Exeter City 0 Forest Green Rovers 0

Last updated : 29 August 2005 By Footymad Previewer

Exeter remain top of the Conference but surrendered their winning start after being held by Forest Green Rovers.

There were few clear-cut chances in a largely scrappy game, and both sides could have few complaints about having to share the points.

Lee Phillips had the first chance of the game for City when he struck a spectacular overhead kick over the bar from 15 yards.

Phillips then had a shot cleared off the line by Adam Garner after the striker had taken the ball around the goalkeeper.

Much of the first period was scrappy. Andy Taylor struck a free-kick over the bar from the edge of the box as Exeter probed for an opener.

Forest Green offered little in the first half. Alex Meechan had his side's first shot on target just before half-time but his effort was pushed over by Paul Jones.

After the break Exeter continued to look the better side. Billy Jones curled a free-kick into the arms of the goalkeeper from the edge of the box.

Exeter huffed and puffed but never really looked like a team at the top of the league and defending a 100 per cent record so far this season.

Rovers launched a rare raid forward midway through the half, and Zema Abbey ended a good move when he headed the ball into the arms of the goalkeeper from 10 yards.

Abbey again went close minutes later when he leapt highest to meet Damon Searle's free-kick and his towering header flew just past the post.

In the final minutes the visitors could have grabbed a winner when Matt Gadsby met Jon Beswetherick's cross.