Macclesfield 1 Forest Green 2 - full time
MACCLESFIELD TOWN 1 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 2
SUBSTITUTE Steve Brogan struck a 93rd minute winner on his debut for Forest Green in Cheshire, lifting them to second in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
Matty Taylor's fourth goal of the season was cancelled out in the second half by Matthew Barnes-Homer, five minutes after John-Paul Kissock had been sent off.
But Brogan had the final say, five days after arriving at the club from Guiseley.
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An ankle injury to Aarran Racine meant a first start of the season for Chris Stokes at left-back, with Ed Asafu-Adjaye shifting to right-back and Jamie Turley to the centre of defence.
Kieron Forbes had already struck the post when Rovers went ahead came ten minutes before half-time. It was as simple as they come, Taylor latching onto Sam Russell's booming punt downfield and maintaining composure to roll home.
The frame of the goal came to Macclesfield's rescue again on 55 minutes when Ben Wright bent a free-kick over the wall and saw it strike the angle of post and crossbar.
Four minutes later the hosts were left short-handed by the already cautioned Kissock, who was horribly late with a challenge on Stokes and was duly banished to the dressing room.
As so often happens Rovers seemed to find life tougher with a numerical advantage, and it was 1-1 in the 64th minute when Asafu-Adjaye's weak clearance under pressure dropped for Barnes-Homer to ram home.
Eventually Hockaday's men cleared their heads, and they struck aluminium for the third time in the match when Magno Vieira span into the box and fired against the post.
It looked like being a tale of frustration, but in the third minute of added time Asafu-Adjaye worked space for a right-wing cross and Brogan was on hand with the deftest of finishes from close range.
See Monday's Citizen for Peter Orchard's match overview and match reaction.
Forest Green: S. Russell; E. Asafu-Adjaye, J. Turley, E. Oshodi, C. Stokes; K. Forbes (R. Styche 85), A. Bangura, J. Collins; M. Vieira (S. Brogan 80), M. Taylor, B. Wright (Y. Klukowski 63); Subs not used: O. Koroma, P. Marsh.