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 Saturday, 7 December, 2002, 17:58 GMT
Forest Green 4-1 Leigh RMI

Forest Green reversed their sorry run of four successive Conference defeats with a deserved home win over fellow strugglers Leigh.

They should have taken the lead as early as the sixth minute when Neil Grayson found himself unmarked in the six-yard area but the striker sent his header over the crossbar.

Kayode Odejayi then hit a right-foot shot narrowly wide before Leigh crafted their first chance of any note, a volley from Ian Monk which failed to trouble Steve Perrin in the hosts' goal.

Phil Salt forced a save from Perrin with a curling shot before Forest Green took the lead five minutes before the interval through Alex Sykes, who tucked a fine effort past Stuart Coburn from 20 yards.

A minute after the break, Martin Foster's right-wing cross was headed home by Odejayi and the Nigerian striker doubled his tally from close range seven minutes from time.

Andy Heald grabbed a consolation from the penalty spot in the 88th minute after Darren Jones had upended Ged Courtney, but Alex Meechan capped a fine display from Rovers with a cool finish from just inside the area three minutes into stoppage time.


Forest Green: Perrin, Matthew Russell, Darren Jones, Richardson, Jenkins, Owers, Steven Cowe, Sykes, Foster, Odejayi, Grayson. Subs: Meechan, Langan, Coupe, Cook, Glassup.

Leigh RMI: Coburn, Harrison, John Robertson, Fitzhenry, Maden, Durkin, Kielty, Salt, Tolson, Monk, Whittaker. Subs: Fisher, Heald, Courtney, McGill, Kendrick.

Referee: T Kettle (Maidenhead).

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