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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.

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Pennock on Forest Green v Dover

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

  • 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

  • 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

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

Full Time

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

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers).

Sean Raggett (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Foul by Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers).

Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Foul by Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers).

Aswad Thomas (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers).

Sean Raggett (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Foul by Nicky Deverdics (Dover Athletic).

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

Substitution

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

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

Foul by David Pipe (Forest Green Rovers).

Nicky Deverdics (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Foul by Darren Carter (Forest Green Rovers).

Jack Parkinson (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

Sean Raggett (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt missed. Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Hand ball by Aswad Thomas (Dover Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. David Pipe replaces Rob Sinclair.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Foul by Ricky Miller (Dover Athletic).

Aarran Racine (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

Sean Raggett (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Booking

Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 3, Dover Athletic 1. Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Elliott Frear.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Attempt missed. Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Charlie Clough replaces Darren Jones because of an injury.

Corner, Dover Athletic.

Attempt saved. Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

Booking

Darren Jones (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Darren Jones (Forest Green Rovers).

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