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Forest Green Rovers 1-1 Braintree Town

National League title-chasers Forest Green lost further ground on leaders Lincoln City after a 1-1 draw at home to Braintree.

Michael Cheek stunned the New Lawn early on with a smartly-taken goal for the away side.

Mark Cooper's men worked hard to fight back, but Rob Sinclair saw his effort smothered by Sam Beasant.

Sam Russell saved Rovers from falling further behind in the first minute of the second half, plunging to turn aside Cheek's goal-bound header.

The keeper's heroics proved pivotal as Liam Noble's free-kick was nodded in firmly by defender Charlie Clough to level.

Noble took a pot shot, but Beasant produced an outstanding save to deny Forest Green who four points behind Lincoln having played two more games.

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Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 23Russell
  • 3MontheSubstituted forGoslingat 55'minutes
  • 6Bennett
  • 7Marsh-BrownSubstituted forWooleryat 55'minutes
  • 5Clough
  • 10Kelly
  • 16Pinnock
  • 15Noble
  • 9Doidge
  • 20Cooper
  • 19Sinclair

Substitutes

  • 4Traoré
  • 12Carter
  • 14Woolery
  • 26Robert
  • 31Gosling

Braintree

  • 22Beasant
  • 3Okimo
  • 29Parry
  • 8IsaacBooked at 78mins
  • 18Goodman
  • 20CorneSubstituted forFarrellat 83'minutes
  • 27Clohessy
  • 26TwardekBooked at 90mins
  • 15HenshallSubstituted forHall-Johnsonat 71'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 7Midson
  • 23CheekBooked at 31minsSubstituted forBarnardat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Gayle
  • 9Barnard
  • 12Maybanks
  • 17Hall-Johnson
  • 36Farrell
Referee:
Wayne Barratt
Attendance:
1,735

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Braintree Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Braintree Town 1.

Booking

Kristopher Twardek (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Reece Hall-Johnson (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Lee Barnard replaces Michael Cheek.

Booking

Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Reece Hall-Johnson replaces Alex Henshall.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 1, Braintree Town 1. Charlie Clough (Forest Green Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Jake Gosling replaces Emmanuel Monthe.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Kaiyne Woolery replaces Keanu Marsh-Brown.

Second Half

Second Half begins Forest Green Rovers 0, Braintree Town 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Braintree Town 1.

Booking

Michael Cheek (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 0, Braintree Town 1. Michael Cheek (Braintree Town).

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City27184557263158
2Forest Green29159558342454
3Tranmere27165638221653
4Dag & Red28164847311652
5Dover291541058451349
6Barrow271210542271546
7Aldershot2913793729846
8Gateshead291110846301643
9Chester291110845351043
10Macclesfield271341039291043
11Boreham Wood2911993025542
12Eastleigh28101174235741
13Wrexham30109112837-939
14Bromley28115123541-638
15Sutton United28106123136-536
16Solihull Moors2897123845-734
17Braintree2987143249-1731
18Torquay2986153242-1030
19Southport2986153660-2430
20Maidstone United2985163354-2129
21Guiseley2977153446-1228
22Woking2876154053-1327
23North Ferriby United3083191845-2727
24York29510142747-2025
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