Outstanding Rovers storm to Shots win
Magnificent Forest Green produced a stunning performance to march to victory in a dominant and powerful showing at Aldershot Town’s EBB Stadium, writes Richard Joyce.
Fabien Robert and Kieffer Moore scored a brace apiece to register four first half goals, as Rovers put a team that boasted the best defensive record in the National League to the sword on their own home turf.
Aldershot themselves were on an eight match unbeaten run heading into the clash, but were blown away by a Forest Green side who extended their own unbeaten run to five games.
Will Evans was shown a red card for the hosts in an astonishing first half. The second 45 minutes was a more conservative affair, as FGR simply wrapped up the win by dominating possession.
The goal scoring frenzy began when Robert swept home with a low drive after the ball had fallen to him on the edge of the area.
And it was two three minutes later. This time Moore got his first as a brilliant break forward saw him slip the ball just inside the post past the on rushing Jake Cole.
The action wasn’t just restricted to the Shots box. Sam Russell was called upon to make a good save from Jake Gallagher, while Iffy Allen’s right footed strike on 16 minutes clipped the FGR bar.
Another major talking point came a minute later, as former Eastleigh man Evans was sent off for an off the ball incident with Rhys Murphy, as the home sides task became even more difficult.
Cole denied Robert with a brave stop midway through the half, although he let the Frenchman score past him again when an outstanding run saw him slam home his second.
The Shots keeper made a great stop to prevent Murphy’s overhead kick from going in on 35 minutes, however for the fourth time in the half he was picking the ball out of his own net again when Moore slid home his second from a superb Robert cross.
It was Moore, seeking his hat-trick, who had the first chance of the second half. Debutant Dan Wishart’s good cross from the left was glanced wide though.
Given the eventful nature of the night, it was perhaps unsurprising that a lengthy period that yielded just long periods of Forest Green possession was to follow, with just a Moore effort slammed over the bar providing a notable moment.
Rovers needed to do little but keep the ball against a depleted Shots side who were well and truly beaten, as Mark Cooper’s men march on to North Ferriby this coming weekend with a confidence that’ll be hard for any side to stop.
Report: Richard Joyce
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