National League
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Forest Green Rovers 0-2 Tranmere Rovers

James Norwood
Tranmere's James Norwood now has four goals this season

National League leaders Forest Green suffered their second defeat in as many games as they were beaten by Tranmere.

The visitors started brightly and took the lead when James Norwood found Gary Taylor-Fletcher, who slotted home.

Norwood then met Lois Maynard's cross and his header flew into the top corner to double the lead.

Elliott Frear saw an effort well saved and Charlie Clough's header was cleared off the line as the hosts tried to get back into it but Tranmere held on.

Forest Green's lead at the top of the National League is now just a solitary point after the defeat, while Tranmere climb into the top five.

Forest Green Rovers boss Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"We were not good enough, they were miles better than us all over the pitch from the first whistle to the last. They won all the battles, all the second balls and the whole game was poor on our point.

"We're bitterly disappointed. We'll be working harder in training all next week, as there's an FA Cup tie that we want to try to win.

"When you give people the freedom of the park, they are going to hurt you and that's exactly what they did."

Line-ups

Forest Green

Formation 4-3-3

  • 23Maxted
  • 2PipeSubstituted forCloughat 68'minutes
  • 6Bennett
  • 19SinclairSubstituted forSam-Yorkeat 57'minutes
  • 10Kelly
  • 16Racine
  • 8WedgburyBooked at 83mins
  • 24Carter
  • 11Frear
  • 9Marsh-BrownBooked at 41mins
  • 17Guthrie

Substitutes

  • 3Jennings
  • 4Clough
  • 15Sam-Yorke
  • 18Bender
  • 25Eve

Tranmere

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Davies
  • 16Hill
  • 15Riley
  • 8HarrisBooked at 35mins
  • 3RidehalghSubstituted forSuttonat 90+2'minutes
  • 5Hogan
  • 4Jennings
  • 11MaynardBooked at 48mins
  • 17Mekki
  • 10NorwoodSubstituted forJacksonat 90+3'minutes
  • 9Taylor-Fletcher

Substitutes

  • 2Sutton
  • 6Holness
  • 7Jackson
  • 13Turner
  • 19Margetts
Referee:
Robert Whitton
Attendance:
2,133

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home6
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Steven Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

  4. Post update

    Delano Sam-Yorke (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Marlon Jackson replaces James Norwood.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Ritchie Sutton replaces Liam Ridehalgh.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Lois Maynard (Tranmere Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high. Assisted by Kurtis Guthrie with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Aarran Racine (Forest Green Rovers).

  12. Post update

    Liam Hogan (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Adam Mekki (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Liam Ridehalgh with a cross.

  16. Booking

    Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers).

  18. Post update

    Jay Harris (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Delano Sam-Yorke (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Keanu Marsh-Brown (Forest Green Rovers).