Jamille Matt Penalty Seals Points for Forest Green

Jamaican striker Jamille Matt put the seal on Forest Green Rovers’ 2-0 win with a second-half penalty against visitors Cambridge United in an English League Two match on Saturday that maintained their push for promotion.

With home supporters back at the New Lawn, Aaron Collins broke the deadlock on 58 minutes when he pounced on Odin Bailey’s slide-rule pass to beat Callum Burton in the Cambridge goal.

Matt then notched his eighth goal of the season six minutes later, rifling home from the spot, after Cambridge’s Luke Hannant had upended Ebou Adams.

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Forest Green head coach Mark Cooper was impressed with his side’s display against fellow promotion hopefuls.

“We were really good. The boys showed a real desire to run hard at the opposition, to be brave with the ball,” he said.

“It was an all-round really good performance with some brilliant bits of football in it.”

Darnell Furlong – a 25-year-old defender who is eligible to play for Montserrat – scored in the 50th minute for West Bromwich Albion in their 2-1 Premier League defeat at Newcastle United.

Matt Phillips’ deep cross found Furlong, who nipped in to poke a smart finish inside the post to score his first Premier League goal some 24 years after father Paul last scored in the top flight.

Meanwhile, Bermudian central midfielder Milan Butterfield, who joined National League outfit Chesterfield on a free in August from Kidderminster Harriers, has gone out on a month’s loan to National League North side Guiseley and hit the ground running in a 4-2 win over Southport.

Butterfield last played for Chesterfield on November 17 and had not featured in any of new manager James Rowe’s teams.

Another Bermudian, Ajani Burchall, became the third-youngest player to make his debut for Bournemouth.

Burchall, who turned 16 on November 5, came on for the final three minutes and did enough to win two free-kicks as Bournemouth thumped Huddersfield Town 5-0 in a Championship match.

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