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Forest Green Rovers Preview - A look at the SkyBet League Two Leaders

6 December 2021

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Forest Green Rovers Preview - A look at the SkyBet League Two Leaders

6 December 2021

After Saturday's FA Cup heroics, Town are back in league action on Tuesday evening when Simon Weaver's side entertain leaders Forest Green Rovers.

The 2-1 victory against Portsmouth at Fratton Park booked Town's place in the third round of the FA Cup for the first ever time, capping a positive week on the road that they will now be looking to translate into their home form this week.

Our opponents

Forest Green have been the form team in League Two this season and come into the clash with a healthy six-point lead at the League Two summit and a game in hand over second-placed Northampton.

Unbeaten in seven matches, Rovers have tasted defeat just once in 12 games and possess the joint best defensive record in the division as well as leapfrogging Town last time out to become top scorers in League Two.

They are yet to be defeated on their travels, taking an impressive 21 points from nine games.

Last season

Rovers did the double over Town in 2020/21, earning narrow one-goal victories in both fixtures. At The Envirovent Stadium a second-half strike from Jamille Matt secured a 1-0 victory whilst goals from Chris Stokes and Kane Wilson were enough for a 2-1 win at The New Lawn in March despite a late consolation from Jay Williams.

Ones to watch

Having found the net 34 times so far it is little wonder they can boast a pair of forwards in Matt Stevens and Jamille Matt who have both hit 10 goals so far. Matt also has seven assists on the season.

Winger Nicky Cadden is once again key in terms of creativity from the left-hand side and has four assists to his name to add to his five goals.

Ben Stevenson, who arrived from Colchester in the summer, is also having a strong season in the centre of midfield whilst the likes of Dominic Bernard and goalkeeper Luke McGee have stood out from a defensive standpoint.

Within Forest Green's ranks is former Town loanee Josh March, who managed five goals and two assists in 14 appearances for Weaver's side last season, before his loan was cut short due to injury.

The man in charge

Rob Edwards is the man opposite Weaver in the dugout, having taken charge in the summer following the departure of Mark Cooper. It is Edwards first managerial position having previously held a number of coaching roles.

Edwards made over 200 appearances in his playing career, most notably for Wolves for whom he made a century of appearances.

Recent history

This is the fifth consecutive season that Rovers, who became the world's first vegan club in 2015, are competing at this level.

A non-league club for virtually all of their existence since being founded in 1889, fortunes were turned around following investment from Dale Vince and after near misses in 2015 and 2016, the club earned promotion to the Football League in 2017.

They reached the League Two playoffs in both the 2018/19 and 2020/21 seasons, being defeated at the semi-final stage on both occasions.

Team news

Town continue to be without their injured defensive trio of Rory McArdle, Will Smith and Ryan Fallowfield as well as forward Aaron Martin, while Lewis Page misses out through suspension having accumulated five yellow cards this season.


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