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Forest Green: Lee Hughes rescues a point for Rovers

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 19, 2014

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There was no separating two of the nearly men in the Skrill Premier play-offs mix after a thrilling finale at the New Lawn.

Goals from Brett Johnson and John Goddard overturned a lead given to Forest Green by James Norwood, only for Lee Hughes to pounce with an injury-time leveller.

Both sides finished with 10 men thanks to red cards for Mark Ricketts and Al Bangura.

Rovers went ahead when Norwood beat the offside trap to latch onto Hughes' clever pass before nervelessly rounding keeper Sam Beasant and rolling home his 17th goal of the season.

Perhaps feeling aggrieved, Woking task became doubly difficult three minutes later when their skipper Ricketts was rightly shown a straight red card for a horribly high challenge on substitute Bradley Jordan.

On-loan Charlton Athletic youngster Jordan attempted to soldier on through the pain but eventually had to be replaced by Bangura in first-half stoppage time.

Rovers were now seemingly in command, but their lead evaporated in the 69th minute when John Goddard's corner was not properly cleared and defender Johnson pounced on the loose ball to hook home an equaliser.

Bangura received his marching orders eight minutes later when he bundled over Goddard in needless fashion to collect a second yellow card.

Woking thought they had pinched an unlikely victory when Betsy skipped past Jared Hodgkiss and pulled the ball back for Goddard to net via a deflection.

But a minute later they failed to deal with Barry's hanging free-kick and arch poacher Hughes headed in a dramatic leveller at the far post.

See Monday's Pink Un for Peter Orchard's match overview, match reaction and pictures.

Forest Green: Russell; Oshodi, Oliver, Bennett (Jordan 17, Bangura 45), Hodgkiss; Norwood, Green, Barry, Kelly (Wright 55); Hughes, Taylor; Subs not used: Rodgers, White.

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