The Verdict - Stevenage 1-2 Forest Green Rovers: Inconsistent Boro throw away lead to League Two new boys

PUBLISHED: 12:37 22 October 2017

GOAL! Matt Godden scores with a low shot across the keeper. Picture: Danny Loo

GOAL! Matt Godden scores with a low shot across the keeper. Picture: Danny Loo

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Inconsistent Stevenage lost to League Two new boys Forest Green Rovers at the Lamex on Saturday.

Matt Godden puts in a cross into the box. Picture: Danny LooMatt Godden puts in a cross into the box. Picture: Danny Loo

Boro failed to build on their encouraging midweek 3-2 victory against Accrington Stanley despite going ahead through a Matty Godden strike moments before the interval.

Darren Sarll’s team fell to two second half goals from Reece Brown and Christian Doidge secured a second win on the bounce for the UK’s only vegan football club.

The blustery weather from Storm Brian made playing conditions difficult in North Herts as play descended into a scrappy, shapeless affair punctuated by moments of rare skill.

The visitors Keanu Marsh-Brown fired a low shot from distance that fizzed narrowly past Joe Fryer’s right hand post with ten minutes gone.

Stevenage manager Darren Sarll. Picture: Danny LooStevenage manager Darren Sarll. Picture: Danny Loo

The same player then cut inside four minutes later before curling a right footed shot just past Fryer’s left hand post.

It was then Boro’s turn for a chance to fly wide after Jonathan Smith’s header went past keeper Bradley Collins far post on 18 minutes.

Boro adapted to the conditions best when Matt Godden raced through to slot the ball past keeper Collins to put his side 1-0 up just before the break, and looked well set to add to the points and goals tally in the second period.

Yet that was without reckoning on the battling abilities of Rovers to strike back against a surprisingly listless Boro side.

Ben Kennedy plays a pass forward. Picture: Danny LooBen Kennedy plays a pass forward. Picture: Danny Loo

Forest Green had a spell of possession early in the second half which ultimately culminated in Doidge and Marsh-Brown being felled on the edge of the box with a free-kick the reward, 20 yards out.

Brown took it, curling the ball low past Fryer into the bottom left corner to level the scores at 1-1 on the hour mark.

Fourteen minutes later efficient interchanges through the middle saw Marsh-Brown dink the ball for Doidge to head home and make it 2-1 to the West Country side.

Stevenage tried to press but to no avail as Collins denied Godden a last-gasp equaliser on 93 minutes to seal the match – making the 86 travelling fans in a crowd of 2,099 happy at least.

Keanu Marsh Brown (7) curls a shot just wide. Picture: Danny LooKeanu Marsh Brown (7) curls a shot just wide. Picture: Danny Loo

For Stevenage and Sarll, it was again a case of being punished for lapses in concentration, which is left to fester could seriously derail their aims of promotion.

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