National League
Forest GreenForest Green Rovers2MacclesfieldMacclesfield Town1
Rovers defender Charlie Clough scores his first goal of the season to give his side victory over Macclesfield.
Rovers defender Charlie Clough hit his first goal of the season to give his side victory over Macclesfield.

Charlie Clough scored a last-gasp winner to give Forest Green Rovers victory over Macclesfield.

The visitors took the lead in the second half through Jack Sampson following an error from the home side.

But James Jennings pulled the hosts level eight minutes later when he latched onto Elliott Frear's free-kick.

Clough broke Macclesfield hearts in the third minute of added time when he found the net from close range to keep Rovers on top of the National League.

Forest Green boss Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"I thought we should have scored four or five in the first half from set-plays, but we just needed to be more ruthless in front of goal.

"Macclesfield are a good side hanging around the play-offs so it's a massive win for us and caps off a fantastic week.

"There's unbelievable togetherness here and it's showed with the way we're playing this year. Let's just hope it continues to the end.

"We've got a tough month ahead but let's enjoy these times because we've won six out of six in January - enjoy it while we can and look forward to February."

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 1Arnold
  • 6BennettBooked at 88mins
  • 4Clough
  • 19Sinclair
  • 3Jennings
  • 14Moore
  • 8Wedgbury
  • 11Frear
  • 9Marsh-BrownSubstituted forKellyat 75'minutes
  • 17GuthrieSubstituted forParkinat 90+1'minutes
  • 26WilliamsSubstituted forCarterat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Kelly
  • 18Cooper
  • 20Parkin
  • 24Carter
  • 27Jefford

Macclesfield

  • 13Jalal
  • 2Halls
  • 5Pilkington
  • 8LewisSubstituted forTurnbullat 23'minutes
  • 19Fitzpatrick
  • 4Byrne
  • 18WhiteheadSubstituted forDiagneat 54'minutesSubstituted forStycheat 55'minutes
  • 23Whitaker
  • 11Rowe
  • 9HolroydSubstituted forSutherlandat 85'minutes
  • 10Sampson

Substitutes

  • 1Branagan
  • 6Turnbull
  • 15Diagne
  • 25Styche
  • 26Sutherland
Referee:
John Busby
Attendance:
1,617

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamMacclesfield
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Macclesfield Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Macclesfield Town 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Forest Green Rovers 2, Macclesfield Town 1. Charlie Clough (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sam Wedgbury with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Charlie Clough (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Wedgbury with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Neill Byrne (Macclesfield Town).

  6. Post update

    Darren Carter (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Macclesfield Town. Reece Styche tries a through ball, but Reece Styche is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Foul by James Jennings (Forest Green Rovers).

  9. Post update

    Reece Styche (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Jon Parkin replaces Kurtis Guthrie.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Paul Turnbull (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Reece Styche (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  13. Booking

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers).

  15. Post update

    Jack Sampson (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Chris Sutherland replaces Chris Holroyd.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Darren Carter (Forest Green Rovers).

  18. Post update

    Neill Byrne (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Neill Byrne (Macclesfield Town).

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