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Forest Green Rovers 1-0 Macclesfield Town

Farrend Rawson's second-half header ended Forest Green's seven-game winless run as they beat Macclesfield 1-0 in League Two.

Rawson netted in the 74th minute to earn Rovers a first win in any competition since 23 November and get their promotion bid back on track.

Earlier, in a pedestrian opening 20 minutes, Macclesfield's Arthur Gnahoua failed to get any purchase on a cross from Emmanuel Osadebe and Junior Mondal followed suit for Rovers after Elliott Frear picked him out.

Chances were scant, but Rovers' Mondal sparked into life after 36 minutes, bending a left-footer towards the top corner which Owen Evans pushed over.

At the other end, Jay Harris pulled the trigger from the edge of the box to demand a fine save from Rovers keeper Adam Smith with three minutes of the first half to go.

Rovers broke the deadlock when Liam Shephard's free-kick was glanced home from close-range by Rawson.

Ebou Adams was denied a second for Rovers after 80 minutes, Evans falling on his shot from the edge of the box.

Macclesfield, who have been docked six points by the English Football League, sit just two points above the relegation zone.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 1Smith
  • 2Shephard
  • 6Rawson
  • 5MillsSubstituted forKitchingat 45'minutes
  • 19McGinley
  • 25Mondal
  • 14AdamsBooked at 45mins
  • 7Winchester
  • 17FrearBooked at 69mins
  • 29AitchisonSubstituted forDawsonat 89'minutes
  • 9StevensSubstituted forCollinsat 58'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Bernard
  • 10Collins
  • 15Morton
  • 18Dawson
  • 20Kitching
  • 24Thomas
  • 41Covil

Macclesfield

  • 1Evans
  • 25CameronSubstituted forFitzpatrickat 81'minutes
  • 5Kelleher
  • 15Horsfall
  • 12Welch-Hayes
  • 14Kirby
  • 8Harris
  • 16O'KeeffeBooked at 59minsSubstituted forBlythat 85'minutes
  • 20Osadebe
  • 7Gnahoua
  • 9Ironside

Substitutes

  • 4McCourt
  • 10Stephens
  • 13Charles-Cook
  • 18Blyth
  • 22Ntambwe
  • 23Fitzpatrick
Referee:
Alan Young
Attendance:
2,155

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamMacclesfield
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Macclesfield Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Macclesfield Town 0.

Attempt missed. Jacob Blyth (Macclesfield Town) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Emmanuel Osadebe with a cross.

Booking

Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers).

Arthur Gnahoua (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin Dawson (Forest Green Rovers).

Jay Harris (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Junior Mondal (Forest Green Rovers).

Jay Harris (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Kevin Dawson replaces Jack Aitchison.

Offside, Macclesfield Town. Jacob Blyth tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Osadebe is caught offside.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Elliott Frear.

Attempt blocked. Fiacre Kelleher (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Fraser Horsfall (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Jay Harris (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Jacob Blyth replaces Corey O'Keeffe.

Foul by Jack Aitchison (Forest Green Rovers).

Miles Welch-Hayes (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Miles Welch-Hayes.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. David Fitzpatrick replaces Nathan Cameron.

Attempt blocked. Liam Shephard (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Aitchison.

Attempt missed. Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Nathan McGinley.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 1, Macclesfield Town 0. Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Shephard with a cross following a set piece situation.

Liam Shephard (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Corey O'Keeffe (Macclesfield Town).

Booking

Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers).

Connor Kirby (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jay Harris (Macclesfield Town).

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Liam Kitching tries a through ball, but Jack Aitchison is caught offside.

Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Arthur Gnahoua (Macclesfield Town).

Attempt saved. Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jack Aitchison.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Kitching.

Booking

Corey O'Keeffe (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Junior Mondal (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Corey O'Keeffe (Macclesfield Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon24144643261746
2Exeter2412843427744
3Crewe23125642281441
4Bradford23117530191140
5Forest Green2411762718940
6Colchester23108534221238
7Plymouth22115633231038
8Cheltenham23910434191537
9Northampton2410683328536
10Port Vale2481063029134
11Salford248883133-232
12Cambridge248792827131
13Newport227872020029
14Scunthorpe2477103133-228
15Crawley246993134-327
16Walsall2476112232-1027
17Leyton Orient2468103241-926
18Oldham236892535-1026
19Carlisle2467112236-1425
20Mansfield2459103035-524
21Grimsby225892228-623
22Macclesfield2251072024-419
23Morecambe2446142043-2318
24Stevenage23211101529-1417
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