Phil Yelland takes a look back at our previous trips to Forest Green Rovers ahead of this weekend’s encounter at The New Lawn.
Saturday sees our ninth trip to The New Lawn where we will be looking to win for the second time.
Back in March 2011 we travelled to Nailsworth without a win on the road in the league all season. In a topsy turvy match, we came out as 3-2 winners with a rare goal from Mike Pearson, one from Richie Baker and another from Wayne Curtis, who was on loan from Morecambe. That triggered a run of three away wins in a week – we triumphed at Southport on the Tuesday night and at Eastbourne Borough the following Saturday.
We have managed three draws on our travels – the most recent came in 2016/17 when we picked up a point from an early season 0-0 draw. Our first ever trip to The New Lawn in April 1999 ended 1-1, when Ian Foster’s goal won us a point in our fight against relegation.
Our heaviest defeat came in August 2015 in our third game back in the National League when we lost 4-0. Part of the defeat was down to the fact we finished the game with nine men after Steve Williams and Danny Livesey were sent off. It served as little consolation that Livesey’s red card was rescinded on appeal.
We have failed to score on our last two visits to Gloucestershire. Our last goal there came in the 1-1 draw back in March 2013 as we battled relegation, with Richie Baker finding the net. Baker has two of our six goals scored at the venue.
Let’s hope we can improve our record at the ground on Saturday!