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Match pack: Forest Green (H)

28 December 2018

Match Previews

Match pack: Forest Green (H)

28 December 2018

Fresh on the back of the superb Boxing Day win over MK Dons, the Robins return to action on Saturday with a final run out of 2018 at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium against Forest Green (kick-off: 3pm).

Victory over promotion chasing MK last time out continued Michael Duff’s sides superb form and made it six consecutive home wins in all competitions.

Saturday’s contest will be another gruelling encounter against a team pushing at the top end of the table as the Robins head into the 90 minutes that lie ahead full of confidence.

There is limited seating availability for the clash, though there is still plenty of room in the standing areas at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium, as the Robins look to cap 2018 with another big performance in front of a strong home crowd.

Team news

Ryan Broom and Jacob Maddox are facing a fight to be fit, while Kevin Dawson is likely to be involved in the squad again after returning as a late substitute on Boxing Day. Sean Long remains sidelined through injury.

Watch Michael Duff gives his pre-game thoughts here:

 

Opposition

After victory at Newport County on Boxing Day, Forest Green sit seventh in League Two, just inside the divisions play-off places.

They visit the Jonny-Rocks Stadium as the fourth tiers most in form away side and boast a squad featuring a number of high profile names.

Wales international George Williams struck a hat-trick for The Little Club on the Hill on Boxing Day, having previously represented his country at international level, while the likes of Reece Brown, Liam Shephard and Joseph Mills bring knowhow gained from careers spent further up the pyramid.

The FGR squad includes former Cheltenham midfielder Carl Winchester who spent 18 months at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium, leaving in the summer to make the switch further down the M5 on a two-year deal.

This is Forest Green’s second season in the Football League – the highest level they’ve played at in their history. Traditionally perennial strugglers at the top tier of the non-league game, significant financial investment has seen the Nailsworth club rise to prominence, seeing them become the second ever Football League club in the county following their promotion in 2017.

Last time out

Saturday’s game is the second league meeting between the two clubs this season. The first contest came back in October at The New Lawn when FGR came from behind to earn a point in a 1-1 draw.

Tyrone Barnett shoved Cheltenham in front as he followed up Robert Sanchez’s first half penalty save, though a header from Joseph Mills ensured it was a point apiece in front of an attendance of 3,582.

Watch the highlights from that match:

 

Tickets

There are a limited number of seating tickets available for the game. Tickets for the Autovillage Stand will not be available on the turnstiles, while there’s limited seating in blocks 2-6 of the Completely Motoring Colin Farmer Stand, and block 7 will now be open.

Tickets for all standing areas in the Speedy Skips Stand and the Paddock are available to buy at the turnstiles.

Purchase tickets in advance online by clicking here. The ticket office will be open from midday with the club shop open too for fans wanting to purchase merchandise before kick-off.

The car park is sold out for the game – fans who haven’t booked will be unable to pay for parking on the day.

Coverage

Follow @CTFCofficial on Twitter for updates throughout the match and team news in the build up to kick-off. You can also check out score updates on the club’s official Facebook page, and after the full time whistle you can visit the club website to read the match report and watch the reaction from inside the camp.

Listen to live radio commentary via iFollow by visiting ctfc.com/ifollow.


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