National League - 2nd Leg
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Bristol Rovers 2-0 Forest Green Rovers (3-0 agg)

Chris Lines
Chris Lines' opening goal helped Bristol Rovers to Wembley

Bristol Rovers beat Forest Green to secure a 3-0 aggregate victory and book their spot in the Conference promotion final at Wembley later this month.

Already ahead thanks to Matty Taylor's goal in the first leg, Rovers booked a tie with Grimsby on 17 May.

Chris Lines fired the home side in front before half-time, converting Taylor's low cross.

Forest Green pressed after the break but Taylor's smart finish in the closing stages put the tie to bed.

Bristol Rovers, who finished second in the Conference table, one point behind champions Barnet, are now 90 minutes away from an immediate return to the Football League.

Having come down from League Two on the final day of last season, they will hope to become the first team in 10 years to bounce straight back up after relegation.

Forest Green, meanwhile, were competing in the Conference play-offs for the first time having recorded their best-ever finish of fifth, but the Pirates' class told over the two matches.

Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Clarke on Bristol Rovers v Forest Green

"I'm proud of my lads, over the two legs I thought we were the better team.

"Ady's done a fantastic job at Forest Green, so I'm really pleased to be through.

"But I must stress that we're going to Wembley to try and do the business, try and get promotion out of the league, so there won't be too many pats on the back. We'll enjoy it for the next couple of days but after that it's back to business.

"The final's going to be a tough game, but you've got to be in it to win it. We're not going there for a day out and we'll be giving it everything."

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Pennock on Bristol Rovers v FGR

Forest Green boss Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"Fantastic season - I don't want anybody to be disappointed at all.

"The two games they (Bristol Rovers) deserved it, end of, but we've had a fantastic season and I think everybody should be very proud of what they've done.

"I just thought they were the better team, both games, so you've got to put your hand up and give them the credit they deserve.

"We've got to take on board what we've done this year and look forward to next year - we'll get there, we've had a really good season and we'll take it on the chin and move on."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 25Puddy
  • 4Lockyer
  • 5McChrystal
  • 7MansellBooked at 57minsSubstituted forO Clarkeat 86'minutes
  • 3Brown
  • 6Parkes
  • 11Gosling
  • 14Lines
  • 23Monkhouse
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forBalantaat 90'minutes
  • 27Blissett

Substitutes

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 8O Clarke
  • 20Lucas
  • 29Balanta

Forest Green

  • 13Arnold
  • 6BennettSubstituted forWedgburyat 27'minutes
  • 26ColesSubstituted forCloughat 70'minutes
  • 2Pipe
  • 14Jennings
  • 16Racine
  • 33MarwoodBooked at 45mins
  • 19Sinclair
  • 18FrearSubstituted forNorwoodat 63'minutes
  • 17Guthrie
  • 20Parkin

Substitutes

  • 1Russell
  • 4Clough
  • 7Norwood
  • 8Wedgbury
  • 12Kamdjo
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
10,563

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away4
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home12
Away12
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Forest Green Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Forest Green Rovers 0.

Attempt missed. Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Jake Gosling (Bristol Rovers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Angelo Balanta replaces Matty Taylor.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Forest Green Rovers 0. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Brown with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ollie Clarke replaces Lee Mansell.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Attempt saved. Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Attempt saved. Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Foul by Rob Sinclair (Forest Green Rovers).

Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers).

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

Attempt missed. Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Charlie Clough (Forest Green Rovers).

Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt blocked. James Jennings (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Attempt blocked. Rob Sinclair (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Charlie Clough replaces Daniel Coles.

Foul by Aarran Racine (Forest Green Rovers).

Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Matty Taylor tries a through ball, but Matty Taylor is caught offside.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Attempt saved. Jake Gosling (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Substitution

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

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

David Pipe (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Matty Taylor tries a through ball, but Matty Taylor is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

Foul by Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers).

Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left.

Foul by James Marwood (Forest Green Rovers).

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