Goals from Devante Cole and Josh Martin saw Barnsley beat Forest Green Rovers in the first meeting between the two sides.
Barnsley took the lead on 15 minutes. On his return from injury, Jordan Williams found space on the right of the box and delivered a looping cross. Top scorer Cole rose high and headed the ball past Lewis Thomas.
Midway through the second half, Cole had a perfect opportunity 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 clear it.
In the final stages of the match, the visitors were desperately searching for an equaliser. After the ball bounced around the Barnsley box, substitute Armani Little volleyed wide at a wasted opportunity.
However, the Tykes doubled their lead in the final 10 minutes. Substitutes Slobodan Tedic and Martin combined to slip the ball around the keeper only to roll it into the net.
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- 8KaneSubstituted forPhillipsin the 78′minutes
- 10BensonSubstituted forJaloin the 86′minutes
- 44CabbageSubstituted forSwallowin the 79′minutes
- 9NorwoodSubstituted forTedicin the 78′minutes
- 23Fernandes Marquez
- 27BunkerSubstituted forMcAllisterin the 57′minutes
- 11BoysSubstituted forFiabemain the 68′minutes
- 25Peart-HarrisSubstituted forA little bitin the 58′minutes
- 21WickhamSubstituted forMattin the 68′minutes
- 10A little bit
- Bobby Madden
End of match, Barnsley 2, Forest Green Rovers 0.
End of second half, Barnsley 2, Forest Green Rovers 0.
Foul by Bryan Fiabema (Forest Green Rovers).
Robbie Cuddy (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.
Attempt failure. Slobodan Tedic (Barnsley) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Luca Connell with a cross after a set piece.
Foul by Corey O’Keeffe (Forest Green Rovers).
Adam Phillips (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt failure. Adam Phillips (Barnsley) header from the center of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luca Connell with a cross after a corner.
Corner, Barnsley. Courtesy of Baily Cargill.
Dominic Bernard (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Fabio Gialo (Barnsley).
Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Jamille Matt tries a through ball but Josh March is caught offside.
Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Brian Fiabema tries a through ball, but Armani Little is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Slobodan Tedic (Barnsley) left footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the center of the goal.
Change for Barnsley. Fabio Jalo replaces Josh Benson.
Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Lewis Thomas tries a through ball but Josh Mart is caught offside.
Target! 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.