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Dover Athletic 0-1 Forest Green Rovers

Brett Williams in action for Forest Green Rovers
Brett Williams has scored four goals in 22 National League appearances since joining Forest Green from Stevenage in November 2015

Forest Green beat Dover to end a seven-game winless run, four days before the two sides meet again in the National League play-off semi-finals.

Their win came three days after sacking boss Ady Pennock - a move that chairman Dale Vince said would give Rovers the "best" chance of going up.

Rovers' Elliott Frear had the best chance of the first half tipped onto the post by Dover keeper Andy Rafferty.

Brett Williams' fine run and finish after the break won it for Rovers.

Dover host Forest Green, who finished second in the table, in the first leg of their semi-final on Wednesday, with the return fixture on Saturday, 7 May.

Line-ups

Dover

  • 30Rafferty
  • 28Essam
  • 15Grimes
  • 4KinnearSubstituted forPaxmanat 77'minutes
  • 21Thomas
  • 16Sterling
  • 11Diallo
  • 8Bellamy
  • 10MurphySubstituted forPinnockat 67'minutes
  • 26Marsh
  • 14Ofori-AcheampongBooked at 61minsSubstituted forCrawfordat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 22Hook
  • 24Pinnock
  • 25Crawford
  • 29Paxman
  • 31Paxman

Forest Green

  • 1Arnold
  • 2Pipe
  • 4Clough
  • 16Racine
  • 3Jennings
  • 31Stokes
  • 24Carter
  • 10Kelly
  • 17GuthrieSubstituted forParkinat 69'minutes
  • 26WilliamsSubstituted forJeffordat 76'minutes
  • 11FrearSubstituted forMarsh-Brownat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Marsh-Brown
  • 14Moore
  • 20Parkin
  • 27Jefford
  • 40Pidgeley
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
1,651

Match Stats

Home TeamDoverAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home4
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home26
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Dover Athletic 0, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dover Athletic 0, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Foul by Jamie Grimes (Dover Athletic).

Charlie Clough (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Corner, Dover Athletic.

Offside, Dover Athletic. Harry Crawford tries a through ball, but Harry Crawford is caught offside.

Foul by Ben Jefford (Forest Green Rovers).

Connor Essam (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Foul by Jamie Grimes (Dover Athletic).

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

Attempt missed. Connor Essam (Dover Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mitchell Pinnock.

Corner, Dover Athletic.

Attempt saved. Aarran Racine (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

Foul by Tyrone Marsh (Dover Athletic).

David Pipe (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Harry Crawford (Dover Athletic).

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

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Attempt missed. Keanu Marsh-Brown (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Liam Bellamy (Dover Athletic).

Joe Stokes (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Harry Crawford (Dover Athletic).

Charlie Clough (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

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

Aswad Thomas (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

Aswad Thomas (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Foul by Harry Crawford (Dover Athletic).

Charlie Clough (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Dover Athletic. Alfie Paxman replaces Chris Kinnear.

Foul by Darren Carter (Forest Green Rovers).

Chris Kinnear (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Ben Jefford replaces Brett Williams.

Attempt saved. Mitchell Pinnock (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

Jamie Grimes (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Dover Athletic. Harry Crawford replaces Duane Ofori-Acheampong.

Foul by Duane Ofori-Acheampong (Dover Athletic).

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

Substitution

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cheltenham4630115873057101
2Forest Green462611969422789
3Braintree4623121156381881
4Grimsby4622141082453780
5Dover4623111275532280
6Tranmere4622121261441778
7Eastleigh4621121364531175
8Wrexham462091771561569
9Gateshead461910175970-1167
10Macclesfield461991860481266
11Barrow461714156471-765
12Woking461710197168361
13Lincoln City461613176968161
14Bromley46179206772-560
15Aldershot46168225472-1856
16Southport461413195265-1355
17Chester461412206771-454
18Torquay461312215476-2251
19Boreham Wood461214204449-550
20Guiseley461116194770-2349
21Halifax461212225582-2748
22Altrincham461014224873-2544
23Kidderminster46913244971-2240
24Welling46811273573-3835
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