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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 Swindon Town 33 +21 63
2 Exeter City 33 +14 63
3 Crewe Alexandra 33 +20 61
4 Plymouth Argyle 33 +17 61
5 Cheltenham Town 32 +21 54
6 Port Vale 34 +6 54
7 Colchester United 34 +13 52
8 Northampton Town 33 +11 52
9 Bradford City 34 +6 51
10 Forest Green Rovers 34 +2 46
11 Salford City 34 0 44
12 Cambridge United 34 -6 44
13 Walsall 34 -11 43
14 Crawley Town 34 -1 41
15 Grimsby Town 32 -2 41
16 Newport County 31 0 40
17 Leyton Orient 34 -9 38
18 Oldham Athletic 34 -15 37
19 Scunthorpe United 33 -9 36
20 Mansfield Town 34 -7 35
21 Carlisle United 33 -17 35
22 Macclesfield Town 34 -8 30
23 Morecambe 34 -24 30
24 Stevenage 34 -22 22