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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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