National League
AltrinchamAltrincham0Forest GreenForest Green Rovers1

Jon Parkin scored the only goal of the game as Forest Green Rovers began the National League season with a narrow victory at Altrincham.

The striker nodded in Elliott Frear's corner after 73 minutes to ensure last season's play-off semi-finalists took all three points.

Altrincham's best chance came when Josh O'Keefe put a first-half header wide from six yards.

Kurtis Guthrie missed the target for Rovers before Parkin's crucial strike.

Forest Green assistant manager Jamie Day told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"It's nice to start the season with a win.

"It's the first day, people's touches and passes probably still need a few weeks to get to where we want them to be.

"Ady Pennock wanted to get players that know each other really well, but it will chop and change - we've got a good squad of players."

Line-ups

Altrincham

  • 1Coburn
  • 2DensmoreBooked at 61mins
  • 3Griffin
  • 7Lawrie
  • 5Havern
  • 4Moult
  • 16Marshall
  • 14O'KeefeBooked at 39minsSubstituted forLeatherat 78'minutes
  • 9Rankine
  • 10ReevesSubstituted forBowermanat 70'minutes
  • 20Sinnott

Substitutes

  • 6Leather
  • 15Griffith
  • 17Deasy
  • 18Bowerman
  • 19Crowther

Forest Green

  • 1Maxted
  • 2Pipe
  • 6BennettBooked at 87mins
  • 18FrearSubstituted forMarsh-Brownat 85'minutes
  • 10Kelly
  • 16RacineBooked at 63mins
  • 8Wedgbury
  • 7O'ConnorSubstituted forSam-Yorkeat 80'minutes
  • 19Sinclair
  • 20Parkin
  • 17Guthrie

Substitutes

  • 3Jennings
  • 9Marsh-Brown
  • 12Kamdjo
  • 13White
  • 15Sam-Yorke
Referee:
Steven Rushton
Attendance:
975

Match Stats

Home TeamAltrinchamAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home5
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home15
Away15
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Altrincham 0, Forest Green Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by James Lawrie (Altrincham).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Jordan Sinnott (Altrincham) wins a free kick.

  7. Post update

    Foul by James Lawrie (Altrincham).

  8. Post update

    Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  9. Booking

    Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers).

  11. Post update

    James Lawrie (Altrincham) wins a free kick.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Keanu Marsh-Brown replaces Elliott Frear.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Tom Marshall (Altrincham).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers).

  17. Post update

    James Lawrie (Altrincham) wins a free kick.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Delano Sam-Yorke replaces Aaron O'Connor.