A 1-1 draw may not have been the most exciting scoreline but it was a closely fought affair in the Gloucestershire derby, but the game showed that both teams will be fighting towards the end of the season for survival but have what it takes to keep their heads above water. Here’s five things we learned from the game at the weekend:
Christian Doidge will be vital to Forest Green’s survival hopes – The Rovers striker has been in top form from the beginning of the season, netting 11 goals so far this campaign and bragging one of the highest shot-on-target percentages in the league, with 61% of his shots being on target. It will be vital for his side that he maintains his current form and goal scoring record to help Forest Green stay up in the Football League.
Cheltenham Town need to be more clinical in games… – There were a number of chances for either side in the first half to take a convincing lead into the half time break. In the second half though there only ever looked to be one team that was going to score. Cheltenham will look back at this game as an opportunity wasted to claim more points on their travels, Danny Wright having a great chance at the end of the game to seal it for his side, his prodded effort turned wide of the goal by Rovers goalkeeper Brad Collins.
…And mistakes at the back will need to be ironed out – Doidge opened the scoring after eight minutes however it was through a chance he never should have had in the first place. An error of judgement from Jamie Grimes saw the ball bounce over the defence, putting the Forest Green man through on goal and he calmly finished his chance. Mistakes like that could prove costly as they look to avoid a nervy end to the season again.
Both teams need to improve their form – Both Gloucestershire sides have picked up six points in their last 5 games. Form will need to improve and points will quickly come and go as the fixture list becomes congested over the Christmas period. Teams will be more tired and both Forest Green and Cheltenham will need to grab unlikely points through the next month to help their momentum going into the new year.
The Gloucestershire derby is as feisty as ever – The game was close on the score sheet but all Cheltenham in the second half but frustrations from both sides began seeping into play long before the final whistle. A foul on Rovers substitute Omar Bugiel sparked a mass brawl between the players on the pitch and some ugly scenes occurred after the game between fans. Come the end of the season, emotions could run even higher if there is more at stake.