Jake Young fires Forest Green to victory over Stevenage
Jake Young’s first-half thunderbolt maintained Forest Green’s unbeaten start to the season as Rovers claimed a 1-0 home win over Stevenage.
The former Sheffield United teenager scored his first senior goal in league football as he fired a 23rd-minute strike beyond Jamie Cumming after Aaron Collins threaded him through.
Collins should have made it 2-0 to Forest Green after 30 minutes when he smashed the post from close in after Jamille Matt had chased down a lost cause.
Stevenage offered little in a tepid first half, with Arthur Read fizzing one effort over from distance.
The second period was a war of attrition.
Cumming did well to gather a deflected Udoka Godwin-Malife strike while Collins hit the post for the second time for Rovers from a Josh March cross with 10 minutes to go.
Stevenage missed a late opportunity with Ross Marshall failing to get on the end of a loose ball in the box.
Prior to the match, Forest Green revealed one first-team player had returned a positive test for Covid-19.
As a result of the positive case, three further players will self-isolate for a fortnight.