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FGR suffer relegation from 3rd tier after Barnsley thrashing

In a dramatic turn of events, Forest Green suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Barnsley, resulting in their demotion from Sky Bet League One on Saturday afternoon. The match was a bold statement from Barnsley, who are relentlessly chasing their playoff spot in the promotion race. With Adam Phillips leading the charge, Barnsley's offense was incredible, scoring a double and wreaking havoc on FGR's defence.

To add insult to injury, Tedic, James Norwood, and Devante Cole each added a goal to the tally, sealing Forest Green's League One fate. This came as Rovers' 28th defeat in just 42 games. The first goal came in the eighth minute, with Tedic heading home. This set the tone for Barnsley's relentless offensive domination. The Tykes doubled their lead from a Phillips' deflected shot. FGR's weaknesses were exposed again before halftime, as Norwood flicked into the far corner with ease. The hosts' inability to defend against set-pieces proved to be the underlying problem.

In the second half, Phillips scored his second goal of the night, with a rebound tap-in after Doohan saved his initial penalty. Forest Green's Reece Brown managed to score a consolation goal from the edge of the box.

However, it was clearly not enough to make a difference in the outcome of the game or outcome of their season. Barnsley added a fifth, with Cole bagging from a Jordan Williams cross.

Despite their resounding success, Barnsley still has a long road ahead, as they remain four points off the automatic-promotion places, currently sitting in fourth place. Forest Green Rovers on the other hand, despite large success in League Two last season, and obvious and clear intention of repeating that success again under Duncan Ferguson - may have a difficult time repeating that with some of the season we predict to see coming down from League One with them and also coming up to League Two from the National League. Their future maybe in good hands under Ferguson, but we sense it could be a long time and lot more investment before we see FGR up swimming in the third tier again.

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