FOREST Green ended a run of five without a win as goals fromBen Morris and Carl Winchester secured victory in a pulsating contest against Carlisle United.

Morris scored his first professional goal on his first Rovers start for a re-shuffled Forest Green who were denied a clean sheet when Lloyd James was deemed to have handled the ball and Jamie Devitt slotted in the penalty. 

Rovers then survived late pressure but it was a deserved win for Forest Green who are now just two points off third. 

Mark Cooper made three changes to the team that lost 3-0 to Oxford United in the FA Cup in mid-week. 

Ben Morris came in for his first league start of the season in place of Reuben Reid. 

Gavin Gunning and Matt Worthington also came into the side with Tahvon Campbell and Theo Archibald dropping to the bench. 

Rovers started brightly and played with a lot of freedom and confidence. Carlisle did give them and early warning when Jack Sowerby found Hallam Hope whose just inside the area looked destined for bottom corner but it crept wide. 

Forest Green took the lead on 13 minutes when Reece Brown's shot from the edge of the box took a deflection and fell kindly to Morris who clinically finished with a low shot from close range. 

Rovers took control from there with Brown pulling the strings for the visitors. He struck a good relationship with Morris who had a couple of openings after his goal.

Carlisle rarely threatened in the opening 45 minutes. Hope caused a few problems but Rovers were rarely troubled and looked much more like themselves. 

Forest Green went in search of the all important second goal. Carl Winchester's shot over the bar and Brown stung the palms of Adam Collin after Morris played it across to him. 

Carlisle gradually grew into and caused problems with balls into the area with a series of corners. 

They had a glorious chance on 72 minutes when Anthony Gerrard's looping header just landed on the roof of the net after James Montgomery rushed off his line. 

Rovers then went straight down the other end and doubled their advantage. Morris charged down the right and slipped it across to Brown who then squared it to Winchester as the defenders were drawn to the ball and the Northern Irishman arrowed the ball into the far corner on 73 minutes. 

Carlisle fought back and were given a lifeline five minutes later when they were awarded a penalty after James was deemed to have handled the ball. 

 Devitt found the corner of the net despite Montgomery going the right way to set up a grandstand finish. 

Rovers were camped in their own half for the majority of the final 15 or so minutes. 

Gary Liddle came close for the host when he was played through on the right but he was denied by the legs of Montgomery at his near post. 

Forest Green had to dig deep. There were a couple of heart in mouth moments and desperate defending but the footballing gods were smiling on Rovers. A corner came in, which Carlisle keeper Adam Collin came up for and eventually landed to Macauley Gillesphey whose curling shot hit the post and went behind. 

The referee then blew the final whistle much to the relief of the visistors who remain in 10th despite the win.