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23:00 20th March 2012


Forest Green Rovers
Klukowski 35, Taylor 74, 90. Town 0 The Town's promotion chances to a knock as they fell to a disappointing defeat at Forest Green. Yan Klukowski put the hosts ahead 10 minutes before half-time before two goals in the second half from striker Matty Taylor sealed victory. Gary Brabin made two changes to the side that started Saturday's FA Trophy tie with York City. Adam Watkins and Aaron O'Connor replaced Greg Taylor and Danny Crow, the latter of which dropped to a strong-looking substitutes' bench. The Town began the brighter of the two sides: O'Connor and former Rovers man Alex Lawless both saw shots blocked on the edge of the area inside the first four minutes. However it was the hosts who had the first shot on goal, James Norwood curling a low effort into the hands of Mark Tyler on 12 minutes after Curtis Osano had given the ball away on the edge of the area. The Town were playing some patient football but it was a mistake from the hosts that almost saw Stuart Fleetwood put them in front on 15 minutes. Eddie Oshodi's clearance hit the former Rovers striker and he sped clear with just Sam Russell to beat. However, his low shot struck the legs of the goalkeeper before looping agonisingly over the crossbar. Rovers were full of energy, especially in the centre of midfield, and a left-wing raid on 20 minutes saw left-back Chris Stokes hang up a decent cross for Taylor to head wide. It was another mistake that led to the next chance when a back-pass from Jake Howells, in for Taylor at left-back, allowed the hosts' Taylor to only find the side-netting on 25 minutes. Fleetwood was looking for a goal against his former side but he came close to setting up Robbie Willmott for a tap-in a minute later before Russell dived out to stop the cross. But slowly and surely it was the home side that began to get on top and Dave Hockaday's side took the lead on 35 minutes with a fine goal. Kieron Forbes, son of former Town favourite Adrian, found space on the edge of the area to thread the ball through top Klukowski who burst into the penalty area and struck a well-hit left-foot drive past Tyler. Hurt, the Town responded. O'Connor sent a shot wide of the post on 39 minutes as the Town, all in orange, looked for a quick response. Watkins poked a shot at goal from the edge of the area that trickled wide after Howells had raced up-field from left-back to join in the attack. Shortly before the break Rovers almost doubled their lead when left-back Stokes burst forward, racing past the Town defence, before slamming an effort inches wide of Tyler's right-hand post with the keeper beaten. It was a fine, fine run and it at least gave the Hatters a chance to go in at the break with just the one goal to recover from and not two. Brabin made a change at half-time, introducing Andre Boucaud for Watkins, and within the minute of the second period the Town almost levelled when Willmott thundered a low shot goalwards that was held by Russell at his near post. Rovers were being pegged back by the Hatters but Hockaday's side almost doubled their lead on 52 minutes when Norwood fired a shot just wide on the volley after decent play in the centre of midfield by Forbes. On 61 minutes the Town brought Craig McAllister off the bench for O'Connor before Charlie Henry followed onto the field with 20 minutes left when replacing Lawless. The Hatters continued to push forward in search of an equaliser but, with 16 minutes left they were caught on the break and then found themselves 2-0 down. After they failed to make the most of a right-wing corner, Rovers broke at pace down the left with Norwood. With the Town committed upfield they were short at the back and that allowed Norwood to pick out Taylor in the penalty area to cut inside and place a curling shot beyond Tyler. In an attempt to reduce the deficit, the Hatters forced Russell into a routine stop when Boucaud tried his luck from the edge of the area three minutes later. But the Town's attacks were few and bar between and it was a confident home side went in search of a third goal when Taylor tested Tyler with a shot from the edge