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Forest Green: Paul Green sees red in defeat at The Shay

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 21, 2013

By Pete Orchard


Ady Pennock

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A woeful first-half display and another red card proved Forest Green's undoing at Skrill Premier home lovers Halifax.

Marc Roberts' header from a worryingly simple corner routine won it for the Shaymen in the 27th minute, and Rovers' task was made even harder by the questionable dismissal of Paul Green with 25 minutes left.

The decisive goal came when Adam Smith's deep corner was met with a towering header by Roberts which drifted beyond the reach of Sam Russell and into the net via a flick off the post.

Just as in the FA Trophy double header against Chorley, Forest Green were horribly sloppy in possession and lacking in imagination in the final third.

Home custodian Matt Glennon was totally untroubled until three minutes before the break, when he was required to push away a cross-shot from the right by Jared Hodgkiss.

There was noticeably more urgency in the away side's play at the start of the second half, and skipper Anthony Barry's 30-yard effort was sweetly struck to force Glennon to palm around the post.

The resulting Marcus Kelly corner was then nodded against the crossbar by James Norwood, who saw his follow-up shot blocked inside a packed but panicky six-yard box.

Matty Pearson fired one wide from distance to keep home fans interested, but Rovers were looking the likelier scorers when referee Ross Joyce deemed Green's forceful challenge on Paul Marshall near the halfway line to be worthy of a straight red card.

It looked a harsh call, suggesting the official may have been influenced by the impressively boisterous atmosphere generated by the crowd.

See Monday's Pink Un for Pete Orchard's match overview and match reaction.

Forest Green: S. Russell; J. Hodgkiss, A. Racine, D. Bennett, E. Asafu-Adjaye; P. Green, A. Barry, M. Kelly; M. Barnes-Homer (M. Taylor 70), D. Wright (R. Styche 83), J. Norwood (J. Alabi 84); Subs not used: E. Oshodi, A. McHugh.

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