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Forest Green Rovers
Date: 04/11/2017 3:00 pm    Attendance: 1387    Venue: The New Lawn

Rovers progress to round two

Doidge celebrates his goal

Christian Doidge’s late first-half strike proved enough to carry FGR through to the FA Cup Second round.

Doidge tapped home Scott Laird’s cross to give Forest Green the victory over National League opponents Macclesfield Town in the FA Cup first round proper.

Mark Cooper made one change to the side that beat Morcambe last Saturday. Manny Monthe coming in to replace the injured Alex Iacovitti.

The first 10 minutes were scrappy, neither side really able to get the ball under control. Reece Brown had a free-kick early on but couldn’t find the target.

Doidge had the game’s first real chance after 15 minutes. Monthe’s through ball found Doidge, his dinked effort clearing the keeper before skimming the top of the crossbar.

Just before the 20 minute mark, the visitors could easily have taken the lead. Macclesfield beat the offside trap and Daniel Whitehead found himself with space inside the area, his low effort was stopped spectacularly by the outstretched leg of Brad Collins.

It was the home side who would take the lead after 41 minutes as Scott Laird’s low pull back was slid home by Doidge.

With less than 15 minutes to play, Forest Green had two chances to put the game to bed. First, Doidge slipped in substitute Omar Bugiel but the Lebanese international couldn’t keep his shot on target.

Doidge then had a chance himself as he rounded Shwan Jalalin the Macclesfield goal but, finding himself too wide, he tried to find Isiah Osbourne who couldn’t get a shot away.

Macclesfield tried to snatch an equaliser in the closing minutes but they couldn't penetrate a solid FGR defence. 

Report; Noah Dougherty

Image: Shane Healey/Pro Sports Images


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Pos Club P GD PT
19 Yeovil 46 -16 48
20 Port Vale 46 -18 47
21 Forest Green 46 -23 47
22 Morecambe 46 -15 46
23 Barnet 46 -19 46
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Vital Statistics

Date 04/11/2017 3:00 pm
Competition FA Cup
Home/Away Home
Full Time Result 1 - 0
Half Time Score 1 - 0
Man of the Match Manny Monthe
Scorers Christian Doidge