FOREST GREEN ROVERS 4 STOCKPORT COUNTY 1
FOREST Green surged to within three points of the Blue Square Bet Premier summit thanks to a roaring start at the New Lawn.
Dave Hockaday's side were three up inside 25 minutes though Yan Klukowski, a James Tunnicliffe own goal and James Norwood's strike.
Sean Newton's penalty 15 minutes from time never looked like more than a consolation, and it was left to Rovers substitute Reece Styche to have the final say.
The rout began when Klukowski pounced on a mistake by Jordan Fagbola and finished a direct run by nervelessly converting his ninth goal of the season.
Stockport found themselves two goals adrift when Klukowski's inswinging corner was diverted into his own net by Tunnicliffe, and the third goal came on 25 minutes when Klukowski's cross drew keeper Ian Ormson and gave Norwood a routine finish.
County were given an unlikely late foothold when substitute Tom Collins was tripped on the edge of the area and referee Brett Huxstable – after lengthy consultation with his assistant – pointed to the spot.
Newton duly sent Russell the wrong way to make life a little uneasier for the home faithful, but a handsome win was finally sealed when Stokes' near post shot was blocked by Ormson and Styche gobbled up the rebound.
See Monday's Citizen for Peter Orchard's match overview, match reaction and pictures.
Forest Green: Russell; Asafu-Adjaye, Racine, Oshodi, Stokes; Green, Bangura, Klukowski; Vieira (Koroma 67), Taylor, Norwood (Styche 86); Subs not used: Hodgkiss, J. Rowe, Brogan.