Stevens double fires Forest Green to victory

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two match between Forest Green Rovers and Barrow.

A Matty Stevens brace ruined Barrow boss Mark Cooper’s return to his former club as Forest Green opened up a five-point lead at the top of League Two with a 2-0 win.

On a frustrating night for Cooper’s men, Stevens banked a second-half double to take his tally to 14 goals for the season.

In a war of first-half attrition, the game failed to gain any momentum from the get-go as a clash of heads involving Ebou Adams and Ozzy Zanzala inside the first minute forced a lengthy stoppage.

Rovers’ Nicky Cadden tried to find a spark but fizzed wide from a Kane Wilson cross. At the other end, Josh Gordon was a whisker away from connecting with a Patrick Brough cross as the Cumbrians upped the ante.

On the cusp of the break, Paul Farman repelled Cadden’s stinger following a driving run from Regan Hendry.

The deadlock was broken in the 61st minute when Stevens rose to glance home Ben Stevenson’s corner.

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Rovers sealed the win after 83 minutes when substitute Jack Aitchison fed Jamille Matt for Stevens to grab his second with a fine finish beyond the stranded Farman.

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