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Live Reporting

Brent Pilnick

All times stated are UK

  1. That's a wrap

    Forest Green Rovers 4-3 Newport County (4-5 agg)

    Joss Labadie and Tom King celebrate

    If they were making Newport County The Movie, this would have been the script.

    Having been 2-0 up on aggregate at kick-off, that lead was wiped out within eight minutes.

    They were 3-2 down on aggregate when Nicky Cadden struck shortly after half-time.

    But Michael Flynn brought on 'the old brigade' as first 42-year-old Kevin Ellison and then Joss Labadie came off the bench to score and put Newport 4-3 up on aggregate.

    Jamille Matt made it 4-4 on aggregate and took it to extra time before Nicky Maynard scored in the dying moments of extra time.

    So Newport will play Morecambe in the League Two play-off final at Wembley on Monday, 31 May.

    If it is as good as this game was it will be a classic.

    We hope you have enjoyed tonight's live text coverage - I'm off for lie down!

  2. Flynn hails 'outstanding' Ellison

    FT: Forest Green Rovers 4-3 Newport County (4-5 agg)

    Kevin Ellison

    "He's been absolutely outstanding," Newport boss Michael Flynn said of 42-year-old goalscorer Kevin Ellison to Sky Sports.

    "I've known Kev a long time, I've played with Kev, I know exactly what he's about.

    "He looks after himself, he's a model professional."

  3. 'We gave everything we could'

    FT: Forest Green Rovers 4-3 Newport County (4-5 agg)

    Jimmy Ball

    Forest Green interim boss Jimmy Ball told Sky Sports:

    "We've got a lot of disappointed men in there who have given everything they could. That is all I can ask of them.

    "I asked for a reaction and I got one. I asked them to be brave. We were.

    "The players have to have full hearts in there. Football is cruel.

    "Maybe we just didn't have enough quality. Maybe we could have dominated the ball better when we went ahead but we didn't and then we ran out of legs at the end."

  4. Exiles boss 'over the moon'

    FT: Forest Green Rovers 4-3 Newport County (4-5 agg)

    Newport County manager Michael Flynn told Sky Sports:

    "It's been an absolute rollercoaster

    "I want to give praise to Forest Green, the way they started the game was superb and a lots of credit goes to them as an advert for League Two.

    "I'm absolutely over the moon"

  5. 'We dug deep'

    FT: Forest Green Rovers 4-3 Newport County (4-5 agg)

    Nicky Maynard

    Newport match winner Nicky Maynard told Sky Sports:

    "It was frantic from us at the start. We wanted to frustrate them but they came out of the traps well and we were a bit slow to start and got back into the game.

    "It was backs against the wall for us but we dug deep. We knew we had goals in us."

  6. 'I was going to work in a factory'

    FT: Forest Green Rovers 4-3 Newport County (4-5 agg)

    Kevin Ellison

    Kevin Ellison says he was contemplating life after football after being released by Morecambe last season.

    But Newport took a chance on the 42-year-old and he repaid them handsomely with a goal this evening.

    "That's why we love football isn't it," Ellison told Sky Sports.

    "They got a 2-0 lead and the gaffer brings the old brigade on and we changed the game luckily enough.

    "I've got people who have written me off year after year an I'm here again to prove the doubters wrong.

    "You look at August last year, I was about to start at a factory doing shift work 9-6 and stuff like that, but here I am going to Wembley next week.".

  7. Get Involved

    #bbcefl

    Paulsheff9: Premier League is sooooo boring. EFL games are proper football full of passion and guts. Premier League does not offer anything close.

    Daft Penguin: Forest Green must feel like they've been gutted. And people say non-league football is poor. As much as I, a Southend fan, am gutted we got relegated this year, if it means we get to play teams that give everything like this every week, I can't wait for next year.

  8. Post update

    FT: Forest Green Rovers 4-3 Newport County (4-5 agg)

    Forest green devastated

    Forest Green's players are gutted.

    You have to feel for them as they take a lap of honour amongst the limited number of fans who have been allowed in.

    It's another season in League Two for Forest Green, who now look to try and appoint a new manager with Jimmy Ball in temporary charge after Mark Cooper's sacking just over a month ago.

  9. Wow

    FT: Forest Green Rovers 4-3 Newport County (4-5 agg)

    How do you sum that up?

    What a game. Newport were 2-0 down after eight minutes - that's 2-2 on aggregate.

    Then 3-2 down after Nick Cadden's goal before Kevin Ellison and Joss Labadie put Newport 4-3 up.

    But right at the death Jamille Matt made it 4-4.

    Extra time and Nicky Maynard's late goal sees the Welsh side go through 5-4 on aggregate.

    You have to feel for Forest Green, but Newport will be over the moon.

  10. FULL-TIME - NEWPORT COUNTY MAKE LEAGUE TWO PLAY-OFF FINAL

    Forest Green Rovers 4-3 Newport County (4-5 agg)

    Nicky Maynard celebrates with Kevin Ellison

    That's it. One of the most extraordinary play-off semi-final second legs is over.

    Newport County are off to Wembley!

  11. Get Involved

    #bbcefl

    Alex Christodoulou: What a game this has been, rollercoaster of emotions but tough to watch as an FGR fan. Can’t beat the play-offs for drama.

  12. Post update

    Forest Green Rovers 4-3 Newport County (4-5 agg)

    Crossbar!!!

    Newport again go close, again it's Nicky Maynard. His effort from the left corner of the box crashes off the woodwork.

  13. GOAL Forest Green Rovers 4-3 Newport County (4-5 agg)

    Nicky Maynard

    Nicky Maynard scores for Newport

    That's it surely. Newport are off to Wembley!!

    A long ball over the top, Nicky Maynard beats the offside trap, taps it round the goalkeeper and stabs it into the empty net.

    What a game.

  14. Post update

    Forest Green Rovers 4-2 Newport County (4-4 agg)

    Soooo close for Forest Green.

    Odin Bailey stands a ball up to the far post, Jayden Richardson blasts the ball into the corridor of uncertainty, but Davidson misses it.

    It's not over yet.

  15. Post update

    Forest Green Rovers 4-2 Newport County (4-4 agg)

    Josh Davidson wins a corner for Forest Green. Just one player is left back....

    There's a scramble as it comes in but Newport clear.

  16. Post update

    Forest Green Rovers 4-2 Newport County (4-4 agg)

    Just five minutes to go.

    The tension. The emotion. The prize at the end of this game.

    Can anyone get a winner?

  17. Post update

    Forest Green Rovers 4-2 Newport County (4-4 agg)

    Forest Green have a good spell of possession - a couple of crosses into the box are blocked.

    Bailey Cargill launches a long throw into the box, but Newport deal with it and Tom King calmly clears.

  18. Post update

    Forest Green Rovers 4-2 Newport County (4-4 agg)

    ...Josh Sheehan's delivery is cleared by the home defence.

  19. Post update

    Forest Green Rovers 4-2 Newport County (4-4 agg)

    Newport win a free-kick about 40 yards out, relatively central.

    One to float in for the likes of Kevin Ellison to attack.....