Rovers confidently dispose of the Silkmen
Confident Forest Green strolled to a pleasing three points against Macclesfield Town at The New Lawn, writes Richard Joyce.
Rovers moved up to second in the National League table thanks to a clean sheet and goals from three different scorers.
Mark Ellis scored his first for the club since joining on loan from Carlisle United, while leading marksman Doidge extended his goal scoring total for the campaign before Noble’s early second half finish.
Doidge’s header after 12 minutes broke the deadlock early on. He notched his 18th of the season with a bullet header after he met Rob Sinclair’s speared corner delivery from the right hand side perfectly at the near post.
The early goal gave FGR the control that allowed Mark Cooper’s side to dominate, and another Doidge header from a teasing Darren Carter free kick almost went in, while the speedy Kaiyne Woolery was inches away from doubling the lead when his right footed hit flew just past the post.
Macclesfield would rue a huge opportunity to draw level on the half hour mark. Luke Summerfield’s corner was touched onto the post by Niall Byrne and Connor Jennings saw his follow up effort deflected over.
Rovers had the ball in the back of the net minutes later as they looked to double their advantage before half time, only for Ellis to see his reaction to Ethan Pinnock’s saved attempt ruled out by the linesman’s flag.
The home side wouldn’t have to wait long to extend their lead though after the interval as Noble finished off a forward move from close range.
Former FGR loanee George Pilkington’s weak pass was seized upon by Woolery, whose fantastic dash down the right saw him produce a fine low cross that Noble smashed in.
Mitch Hancox tried to lead the Macclesfield response to going two down but he saw his powerful hit from a short corner stopped by Sam Russell.
The visitors struggled to create opportunities, and after Woolery almost saw a long run rewarded with a goal, the subsequent corner saw Forest Green net a third and final goal.
Ellis made up for his first half disallowed goal as he cleverly nodded in Pinnock’s header back into the box after the Silkmen had struggled to initially clear the ball into the box.
It could have been four had the woodwork not denied Doidge his second as the game entered the last ten minutes.
Another thumping header from the Welshman slammed onto the crossbar in the final act of a controlled home showing at The New Lawn as Rovers made it back-to-back wins.
Report: Richard Joyce
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