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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Dan Butler (9')
  • Paul Hayes (17', 38')
  • Dan Butler (6' OG)
  • Gavin Gunning (30')
  • Lee Collins (82')

Lee Collins nets late equaliser as Forest Green earn point at Newport

A late Lee Collins goal gave Forest Green a 3-3 draw with Newport County at Rodney Parade.
An enthralling first half resulted in five goals with a double from Paul Hayes following a strike from Dan Butler putting Michael Flynn's hosts into the ascendancy.
But an early own goal from Butler and a first-half strike from captain Gavin Gunning kept the visitors in the game.
The Exiles endured a nightmare start when Butler put the ball into the back of his own net after a wicked cross from Haydn Hollis after six minutes.
Butler quickly made amends when he equalised after finding the right end with his right foot just three minutes later.
The home side went ahead for the first time 17 minutes in when Hayes' header found the back of the net after an initial header from Butler.
The Green Devils hit back when Gunning was found unmarked and fired the ball home, while Hayes put the Exiles back into the lead with a powerful volley on the stroke of half-time.
But Collins ensured his side went home with a share of the spoils with eight minutes remaining.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Crewe Alexandra 13 +7 26
2 Exeter City 13 +7 26
3 Bradford City 13 +7 24
4 Forest Green Rovers 13 +7 24
5 Newport County 12 +6 23
6 Cheltenham Town 12 +10 22
7 Swindon Town 13 +4 21
8 Colchester United 13 +4 19
9 Crawley Town 13 +1 19
10 Grimsby Town 13 +4 18
11 Plymouth Argyle 13 +2 17
12 Macclesfield Town 13 0 17
13 Port Vale 13 -2 17
14 Salford City 13 -4 17
15 Mansfield Town 13 +2 16
16 Cambridge United 13 +2 16
17 Leyton Orient 13 -3 16
18 Northampton Town 13 -2 15
19 Walsall 13 -8 15
20 Carlisle United 13 -8 14
21 Oldham Athletic 13 -9 11
22 Scunthorpe United 13 -5 10
23 Stevenage 13 -9 8
24 Morecambe 13 -13 7