"Fuchsia, scarlet, gold, and crimson colors seemingly
Appear overnight amidst the forest-green leaves"
Acrostic - Emile Pinet
A trip (for the team), a remote trip (for the supporters) to Nailsworth, the smallest town in England to host a Football League club, and the only vegan one to boot. Mark Cooper’s Forest Green Rovers side are just a point ahead of us having played one game more, and they have an identical goal difference to ours (scored 3, conceded 2). Their current form looks like this:-
September 5th Leyton Orient (H) Carabao Cup, Lost 1-2
September 8th Exeter City (A) EFL Trophy, Lost 3-2
September 12th Bolton Wanderers (A) Won 0-1
September 19th Bradford City (H) Drew 2-2
September 26th Salford City (A) Drew 0-0
There are no obvious connections between the two clubs in terms of players or managers, but Rovers’ manager Mark Cooper will be well-known, having had a colourful career as a player (18 clubs (including Hednesford Town) in 22 years), and as a manager (9 clubs in 16 years) - his current stint at Forest Green is the longest he’s stayed at one club (4 years). The club has only re-adopted the name Forest Green Rovers since 1992, having previously been known as Stroud FC (1989) and Nailsworth and Forest Green United (1912).
Darrell Clarke will have noted how his re-jigged side performed against the Chelsea youngsters in mid-week, but his selections for this match will probably largely revert to the “tried and tested” principle, the major problem seemingly that of effectively defending at set-piece situations. There are no reports of any imminent signings ahead of the transfer deadline (yet), so we must wait patiently for Saturday!!
Prediction? A 0-1 win for the Saddlers, with Wes MacDonald showing that he can score in consecutive games…