of the box. And in the last minute Rovers did get their third. Centre-back Oshodi galloped upfield, beating several Town men in the process before spotting Taylor in box. The home forward did the business: rounding Tyler before tapping home his second to cap a miserable night for the Town and their 297 supporters behind the goal. For minute-by-minute analysis see below. Result from the New Lawn Forest Green Rovers 3 (Klukowski 35, Taylor 74, 90) Luton Town 0 FULL-TIME All over here, report, reaction and photographs to come. 90 mins + 1 - Four added minutes here. 90 mins  GOAL! FOREST GREEN 3-0 Town (Taylor) The Town's night gets worse. Centre-back Oshodi strides upfield, surrounded by three defenders he threads the ball through to MATTY TAYLOR and he grabs his second goal, rounding Tyler before tucking home. 90 mins - Into the last minute. 87 mins - FGR pressing for a third, Taylor warming the hands of Tyler from the edge of the box. 85 mins - Into the last five... 82 mins - Eight minutes left for the Town to attempt to get back into this. 77 mins - Back come the Town, Howells firstly bursting down the left to cross which eludes everyone in the box before Boucaud arrows a shot from the edge of the box that Russell holds. 74 mins  GOAL! FOREST GREEN 2-0 Town (Taylor) Disaster for Town and it's uphill for them to get anything from this as Rovers break down the left with Norwood and with the Hatters defence all at sea he spots MATTY TAYLOR free in the penalty area who confidently finishes to make it 2-0. 73 mins - Half a sniff for McAllister, blocked for a corner. 70 mins No, in fact it's Alex Lawless coming off for Henry. 20 minutes left. 68 mins - Boucaud, who's been excellent since coming on, as taken a knock, looks like he's coming off for Charlie Henry. 65 mins - 975 here inside the New Lawn with 297 shouting for the Town. 61 mins Craig McAllister coming on for O'Connor. 60 mins - From a free-kick the Town almost profit from a knock-down, O'Connor's bicycle kick is blocked from six yards. 55 mins - 10 into the second half, Town still probing. Craig McAllister's been called by Brabin to get ready to join the fray. 52 mins - The Town have been better this half, Boucaud's made a difference, but the hosts engineer a decent move of their own to almost make it 2-0 as Norwood's shot from the edge of the box on the half-volley bounces a yard wide. 46 mins - Bright start to the second period for the Hatters as Willmott drives a low shot at goal that Russell does well to get behind at his near post. 46 mins  And we're off for the second half as Rovers resume. Town have made a change at the break, Andre Boucaud on for Watkins. HALF-TIME  And that's half-time. The Town the trail at the break. Check back in 15 minutes for the second half updates. 45 mins - Super play from left-back Stokes who surges upfield, bypassing everyone before slamming a low shot inches, inches side of the target. One added min. 41 mins - First booking for the Town as Osano gets a yellow for hacking down Stokes. 40 mins - Almost 1-1 as Fleetwood spreads the play out to Howells, up from left-back, who in turn lays the ball off to Watkins on the edge of the area who pokes a shot at goal that trickles just wide. 39 mins - Town trying to get back on level terms as Keane does well to beat his man and feed O'Connor 25 yards out but his effort is wayward and, although he claims it was deflected behind, it isn't and FGR get a goal kick. 35 mins  GOAL! FOREST GREEN 1-0 Town (Klukowski) Rovers have been the better of the two sides for the past 10 minutes and they've made their dominance count by taking the lead with a decent goal. Kieron Forbes finds YAN KLUKLOWSKI who times his run well to burst into the box and slot a left-foot shot across Mark Tyler. 30 mins - Half-an-hour gone, Hatters probing to break the deadlock here. 28 mins - Greg Taylor has tweeted and has explained a hernia/strain is keeping him out tonight. 26 mins - End-to-end stuff now as Fleetwood's pass across goal looks to be heading towards Willmott for a tap-in until Russell dives out bravely to snuff out the danger. 