Disappointment for Rovers at Lincoln
Forest Green threw away a first half lead and their spot at the top of the table against nearest title challengers Lincoln City at Sincil Bank, writes Richard Joyce.
The BT Sport cameras were at the home of the Imps for a first against second clash that saw FGR never get going, and falter to their most disappointing performance of the season.
Christian Doidge found the net yet again to open the scoring for Rovers. But Lincoln hit back with three goals after half time to seal a comfortable win.
A jumpy start saw neither side gain control early on, however after Terry Hawkridge had fired wide for the hosts in the opening ten minutes, Doidge broke the deadlock in FGR's first attack.
He did well to steal the ball on the edge of the Lincoln box, and after a one-two with Liam Noble, finished confidently to put Rovers ahead.
It would be the only joy of the afternoon for Forest Green, who saw Lincoln begin to dominate, with Luke Waterfall wasting two good chances from set pieces in response.
At the end of the half Noble saw hit shot from 25 yards go over the bar, while Marcus Kelly's effort on his weaker foot dragged wide.
Behind at the break, Lincoln were threatening for the entire second half, and on 48 minutes Sam Wedgbury was in the right place at the right time to keep out an Alan Power shot from outside the area by clearing off the line.
But minutes later the Imps had their equaliser. Paul Farman's long kick forward wasn't dealt with at the back, and Peterborough United loanee Lee Angol kept his cool to finish across the face of Sam Russell's goal.
The turnaround was complete after the hour mark. Sam Habergham's run down the left saw the full back level a ball into the danger zone, where Kelly was the unfortunate party to unintentionally touch the ball into this own net off the post.
After Charlie Cooper had fired wide following a rare FGR opportunity down the other end, Habergham added to his assist by scoring the afternoon's final goal.
His terrific free kick confirmed the win for the former Football League side as it found a way into the back of the net.
There were half chances as Rovers chased an unlikely comeback in the final ten minutes. Darren Carter and Noble both saw shots fail to test Farman.
A stoppage time free kick from Kelly did force the Imps keeper into action, while the home side should have had a fourth at the death, only to see Matt Rhead miss a glorious opportunity in front of goal after Nathan Arnold had teed up the large strike perfectly.
Report: Richard Joyce
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