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Crowned League Two champions

May 8th 2022
FGR Media

Forest Green Rovers came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Mansfield Town and win the League Two title on the final day of the 2021/22 season.

Rob Edwards made two changes from the home defeat to Harrogate Town last weekend as Dom Bernard and Ben Stevenson came in for Josh March and Bailly Cargill.

Inside the opening five minutes Kane Wilson was given the space to create the game’s first real chance finding Nicky Cadden at the back post who couldn’t connect with his volley.

The Stags had their first sighter from a Stephen McLaughlin free-kick on 11 minutes but found themselves ahead not long after.

A deflected shot from Jamie Murphy found the feet of Matty Longstaff, who Luke McGee brilliantly denied before the midfielder tapped in the follow up.

Rovers very nearly netted an instant reply as Adams found skipper Jamille Matt, but his effort was just held by keeper Nathan Bishop.

Matt had another chance just moments later but couldn’t quite get enough power on the header to cause any Mansfield worry.

Rovers had the first notable effort of the second 45 as Adams found the space on the edge of the box before his left footed effort drifted just wide.

But on 63 minutes there was utter ecstasy in the away end as Rovers had themselves back on level terms and had one hand on the League Two title.

Matt held the ball well on the turn before releasing Adams who found himself one on one with the oncoming Bishop, before he finished brilliantly to send the travelling Rovers faithful wild.

The game was nearly turned on its head just three minutes later as Cadden’s drive was blocked for a corner, from which Matt powered a header just over the bar.

Yet for all that pressure, with just over 10 minutes remaining the hosts foraged ahead once again as a ball from the far side found Jordan Bowery to squeeze one home.

But just two minutes later, that away end erupted again as Rovers were back on level terms, this time through substitute Josh March.

March broke the Stags defensive line before lifting his deft effort over Bishop, running into the jubilant away support.

With the sound of the full time whistle it was all eyes to St James Park, where Exeter City fell to a 1-0 defeat, meaning Rob Edwards’ Rovers were crowned League Two champions.

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