Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.
Forest Green jumped back into the play-off places as Joseph Mills' deflected strike earned a narrow victory over struggling Crewe Alexandra.
Mills' strike just before the break cannoned off Crewe captain George Ray to leave goalkeeper Ben Garratt helpless.
Farrend Rawson denied Crewe a point with three minutes to go, clearing off the line from Jordan Bowery.
A free-flowing move almost brought the opener two minutes before half-time, Nathan McGinley failing to make a clean connection, but Rovers got their goal just a minute later when Mills pulled the trigger from inside the box.
Crewe boss Dave Artell was booked on 53 minutes for offering the fourth official his spectacles after Rovers were awarded a goal-kick, when the Alex chief believed James Jones's shot had been deflected for a corner.
Rovers went close again midway through the second half when Reuben Reid hit the post from just inside the box, and substitute Dayle Grubb, with his first touch of the game, saw his follow-up cleared off the line by Eddie Nolan.
Match report supplied by the Press Association
- 13MontgomeryBooked at 55mins
- 6RawsonBooked at 87mins
- 10BrownSubstituted forArchibaldat 72'minutes
- 11WilliamsSubstituted forGrubbat 64'minutes
- 26ReidSubstituted forCampbellat 82'minutesBooked at 89mins
- 30WhelanSubstituted forGreenat 64'minutes
- 8JonesBooked at 90mins
- 11AinleySubstituted forKirkat 69'minutes
- 9MillerSubstituted forReillyat 63'minutes
- Matt Donohue
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.
James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by James Jones (Crewe Alexandra).
Attempt blocked. Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Eddie Nolan (Crewe Alexandra).
Tahvon Campbell (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Tahvon Campbell (Forest Green Rovers).
George Ray (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt blocked. Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers).
Paul Green (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Nathan McGinley.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Carl Winchester.
Attempt blocked. Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Tahvon Campbell replaces Reuben Reid.