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League Position 2021 - 2022

Pos

TEAM

P

W

D

L

F

A

DIFF

PTS

C

FOREST GREEN ROV

46

23

15

8

75

44

31

84

p

EXETER CITY

46

23

15

8

65

41

24

84

P

BRISTOL ROVERS

46

23

11

12

71

49

22

80

4

NORTHAMPTON TN

46

23

11

12

60

38

22

80

5

PORT VALE

46

22

12

12

67

46

21

78

6

SWINDON TOWN

46

22

11

13

77

54

23

77

7

MANSFIELD TOWN

46

22

11

13

67

52

15

77

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Match Report
Forest Green crowned Champions
on final day 
Mansfield Town  2 - 2  Forest Green Rovers
By Ashley Loveridge for the Stroud Times.

Beaming Forest Green boss Rob Edwards admitted winning the title on goal difference felt “surreal” on a climactic final day of the season.

Rovers knew they had to better Exeter’s result to wrestle back top spot and the title in spectacular fashion. The match had everything and kept pulses racing. Edwards’ side is nothing but resilient and twice came from behind to claim the point they needed to ensure they overtook Exeter at the summit, with the Grecians finishing second after losing at home to Port Vale.

The narrative was mouth-watering, with Nigel Clough’s side starting the day knowing they could go up automatically, reach the play-offs or miss out altogether.

In a high-octane opening, it was Rovers who bossed the game from the get-go at a packed and baying Field Mill. However, on-loan Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff put Mansfield ahead before the break.

With news breaking that Exeter were losing, FGR fans went into dreamland when Ebou Adams’ sublime finish on his 100th league start catapulted Rovers back to the top of the table just after the hour mark.

Nonetheless, it was snakes and ladders at the top when Jordan Bowery nosed the Stags ahead on 78 minutes only for Rovers to net parity just 120 seconds later with sub Josh March writing his name into Rovers’ history books with a deft dink over Stags’ stopper Nathan Bishop to send Rovers up as deserving champions after topping the table since September and only being unseated for the first time last week.

Edwards purred: “It still is a little bit surreal. I know we’ve been there for a long, long time but maybe I still didn’t quite believe it was going to happen.

“But we’ve finished on top and it’s incredible and to win a league title over 46 games is difficult.”

Edwards, in his first season at the helm, lauded his side as players and fans celebrated in style: “I am just incredibly proud and pleased and proud of our performance, which I thought was excellent again today.

“We knew how tough a test coming to Mansfield would be, especially when they needed something from the game as well.

“But under a lot of pressure, we delivered a really good performance.”

Rovers’ character has never been in question and Edwards concurred: “We fell behind twice and showed a lot of character to come back with a couple of really good goals and in the end it worked out really well for both clubs.” 

Leading the table for most of the season, Edwards was stoked to jump back to the top: “But because we’ve been there all season long it just feels extra special. I am still in a bit of disbelief.

“Today was the cherry on the icing on the top of the cake.

“It was a dangerous game near the end as we needed to try to win it as at any point Exeter could have scored, so we took a few risks.”

FOREST GREEN ROVERS: McGee, Wilson, Bernard, Stevenson, Adams, Aitchison, Cadden, Matt, Moore-Taylor, Hendry (March 79), Godwin-Malife .

SUBS NOT USED: Thomas, Sweeney, Cargill, Allen, Young, Diallo.

REFEREE: Robert Madley.