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Forest Green Rovers 1-2 Ipswich Town

Ipswich overcame League One new boys Forest Green with a routine away victory.

Goals in the first half from Marcus Harness and Sam Morsy handed Kieran McKenna's Tractor Boys their first win of the new season.

Rovers improved after the break, with substitute Josh March pulling a goal back in the 65th minute.

In their first-ever third-tier home game, Rovers started brightly enough, with Regan Hendry fizzing over.

However, Ipswich nosed in front in the 37th minute as Harness drove in after a period of pinball in the box.

Deep into first-half stoppage time, Morsy was afforded space to bend a sumptuous strike over Luke McGee from the edge of the box.

Rovers got back into the match with 25 minutes to go, March tucking the ball home after substitute Armani Little had seen his strike blocked.

Christian Walton kept Ipswich's noses in front by parrying a March volley and blocking substitute Sean Robertson's follow-up.

March thought he had grabbed an equaliser for Rovers, but the offside flag spared Ipswich as Rovers looked for parity.

Rovers were baying for a red card when March was pulled back by Cameron Burgess, who escaped with a yellow as Ipswich successfully navigated the nine minutes of added time.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Forest Green

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1McGee
  • 22Godwin-MalifeSubstituted forBernardat 26'minutes
  • 15Moore-TaylorSubstituted forCaseyat 87'minutes
  • 6Cargill
  • 2O'Keeffe
  • 26DavisSubstituted forMarchat 45'minutes
  • 7StevensonBooked at 51minsSubstituted forLittleat 61'minutes
  • 8Hendry
  • 17McAllisterSubstituted forRobertsonat 61'minutes
  • 14Matt
  • 29BrownBooked at 78mins

Substitutes

  • 3Bernard
  • 5Casey
  • 10Little
  • 19Robertson
  • 24Thomas
  • 27Bunker
  • 28March

Ipswich

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Walton
  • 44Donacien
  • 4Edmundson
  • 15BurgessBooked at 90mins
  • 7BurnsSubstituted forVincent-Youngat 84'minutes
  • 5Morsy
  • 8Evans
  • 3DavisSubstituted forLeighat 67'minutes
  • 10ChaplinSubstituted forAlukoat 70'minutes
  • 11HarnessSubstituted forJohn-Julesat 70'minutes
  • 9LadapoSubstituted forJacksonat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14John-Jules
  • 19Jackson
  • 21Leigh
  • 23Aluko
  • 24Vincent-Young
  • 29Edwards
  • 31Hladky
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
4,015

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home9
Away22
Shots on Target
Home5
Away10
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Ipswich Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Ipswich Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sam Morsy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kayden Jackson.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Sean Robertson.

  5. Post update

    Tyreece John-Jules (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Bernard (Forest Green Rovers).

  7. Post update

    Cameron Burgess (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jamille Matt (Forest Green Rovers).

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sone Aluko (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Janoi Donacien.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Armani Little (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Armani Little (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Booking

    Cameron Burgess (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Cameron Burgess (Ipswich Town).

  14. Post update

    Josh March (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Sone Aluko (Ipswich Town).

  16. Post update

    Luke McGee (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kayden Jackson (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Evans.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Oliver Casey replaces Jordan Moore-Taylor.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Sone Aluko (Ipswich Town).

  20. Post update

    Regan Hendry (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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