Skrill Premier: Forest Green 1 Tamworth 2
4:13pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Sport
A MEDIOCRE showing from Forest Green led to their third consecutive defeat at the hands of Tamworth as they slipped into the bottom half of the table, writes Richard Joyce.
Rovers conceded a third penalty in just four matches and saw a man sent off as James Norwood was on the receiving end of two yellow cards.
Having fallen behind to Richie Baker’s first-half spot kick, Matty Taylor had finished emphatically to draw Rovers level, but Mark Wright was given acres of space to slam in the decisive winner.
Forest Green manager David Hockaday said: “That’s the worst we’ve played in two years. I would like to apologise to the fans for that performance and I will be making major changes.”
Kieron Forbes’ first appearance of the season, and his 100th for the club, brought a small degree of positivity to the occasion, but the England C playmaker couldn’t inspire his team-mates to a comeback similar to that from their last outing on home turf when they scored two late goals to beat Halifax.
Originally, though, it was Forest Green that had pushed from the off. Danny Wright and Taylor both produced good stops from Lambs keeper Cameron Belford early on while a Wayne Thomas strike was all the visitors could muster in the opening 20 minutes.
Just past the midway point of the half, however, Tamworth were handed the ideal opportunity to deliver a crushing blow to Rovers game plan. Former Northern Ireland international Tony Capaldi’s corner saw Eddie Oshodi push into Thomas and the visitors were awarded a penalty.
Baker gave Sam Russell no chance from the spot, and the Lambs were pressing shortly after once again when Lateef Elford-Alliyu’s turn saw him fire just wide.
There remained plenty of space for Rovers to exploit, and they did so to level ten minutes before the break, as Taylor’s superb finish flew in past Belford after Norwood had set up the nimble attacker.
Belford made a fine stop to deny Yan Klukowski from firing in right at the end of the half, but after Rovers again began the new half with impressive vigour, they were pegged back by the visitors, who regained the lead.
Lloyd Kerry’s ball to the left found Wright in plenty of space and the experienced former Walsall winger smashed in.
Norwood’s vicious strike followed, while Chris Stokes’ header from a Klukowski corner was cleared off the line, as Forest Green tried to react quickly, but there was little from Hockaday’s side thereafter.
Russell made a good block to beat away Elford-Alliyu’s powerful thump while Norwood saw his night come to an end earlier than expected as his second yellow card handed him an early shower.
Forest Green will look to bounce back quickly when Gateshead visit the New Lawn on Saturday (3pm).
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