High flying Rovers ease past Guiseley
Powerful Forest Green swept aside Guiseley with a commanding performance to extend their lead at the top of the National League table, writes Richard Joyce.
Quality finishes from Darren Carter and Christian Doidge, plus a second half own goal from the unfortunate Jake Lawlor, handed Mark Cooper’s men another three league points.
It’s now six clean sheets on the bounce too for FGR, who have a four point lead at the top of the fifth tier heading into Tuesday’s trip to Solihull Moors.
From as early as the fourth minute Rovers attacking intentions were clear when Liam Noble went close with an effort from just outside the area.
And the midfielders pin-point pass for Fabien Robert’s clever forward run minutes later almost saw the Frenchman give FGR the lead when he broke into the Guiseley box.
It didn’t take long for Carter to finally break the deadlock midway through the half. A brilliant strike from the former Birmingham City man was too far for Dan Atkinson in the Guiseley goal to reach.
The visitors, on a run of back-to-back league wins heading into the tie, struggled to threaten the FGR goal, and only a Jake Cassidy strike that went well over the bar from a cleverly worked corner kick was what the away side could show for their efforts.
They were thankful to their keeper, filling in for Jonny Maxted who is on loan with the Lions, for making a terrific save to prevent Kieffer Moore from nodding home Carter’s cross.
Forest Green doubled their lead though straight after half time as Doidge netted for the fourth time this season.
Drissa Traore’s pass into the feet of Moore was knocked onto Doidge, who turned excellently and then applied a superb finish for a deserved goal.
The third and final goal came just before the hour mark. On his home debut Dan Wishart produced a stinging low cross into a dangerous position that was too hot to handle for Lawlor in the Lions back line, and he helplessly touched the ball into his own net.
It was a goal that did enough to kill off the game in Rovers favour, and apart from Noble’s fine strike on 85 minutes that hammered the post, FGR’s work was done as a good crowd at The New Lawn celebrated another three points and an eleventh league win of the campaign.
Report: Richard Joyce
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