis Guthrie slammed home to give the visitors the lead and Rob Sinclair made it 3-1 after neat build-up.

Parkin poked home his 25th of the season before Jon Shaw scored for the hosts from the penalty spot in injury time after Tom Allan was fouled.

Forest Green need to match or better the result of Macclesfield next week to confirm their place in the play-offs. Rovers host Dover on the final day, while the Silkmen travel to Torquay.

The Heed, who can finish no higher than eighth, visit league leaders Barnet.

Forest Green manager Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"We scored four fantastic goals, and I thought we really dug in when we had to. It was a strong performance today.

"We had to win to get three points, it didn't matter how we played, it was just all about the three points.

"He (Steve Arnold) was brilliant, he had some fantastic saves, in crucial times as well. And he nearly got a hand on the penalty.

"I take my hat off to the fans, they were brilliant. It's a long way to travel and I'm really chuffed that we got the three points for them."

Line-ups

Gateshead

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Bartlett
  • 16Baxter
  • 5Curtis
  • 26GjokajSubstituted forFinniganat 59'minutes
  • 25PattisonSubstituted forAllanat 65'minutes
  • 9Shaw
  • 12Ramshaw
  • 4Chandler
  • 27Sainte-Luce
  • 19RankineBooked at 37mins
  • 23RodmanSubstituted forOrrellat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Wilson
  • 11Finnigan
  • 15Allan
  • 29Orrell
  • 32Dixon

Forest Green

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Arnold
  • 6Bennett
  • 4Clough
  • 2Pipe
  • 15Bender
  • 16RacineBooked at 37mins
  • 9Fleetwood
  • 19SinclairSubstituted forWedgburyat 84'minutes
  • 18FrearSubstituted forMarwoodat 84'minutes
  • 20ParkinBooked at 40mins
  • 17GuthrieSubstituted forKamdjoat 90+4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Russell
  • 8Wedgbury
  • 12Kamdjo
  • 26Coles
  • 33Marwood
Referee:
Simon Bennett
Attendance:
1,203

Match Stats

Home TeamGatesheadAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home8
Away8
Corners
Home11
Away11
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Gateshead 2, Forest Green Rovers 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Gateshead 2, Forest Green Rovers 4.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Gateshead 2, Forest Green Rovers 4. Jon Shaw (Gateshead) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Clovis Kamdjo replaces Kurtis Guthrie.

  5. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Charlie Clough (Forest Green Rovers) after a foul in the penalty area.

  6. Post update

    Penalty Gateshead. Tom Allan draws a foul in the penalty area.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jake Orrell (Gateshead) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Gateshead. Michael Rankine tries a through ball, but Michael Rankine is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Allan (Gateshead) header from the right side of the box is saved. Assisted by Jamie Chandler.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Gateshead.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Michael Rankine (Gateshead) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Gateshead.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Sam Wedgbury replaces Rob Sinclair.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. James Marwood replaces Elliott Frear.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Gateshead 1, Forest Green Rovers 4. Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Elliott Frear with a cross.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Carl Finnigan (Gateshead).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kevin Sainte-Luce (Gateshead) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Gateshead.