Forest 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.

4:51pm

FGR 3 Aldershot 1

4:50pm

91 mins - Russell produces a fine parry from Craig Stanley

4:50pm

SUB - Kieron Forbes on for Al Bangura

4:50pm

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

4:48pm

The fourth official indicates three minutes of added time

4:48pm

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

4:46pm

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

4:43pm

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

4:36pm

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

4:34pm

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.

 

4:29pm

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

4:26pm

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

4:24pm

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

4:23pm

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

4:13pm

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

4:11pm

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

4:03pm

Second half gets underway at the New Lawn.

SUB - Hodgkiss off for Eddie Oshodi

3:48pm

HT - FGR 1 Aldershot 1

3:47pm

The fourth official indicates one minute of added time

3:45pm

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

3:42pm

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

3:40pm

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

3:34pm

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

3:27pm

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

3:24pm

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

3:22pm

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

3:19pm

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

3:14pm

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

3:11pm

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

3:08pm

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

3:01pm

Aldershot kick-off

2:41pm

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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