FOREST GREEN ROVERS v ALFRETON TOWN PREVIEW
Friday Nov 4, 2011
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5th, 2011
by Kev Miles
ALFRETON Town will be looking to avenge a 6-1 Blue Square Bet Premier Division home defeat by Forest Green Rovers earlier in the season when they travel to the New Lawn on Saturday.
The first fixture between the two sides this season was in the third game of the campaign back on Saturday, August 20th, but, against a Rovers side seeking their first win of the season, several Alfreton defensive errors were punished to the full.
Forest Green were aided by the fact that Alfreton conceded three of the goals in the dying embers of a game they finished with ten men as Anthony Wilson broke his left foot and had to be taken off on 68 minutes, just 13 minutes after coming on, and the Reds had already used all three substitutes as they chased the game.
Theo Streete got the Alfreton goal on 13 minutes which levelled a fourth-minute opener by Jamie Turley for Rovers.
Charlie Griffin put Forest Green ahead again on 19 before Reece Styche added a third three minutes later. Styche got his second of the game but not until the 76th minute after which Theo Streete unfortunately put through his own goal on 90+4 which was followed by an even later strike by Yan Klukowski on 90+5.
For the return game at the New Lawn in Gloucestershire this Saturday, the Reds will be buoyed by the 2-1 midweek FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay success at Lincoln City.
Alfreton manager Nicky Law will be without central defender Leigh Franks who damaged a hamstring in the midweek FA Cup win at Lincoln City and will be out for a minimum of two weeks. Midfield player Jake Moult also sits the game out due to a one-game suspension for being sent off for two cautionable offences at Lincoln.
Also missing will be Matt Wilson, Connor Franklin and Adie Hawes all through injury, Wilson and Franklin with ankle ligament damage and Hawes with an infected knee.
Law is expecting to have the welcome boost of having striker Nathan Arnold fit and available for the first time since he broke a fifth metatarsal in his left foot way back on August 23 and defender Luke Potter will also return after missing the midweek game with a minor knee injury.
Squad from: Lowson, Day, Law, Hall, Potter, Young, Streete, Brown, Mullan, Mackin, Stevenson, Senior, Clayton, Anthony Wilson, Jarman, Arnold, Ellison, Turner.
Going into the game, Forest Green are currently sat in mid-table, in 13th place with 23 points from 18 league games played so far, 13 places and 13 points better off than Alfreton.
Only nine of their points total have come on home soil where just two wins have been enjoyed. Dave Hockaday's side have also been held to draws three times at home where there have been four defeats.
The Rovers' wins have come against Bath City (3-0) and AFC Telford United (2-1). The draws, all with the same 1-1 scoreline, were against Stockport County in the first game of the season, Newport County and Mansfield Town. Defeats have come against Braintree Town (0-2), Grimsby Town (0-1), Southport (2-3) and Kettering Town (0-1).
Rovers have scored ten goals and conceded 11 in their nine home games which has led manager Hockaday to bring in former Northampton Town striker Michael Uwezu on a two-month deal this week. The 20-year-old was a free agent following his release from the Cobblers in June but had trained with Rovers during the pre-season.
The top scorers for Rovers this season in the league is Reece Styche with six, Charlie Griffin with five and Yan Klukowski with three.
In their last game, Forest Green exited the FA Cup at the first hurdle with a 2-1 defeat in the fourth qualifying round last Saturday at Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division side Arlesey Town.
The Rovers team was: Matt Bulman (James Bittner 30), Jared Hodgkiss, Chris Stokes, Jamie Turley, Yan Klukowski (Charlie Griffin 66), Kieron Forbes, Matt Taylor, Al Bangura, Jake Thomson (Wayne Turk 84), Eddie Oshodi.
Substitutes not used: Jeffrey Imudia, Luke Graham, Chris Allen.
Jared Hodgkiss put Rovers in front on 62 minutes but two goals in the last six minutes, the first from the penalty spot on 84 and a dead-ball strike from a free kick swung the tie Arlesey's way.
FOREST GREEN ROVERS SO FAR IN THE 2011/12 SEASON
12/8/2011 H Stockport County BSP 1-1, att: 1,848
16/8/2011 A Luton Town BSP 1-1, att: 6,061
20/8/2011 A Alfreton Town BSP 6-1, att: 686
23/8/2011 H Braintree Town BSP 0-2, att: 1,033
27/8/2011 A Ebbsfleet United BSP 1-1, att: 889
29/8/2011 H Bath City BSP 3-0, att: 1,344
3/9/2011 H Grimsby Town BSP 0-1, att: 1,181
10/9/2011 A Cambridge United BSP 1-1, att: 2,408
17/9/2011 H Southport BSP 2-3, att: 873
20/9/2011 A Tamworth BSP 1-0, att: 783
24/9/2011 A Lincoln City BSP 1-1, att: 2,076
27/9/2011 H Newport County BSP 1-1, att: 1,203
1/10/2011 H Mansfield Town BSP 1-1, att: 893
8/10/2011 A Fleetwood Town BSP 0-0, att: 1,687
11/10/2011 A Hayes & Yeading United BSP 0-2, att: 251
15/10/2011 H Kettering Town BSP 0-1, att: 823
18/10/2011 H AFC Telford United BSP 2-1, att: 632
22/10/2011 A Stockport County BSP 1-0, att: 3,391
29/10/2011 A Arlesey Town FA Cup 4th qual. round 1-2, att: n/k
FORM BOOK (latest game listed last)
Forest Green Rovers: D D W L D W L D L W D D D D L L W W L
Alfreton Town: L D L D L W L L L W D L L D L L L L D W
Kick-off at The New Lawn is 3pm. Alfreton Town Supporters' Association transport departs at 9.15pm.
Fixtures for Saturday, November 5th
Blue Square Bet Premier Division
Bath City v Grimsby Town
Darlington v AFC Telford United
Forest Green Rovers v ALFRETON TOWN
Gateshead v Braintree Town
Kettering Town v Southport
Kidderminster Harriers v Tamworth
Lincoln City v Barrow
Luton Town v Fleetwood Town
Mansfield Town v Cambridge United
Newport County v Ebbsfleet United
Stockport County v Hayes & Yeading United
York City v Wrexham