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Forest Green Rovers 1-0 Crewe Alexandra

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

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 13MontgomeryBooked at 55mins
  • 6RawsonBooked at 87mins
  • 16Gunning
  • 19McGinley
  • 2Shephard
  • 10BrownSubstituted forArchibaldat 72'minutes
  • 4James
  • 7Winchester
  • 23Mills
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forGrubbat 64'minutes
  • 26ReidSubstituted forCampbellat 82'minutesBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 5Collins
  • 8Grubb
  • 14Campbell
  • 18Archibald
  • 21Worthington
  • 22Morris
  • 24Thomas

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 30WhelanSubstituted forGreenat 64'minutes
  • 5Ray
  • 12Nolan
  • 3Pickering
  • 2Ng
  • 8JonesBooked at 90mins
  • 15Wintle
  • 11AinleySubstituted forKirkat 69'minutes
  • 9MillerSubstituted forReillyat 63'minutes
  • 10Bowery

Substitutes

  • 7Porter
  • 13Richards
  • 17Green
  • 19Dale
  • 20Kirk
  • 24Reilly
  • 29Hunt
Referee:
Matt Donohue
Attendance:
2,388

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

Booking

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).

Booking

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.

Booking

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

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Tahvon Campbell replaces Reuben Reid.

Foul by Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers).

Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Liam Shephard (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Theo Archibald replaces Reece Brown.

Foul by Reuben Reid (Forest Green Rovers).

George Ray (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Charlie Kirk replaces Callum Ainley.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by George Ray.

Reuben Reid (Forest Green Rovers) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

Attempt missed. Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Hand ball by Paul Green (Crewe Alexandra).

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Dayle Grubb replaces George Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Paul Green replaces Corey Whelan.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Lewis Reilly replaces Shaun Miller.

Attempt missed. Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Foul by Reuben Reid (Forest Green Rovers).

James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt missed. Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

goal

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7Forest Green2299431211036
8Newport2210573437-335
9Tranmere239773430434
10Carlisle23103103229333
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12Stevenage239592830-232
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15Port Vale237792427-328
16Grimsby2384112630-428
17Crawley2282122936-726
18Crewe2374122128-725
19Morecambe2374122537-1225
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21Cheltenham2257102233-1122
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