Goals from Devante Cole and Josh Martin saw Barnsley beat Forest Green Rovers in the first meeting between the two clubs.
Barnsley went ahead on 15 minutes. Returning from injury, Jordan Williams found space on the right of the box and delivered a slick cross. The prolific producer Cole rose to the top to head the ball past the onrushing Lewis Thomas.
Midway through the second half, Cole had a good chance to double his tally for the afternoon. Nicky Cadden crossed the ball from the left for Cole to head in, but this time the Rovers keeper stretched to palm it away.
In the final stages of the game, the visitors wanted to balance the power. After the ball circled the Barnsley box, defender Armani Little fired a volley into the area.
However, the Tykes doubled their lead in the final 10 minutes. Defenders Slobodan Tedic and Martin combined to pass the ball around the keeper for the latter to put into the net.
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- 5KitchingRecorded in 33 minutes
- 2WilliamsIt has been replacedCundyto 78′minutes
- 8KaneIt has been replacedPhillipsto 78′minutes
- 10BensonIt has been replacedSoto 86′minutes
- 44ColeIt has been replacedMartinto 79′minutes
- 9NorwoodIt has been replacedTedicto 78′minutes
- 23Fernandes Marques
- 27BunkerIt has been replacedMcAllisterto 57′minutes
- 11BoysIt has been replacedFiabemato 68′minutes
- 25Peart-HarrisIt has been replacedSmallto 58′minutes
- 21WickhamIt has been replacedMattto 68′minutes
- Bobby Madden
Match ends, Barnsley 2, Forest Green Rovers 0.
Second Half ends, Barnsley 2, Forest Green Rovers 0.
Foul by Bryan Fiabema (Forest Green Rovers).
Robbie Cundy (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jamille Matt (Forest Green Rovers).
Bradley Collins (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
The attempt failed. Slobodan Tedic (Barnsley) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. He is assisted by Luca Connell with a cross that follows a set position.
Foul by Corey O’Keeffe (Forest Green Rovers).
Adam Phillips (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.
The attempt failed. Adam Phillips (Barnsley) header from the center of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luca Connell with the following cross in the corner.
Corner, Barnsley. Hosted by Baily Cargill.
Dominic Bernard (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Fabio Jalo (Barnsley).
Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Jamille Matt tries the ball, but Josh March is caught offside.
Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Bryan Fiabema tries the ball, but Armani Little is caught offside.
The effort is saved. Slobodan Tedic (Barnsley) left footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the center of the goal.
Translation, Barnsley. Fabio Jalo replaces Josh Benson.
Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Lewis Thomas tries the ball, but Josh March is caught offside.
The goal! Barnsley 2, Forest Green Rovers 0. Josh Martin (Barnsley) right footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Slobodan Tedic after a fast break.
Armani Little (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.