Forest Green’s winless run extended to five games after an end-to-end 1-1 draw with Salford on Saturday.

Rovers started brightly at the Peninsula Stadium but it was Salford who opened the scoring against the run of play.

A teasing ball floated in from Jason Lowe on the right-hand side was met by Matt Smith, who nodded the ball low to Luke McGee’s left.

The visitors drew level early in the second half after Kane Wilson’s low cross was converted from inside the six-yard box by Matty Stevens.

The remainder of the second half was played on a knife-edge with both sides pushing for a winner and finding plenty of openings, possibly the biggest of which fell to Rovers forward Jamille Matt in the 90th minute.

A long ball forward found the striker who tussled his way in behind Jordan Turnbull and found himself one on one with Tom King. Turnbull, however, made a superb last-ditch recovery challenge, prompting penalty appeals from Rovers which were ignored by referee Declan Bourne.

Forest Green manager Rob Edwards was encouraged by his side’s comeback.

Edwards said: “The performance was really pleasing but we were disappointed to go a goal down again early on.

“They are a real threat and Smith is a real danger, which is something we highlighted. It’s difficult to stop when they get it right.

“The reaction we showed for the 85 minutes after the goal was excellent, so I’m really pleased with what we’ve shown on a difficult pitch.

“I felt that we deserved to win it, but we didn’t. I think we showed a lot of good stuff and on another day we could have (won).

“We’ve got to focus on the next game, keep training the way we do and continue doing what has got us into this position.”

Upcoming home games against Bradford City on Saturday and Leyton Orient next Tuesday offer Rovers a big opportunity to return to winning ways, with those sides on winless runs of their own.