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Forest Green 0-2 Town - Unbeaten start to 2024 continues with victory at The New Lawn

13 January 2024

Match Reports

Forest Green 0-2 Town - Unbeaten start to 2024 continues with victory at The New Lawn

13 January 2024

Town continued their unbeaten start to 2024 with a convincing 2-0 win over Forest Green at The New Lawn.

Jack Muldoon broke the deadlock six minutes after the restart, taking full advantage of Forest Green being reduced to ten men three minutes earlier as Alex Rodriguez Gorrin was shown a second yellow card.

The provider of the first goal Abraham Odoh then claimed Town’s second for himself, calmly slotting home to secure all three points. 

Simon Weaver replaced the injured Sam Folarin with Matty Daly who himself had just returned from an injury lay-off. James Belshaw took his place in goal as a permanent Town player for the first time since 2021, lining up against the club he featured for on an emergency loan just under a month ago.

Harrogate started the contest strongly with Abraham Odoh looking bright on the left and nearly connecting with a Jack Muldoon cross at the far post that would surely have broken the deadlock had he connected with his header.

Both Odoh and Matty Daly then forced debutant goalkeeper Tommy Simkin into saves, the Forest Green stopper growing in confidence after struggling to hold the first attempt on his goal.

Just past the half hour mark a mix up between Simkin and his defenders allowed George Thomson to poke the ball past Simkin, though he weas cynically brought to the ground. Referee Christopher Pollard brandished a yellow card with Thomson’s free kick deflecting wide.

Despite having had the better of the opening 45 minutes Harrogate could have found themselves behind at the break had it not been for Anthony O’Connor’s immaculately timed sliding challenge to deny Matty Stevens.

Forest Green were reduced to ten men just three minutes into the second half as Alex Rodriguez Gorrin stretched for the ball but caught Odoh and was swiftly shown a second yellow card by Pollard.

It took Town just three minutes to make their numerical advantage count as Matty Foulds played a short corner to Odoh, who raced past his marker and fired a low ball across goal where Muldoon was waiting to apply the finishing touch.

The ten men of Forest Green almost hit back instantly though as Stevens turned sharply and looked to apply the finish, only to find Belshaw at his best to make the one on one save.

Harrogate soon doubled their lead though and this time it was Odoh who applied the finish, Daly being gifted possession in a dangerous area and finding his teammate who provided a cool sidefooted finish.

Now two goals to the good and with a man advantage, Weaver opted to rotate his side as Warren Burrell, Josh Falkingham, Levi Sutton, Josh March and James Daly were all given minutes and helped Town to another away success.


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