Cheltenham 1-2 Forest Green: Rovers take derby spoils to move top
Last Updated: 02/11/19 7:13pm
Forest Green moved top of the League Two table with a 2-1 derby win at Cheltenham.
The damage was done in the first half with goals from Jack Aitchison and Elliott Frear putting Rovers in command before Luke Varney pulled one back after the break.
But Forest Green had done enough to end Cheltenham's 17-match unbeaten home run that stretched back to January.
They took the lead after 15 minutes when Ryan Broom gave the ball away and Matt Stevens beat two men before finding Aitchison, who played a one-two with Liam Shephard before finishing neatly.
Frear headed wide from a good position in the 28th minute.
But the former Motherwell midfielder made no mistake when Ebou Adams found him with a fine pass five minutes before half-time, tapping past Scott Flinders for the first goal of his second spell at Rovers.
Forest Green did a good job of closing the game down early in the second half, but Cheltenham hauled themselves back into it in the 65th minute.
Substitute Chris Clements' low free-kick was spilled by Joseph Wollacott and Varney headed into an empty net for his sixth of the season.