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Mansfield Town 2-2 Forest Green Rovers: Draw seals title for Rovers

Josh March sealed the League Two title for Forest Green Rovers with an equaliser against a Mansfield Town side that hung on to claim a play-off spot on a chaotic final day at the One Call Stadium.

Rovers twice came from behind to claim the point they needed to ensure they overtook Exeter at the summit, with the Grecians finishing second after being beaten by Port Vale.

On-loan Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff had put the hosts ahead before the break, with Ebrima Adams restoring parity just after the hour mark.

Two goals in two season-defining late minutes saw Jordan Bowery restore Mansfield’s lead before March hit back to snatch the point the Gloucestershire side required to be crowned third division champions for the first time ever.

More to follow.

  • Line-ups
  • Match Stats
  • Live Text

Line-ups

Mansfield

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Bishop
  • 14PerchSubstituted forHewittat 84′minutes
  • 35O’Toole
  • 12Hawkins
  • 3McLaughlinBooked at 37mins
  • 10MarisSubstituted forWallaceat 74′minutes
  • 44M Longstaff
  • 16Quinn
  • 7MurphySubstituted forAkinsat 88′minutes
  • 9Bowery
  • 18Oates

Substitutes

  • 4Hewitt
  • 8O Clarke
  • 23Wallace
  • 24Stech
  • 25Stirk
  • 32Lapslie
  • 34Akins

Forest Green

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1McGee
  • 22Godwin-Malife
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 3Bernard
  • 2Wilson
  • 21HendrySubstituted forMarchat 79′minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 7Stevenson
  • 11Cadden
  • 8Adams
  • 14Matt
  • 10Aitchison

Substitutes

  • 4Sweeney
  • 6Cargill
  • 12Allen
  • 18Young
  • 23Diallo
  • 24Thomas
  • 28March
Referee:
Robert Madley
Attendance:
7,374

Match Stats

Home TeamMansfieldAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home14
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home12
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Mansfield Town 2, Forest Green Rovers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Mansfield Town 2, Forest Green Rovers 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Mansfield Town. Lucas Akins replaces Jamie Murphy.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rhys Oates (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew Longstaff.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jamille Matt (Forest Green Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Kieran Wallace (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Mansfield Town. Elliott Hewitt replaces James Perch.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ebrima Adams (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nicky Cadden with a cross following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by James Perch.

  10. Booking

    Josh March (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Mansfield Town 2, Forest Green Rovers 2. Josh March (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Udoka Godwin-Malife with a through ball.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Josh March replaces Regan Hendry.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Mansfield Town 2, Forest Green Rovers 1. Jordan Bowery (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stephen McLaughlin with a cross.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rhys Oates (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen McLaughlin with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ebrima Adams (Forest Green Rovers).

  16. Post update

    Stephen Quinn (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jamie Murphy (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Quinn with a headed pass.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Mansfield Town. Kieran Wallace replaces George Maris.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jack Aitchison (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kane Wilson.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Oliver Hawkins.

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