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Forest Green Rovers
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Forest Green Rovers
Date: 02/09/2017 3:00 pm    Attendance: 3759    Venue: Adams Park

Forest Green suffer disappointing Wycombe defeat


Photo: Shane Healey/Pro Sport Images

Three first half goals from Paris Cowan-Hall, Anthony Stewart and Luke O’Nien would prove an obstacle too great for Rovers despite a second half consolation goal by top scorer Christian Doidge.

Christian Doidge was played through by Alex Iacovitti after 30 seconds and the striker was brought down as he raced through but Liam Noble couldn’t quite beat the keeper with a powerful free kick.

Adebayo Akinfenwa began to put himself about and after seven minutes he won the ball on the edge of the area, allowing Paris Cowan-Hall to slam home from the edge of the box.

Liam Noble had another free kick on the edge of the box after 15 minutes and this time his effort really troubled the goalkeeper as it struck the inside of the post before bouncing agonisingly across the face of Scott Brown’s goal.

Wycombe doubled their lead after 22 minutes as Anthony Stewart cut inside from the left and drilled home across a rooted Sam Russell.

Shortly after the half hour mark, Liam Noble gave the ball away following a short goal kick and Akinfenwa raced through on goal. Despite a great initial save by Sam Russell the ball found its way to Luke O’Nien who couldn’t miss the gaping goal in front of him.

Four minutes before half time, Sam Russell produced another impressive stop as he denied Stewart at the back post from a free kick.

Liam Noble had FGR’s first chance of the half with 60 minutes gone. The ball fell to him on the edge of the area but the skipper’s volley rolled wide of the goal.

Less than 10 minutes later, Forest Green made a breakthrough as Christian Doidge found the target. Scott Laird drove forward before Luke James’ cross found Doidge who headed his initial effort against the post before nodding home on the rebound.

Toni Gomes almost found the net on his debut after 74 minutes as the young Liverpool loanee pounced on Scott Brown’s handling error. However, he couldn't turn home the loose ball into the net.

Dale Bennett produced an exceptional tackle in the FGR box with a little over 10 minutes to play, denying a golden opportunity for the Chairboys.

Toni Gomes cut inside from the left with less than five minutes to play but his shot was deflected over the bar.

Rovers had a number of opportunities to find the back of the net deep into injury time but couldn't find a way through.

Report: Noah Dougherty

Photo: Shane Healey/Pro Sport Images

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Vital Statistics

Date 02/09/2017 3:00 pm
Competition League Two
Home/Away Away
Full Time Result 3 - 1
Half Time Score 3 - 0
Man of the Match
Scorers Christian Doidge
Referee Scott Oldham

Team Sheet

Forest Green Rovers
Wycombe
Player Goal (min) Sub Off
23 Yellow Card
2
20 37
21
3
15
8
4 62
17 45
9 67
33
Subs Goal (min) Subbed
25
Toni Correia Gomes
45
1
5
6 37
10
14 62
19
Will Randall