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Match Preview: Forest Green (Second leg)

12 May 2019

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers are back in action on Monday evening as they take a 1-0 lead down to Forest Green Rovers for the second leg of the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off semi-final at the New Lawn, kick-off 7:45pm.

Ollie Banks’ right-footed superb strike from 25-yards, which crashed off the crossbar before being awarded by goal-line technology after 26 minutes, proved decisive in the first leg at Prenton Park on Friday night as TRFC saw off 10-man Forest Green, who had Gavin Gunning sent off for an incident with Jay Harris before Banks’ winner for Micky Mellon’s men.

Now the focus turns to the visit to Gloucestershire, where Mark Cooper’s Green Devils await.

The Green Devils’ season so far

Cooper’s side spent the majority of the season competing in and around the top seven positions in Sky Bet League Two, securing a Play-Off position for the first time in the EFL back in April.

Tasting defeat just once in their final six outings – a 4-3 away defeat at Crewe Alexandra - to finish in their highest-ever placing within the English football pyramid, the Green Devils will be aiming to cap off a memorable year under the Wembley arch.

Spearheaded by the 14 goals of top scorer, Christian Doidge, the forward returned to the New Lawn in January after a move to Bolton Wanderers collapsed following a loan deal in the North West.

From their 46 games, Forest Green won 20, drew 14 and lost 12 before heading in to the Play-Offs against Tranmere.

One to Watch

Forward Christian Doidge is Forest Green’s leading marksman following his return to the New Lawn earlier this year.

The Newport-native began his senior career in Welsh football with Cwmbran Celtic, Croesyceiliog, Barry Town and Carmarthen Town before signing for Dagenham and Redbridge in 2014, where he spent two seasons.

Doidge moved to Forest Green in June 2016, scoring 25 goals as the club earned promotion to the Football League.

The 26-year-old netted 20 goals for Rovers in 2017/18, which saw him switch to Bolton Wanderers on loan with view to a permanent transfer, though he was recalled in January and his goals have since propelled his side in to a Play-Off finish.

Tickets

The SWA have been allocated 1,224 tickets for the game for the away trip to Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn on Monday, kick-off 7:45pm.

Tranmere fans are able to purchase their match rickets by clicking on the link below.

Please be aware that only a limited amount of tickets for the SWA to purchase.

Buy here: https://tickets.tygit.com/shop/group-tickets

Match Officials

Referee: Eddie Ilderton

Assistants: Richard Wild and Matthew Jones

Fourth Official: Neil Hair

Match Coverage

Can’t make it to TRFC’s Sky Bet League Two Play-Off semi-final second leg away to Forest Green Rovers on Monday night? Don’t worry as you can keep up with goings on at the New Lawn.

You can now sign up to Tranmere Rovers’ iFollow, which allows access to extended highlights and interviews with manager Micky Mellon and a player, after the game.

To sign up, click here

Alternatively, you can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.

Twitter: @tranmererovers

Facebook: @trfcofficial

Instagram: @tranmererovers


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