Forest Green stun Tranmere to claim league place for first time

• Kaiyne Woolery scores twice in 3-1 play-off victory at Wembley
• Club are promoted to the EFL after 128 years in non-league

A year ago Forest Green were vowing to come back stronger after losing last season’s promotion final to Grimsby Town. They were as good as their word and, while the Gloucestershire club may be hard to pinpoint on a map, their name will become considerably more familiar when they make their Football League debut in August. This was a deserved victory over a frustrated Tranmere side that made crucial errors at both ends and the damage was done in a thrilling first half that swung both ways before opening up decisively. Kaiyne Woolery, a right-winger of considerable promise, was the hero with two of their goals, the first of which was among three that fitted their stage perfectly.

If the best of these shoot-outs are frayed affairs that blend quality and calamity in equal measure, for long periods this ticked every possible box. The floodgates opened when Woolery, who had already wriggled to the byline once, made a contribution of greater substance from infield. Perhaps Tranmere were confused by his drift into a deep pocket of space just inside their half; either way Woolery should not have been allowed to turn and drive forwards, his run culminating in a true left-footed shot from 25 yards that thudded low to Scott Davies’ right.

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