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Preview: The Imps set for New Lawn visit

Tuesday 12 September 2017
FGR Media

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Forest Green face familiar National League foes Lincoln City at The New Lawn tonight in the club’s 2nd home game in 4 days (7.45pm).

Rovers suffered their first home defeat at the hands of Exeter City on Saturday and will be looking to bounce back against Danny Cowley’s side.

The Lincolnshire club have only lost once on their travels so far, and will provide another stern test to Mark Cooper’s charges.

Team news

It’s another week where FGR have a full strength side to choose from, having fared well on the injury front so far.

Sam Russell could be in contention for a place in the match day squad as he has made progress on the injury that kept him out of Saturday’s team.


Lincoln City were crowned champions of the National League last season finishing just one point short of the 100 point tally at the top of the table.

They have started their Sky BetLeague Two campaign in decent form, finding themselves in 11th place after six matches played.

In the dugout

Danny Cowley will be in the away dugout for this evening’s encounter alongside his brother Nicky who have worked together during their managerial career so far.

A former PE teacher, Cowley found success at Concord Rangers with multiple promotions under his belt before moving to Braintree Town. He led The Iron to a 3rd place finish in his one and only season at Cressing Road which earned him a move into full time management with Lincoln City ahead of the 2016/17 season.

In his opening campaign at Sincil Bank he secured promotion to the Football League by winning the National League title and will be relishing life as one of the top 92 managers in the country.

Between the sticks

Paul Farman picks up where he left off last term by keeping the number one jersey for The Imps.

Young goalkeeper Josh Vickers, who made the switch to Lincoln from Swansea City in the summer, provides backup to Farman in the Lincoln goal.

In defence

Luke Waterfall and Sean Raggett have formed a partnership at the back over the last few outings and will likely to be in place for tonight’s encounter. The latter made the move to Championship side Norwich on a three-year deal in the summer but has been loaned back to Lincoln until January. Robert Dickie has also played his part in the centre of defence in the team's opening two matches but has fallen out of favour in recent weeks.

Former Blackpool favourite Neal Eardley has lined up in the left back position with Sean Long on the opposite side. Both are new additions to Danny Cowley’s squad joining from Northampton Town and Reading respectively.

In midfield

New singing Michael Bostwick will command the centre of the park despite normally operating as a centre back. He’s not missed a minute in his holding role so far in the league.

He’ll be joined by Alex Woodyard, who will have a more attacking remit from the middle of midfield.

Either side of the central pairing, Lincoln have a number of options down the flanks. Harry Anderson and Billy Knott enjoyed a successful outing against Stevenage in the last outing, whilst Nathan Arnold and Jordan Maguire-Drew have also been given opportunities to start.

In attack

Matt Rhead heads up the attack for The Imps alongside former Mansfield man Matt Green. However, the latter had an early bath against Stevenage receiving a second yellow card for dissent so won’t feature in tonight’s game.

This could hand a start to Ollie Palmer, who joined the club from Leyton Orient in the summer. It was Palmer’s penalty that secured all 3 points in their last fixture so he comes into tonight’s encounter in good form.


Both sets of supporters can buy tickets right up until kick off at the ticket office, whilst there are savings to be had by buying in advance online.

Avoid the queues at the ticket office for tonight’s game by visiting the FGR club shop and selecting one of the digital ticketing options at the checkout. Printing your tickets at home or having them sent to a smartphone via SMS will save you queuing on the big day.

The West Terrace that will house the away fans is uncovered, so travelling supporters are advised to prepare for any adverse weather conditions tonight.

Parking and travel

Matchday parking at the ground costs just £5 and is cash only on the gate. As with every game spaces are limited for the first come first served service so supporters are advised to arrive early to get a space.

An overflow car park is available at Nailsworth School which is a short walk from the stadium and is also priced at £5.


Make the most of your FGR matchday by coming up early to eat and drink in either The Green Man or Carol Embrey Suite.

The New Lawn doors will open from 4.45pm this evening for fans to arrive early and get set for another night of Football League action.

The Green Man pub will be open exclusively to home supporters once again with a selection of drinks and hot food available to buy. At 5pm Celtic U19’s take on PSG U19’s in the UEFA Youth League Group Stages which will be shown on all the screens around the pub aswell as build up to the main Champions League fixtures.

Away supporters will have access to their own covered space which will serve a selection of drinks and snacks behind the North Stand en-route to the West Terrace.

Rovers fans who have bought tickets in the East Stand can enjoy the very popular Carol Embrey Suite before, during and after the game. This is also the location for the sponsors man of the match award presentation, which will take place after the match and all home fans are invited to attend the presentation.


FGR fans in Gloucestershire can tune into BBC Gloucestershire for all the build-up,action and reaction.

For those further afield Forest Green Rovers fans around the world can now subscribe to the club’s audio streaming service – Green Devils Live.

The platform gives fans access to live commentary for every Rovers game home and away. Supporters can subscribe for an annual pass for just £45 or pay-as-you-go game by game for just £3, which will give fans 24 hour access to the portal. Both options also offer a digital copy of FGR’s matchday programme which can be downloaded via PDF on the morning of a home fixture.

For those that can’t tune in, live tweets, images and team news before kick-off will be on the FGR Twitter page which can be found by following @FGRFC_Official throughout the day. There’ll also be great content posted on our Instagram and Snapchat channels, as well as the key details and reaction via Facebook.

Wrap up the game by visiting the club website to read the match report.


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Pos Club P GD PT
13 Crewe 0 0 0
14 Exeter 0 0 0
15 Forest Green 0 0 0
16 Grimsby 0 0 0
17 Lincoln City 0 0 0
Last updated: Thu 21 Jun 2018 10:38 am