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PREVIEW | Forest Green Rovers v Yeovil Town

Town make the short trip to Gloucestershire

15 February 2019

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It's the battle of the greens on Saturday as the Glovers make the short trip to take on Forest Green Rovers on Saturday (3pm).

The journey across the border to Gloucestershire is Town's second shortest away game of the season and will see two sides desperate to collect three points for differing reasons. 

The hosts at the New Lawn are winless in three as their bid for a play-off spot took a dent, whilst Darren Way's side will be looking to end a run of five straight defeats and edge away from the bottom two. 

With both teams looking to rediscover their winning form, the green and whites will be boosted by the return of Craig Alcock from suspension. 

With Tom James still serving a four-match ban, the unorthodox duo of Matt Worthington and Rhys Browne had to fill in at full-back on Tuesday night with Chelsea loanee Josh Grant (ankle) also still absent.

Speaking to iFollow Glovers, Town's boss confirmed Omar Sowunmi (ankle) is back in training and could be considered for selection whilst Gary Warren (hamstring) and Sessi D'Almeida (shoulder) have had scans and seen a specialist respectively. 

For Rovers, they could welcome back goal-scoring midfielder Dayle Grubb following injury, with former Glovers Liam Shephard and Reuben Reid likely to feature for the hosts. 

Head-to-head
Saturday will be just the fifth meeting between the two sides since both entered the EFL.

Town are still looking for a first league win over the Gloucestershire outfit with only a Checkatrade Trophy victory to boast. 

In the reverse fixture in December, the Glovers squandered a 1-0 lead against 10-man Forest Green to lost out 2-1 whilst last season's visit to the New Lawn saw a 3-1 lead slide into a 4-3 defeat in a breathless affair.

Officials
Ben Toner will be the man in the middle this weekend.

His 28th game of the campaign, it will be his first involving the Glovers since overseeing the 4-0 defeat at Carlisle United where Bevis Mugabi was also dismissed. 

Mr Toner will be supported by Ian Dudley and Danny Gratton with Craig Taylor acting as fourth official. 

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Francois Zoko and manager Darren Way can be viewed on iFollow Glovers.

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If you’re unable to attend the game, overseas supporters can watch the game live via the iFollow Glovers service! 

A full match report will follow on YTFC.net at full time with post-match reaction from the manager and a member of the playing staff following soon after.

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Match Reports

REPORT | Forest Green Rovers 3-0 Yeovil Town

Winless run extended in Gloucestershire

16 February 2019

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The Glovers suffered defeat once again in Sky Bet League Two as Forest Green Rovers finished on top at the New Lawn.

In a game that saw the first 20 minutes pass as something of a non-event, Rovers netted with the game's first chance when Junior Mondal broke the deadlock. 

Swinging the pendulum of momentum in favour of the Gloucestershire outfit they doubled their lead on 32 minutes when Christian Doidge converted from a corner.

Proving dangerous from set-plays it was 3-0 on 58 minutes when Lee Collins was on hand to finish another George Williams delivery.

Making the short trip up the M5 to Nailsworth, Darren Way made just two changes from the side that started at Oldham Athletic on Tuesday. 

Having sat out the last three games, Nathan Baxter was recalled between the sticks in place of Stuart Nelson whilst Craig Alcock returned from suspension to take Matt Worthington's spot at right-back. 

With both sides looking to end disappointing recent form it was a tepid start to proceedings with the opening 10 minutes passing without note. 

On a pitch far from ideal for free-flowing football the scrappy start extended to the midway point of the half, until Mark Cooper's side broke the deadlock with their first meaningful attempt on goal. 

Patient play led to Carl Winchester finding space for a shot in the box and although his effort was blocked, it fortuitously fell into the path of Mondal who lashed into the back of the net from close range. 

Buoyed by the opener the hosts began to dominate at the New Lawn with something of a monopoly on possession, as the visiting green and whites struggled to earn territory. 

As the game ticked past the half-hour mark Town were issued a warning when Nathan Baxter had to tip Doidge's looping header over the bar, before he went one better minutes later. 

Penning the Glovers in, Williams' second corner in quick succession was whipped into the near post where nine-goal man Doidge was on the move to head home and tighten their grip on the match. 

Slow to get going, chances began to flow for the side in green and black as Baxter was again called into action to block Williams' well-hit shot from the angle before moments later Reece Brown fired wide of the target as the break approached.

Desperate to take something positive from a disappointing opening 45 minutes the visitors almost reduced the deficit with a flurry of late chances.

A positive run from Bournemouth loanee Alex Dobre ended with a curling strike that had to be tipped behind by Lewis Ward, quickly followed by Francois Zoko forcing a save by the legs of the home stopper from close range. 

Ending brightly, Jake Gray then saw a looping strike come back off the woodwork but the two-goal disadvantage was to remain. 

Keeping the same intensity after the restart, Way's side looked to press for a lifeline and offered signs of encouragement. 

Alex Fisher had a flicked effort saved whilst Dobre saw a venomous drive from 25 yards deflected wide of the target, as early territory was enjoyed. 

However, not ready to surrender their two-goal cushion the hosts went up through the gears and were soon back on the offensive. 

Baxter had to be on his toes to claim Gavin Gunning's flicked strike from a corner before a set-play proved to be Town's undoing for a second time just before the hour-mark. 

Williams' corner delivery this time went to the back post where Collins was free to seemingly put the game beyond doubt. 

Having conceded two goals in two minutes at Oldham in midweek, history almost repeated itself in Gloucestershire but for Baxter to brilliantly palm away Williams' driven strike from 20 yards. 

Needing a miraculous turnaround at the New Lawn both Rhys Browne and Ryan Seager entered the fray, but it was Dobre who went close to reducing the deficit when his strike from an Alcock cross was headed off the line by Farrend Rawson. 

Ticking towards the final 10 minutes a final roll of the dice was made as Courtney Duffus replaced Fisher, but the refreshed attack couldn't alter the afternoon's outcome as a sixth consecutive defeat was confirmed.

Forest Green Rovers: Ward; Winchester, Gunning, Rawson, Mills (McGinley 66'); Collins (Liddle 78'), Digby; Williams, Brown, Mondal (McCoulsky 71'); Doidge.
Bookings: Collins 16'.
Subs not used: Thomas, Reid, Godwin-Malife, James.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; Alcock, Mugabi, Gafaiti, Dickinson; Arquin (Browne 57'), Pattison, Gray, Dobre; Fisher (Duffus 75'), Zoko (Seager 66').
Bookings: Gafaiti 51', Dickinson 76', Alcock 84'.
Subs not used: Nelson, Worthington, Rogers, Abrahams.

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TICKETS | Town make the short trip to Gloucestershire

Glovers take on Forest Green Rovers

14 February 2019

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Town make their second shortest trip of the season this weekend when they travel to take on Forest Green Rovers in Gloucestershire.

With 86 miles to cover across the border from Somerset, Darren Way's side head to the New Lawn for a fourth away game in five. 

Looking to end a run of five straight defeats, it will be just Town's second visit to Forest Green having narrowly lost out 4-3 last season. 

Tickets remain on sale with supporters encouraged to buy in advance, as prices rise by £1 on matchday.

Prices, travel information and more can be found on our away tickets page with fans able to purchase:

In person at the ticket office
Phone: 01935 847888
Online: Click here

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