Forest Green Rovers 0-1 Bolton Wanderers: Clinical Doyle strike sees Trotters leapfrog Rovers
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Bolton Wanderers leapfrogged Forest Green Rovers into third place after beating them 1-0 at the New Lawn. 

Top scorer Eoin Doyle decided the League Two contest with a stunning first-half volley to take his season tally to 16.

The Trotters are now unbeaten in 13 and have won four consecutive games.

Mark Cooper's side would have gone second with a win, but the defeat sees them drop a place to fourth.

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Both sides made one change from their previous game. Forest Green replaced Nicky Cadden with Jordan Moore-Taylor, while Bolton brought George Thomason in for Lloyd Isgrove.

Rovers top scorer Jamille Matt suffered a hand injury early on after colliding with MJ Williams and was replaced by Charlton Athletic loanee Josh Davison.

After a cagey start, it was the hosts who had the first chance in the 19th minute. Kane Williams intercepted Williams' pass and surged into the box before forcing Matt Gilks into a low save.

Thomason brought a save from Rovers keeper Lewis Thomas seven minutes later with a well-struck effort from long range.

Forest Green saw two chances in quick succession go begging. The first came when Odin Bailey's corner was headed goalwards by Chris Stokes, but Taylor Allen couldn't make contact before Gilks gathered. Soon after, Aaron Collins did well to find Davison inside the box, only for a heavy touch to let him down.

The Trotters took the lead in the 39th minute when Doyle emphatically volleyed home from 10 yards after Nathan Delfouneso had crossed.

Declan John fired an effort wide from outside the box in added time as they looked to double their advantage.

Jake Young came on for Bailey in the 57th minute and instantly played a part in Rovers having the second half's first opportunity. Dom Bernard received the ball from the youngster and found Collins, who slipped and saw his shot go high and wide.

Bolton had a penalty appeal turned down with 21 minutes remaining when Oladapo Afolayan went down under the challenge of substitute Udoka Godwin-Malife.

Ian Evatt's men were well-disciplined throughout the half and held on for another big three points against a toothless Forest Green.

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