Forest Green will look to bounce back following their first loss of the season last weekend as they take on local rivals Cheltenham Town.
The Robins are in need of a positive result, as they go into Saturday’s game with only two wins under their belt all season, which sits them precariously in 22nd place. As for Mark Cooper’s side, a win could see them grab a spot in the top six. With a fixture like this one, not only does league position matter, bragging rights also sit firmly on the line.
The home side go into the game without any injury concerns and for the Robins, Chris Hussey could be set to make his first start of the season after recovering from a long term injury. The left-back featured for 60 minutes in Cheltenham’s game against Mangotsfield Utd last Tuesday in the Gloucestershire Senior Cup.
Right back Sean Long could also return from injury on Saturday. The former Reading defender, who joined the club from Lincoln City in the summer, is yet to make his League Two debut for the Robins after suffering an ankle injury in a pre-season game against Cirencester Town.
Head to head:
It was Forest Green who drew first blood this season, with a comfortable 4-0 win at The New Lawn in the Football League Trophy in September.
Rovers have had success against the Robins in the past, with three wins and a draw in their last four meetings. For Michael Duff’s side, now would be a great time to change this as another loss could mean they slip behind Cambridge Utd and into the relegation places.