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Forest Green Preview - Everything you need to know about our Gloucestershire Opponents

12 March 2021

Match Previews

Forest Green Preview - Everything you need to know about our Gloucestershire Opponents

12 March 2021

We make the long trip to Forest Green Rovers this Saturday in a game that could have implications on the League Two playoff race.



Despite the setback of a defeat in our last away outing at Stevenage, confidence remains high in the camp by virtue of the run of form that has seen Simon Weaver's side record seven wins in their past ten games.

Since we last met

The last time the two teams met was back in December when Jamille Matt's second-half winner was enough to earn Rovers the points in a fixture where fans were present at The EnviroVent Stadium.



Since then, Rovers have taken 29 points from the 17 games played to leave them in third place just a point off top spot and with a four-point cushion to the last playoff spot.

They are the fourth top scorers in the division with 47 goals, including 16 from set pieces.

In the January window the club added Baily Cargill on a permanent deal from MK Dons as well as loan moves for Isaac Hutchinson (Derby) and Josh Davison (Charlton), though former Town loanee Liam Kitching departed for Barnsley.

Ones to Watch

Jamille Matt is high up the scoring charts having netted 17 times this season so far. Midfielder Aaron Collins has seven goals and five assists, whilst Scottish winger Nicky Cadden has six assists.

New signing Cargill has also added four goals and an assist since arriving at the club, whilst Davison has chipped in with three goals.

The Man in Charge

Mark Cooper has been at the helm since 2016, earning promotion from the National League just twelve months later.

Cooper made over 450 appearances for a number of clubs, including Exeter City and Tamworth, during his playing days.

Prior to taking charge at Forest Green, Cooper has managed at Notts County, Swindon, Darlington, Kettering, Peterborough and Tamworth where Weaver was a member of his squad.

In our pre-match interview, our Manager reflects on his playing days under Cooper…



History

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

They were sitting in 10th place in 2019/20 when the season was brought to a premature close. The summer saw goalkeeper Luke MCGee arrive at the club from Portsmouth, alongside midfielder Cadden as well as forwards Matt and Young, who lead the scoring charts.

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

They reached the playoffs in the 2018/19 season but were defeated by Tranmere at the semi-final stage.

Team News

Both Joe Cracknell and Mitchell Roberts remain on the sidelines, but Weaver will hope to have Connor Hall back in contention following his recent absence with a hamstring injury.

Josh March has returned to the New Lawn to undergo rehab after being ruled out for the season with a knee injury sustained in Tuesday's win against Colchester.
 

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