Forest Green owner Dale Vince kept his word and sat with the travelling fans after refusing to wear a tie at Brunton Park.

The visiting club chief had said before the game that he would not be observing the requirement to dress more formally so he could be allowed in Carlisle's directors' area.

Vince instead sat in the Pioneer Stand as his table-topping team went on to beat the Blues 2-0.

The eco-businessman appeared to enjoy his afternoon as he mixed with the 114 travelling fans - who relished the team's away win on Saturday.

Forest Green fans paid tribute to their club owner's sartorial choices by singing, 'We wear what we want...'

It was reported before the game that Forest Green's vice-chairman Phil Butterworth had bought a tie in a charity shop so that he could sit in the directors' area.

Vince also said that he would require Carlisle directors to wear t-shirts and jeans in order to join the directors' area at the return game in Gloucestershire in January.

Carlisle supporters, meanwhile, responded to fans of the vegan club by singing: 'You only came for the pasties' during the game.

Vince had to sit in front of large sponsorship signs for beef, lamb, pork, sausages and steak pies, as a result of that particular stand's sponsorship by Pioneer Foodservice, whose chairman is United co-owner Andrew Jenkins.

United have not responded to Vince's pre-match comments.