Magnificent Rovers shine at Bromley
The goals continued to flow for Forest Green on the road at Bromley, as for a second consecutive game Rovers registered five times, claiming a superb away win, reports Richard Joyce.
Whereas Forest Green’s New Year’s Day clash with Torquay had ended all square, this time it was three points for Rovers, as Mark Cooper’s men got back in form with a tremendous showing.
Christian Doidge extended his place as the leader in the goal scoring charts with two goals, while further contributions from Ethan Pinnock, Elliott Frear and Keanu Marsh-Brown added to the emphatic nature of the score line.
Frear was causing Bromley problems from as early as the fourth minute. The Ravens goalkeeper Alan Julian produced an excellent save to deny his low hit that looked destined for the bottom corner.
Two good chances followed from corners as Charlie Clough and Pinnock saw aerial attempts go just wide.
But FGR’s dominance rewarded when on 28 minutes Frear broke the deadlock with a good finish.
Rob Sinclair did brilliantly to win the ball in the middle of the park, and he set Frear into space on the left, with the wide man executing a brilliant shot into the bottom corner.
Bromley had failed to get going despite their recent impressive home record, but their danger man Blair Turgott forced Sam Russell into an excellent save just before FGR doubled their lead.
Liam Noble’s fine work saw him play in Frear on the left, and his pin-point low ball into the danger zone was turned home by Doidge for his first.
Forest Green were in full control at the break, however their lead was halved shortly into the second half, when Swaine was left free and headed in.
But within a minute the two goal lead was restored. Marsh-Brown added to his New Year’s Day brace with a tremendous angled finish on the right hand side.
Three minutes later there was another goal. Frear’s wonderful delivery from a free kick saw Pinnock rise highest in the box to glance home.
Bromley’s experienced goalkeeper Julian had been beaten four times, but the former Stevenage man produced a number of crucial saves to keep the score down, and he made a fantastic stop almost immediately after conceding a fourth to deny Frear.
He made another good stop from Doidge, and Bromley then saw two decent efforts saved by Russell, who did well to prevent Turgott and Adam Cunnington from firing in from distance.
Substitute Shamir Mullings got in down the middle in the final ten minutes but saw Julian push away his strong volley, with Bromley reduced to ten men shortly after.
Swaine headed for an early exit after he hacked down Doidge who had burst clear on the left.
The match had slowed down in the final stages but there was still time for Forest Green to extend their lead in stoppage time.
Noble’s instrumental performance from midfield saw him edge the ball to Doidge who opened up his body and executed another finish for his second and Rovers fifth, as his side stylishly wrapped up the three points on an entertaining and positive afternoon in south London.
Report: Richard Joyce
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