Noah Dougherty
Saturday 20 July 2019

Forest Green Rovers won their second pre-season game of the week as they scored four without reply at Salisbury.

Joseph Mills opened the scoring from the spot before Junior Mondal notched a brace before the half-time whistle.

Shawn McCoulsky applied the icing on the cake with 10 minutes to go as he finished from a corner.

The game’s first real chance came after 14 minutes as Mondal burst into the box down the left-hand side before drawing the challenge and going to ground.

The referee pointed to the spot and captain Joseph Mills stepped up to slot the ball into the bottom right-hand corner, sending the keeper the wrong way.

The best chance of the half for Salisbury fell the way of Toby Holmes as he let fly from 25 yards, only to see his fizzing effort flash past the top corner of Lewis Thomas’ goal.

Less than one minute later, Rovers had the ball in the net. Dayle Grubb’s exquisite pass out to the right was picked up by Joseph Mills, the skipper’s curling ball to the back post falling perfectly to Mondal who lashed home via the crossbar.

Shortly after the half-hour mark, Mondal’s quick feet almost fashioned him another goalscoring opportunity. Wriggling into the box, he tried to make way for a shot but the ball was prodded away from him as he coiled to strike.

From the resulting corner, Matt Mills made a darting run towards the front post before leaping and powering a header just over the crossbar.

Constantly a threat going forward, Mondal grabbed himself a second just before the break. James Morton tried his luck from 20 yards and the striker was first to react as Dan McCarthy parried the ball back out giving the Forest Green man a simple finish into an unguarded net.

Collins had the first opportunity of the second half as he raced through on goal only to see his driven effort pushed away by the Salisbury stopper.

Rovers added a fourth with 10 minutes to spare as Farrend Rawson attacked a corner and forced the keeper to parry his header into the path of substitute McCoulsky who had no difficulty turning the ball home from close range.

Salisbury could have snatched one late on as triallist Albie Hopkins went down in the area, but Warren Bentley smashed his penalty against the crossbar.

Hopkins could have notched one for himself on the 90-minute mark but Adam Smith was equal to his strike and saved with his legs.