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Forest Green Rovers 0-2 Salford City

Veteran striker Ian Henderson's double reignited Salford's play-off hopes as Forest Green slumped to a third defeat on the spin.

A moment of sublime quality broke the first-half mediocrity when 36-year-old Henderson thumped home his 13th goal of the season - a sumptuous half-volley into the top corner of Luke McGee's net from 25 yards in the 38th minute.

Rovers failed to muster a shot in a first half devoid of any meaningful chances for Mark Cooper's out-of-sorts side.

Henderson killed the game off for Salford with his second in the 77th minute thanks to George Boyd, who stepped off the bench to deliver a pin-point cross for the in-form striker to volley comfortably across the exposed McGee.

Bereft of 16-goal striker Jamille Matt for the rest of the season, Rovers were toothless up front as their automatic promotion ambitions took another tumble with seven games of the regular season to go, but remain just two points outside the top three.

Gary Bowyer's resurgent Salford are now five points off the play-offs as the season enters the final furlong.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Forest Green

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1McGee
  • 22Godwin-Malife
  • 5Stokes
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 2WilsonSubstituted forBaileyat 72'minutes
  • 8AdamsBooked at 55minsSubstituted forRichardsonat 65'minutes
  • 20Whitehouse
  • 3Bernard
  • 11Cadden
  • 23DavisonSubstituted forCollinsat 45'minutes
  • 18Young

Substitutes

  • 6Cargill
  • 10Collins
  • 12Allen
  • 17Bailey
  • 21Wagstaff
  • 24Thomas
  • 25Richardson

Salford

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Hladky
  • 4Lowe
  • 5Eastham
  • 16Turnbull
  • 3Touray
  • 17TowellSubstituted forClarkeat 90'minutes
  • 25Coutts
  • 18ThrelkeldBooked at 46mins
  • 24GottsSubstituted forBoydat 75'minutes
  • 37Thomas-AsanteBooked at 64minsSubstituted forDieseruvweat 90+2'minutes
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 6Clarke
  • 10Hunter
  • 12Bernard
  • 14Boyd
  • 15Burgess
  • 20Dieseruvwe
  • 31Evans
Referee:
Sam Purkiss

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamSalford
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home6
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Salford City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Salford City 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Elliott Whitehouse (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jayden Richardson.

  4. Post update

    Udoka Godwin-Malife (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ian Henderson (Salford City).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Odin Bailey (Forest Green Rovers).

  7. Post update

    Tom Clarke (Salford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Václav Hladky.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Salford City. Emmanuel Dieseruvwe replaces Brandon Thomas-Asante.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Jordan Turnbull.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Salford City. Tom Clarke replaces Richard Towell.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Bernard (Forest Green Rovers).

  13. Post update

    Brandon Thomas-Asante (Salford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Nicky Cadden (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Richard Towell (Salford City).

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ian Henderson (Salford City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Nicky Cadden (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Richard Towell (Salford City).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nicky Cadden (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Elliott Whitehouse.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Aaron Collins tries a through ball, but Jake Young is caught offside.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cambridge402181160372371
2Cheltenham392091053351869
3Tranmere391810115247564
4Bolton391810114844464
5Forest Green391711115044662
6Morecambe38188125351262
7Newport38179124839960
8Exeter3815121160431757
9Leyton Orient39169144440457
10Salford3814131144311355
11Bradford381510134543255
12Carlisle37166155144754
13Stevenage401217113534153
14Crawley391410154953-452
15Port Vale40148185252050
16Harrogate39147184044-449
17Oldham40139185966-748
18Scunthorpe37137173845-746
19Mansfield40918134551-645
20Walsall39819123946-743
21Barrow38119184548-342
22Colchester40817153754-1741
23Southend39811202352-2935
24Grimsby39713193057-2734
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