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Forest Green Rovers 3-1 Dover Athletic

Elliott Frear
Elliott Frear put over the corner which led to Forest Green's clinching goal

Forest Green came from behind at a blustery New Lawn to inflict a third successive defeat on Dover Athletic.

The visitors went ahead when Nick Deverdics drove home after Stefan Payne tapped a free-kick to him.

James Jennings levelled by turning in a corner and Darren Carter cut in soon after to fire Forest Green in front.

The third came when Andy Rafferty failed to keep out Elliott Frear's wind-assisted corner and both sides hit the woodwork in a frantic finish.

The victory kept Forest Green just one point behind Cheltenham at the top of the table, while Dover slipped three places to sixth.

Forest Green boss Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"We managed the first half very well. We knew what the conditions were going to be like in the second half because we'd checked the weather forecast.

"Collectively, as a group it's been an absolutely fantastic week for this football club.

"We've come a long way today and the conditions were terrible.

"It's about attitude, we've shown we can do both. We can play football and work hard and roll up our sleeves."

Line-ups

Forest Green

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Arnold
  • 19SinclairSubstituted forPipeat 76'minutes
  • 3Jennings
  • 5JonesBooked at 61minsSubstituted forCloughat 67'minutes
  • 24Carter
  • 17Guthrie
  • 11Frear
  • 8Wedgbury
  • 6Bennett
  • 20ParkinBooked at 72minsSubstituted forO'Connorat 84'minutes
  • 16Racine

Substitutes

  • 2Pipe
  • 4Clough
  • 7O'Connor
  • 9Marsh-Brown
  • 23Maxted

Dover

Formation 4-3-3

  • 30Rafferty
  • 15Grimes
  • 5Raggett
  • 18ParkinsonBooked at 19mins
  • 2Magri
  • 16Sterling
  • 7Modeste
  • 17Deverdics
  • 21Thomas
  • 23Payne
  • 9Miller

Substitutes

  • 4Kinnear
  • 10Murphy
  • 11Diallo
  • 12Ajala
  • 14Ofori-Acheampong
Referee:
Simon Bennett
Attendance:
1,661

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamDover
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 3, Dover Athletic 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 3, Dover Athletic 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers).

  5. Post update

    Sean Raggett (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers).

  7. Post update

    Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers).

  9. Post update

    Aswad Thomas (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers).

  11. Post update

    Sean Raggett (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Deverdics (Dover Athletic).

  13. Post update

    Aaron O'Connor (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Aaron O'Connor replaces Jon Parkin.

  15. Post update

    Aswad Thomas (Dover Athletic) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box.

  16. Post update

    Foul by David Pipe (Forest Green Rovers).

  17. Post update

    Nicky Deverdics (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Darren Carter (Forest Green Rovers).

  19. Post update

    Jack Parkinson (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

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