Rovers end the year with a Boxing Day defeat at Aggborough
Forest Green suffered just their second away defeat of the season in their final outing of the year in a tight Boxing Day affair at Kidderminster, writes Richard Joyce.
Rovers will no doubt rue missed chances in front of goal although James Bittner was in fine form for the visitors ensuring Kidderminster were reduced to just a single goal.
The suspenions picked up by defensive pairing Eddie Oshodi and Jamie Turley at The New Lawn eight days earlier against Lincoln saw Luke Graham return to the team with the versatile Jake Thomson filling in the other centre half berth.
With an impressive away following, Rovers hopes of kicking on with a bright start to the afternoon were dealt an early blow when midfield man James Rowe hobbled off and was replaced by the returning Wayne Turk.
Yan Klukowski scooped Rovers first noteworthy effort well wide after Forest Green's top goal scorer so far this season was set up by the advancing Jared Hodgkiss whilst at the other end Bittner produced one of his first key stops on the half an hour mark when the Forest Green shot stopper got down low to deny Callum Gittings any chance of finding the back of the net.
James Norwood, starting for the first time since Rovers goalless trip to Darlington at the beginning of the month, then saw a hammered effort fly over Tony Breeden's crossbar.
Kidderminster came closest to breaking the deadlock however just a couple of minutes before the break when Gittings produced a cross from the right which star striker Jamille Matt headed just wide.
It was some excellent Kidderminster defending five minutes in to the second period that ensured Rovers didn't take an early lead as Lee Vaughan cleared up a near post effort from Matty Taylor who had been set up brilliantly by Hodgkiss with a low cross.
Kidderminster keeper Breeden was then called in to action for his most noticeable save of the game a minute later when Taylor again struck an effort on goal which Breeden parried away.
At the other end Bittner was again keeping the game on level terms when he gathered a well struck 30 yard effort by Vaughan and Bittner was at it again on the hour mark when Matt turned well on the edge of the box and produced a snap shot which Bittner was equal to.
The Rovers keeper could do nothing however about the game's defining goal a few minutes later however as Jack Byrne was left free in the box to nod in what proved to be the winner after Matt had headed the ball across the six yard box.
In reponse Taylor fluffed a volleyed effort wide and former England international Lee Hendrie saw his 74th minute drive on goal end up behind the goal with the fans as his effort fell well wide.
The hosts wasted an ideal chance to double their advantage a little while later though as midfield man Kyle Storer fired high and wide when through on goal after some neat Kidderminster build up play.
A well worked Thomson free kick late on saw Norwood's effort blocked and Kidderminster again went close but Rovers brought 2011 to a close with a rare away defeat although Dave Hockaday's men will be on a revenge mission when the two sides meet again on New Year's Day at The New Lawn.