10:20pm Tuesday 26th November 2013
By Ashley Loveridge
Skrill Premier: Salisbury City 1 Forest Green 4
JAMES Norwood’s latest hair colour left Salisbury City splitting ends as they curled up and dyed at the feet of Rovers’ main man.
Norwood sported a blonde top against Wrexham on Saturday, but tonight he was golden brown and the fans’ favourite was a cut above with a sublime brace in a emphatic 4-1 victory.
Norwood made it eight for the season and four goals in last three games to help Rovers up to 12th and six points outside the play-offs.
Danny Wright ended his 15 game goal drought and Yan Klukowski scored from the penalty spot in a display that brought some early festive cheer for new boss Ady Pennock, who revealed a stern half-time roasting roused his side to hit three goals after the break.
He said: “ A few things were said at half-time, the performance wasn’t acceptable and my nan could have done a better job.
“They responded to what I said at the break , and we kept a good shape in the second half and looked dangerous when going forward.”
Earlier, Pennock drafted in central defender Eddie Oshodi in place of captain Jamie Turley, who missed the opportunity to face his old club after being red-carded in the defeat at Wrexham on Saturday.
Striker Matthew Barnes-Homer was brought in from the cold with Klukowski moving into his favoured central midfield role.
Salisbury started brightly. Former Cheltennham Town winger Theo Lewis brought the best out of Sam Russell.
However, Rovers weathered the early storm and got off to a flying start thanks to a 10th minute Will Puddy goalkeeping howler. Paul Green fed former Salisbury loanee Ed Asfu-Adjaye and his sublime pass allowed the supporting Green to release James Norwood, who lashed home a rasping left-footed strike from outside the box.
Norwood, sporting another hair colour, thought he had made it 2-0, but his goal was ruled out for offside and he picked up a booking to boot .
Russell almost gifted the Wiltshire outfit a goal when he fumbled, but he atoned his error with a fine block from Jamie White, who blasted high wide and not very handsome from Russell’s block.
The Whites were gaining a foothold and Dan Fitchett netted parity in first half stoppage time. Rovers stepped off the gas leaving Fitchett time and space to fizz past Russell.
Nonetheless, Rovers almost snatched a second on the cusp of the break, but Puddy did well to block Norwood’s hit.
Rovers started the second half in a positive fashion. A torpedo throw from Asafu –Adjaye was flicked on by Danny Wright with the deep-running Klukowski close to putting Rovers ahead.
Norwood brought the best out of Puddy and moments later Puddy was on the money again as the jet-heeled Norwood released Wright, who saw his strike smartly smothered by the ex-Cheltenham Town stopper.
Salisbury responded with Fitchett going close.
However, Rovers’ dominance proved fruitful on 68 minutes. Green’s free-kick headed was on by Dale Bennett for Wright to turn and smash home his fourth goal of the season.
Ricky Wellard caused a stir, but Russell did well to finger-away his goal-bound shot.
Two goals in the space of four minutes put the game to bed for Rovers.
Norwood’s pace saw the speed-merchant upended in the box to allow Klukowski to make it 3-1 from the spot with his seventh goal of the season with eight minutes to go.
The goal avalanche continued. Barnes-Homer broke down the wing for Wright to dink the ball into Norwood, who bagged his second of the night on 86 minutes.
Forest Green: S Russell; J Hodgkiss, E. Oshodi, D. Bennett, E Asafu-Adjaje; P Green, A Bangura (K Forbes 90 ), Y Klukowski; D Wright, M Barnes-Homer (M. Taylor 92), J Norwood (R Styche).
Subs not used: A McHugh, A Racine.
Star Man: James Norwood-a cut above the rest.
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