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PREVIEW | Colchester United v Forest Green Rovers

Forest Green Rovers travel to Essex tomorrow to take on promotion rivals Colchester United as they look to pick up their first win in their last four games.

Following a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Morecambe last Saturday, Mark Cooper’s side will be hoping they can turn their bad run of form around by going level on points with Rovers currently three points and three places behind the U’s in sixth.

Whilst the weekend result was disappointing for most Forest Green fans, the performance, if anything, was smoothed over by the man-of-the-match performance from January signing Udoka Godwin-Malife, who made his first start since joining from Oxford City.

Rovers’ starting goalkeeper James Montgomery was also forced out of the game on Saturday through a back injury, meaning Reading loanee Lewis Ward could deputise for the 24 year-old once again, having already done so following Montgomery’s facial injury earlier on this season.

As for the Forest Green’s opponents, they are currently sitting well-within the play-off positions and will be riding high on the back of a confident 3-0 victory over Emirates FA Cup heroes Newport County AFC.

Goals from Sammie Szmodics, Courtney Senior and former Newport striker Frank Nouble ensured the win for the U’s as they look to spark a late run of form to ensure their promotion spot for next season.

ParkLifeSport Reporter Ryan Robinson was in attendance at last Saturday’s game against Newport County AFC and gave his thoughts and views on Forest Green’s upcoming opponents.


He said: “Forest Green Rovers will have to be well aware of the threat that Courtney Senior will provide.


“A lot of people have told me Danny Mayor of Bury FC is the best player in League Two and whilst I also agreed with that until Saturday, I now think Senior is pushing him for that mantle.”

Cooper, meanwhile, was clearly frustrated by his side’s performance against 20th placed Morecambe, having refused to speak to the media in his traditional post-match press conference.

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