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PREVIEW |Forest Green Rovers V Tranmere Rovers

Forest Green Rovers host Tranmere Rovers later today in a bid to overturn their narrow first-leg defeat last Friday.

As Rovers look to find themselves back at Wembley for the second time in three years, they’ll be hoping they can produce the result that’ll see them play for the chance to play in League One for the first time in their history.

Midfielder Ollie Banks scored the game’s only goal after the newly-introduced goal-line technology ensured his 25-yard strike had crossed the line, following Gavin Gunning’s early dismissal.

Whilst the first leg result maybe disappointing for some Forest Green fans, the resilience Rovers showed to ensure they remained just a goal behind going into the second leg at Nailsworth later this evening.

Welsh forward George Williams returned to first-team action after coming on in the 66th minute replacing Dayle Grubb and leaves manager Mark Cooper undecided as who to start on the wing in the second leg tonight.

Forest Green will however, be without experience defender Gavin Gunning after the Irishman received a straight red card for a kick out at Tranmere’s Jay Harris.

As for Forest Green’s opponents, they will be looking to build on what was an encouraging performance last week as they look to capitalise against a side who they previously hadn’t beaten all season.

Previous results this year have seen Forest Green come out on top on two occasions, with a 3-0 victory at home followed up by a narrow 1-0 victory at Prenton Park a few months ago, after Junior Mondal scored in the 47th minute.

They will be further encouraged by the performance of the League Two top scorer and Player of the Year James Norwood who was unlucky to find the back of the net against his former club, but will be looking to further his side’s chances of gaining promotion by adding to his 31 goals this season.

The game today kicks off at 19:45 later this evening and in what will be a repeat of the 2017/17 National League Play-off Final (which Forest Green won 3-1), the home side will be hoping they can replicate this kind of result and ensure their place in the final where they will play Newport County should they be victorious.

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