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March winner is huge boost to Forest Green


Forest Green 2 Accrington Stanley 1

Josh March’s 80th-minute winner saw Forest Green halt a three-game losing sequence in a rousing finish against Accrington Stanley.

Tommy Leigh’s 76th-minute strike appeared to have handed Accrington a point before livewire March swept in a ball from Chelsea loanee Bryan Fiabema.

Reece Brown’s first-half opener gave Ian Burchnall’s side a deserved lead eight minutes before the break as Brown swiveled on the edge of the box to thunder a strike into the bottom of Jensen’s bottom corner from a Myles Peart-Harris assist.

Earlier, Rovers came out swinging – David Davis skewing wide from the edge of the box. Accrington responded – captain Sean McConville clipping the boots of keeper Luke McGee.

Chances were scant – Connor Wickham hitting a skidding strike into the gloves of Burnley loanee Lukas Jensen from a Peart-Harris ball on the half-hour mark.

Sixty seconds into the resumption of the second-half – Ryan Atley spooned over with just Luke McGee to beat as John Coleman’s side looked for a quick response.

Stanley netted parity with 14 minutes to go. Mitch Clark weaved his way into the box for Leigh to sweep home with 14 minutes to go. Four minutes later Rovers regained the lead. Substitute Fiabema, with his first touch since coming on, squared the ball for March to pounce.

Deep into stoppage-time Accrington boss Coleman was booked for leaving his technical area and trying to grab a ball back from a ball boy.

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