LiveForest Green wrap up a win against Aldershot Town at the New Lawn on Boxing Day

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  • FOREST Green made it a happy Christmas as they wrapped up a 3-1 victory at the New Lawn on Boxing Day.
  • A brace from man-of-the-match Marcus Kelly and a goal from James Norwood made it a perfect day for Ady Pennock's side.


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91 mins - Russell produces a fine parry from Craig Stanley


SUB - Kieron Forbes on for Al Bangura


Today's match attendance at the New Lawn is 1,676 with 183 away fans


The fourth official indicates three minutes of added time


90 mins - James Norwood finishes sweetly for Rovers following Russell's booming kick and Wright's flick FGR 3 Aldershot 1


88 mins - Aldershot sub Matt Paterson shoots straight into Russell following a mazy run from Roberts


85 mins - Jordan Roberts goes close from 25-yards for the Shots


77 mins - Norwood atones for his miss by feeding Kelly who clips the ball over Henley for his second of the afternoon to put Rovers 2-1 ahead


76 mins - Great interplay from Bangaru, Taylor and Wright carves open a one-on-one chance for Norwood who fluffs his lines with just Henley to beat.



72 mins - Substitution for Aldershot, former Forest Green loanee Lewis Young, brother of England and Manchester United winger Ashley Young, enters the fray


68 mins - Kelly goes close following a run from the half way line but his shot fails to match his fine approach work


66 mins - Poor defending allows O'Brien a free shot on goal but Russell reacts superbly to block


63 mins - Oshodi's high ball into the box sees Wright challenge Shot's stopper Henley and the ball falls to Kelly whose volley is blocked


54 mins - Adam Mekki snatches the ball from Ed Asafu-Adjaye and motors down the right-hand side, his dangerous cross almost finds Aiden O'Brien


53 mins - Norwood's blistering run down the right ends with Kelly striking weakly into Shot's keeper Jonathan Henly


Second half gets underway at the New Lawn.

SUB - Hodgkiss off for Eddie Oshodi


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The fourth official indicates one minute of added time


42 mins - Poor defending from a corner gives Jordan Roberts a free header from Chris Barker's set play to hand Aldershot parity FGR 1 Aldershot 1


40 mins - Rovers launch a swift counter-attack with Wright's header setting the jet-healed Norwood through but the Rovers front-man fizzes wide


39 mins - Aldershot's Emmanuel Oyeleke slashes wide from the edge of the box following a period of sustained pressure on Rovers' defence


33 mins - Barry's flighted corner find out Taylor who nods wide at the far post


26 mins - Rovers survive a scare when Adam Mekki fires a ball across the box but Hodgkiss averts the danger with a timely block


22 mins - Wright receives the ball from Ed Asafu-Adjaye and darts into the box to see his right-footed shot cleared for a corner as Rovers step on the gas


20 mins - Kelly's corner picks out Danny Wright who plants his powerful header wide


18 mins - Taylor is inches away from handing Rovers a second when he spins and shoots just wide


13 mins - Jared Hodgkiss sees his strike blocked but the ball falls to Marcus Kelly who volleys spectacularly in from inside the box to give Rovers the lead and end their three game goal drought. FGR 1 Aldershot 0


10 mins - Matty Taylor volleys over from inside the box as Rovers begin to find their feet


7 mins - Sam Russell palms over a 25-yard shot from Aldershot's Jaydon Gibbs. Seconds later following a corner Chris Baker misses a glorious chance to give the Shots the lead as he nods wide


Aldershot kick-off


FGR: S Russell, J Hodgkiss, E Asafu-Adjaye, A Racine, D Bennett, A Barry, M Kelly, A Bangura, D Wright, M Taylor, J Norwood


SUBS: K Forbes, E Oshodi, M Barnes-Homer, A McHugh, J Alabi


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