25 mins - Almost a disaster for the Town as Howells' poor backpass catches Tyler unaware and with Taylor haring after it the home striker can't quite guide the ball into the net when sliding to kick the ball from an acute angle. Let off there. 20 mins - Back come Rovers with a left-wing raid, Stokes hanging up a cross that finds the head of Matty Taylor (no, not that one) but his effort bounces well wide. 15 mins - CHANCE. And it should be 1-0 Town as Eddie Oshodi's clearance is charged down by Stuart Fleetwood. The former Rovers striker streaks through and is one-on-one with the Sam Russell but his low shot is stopped by the home goalkeeper. The ball loops up and almost dips home but drops over the crossbar. 12 mins - First shot on target is for Rovers as the Town fail to clear their lines, Osano presenting the ball to James Norwood 20 yards out but his curling shot is comfortable for Mark Tyler. The hosts' Klukowski then goes in the book for challenging Tyler. 10 mins - Half a sniff for the hosts as they win a corner down the right which is whipped into Jamie Collins who heads miles wide of the left-hand post. 8 mins - Hatters on top in the very early stages. Stoppage in play as Stokes is down for Rovers. 4 mins - Half a sight of goal for the Town as O'Connor and then Lawless both have chances blocked on the edge of the Rovers penalty area. 3 mins - So, Hatters, all in orange are 4-3-3 with Watkins, Keane and Lawless in the middle, O'Connor on the right, Willmott on the left and Fleetwood up top. 2 mins - Early sighter for FGR as Yan Klukowski finds space in the Town half to drive a shot well wide from 25 yards out. 1 min Annnnnnnd we're off here at the New Lawn as the Town kick-off shooting away from their 350 or so supporters away to our left. 19:40 HERE THEY COME Out come Forest Green, in their black and white stripes, and the Town, in their orange home shirts. Standby for handshakes, huddles, coin tosses, etc. Then we'll be set. Enjoy the updates. COYH. 19:35 PRESS BOX PREDICTIONS Andrew Barringer: 1-0 Luton, Mike Simmonds: 2-1 Luton, Bill Cole: 2-1 Luton, Euan Duncan: 1-1 draw, Simon Pitts: 1-0 Luton. 19:25 FORMER FGR Stuart Fleetwood and Alex Lawless both start for the Town having plied their trade here at the New Lawn. 19:20 THE TEAMS Forest Green: Russell, Hodgekiss, Stokes, Turley, Norwood, Klukowski, Forbes, Taylor, Oshodi, Henderson, Collins. Subs: Pook, Todd, Thomson, Uwezu, Wright. Town: Tyler, Howells, Pilkington, Kovacs, Osano, Lawless, Keane, Watkins, O'Connor, Willmott, Fleetwood. Subs: Poku, Boucaud, McAllister, Henry, Crow. 19:15 TWO CHANGES Adam Watkins and Aaron O'Connor start for the Town. 19:00 WARM-UP Godfrey Poku, Craig McAllister, Adam Watkins and Charlie Henry are warming up out there. 18:10 WEATHER WATCH A lovely journey through the countryside, it's pretty mild and cloud with the low sun slowly dipping away for the day. 17:00 LIFTED There is there no doubt that Saturday's last-gasp FA Trophy exit to York City left everyone at Kenilworth Road deflated. When denied a trip to Wembley, it's understandable for anyone feel down, to feel sorry for themselves and to think of what might have been. However, more important challenges lie ahead: promotion to the Football League; and the Hatters have to forget about the weekend's frustration and concentrate on cementing their place in the Blue Square Bet Premier's top five. If the Town succeed in the next 10 games and secure a place in the end-of-season lottery that is the play-offs then they will a step closer to achieving their goal of promotion. Yesterday manager Gary Brabin spoke about the importance of lifting his players for tonight's test at Forest Green. The Town have won both of their visits to the New Lawn and the boss will be hoping to make it three in a row. COYH Well, whatever happens today, and indeed throughout the season, your official website will have everything covered: every step of the way. If you can't make the match then we'll have all the goals and incidents as it happens live with the usual news in the run-up to kick-off with team line-ups and plenty of chat as your official website has, as ever, the usual updates keeping you bang up-to-date with all the action - and in a number of ways. 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