Kelly double earns FGR Trophy victory
Marcus Kelly's fantastic brace helped Forest Green make it into the third round of the FA Trophy for the first time in eight years, writes Richard Joyce.
The midfielders double helped FGR make it eight consecutive wins against Chester, as Rovers capped a busy week on the road with another good result.
Mark Cooper made a series of changes to his side who ensured they made it a second win at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium this season with a dominant display, and after nine months out injured, fans favourite Sam Wedgbury made a welcome return at the end.
The tie took time to get going, and after Dan Wishart had fired wide and Christian Doidge had seen a header saved, Rovers edged closer to the opener.
Alex Lynch produced a superb reaction save for the hosts to prevent Fabien Robert from powering home, but the young Welsh stopper couldn't prevent Kelly from breaking the deadlock.
Patient Rovers build up play saw the ball worked to Kelly on the right hand side of the box, and he produced a sublime finish to put his team a goal up.
After half time Chester were offered a huge opportunity to earn a much needed equaliser. A ball to the back post fell into the path of Tom Shaw, but Sam Russell did brilliantly to thwart him with a block.
Rovers put themselves in the driving seat on 56 minutes when Kelly doubled his and the team's tally.
It was a carbon copy of his first half strike, as he planted the ball past Lynch for the second time in the afternoon.
The goal added to Forest Green's control of the tie, although Chester had some half chances as they attempted to fight back, with former FGR loanee James Alabi and Kane Richards both trying their luck.
They couldn't find a way through though, and after Robert had powered a shot over the bar at the death, Wedgbury's late introduction as a substitute crowned a good week on the road for Rovers, who will now eagerly await Monday's third round draw.
Report: Richard Joyce
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