Forest Green 1 Cambridge Utd 1 - full time
FOREST GREEN ROVERS 1 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 1
YAN Klukowski's last-minute penalty spared Forest Green from defeat on the opening day of the Blue Square Bet Premier season.
Tom Elliott's debut strike in the first half gave Jez George's outfit the advantage, but Rovers' 18-goal top scorer in 2011/12 denied them all three points.
The deadlock was broken when Gary Roberts' delivery into the home area was only cleared to Josh Coulson in the left channel, who swung over the perfect cross for Elliott to convert with a diving header.
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United's skipper Roberts was superb all afternoon, but he could have no complaints at referee Darren Handley's decision to point to the spot after clumsily felling James Norwood.
Klukowski missed two penalties during pre-season but reverted to his form of last term, coolly sending Jonathan Hedge the wrong way to make it 1-1.
See Monday's Citizen for Peter Orchard's match overview, match reaction and pictures.
Forest Green: Russell; Turley, Oshodi, Collins, Asafu-Adjaye; Forbes, Bangura (Rowe 46), Klukowski; Norwood, Taylor (Styche 79), Vieira (Wright 70); Subs not used: Racine, Marsh.