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🧐 The Opposition: Forest Green Rovers

We take a look at Forest Green Rovers, ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League Two clash with Mark Cooper's side

14 August 2019

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Forest Green Rovers manager Mark Cooper

Grimsby Town return to Sky Bet League Two action as they face Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn on Saturday (3pm).

Michael Jolley’s men are unbeaten after their first two league games of the 2019-20 campaign, as they beat Morecambe 2-0 and drew 1-1 with Bradford City.

And the Mariners will be hoping to extend their unbeaten 2019-20 league run to three games with a win against Forest Green Rovers this weekend.

But Mark Cooper’s side are also unbeaten after their first two league matches, as they beat Oldham Athletic 1-0 and drew 1-1 with Walsall.

And they will be looking to continue their solid start with a home win over Town on Saturday.

Transfer business


There was plenty of movement at the New Lawn in the summer.

Former Nottingham Forest and Bolton Wanderers defender Matt Mills signed for Cooper’s side, with forward Aaron Collins joining from Morecambe.

Ebou Adams, Kevin Dawson, and Adam Smith also joined Forest Green this summer.

But Cooper lost two of his key men from last term, with Christian Doidge and Reece Brown leaving the New Lawn for Hibernian and Huddersfield Town, respectively.

One to watch


Striker Shawn McCoulsky is yet to score a goal for Forest Green Rovers, since his transfer from Bristol City in January.  

But the 22-year-old previously scored 30 goals during loan spells with Southend, Newport County, Bath City, and Weston Super-Mare.

And, with Doidge and Brown leaving for pastures new, McCoulsky will be looking to become Forest Green’s main goal threat in 2019-20.

Previous starting 11 in the league


Cooper opted for a 3-4-3 formation as his side drew 1-1 away at Walsall last weekend.

Lewis Thomas was in goal, with a back three of Farrend Rawson, Matt Mills, and Nathan McGinley.

Dominic Bernard, James Morton, Kevin Dawson, and Joseph Mills made up the midfield four, with Carl Winchester, Shaun McCoulsky, and Aaron Collins up front.

Match to remember

Town gained promotion back to the EFL as they beat Forest Green 3-1 in the National League play-off final at Wembley Stadium in 2016.

Omar Bogle scored a brace, with Nathan Arnold adding a third goal in added-time, to end the Mariners’ six-year stay in non-League.

What are your predictions for Saturday’s clash with Forest Green Rovers? Tweet us at @OfficialGTFC!

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Match Reports

📝Match Report: Forest Green Rovers 1-0 Grimsby Town

Town beaten for first time this season

17 August 2019

Lee Blease
Elliott Hewitt

Grimsby Town lost for the first time this season as they were narrowly beaten by Forest Green Rovers at The New Lawn.

Substitute Junior Mondal grabbed the only goal of the game 14 minutes from time to ensure the points stayed in Gloucestershire.

The Mariners created chances and deserved to take something from the game but were unable to convert any of those opportunities, bringing to an end their unbeaten opening to the campaign.

Town made two changes to the team that drew with Bradford City in their previous league game as new signning Luke Waterfall came in for the injured Ludvig Ohman at centre-back and Moses Ogbu replaced Ahkeem Rose in attack.

James McKeown began in goal, with Elliott Hewitt, Harry Davis, Waterfall and Luke Hendrie in defence.

Harry Clifton, Jake Hessenthaler and Elliott Whitehouse were the midfielders, with Matt Green, James Hanson and Ogbu forming the attack.

The Grimsby substitutes were Sam Russell, Liam Gibson, Jordan Cook, Max Wright, Charles Vernam, Sebastian Ring and Mattie Pollock.

Forest Green came into the game having also taken four points from their opening two league fixtures and having progressed into the second round of the Carabao Cup with a penalty shoot-out victory at Charlton on Tuesday.

Town's first attack of note saw Hewitt send a cross into the penalty area but the ball was cleared after it had been headed on by Hanson.

Another half-chance came on 10 minutes when Hanson knocked the ball down for Waterfall but his ball across goal was cleared from danger.

A cross from Forest Green's Joseph Mills went out for a goal kick after Dominic Bernard could not bring it under control.

A foul on Ogbu gave Town a free kick but the Mariners were unable to make it count, before a free kick at the other end on 20 minutes saw Ebou Adams head over the bar.

Another home attack led to Carl Winchester crossing but his ball was too high for Matt Stevens and Town got it clear.

