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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 Leyton Orient 20 +21 48
2 Stevenage 20 +15 43
3 Northampton Town 20 +14 39
4 Barrow 20 +3 34
5 Carlisle United 20 +10 33
6 Bradford City 20 +6 33
7 Mansfield Town 20 +2 33
8 Salford City 20 +5 31
9 Swindon Town 20 +3 31
10 Walsall 20 +8 30
11 AFC Wimbledon 20 +1 29
12 Stockport County 20 +7 28
13 Doncaster Rovers 20 -4 28
14 Tranmere Rovers 20 +3 27
15 Crewe Alexandra 19 -4 25
16 Grimsby Town 19 +1 24
17 Sutton United 20 -8 23
18 Newport County 20 -3 22
19 Crawley Town 20 -8 21
20 Harrogate Town 20 -6 19
21 Rochdale 20 -15 15
22 Colchester United 20 -10 14
23 Gillingham 20 -18 14
24 Hartlepool United 20 -23 12