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Date: 02/08/2016 7:30 pm    Venue: Webb's Wood Stadium

Rovers round off preseason with 5-1 win

Supermarine Away

Less then four days out from the start of their Vanarama National League campaign, Forest Green finished their preseason schedule with a 5-1 win over Swindon Supermarine at Webb's Wood Stadium.

Manager Mark Cooper sought to prepare his charges for the busy spell to come, which includes five consecutive Saturday and Tuesday matches over the next 15 days, by naming an almost unchanged line-up from Saturday's Newport County fixture, with only Mohamed Chemlal starting in place of the rested Keanu Marsh-Brown.

Rovers couldn't match the quick start of their previous outing and the first genuine chance fell to Christian Doidge on 18 minutes but he failed to capitalise on a defensive error from Marine, with his shot going straight at the goalkeeper Luke Merchant.

However he made up for it three minutes later when Darren Carter stood a cross up at the back post and Doidge was on the goal line to head the ball home after Murphy was thwarted with great tackle in the build up.

Former Oldham man Murphy was again denied in a one-on-one with Merchant when he looked certain to double the lead, but FGR weren't to be denied for long as Chemlal produced a quality finish as he cut in from the right and slammed home with his left into the far corner.

And it was 3-0 just before halftime as Murphy finally bagged his goal, calmly keeping his head to send the defence the wrong way after a precision ball by Frear. 

Forest Green changed their entire eleven at halftime and the man who bagged a brace on Saturday from the bench was at it again, as Matt Tubbs rounded Merchant following a long throughball by Aarran Racine.

Marine's Sam Morris managed to pull one back after getting on the end of a flick-on to score past Jonny Maxted. 

And after Liam Noble sent two efforts narrowly wide of either post in quick succession, Tubbs sent one down the middle to finish proceedings, with Noble pressuring Merchant into a mistake and finding Tubbs unmarked in the box.

Forest Green - 1st half: Russell, Clough, Bennett, Pinnock Sinclair, Traore, Carter, Frear, Chemlal, Doidge, Murphy.

Forest Green - 2st half: Maxted, Racine, Hickford, Moran, Elliott, Anderson, McGrory, Noble, Jefford, Moore, Tubbs.


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Vital Statistics

Date 02/08/2016 7:30 pm
Competition Pre-Season Friendly
Home/Away Away
Full Time Result 1 - 5
Half Time Score 0 - 3
Man of the Match Louis McGrory
Scorers Christian Doidge
Mohamed Chemlal
Rhys Murphy
Matt Tubbs (2)