The visitors won a corner on 26 minutes but the whistle blew for a foul by Davis as Hessenthaler's delivery came across.

Another corner was given after Green went down under a challenge in the Forest Green penalty area but Hanson's header from it was blocked, as was another by Green after Hessenthaler's return delivery.

Winchester was shown the game's first yellow card for a foul on Ogbu 25 yards out and left of centre. Hessenthaler's ball was met by Waterfall but it was cleared after being spilled by home keeper Jojo Wollacott.

A header from Hanson was caught by Wollacott on 35 minutes, before a cross from Ogbu came off Green and went out for a goal kick at the far post.

Two added minutes were played at the end of a first half of few chances for either side, with the hosts' first clear opportunity falling to Bernard in the closing seconds. He played a one-two with Stevens but fired off-target.

That meant the scores remained level at the break, with both teams looking to push on and win the game in the second half.

Dayle Grubb replaced Stevens for Forest Green before the restart and a home corner two minutes in led to a shot from Joseph Mills that flew just wide of McKeown's goal.

After the hosts had the better of the early stages, Town created a chance for Waterfall as Hanson headed the ball down but the defender's weak shot drifted wide.

McKeown gathered the ball at the second attempt after Bernard shot following a Forest Green attack down the left.

At the other end, Whitehouse won a corner on 62 minutes when his left-footed strike was blocked. Hessenthaler's delivery was met by Waterfall and after the ball was not cleared, Town got it back into the box but Hanson's shot went through to keeper Wollacott.

Another chance came when a Hessenthaler free kick was headed away and after the ball came back into the box, it was flicked on by Davis but Hanson, stretching, could only send it wide of the mark.

McKeown went down with an injury on 67 minutes but was passed fit to continue after receiving treatment.

Mondal replaced Kevin Dawson for the home side soon afterwards, before Cook was sent on in place of Ogbu in Town's first change.

And when the dealock was broken by Forest Green on 76 minutes, it was the substitute who made the difference. A cross was cleared as far as MONDAL and he drilled a low shot past McKeown.

A home corrner on 77 minutes was cleared by Waterfall, before Vernam came on for Green and Ring replaced Clifton as Town completed their substitutions.

Hanson headed just wide after a cross from Vernam on the right as the Mariners looked for an equaliser with the clock ticking down.

Davis was forced to head behind and concede a corner at the other end in the last minute of the 90 but it caused no problems as the home side played the ball short an it was put out for a Town throw-in.

Four added minutes were played at the end of the game but Grimsby were unable to force an equaliser and instead, were forced to taste defeat.

They are next in action on Tuesday, when Colchester United visit Blundell Park.

Forest Green Rovers: Jojo Wollacott, Udoka Godwin-Malife, Joseph Mills (C), Matt Mills, Nathan McGinley, Carl Winchester, Dominic Bernard, Kevin Dawson, Ebou Adams, Matt Stevens, Shawn McCoulsky.

Subs: Lewis Thomas, Liam Kitching, Dayle Grubb, James Morton, Taylor Allen, Aaron Collins, Junior Mondal.

Town: McKeown (C), Hendrie, Waterfall, Davis, Hewitt, Clifton, Hessenthaler, Whitehouse, Ogbu, Hanson, Green.

Subs: Russell, Gibson, Cook, Wright, Vernam, Ring, Pollock.

Referee: Leigh Doughty 

Attendance: 2152 (283)

Next Up: Colchester Utd (H)

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Ticket News

Forest Green Rovers (A) Ticket Information

15 August 2019

Ticket information for our upcoming away fixture at Forest Green Rovers on Saturday 17th August.

We have received a total of 780 tickets for our upcoming away Sky Bet League Two fixture at Forest Green Rovers on Saturday 17th August. Tickets are priced as follows:

Uncovered Standing

Adults - £18

Over 65+ - £14

Under 21 - £8

Under 16 - Free of Charge

Under 11 - Free of Charge (with a paying adult ticket)


Adults - £23

Over 65+ - £18

Under 21 - £12

Under 16 - Free of Charge

Under 11 - Free of Charge (with a paying adult ticket)

Tickets can be purchased on the day of the game from the ticket office but are subject to a price increase. Please note that the free Under 16's ticket will not be available on the day and will be subject to a charge. 

Tickets are available for postage up until 3pm on Wednesday 14th August (standard and recorded) or 3pm on Thursday 15th August (guaranteed next day) 

Tickets can be purchased direct from the Blundell Park ticket office, calling 01472 605050 or by visiting our online ticket store

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