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Altrincham 0-1 Forest Green Rovers

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:

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Day on Altrincham v Forest Green

"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

Match ends, Altrincham 0, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Full Time

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

Foul by James Lawrie (Altrincham).

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

Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

Jordan Sinnott (Altrincham) wins a free kick.

Foul by James Lawrie (Altrincham).

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

Booking

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

Foul by Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers).

James Lawrie (Altrincham) wins a free kick.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Substitution

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

Foul by Tom Marshall (Altrincham).

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

Foul by Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers).

James Lawrie (Altrincham) wins a free kick.

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

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Substitution

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

Foul by Shaun Densmore (Altrincham).

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

Attempt missed. Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Substitution

Substitution, Altrincham. Scott Leather replaces Josh O'Keefe.

Foul by Jake Moult (Altrincham).

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

Goal!

Goal! Altrincham 0, Forest Green Rovers 1. Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Elliott Frear with a cross.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Substitution

Substitution, Altrincham. George Bowerman replaces Damian Reeves.

Foul by Tom Marshall (Altrincham).

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

Attempt missed. Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rob Sinclair.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Attempt missed. Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Elliott Frear.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Corner, Altrincham.

Booking

Aarran Racine (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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