Forest Green took another step along what appears to be an inevitable road to promotion as they hammered Tranmere 4-0 at Prenton Park on Saturday.

Matty Stevens and Jamille Matt both netted yet again to send Forest Green 10 points clear of their second-placed opponents at the top of League Two.

Stevens and Matt bagged typical poachers’ goals to put the visitors 2-0 up at half-time and the win was sealed thanks to superb finishes from Jordan Moore-Taylor and Regan Hendry.

The opener came in the sixth minute when former Tranmere loanee Kane Wilson found his way in behind Calum MacDonald and crossed to Stevens, who swept the ball home for his 16th goal of the season.

Initially shaken by conceding so early, Tranmere did start to come back into the game only for Matt to convert Nicky Cadden’s cross for his 17th league goal of the campaign, doubling Forest Green’s advantage three minutes before the break.

Any hopes of a turnaround were ended by Moore-Taylor’s effort in the 53rd minute and Hendry soon put the icing on the cake, firing beyond Ross Doohan from the edge of the box after a cross was only half cleared.

It could have been worse for Tranmere but Doohan managed to save substitute Josh March’s penalty with pretty much the last kick of the game.

Forest Green manager Rob Edwards was full of praise for his side.

“It was a whole team performance,” he said.

“Everyone, including the players that came on, the lads that were unused and the lads that weren’t named in the squad today – it’s every one of them.

“I’ve just said that to them in there – it’s every one of them because they train with us all week and they train really hard all week.

“I have to select 11 to start and can only bring three subs on but every single one of them deserved that and they’re part of this group.”

“They changed shape after 23 minutes or so to match us up because we were dominant and it then became a bit more of a man-for-man game.

“We’d highlighted that and worked on both shapes throughout the week.

“It was good that we were still able to find some spaces and obviously getting the second goal was great in the first half.”