Forest Green Rovers have made it up into the Football League for the first time in their history after winning the Vanarama National League Promotion Final against under-par Tranmere Rovers on Sunday.
A year ago Forest Green were the team deflated after losing out to Grimsby Town on the hallowed turf, but a deserved victory over a frustrated Tranmere side that made crucial errors at both ends and the damage was done in a thrilling first half that swung both ways before opening up decisively.
Kaiyne Woolery was Forest Green`s hero with two of their goals, the opener coming in the 12th minute
Woolery drove forward and fired a left-footed effort from 25 yards that went in low to Scott Davies’ right.
The Forest Green supporters were comfortably outnumbered by their Tranmere counterparts, who had something to cheer about after 22 minutes when Connor Jennings got hold of Lois Maynard’s lay-off and fired into the roof of the net from 20 yards past Sam Russell – two goals that would have graced any Wembley final.
Russell then saved well from James Norwood as Tranmere had their best spell of the game.
While at the other end, Davies palmed a Keanu Marsh-Brown lob from under his crossbar, but could do little to prevent Forest Green from re-taking the lead after 41 minutes.
A diagonal ball from Liam Noble found Christian Doidge, who beat Steve McNulty, and cut inside before firing in another excellent goal.
And the Green & White flags were flying again seconds before the half-time whistle when Tranmere skipper Liam Ridehalgh, who has had an exceptional season, failed to clear a Doidge flick-on, and Woolery went clear to beat Davies and make it 3-1.
The second half was barely 10 minutes old when Tranmere were almost gifted a way back into the game when Russell`s dribble out of the area was blocked by Cole Stockton, who could only shoot over the empty net.
Stockton had two decent headed opportunities, but with Forest Green content to sit behind the ball, the second half fizzled out somewhat until the end when the Gloucestershire players, fans and officials could celebrate history being made.
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