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Joker Man's Match Report Part 1 by Tim Barnard
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Date: 23/08/2015 Time: 17:43:31

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Forest Green Rovers bring their one hundred per cent record into today's game following victory at Boreham Wood on Tuesday evening.

Today's visitors Lincoln City will be on recent form their sternest test to date.

As the 'Budding' ale is sunk it is generally agreed that Lincoln will probably score and Rovers need to improve markedly from Tuesday to keep their unbeaten tag.

The temperature is in the high twenties as Pipe leads the team out. It is the same line-up that started on Tuesday. Parkin returns to the bench following injury. Kelly still tweaked one supposes.

Lincoln are first out of the blocks winning a free kick in a central position thirty yards out.

Bush strikes the ball low through the wall where it takes a deflection but Maxted is alert and saves well diving to his right.

On six minutes Bush again tests Maxted from a free kick. This time the Rovers custodian quickly throws the ball to Pipe who sets Rovers on attack.

The ball is worked across the park to Frear on the left who 'skins' Bush and crosses from the by-line to the unmarked O' Connor who puts his header wide from a great position.

Good work from Marsh-Brown gave Guthrie a chance but his shot went wide.

Lincoln were conceding possession to the home side in mid-field and Guthrie took advantage, taking the ball from defence right to the edge of the Lincoln penalty area where he was brought down, only to see Jennings put the kick over the bar.

On 24mins Rovers took a deserved lead from a free kick, again won by Guthrie on the right.

Frear crossed, and as the heads went up the ball, it ran loose across goal, struck central defender Waterfall, and rolled to Jennings. To Waterfall's dismay, and nearly two hundred Red Imps fans behind the goal, the Rovers full back slotted the ball inside the right hand post.

Lincoln endeavoured to hit back immediately and only a terrific block by Bennett denied one chance the ball breaking to veteran striker Rhead who curled his effort wide.

Marsh-Brown and Guthrie are working well together and on 40mins an exchange of passes on the edge of the area ended with Guthries run being blocked, the ball spinning to O' Connor who repeated Jennings finish inside the right hand post.

Lincoln were reeling as half time approached but forced a succession of corners before the whistle all comfortably dealt with by Maxted and his defence.

Only half way but FGR fans are well pleased and somewhat surprised by Lincoln's performance. The Brazil strip appears a bit wasted on them.

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Joker Man's Match Report Part 1 by Tim Barnard
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Date: 23/08/2015 Time: 18:04:39

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Part 2

On fifty two minutes a Marsh-Brown free kick from the right presents Jennings with another goal scoring chance but his header is wide.

Soon after, a quick break from defence sees Marsh-Brown bearing down on the retreating Lincoln defenders with O' Connor screaming for the pass to seal the game. Instead MB takes on one more and the cross goes astray.

Lincoln are showing a bit more effort and a cross from the left sees Robinson flick wide from close range.

Guthrie, the proverbial thorn in the visitors defence, is making inroads in the penalty area but is facing away from goal as Waterfall makes unnecessary contact and the referee points to the spot.

O' Connor steps up and to be fair his penalties are not convincing. Farman the Lincoln keeper only had to watch last weeks effort against Barrow. He must have and fell to his right to save.

Twenty five minutes remaining,regrets pending.

A minute later Rhead has a clear sight of goal from fifteen yards and blasts the ball over the bar.

What can one say about this journeyman only that he has become the 'block' that everyone goes around these days,he certainly got no change from Racine this afternoon.

Forest Green finally conceded a goal on 70mins engineered by two Lincoln substitutes.

A free kick from the left corner of the penalty area was taken by Power the ball falling in a ruck, and Simmonds pounced and beat Maxted from close range.

Pennock made a change Sam-Yorke on for O' Connor.

He was soon in the thick of it and tangled with Wood which led to a lot of 'handbags'. He must have transgressed receiving a yellow card for his trouble.

With only a single goal advantage it got a bit nervy for home fans especially when the overworked Pipe made a misjudgement allowing the ball to be crossed to Robinson who was again wasteful and put his effort wide.

Parkin replaced Frear on 86mins.

A minute later Rovers made the game safe with the best moment of the afternoon.

Sam-Yorke on the run threaded the ball through to Marsh-Brown who took it into the area and coolly lifted the ball over Farman as he went to ground. Parkin followed the ball in but it was Marsh-Browns goal. Sublime. Look and learn Hernandez v Newcastle just over two hours before.

Rovers ran the clock down and on the whistle Marsh-Brown flashed a shot narrowly wide.

Five straight wins each one becoming more significant.

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