Rovers rewarded as Marsh-Brown wins it
Patient Forest Green had to wait until the final quarter of an hour to claim victory over a resolute Bromley side, writes Richard Joyce.
A second goal of the season from Keanu Marsh-Brown helped Rovers bounce back to winning ways and move up to second in the National League table.
The former Fulham man claimed the man-of-the-match award for a lively display, as Bromley’s second ever visit to The New Lawn again ended in defeat.
From as early as the seventh minute Marsh-Brown was trying his luck in front of goal, while he was also providing the service, as his whipped-in cross on 13 minutes almost saw Rhys Murphy head home.
The visitors came to life midway through the half. Bradley Goldberg’s fierce drive firstly forced Sam Russell into action, and from the following corner Jack Holland should have done better as he made contact with Dave Martin’s wicked delivery.
Elliott Frear was starting on the left hand side of FGR’s front three, and he shot just wide on 23 minutes, with Martin then fancying his luck down the other end, and forcing Russell into a good stop.
End-to-end action in the final minutes of the first half continued with the experienced Alan Julian saving well from Frear, before one final save from Russell kept Goldberg and the visitors at bay.
Julian is a well known name at this level, and the 33-year-old made a vital save at the beginning of the second half to keep out Marsh-Brown’s attempt after he’d got through.
And Rovers then had the woodwork to thank for keeping the scores level two minutes later. A free kick found its way onto the post before Rob Swaine followed up with a swing at the ball that clattered the upright again.
It was a let off that allowed Forest Green to then take some control of the tie, and to push for a winner.
Liam Noble’s free kick, which stayed low, forced Julian into an unorthodox save, and on 65 minutes Marsh-Brown’s drive from distance was tipped over.
Eventually Marsh-Brown would find success in front of goal. He hung back in space to allow Frear to find him with a lifted cross from the right, and executed a neat finish to finally break the deadlock.
Rovers had the goal they needed and substitute Drissa Traore almost added to it, only to see his drive inside the area fly wide.
Another top save from Julian denied Ben Jefford who had got forward, but there was drama to come, as the woodwork again proved significant in the final result.
This time Holland’s venomous hit that flew towards the FGR goal clipped the bar and slammed behind.
It was Bromley’s final say on a battling afternoon at The New Lawn, as Forest Green claimed victory to follow up an already hard earned point against Eastleigh earlier in the week.
Report: Richard Joyce
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