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2017-18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Christian Doidge (43')

Christian Doidge effort enough as Forest Green earn much-needed Cheltenham win

Christian Doidge's 17th League Two strike of the season gave Forest Green's survival chances a major lift as they secured a 1-0 win at county rivals Cheltenham Town.
The Welshman smashed a shot into the net from just inside the box after being teed up by strike partner Reuben Reid two minutes before half-time.
It was nothing less than Rovers deserved after a solid display and Chelsea on-loan goalkeeper Bradley Collins was rarely troubled.
At the other end, Scott Flinders had to touch a free-kick from Chris Clements over the bar in the 33rd minute.
Reid fed Reece Brown in the box early in the second half and his effort on the turn was well gathered by Flinders as Rovers looked capable of scoring again.
A flick from Gavin Gunning after a Reece Brown free-kick dropped just wide of the far post.
Cheltenham's best effort was a low drive from Mohamed Eisa which was well saved by Collins, diving low to his left.
The home side sent on two extra strikers for the last 15 minutes, but Forest Green defended well and Eisa skewed a rare chance well wide.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Forest Green Rovers 18 +20 40
2 Northampton Town 19 +10 34
3 Exeter City 19 +10 33
4 Swindon Town 18 +10 33
5 Port Vale 19 +12 32
6 Sutton United 19 +6 32
7 Harrogate Town 19 +9 30
8 Leyton Orient 19 +15 28
9 Newport County 19 +7 28
10 Tranmere Rovers 18 +1 26
11 Salford City 19 +3 24
12 Bradford City 19 +2 24
13 Rochdale 19 0 24
14 Walsall 19 -2 24
15 Mansfield Town 19 -4 23
16 Bristol Rovers 19 -7 23
17 Hartlepool United 19 -10 23
18 Colchester United 18 -6 21
19 Crawley Town 18 -8 21
20 Barrow 19 -4 19
21 Stevenage 18 -15 18
22 Carlisle United 19 -15 16
23 Oldham Athletic 19 -14 15
24 Scunthorpe United 19 -20 14