Forest Green are on the cusp of promotion as first-half goals from Regan Hendry and Jamille Matt were enough to see off Oldham at the New Lawn on Monday.

Rob Edwards’ side now only require a draw at Bristol Rovers on Saturday to confirm their promotion to League One.

A high-octane opening saw Oldham keeper Danny Rogers suffer a heavy blow to his hand when going down bravely at the feet of Josh March inside the opening two minutes.

Hendry settled any promotion nerves for Rovers as his deflected strike from the edge of the box squirmed through the fingers of Rogers to hand the league leaders an eighth-minute opener.

At the other end, Luke McGee denied Davis Keillor-Dunn with his feet.

Three minutes before the break Matt ended his 16-game run without a goal, the Rovers captain nodding in from a Nicky Cadden cross.

Matt should have made it 3-0 after Will Sutton squandered possession, but fluffed his lines with just Rogers to beat.

Oldham were handed a penalty lifeline with 11 minutes to go when Ebou Adams was adjudged to have fouled Jordan Clarke in the box but Christopher Missilou fired the ball over McGee’s bar.

Afterwards Forest Green manager Rob Edwards demanded his team finish the job before the celebrations begin.

“No, not up yet,” he said.

“We want to get promotion first and see where it takes us with four games to go.

“It’s a good-looking game on Saturday and that’s the same for Bristol Rovers, but I don’t want to fall over the line, I want to sprint over it.”

Edwards was delighted to see his side react from their 4-0 drubbing at Barrow on Good Friday.

“The fans wanted to see a reaction from Friday and I thought we started the game on the front foot with lots of opportunities in the first half,” he said.

“The second goal was fantastic and I’m delighted for Jamille Matt.

“In the second half we had to stay compact and I was delighted to see the penalty go over the bar. The crowd were magnificent and we heard them and they got the extra yard from the players.”