Result: Forest Green Rovers promoted to English Football League

A general view of the ground before the first leg of the Vanarama Football Conference playoff semi-final between Forest Green Rovers and Bristol Rovers at The New Lawn Stadium on April 29, 201
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Forest Green Rovers reach the English Football League for the first time in their history, beating Tranmere Rovers 3-1 at Wembley in an entertaining playoff final.

Forest Green Rovers have been promoted to the English Football League for the first time in their 128-year history after beating Tranmere Rovers 3-1 in the playoff final.

Three goals before half time put Rovers well on their way to the most famous result in their history, as they successfully saw things through to reach the fourth tier of English football.

It is more heartbreak for Tranmere, meanwhile, who finished nine points above their opponents in the table but failed to turn up on the day and will play non-league football next term for a third successive year.

The match started in a frantic fashion with both teams looking to attack, but it was Forest Green who opened the scoring 11 minutes in through on-loan Wigan Athletic forward Kaiyne Woolery, who was allowed to carry the ball forward before picking his spot.

Tranmere were being nullified in attack following that early blow, with the next chance falling to Mark Ellis who could not quite direct his header on target.

The next goal went the way of the Micky Mellon's side, though, as Connor Jennings matched Woolery by scoring a pearler from outside the box to temporarily level things up - his seventh goal in eight matches.

Forest Green, beaten by Grimsby Town at this stage 12 months ago, were lucky not to fall behind soon after when James Norwood raced through but was denied from a one-on-one position.

Tranmere keeper Scott Davies then produced a fine stop to keep out Keanu Marsh-Brown's chipped attempt, before Andy Mangan somehow failed to tap home a flashed cross in the box.

The match soon swung firmly in Forest's favour, though, with Christian Doidge cutting inside on his right and finding the back of the net, three minutes before Woolery bagged his second following some slack play at the back.

Cole Stockton came close from a header as Tranmere looked for a route back into the match and Jack Dunn's 35-yard drive deflected agonisingly wide.

Tranmere were dominating things for large parts of the second period, but Forest Green ace Woolery should have done better with his chance 70 minutes in after getting in behind.

Despite their efforts Tranmere just could not find a way through, however, meaning joy for Forest Green in front of the 18,801 fans in attendance at Wembley Stadium, as they look forward to their first foray into the EFL.

Manager Gary Johnson of Yeovil watches on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burnley and Yeovil Town at Turf Moor on August 17, 2013
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