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Forest Green Preview

Andy Phillips previews the final game of the season at the New Lawn.

4 May 2018

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Town head to Forest Green Rovers on Saturday afternoon (3pm) in the final game of the season after securing safety last weekend.

Club News

Referee Watch | Stockbridge Takes Charge Of Final Game

2 May 2018

Michael Jolley's side secured their place in League Two for next season after the 2-1 victory over Notts County, and they will now be looking to finish the season on a positive note and continue a run that has only seen the Mariners lose one of their last five games.

With Forest Green also safe after getting themselves out of trouble, there is nothing riding on the game in terms of league position, but it has been proven time and time again how important a positive finish to the season can be over the years. 

Dembele and Vernon could miss out

There are no fresh injuries for the Mariners but Siriki Dembele and Scott Vernon are both still carrying knocks so are doubts to make their final appearance of the season.

Zak Mills, Paul Dixon and Charles Vernam remain missing as expected, whilst it remains to be seen if it will be the final game in a Town shirt with decisions to be made in the coming weeks.

Forest Green have a full squad to choose from after goalkeeper Brad Collins was passed fit after suffering a concussion a fortnight ago, so there are no injury worries for Mark Cooper's side.

Forest Green survive first season in the EFL 

Forest Green have struggled more than they may have expected this campaign, but boss Mark Cooper has done well to steer the club to safety and they will be looking to build on this experience.

Cooper took charge in May 2016, sitting in the dugout for Town's 3-0 Promotion Final victory against Rovers at Wembley Stadium before going on to earn promotion in the same fashion last season with a victory against Tranmere Rovers in the final.

His side started the season poorly and found themselves in the bottom three throughout the early months, but the club kept faith in him and the former Darlington and Peterborough United boss will now be looking to end his season in positive fashion at the weekend.

Rovers have relied on the goals of Christian Doidge for much of the season, with the 25-year-old Welshman hitting 25 goals in 48 games so far this campaign, so he is certainly one to watch out for.

Last time out  

The reverse fixture between the two sides saw Town win 1-0 at Blundell Park back in December.

A Mitch Rose goal was the difference that day as the Mariners finished 2017 with a victory, whilst they were also reduced to ten men when received his marching orders..

The two sides have met 14 times over the years and the Mariners have an impressive record, winning nine of those encounters and drawing three, with Forest Green coming out on top on two occasions.

Form guide

Forest Green: LLLWLLWWDL
Town: LDLLDLWDWW

Managers in summary

Michael Jolley: ''I think they're a good side, they've got some good players and Mark likes his sides to play very good football and credit to him for that because in League Two it's not always easy to do that. He's very strong on his principles and I respect him for that. I think they've got some good players and have ended strongly. They were in around the bottom two but have lifted themselves out of there and credit to them for that.'' 

Mark Cooper: ''We want to win, we want to get to 50 points and finish the season off in good fashion. It will carry into next season. At no point did we ever want to be battling on the last game to stay up. We made sure that didn't happen and Grimsby did it last week so it is a game both teams can try and enjoy."

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Match Reports

Match Report: Forest Green Rovers 0-3 Grimsby Town

Town wrap up the season in style at The New Lawn.

5 May 2018

Grimsby Town stretched their Sky Bet League Two unbeaten streak to five games as JJ Hooper scored both goals in a 3-0 win over Forest Green Rovers at The New Lawn.

Town opened the scoring on 52 minutes through Hooper, who tapped it home among a goal-line scramble following Fox’s free-kick from the right.

Hooper got his brace on 84 minutes with a brilliant side-footed effort to the top-right corner.

And he sealed his hat-trick with a sublime 25-yard strike to make it 3-0 to the Mariners.

Town started brightly and earned the first chance of the game on five minutes as Rose broke through the home side’s defence before his shot deflected off Gunning and into the side-netting.

But the match had become scrappy in the middle shortly after with neither side able to make it stick or really having a clear-cut opportunity to open the scoring.

And referee Seb Stockbridge gave the first booking of the game on 19 minutes as former Town man Gunning was shown the yellow for a foul on Cardwell.

And it was another 10 minutes before the next half-chance was created as Summerfield and Cardwell produced neat play to break into the home side’s box, but the latter saw his weak effort drift wide of the mark.

But Forest Green began to create more chances as the half wore on, and came the closest to opening the scoring on several occasions.

The home side had a chance to go ahead on 31 minutes as Doidge connected to Brown’s in-swinging corner from the left, but his powerful header flew well wide of McKeown’s right-post.

But Doidge did call the Town ‘keeper into action four minutes later as he looked to have rounded him in a one-on-one situation, but McKeown somehow managed to claw the ball away from the Forest Green striker’s feet, and keep the scores level.

And Mark Cooper’s men came close again on 39 minutes as Cooper’s side-footed effort deflected off Clarke before slowly trickling past the post and out for a corner. But the home side failed to make the set piece count as McKeown caught the cross with ease.

And Forest Green came close again on 42 minutes when Laird’s free-kick seemed to be on-course to nestling into the top-right corner, but McKeown made a brilliant leaping save to catch it and deny the hosts of an opener.

Half-time: Forest Green Rovers 0-0 Grimsby Town

But the Mariners broke the deadlock seven minutes into the second period after Fox’s free-kick was flicked down by Rose into the path of Hooper, who bundled it over the line to make it 1-0 to Town.

But the home side came close to equalising through Doidge on 58 minutes, but the striker’s close-ranged shot was denied by an instinctive stop by McKeown.

Forest Green made a double-change on the hour-mark as Bray and Grubb replaced Osbourne and Brown.

And Town made their first sub of the game three minutes later as Davies came on for Hall-Johnson at right-back.

Town defended resolutely and managed the game well to restrict the home side to few opportunities to get back into the game.

Town received their first booking of the game on 67 minutes as Fox was shown the yellow for a foul on Reid.

And the home side made their final change on 71 minutes as Campbell replaced Reid.

Jolley made another change with 12 minutes to go as he brought on Matt to replace Cardwell.

And Hooper got his second with six minutes remaining with a great bit of skill to beat the Forest Green defence, before letting loose with a brilliant side-footed strike to the top-right corner!

The Mariners made their final change of the game with three minutes to go as Berrett replaced Rose.

And Hooper sealed his hat-trick with a sublime effort from 25 yards to find the top-right corner and make it 3-0.

Full-time: Forest Green Rovers 0-3 Grimsby Town


Forest Green 

1 Bradley Collins 
5 Lee Collins (C) 
3 Scott Laird 
32 Haydn Hollis 
20 Farrend Rawson 
16 Gavin Gunning 
15 Charlie Cooper 
10 Reece Brown 
34 Isaiah Osbourne 
26 Reuben Reid 
9 Christian Doidge

Subs

30 Cameron Belford 
17 Daniel Wishart 
27 Tom Anderson 
31 Alex Bray 
8 Dayle Grubb 
12 Jordan Simpson 
25 Tahvon Campbell

Town

1 James McKeown 
31 Reece Hall-Johnson 
23 Andrew Fox 
5 Nathan Clarke (C) 
6 Danny Collins 
8 Mitch Rose 
15 Harry Clifton 
19 Luke Summerfield 
9 JJ Hooper 
25 Martyn Woolford 
17 Harry Cardwell

Subs

30 Ben Killip 
2 Ben Davies 
14 Karleigh Osborne 
7 James Berrett 
11 Sam Kelly 
39 Simeon Jackson 
29 Jamille Matt


Referee: Seb Stockbridge


Attendance: 3818 (814)

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Ticket News

Travelling To Forest Green? Here's All You Need To Know

Your essential guide to The New Lawn.

21 January 2019

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The New Lawn

Capacity: 4,803 (Seats 1,881)
Address: Nympsfield Road, Nailsworth, GL6 0ET
Telephone: 01453 834 860
Pitch Size: 110 x 70 yards
Club Nickname: The Rovers
Year Ground Opened: 2006
Home Kit: Green and Black Hoops

Ticket News:

Seating

Adult - £21
Over 65 - £16
Under 21 - £10
Under 16 - £7
Under 11 - Free with an adult ticket

Standing
Adult - £19
Over 65 - £15
Under 21 - £9
Under 16 - £6
Under 11 - Free with an adult ticket

Tickets are also available on the night but are subject to a £1 price increase per ticket.

Town fans will be housed in the West Terrace and should enter the stadium via turnstiles 9 and 10.

Where to Eat & Drink

The club though have set up a small marquee bar for visiting fans which is located near to the away turnstiles or there is The George pub on New Market Road - around a 15 minute walk from the ground. There's also the Queen Vic in Stroud which welcomes away supporters. The postcode for the Vic is GL5 1QG.

The New Lawn is a Meat Free stadium but supporters can get Veggie Burgers,  Q-Pies (filled with Quorn, Chips and Curry Sauce,  Chip Butties and Chips.

How to get there

When planning a trip here, don’t try and find Forest Green on your map, look up Nailsworth, south of Stroud in Gloucestershire.

The best way to approach is from the M5 and exit at junction 13 and head for Stroud on the A419. At Stroud turn onto the A46 towards Nailsworth. This will bring you into the centre of the town when you reach the Information Centre take the first right at the mini roundabout into Spring Hill, which goes up a steep hill sign posted Forest Green.

The Lawn is at the top of this hill. Turn left at the roundabout at the 'summit' into the stadium entrance. There is no parking available in the club car park for visiting fans unless you are a blue badge holder who has pre-booked a space. A short distance away down Nympsfield Road is Nailsworth Primary School which offers parking at £5 per car. Otherwise, there is plenty of on-street parking in the area, although please be considerate to local residents.

Park & Ride

The Club operates a Park & Ride scheme from the premises of Renishaw plc, which are located on the main A46 Stroud Road (GL5 5EY). There are 200 spaces for cars and cost of £5 per vehicle. Buses up to the ground commence up to three hours before kick off and return after the match has ended.

By Train

There is no railway station in Nailsworth itself. The nearest is in Stroud which is five miles away.

Celebrity Watch

Former Town player and now commercial manager, Dave Smith hails from these parts.

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent live in the nearby village of Bisley. Camilla Parker Bowles, the future King Of England’s wife used to live in Nailsworth, and Authors The Rev W Audrey (Thomas & Friends) and Jilly Cooper plus Tony (Baldrick/Time Team) Robinson and Mike (Tubular Bells) Oldfield all live/lived locally.

Town Kit

Shirts: Red
Shorts: Red
Socks: Black

Previous Meetings

The two sides have met 15 times over the years and the Mariners have an impressive record, winning nine of those encounters and drawing three, with Forest Green coming out on top on three occasions.

Can anyone forget this this one?

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