Noah Dougherty
Friday 10 August 2018

It’s the start of Forest Green Rovers’ home 2018/19 League Two campaign tomorrow when The New Lawn plays host to Oldham Athletic.

On the back of their impressive opening day victory over Grimsby Town, Mark Cooper and his side will be hoping to continue that form by getting a positive result in the first meeting between the two sides.

Here is all you need to know ahead of tomorrow’s game:

What we said:

“We know we have good players but if we can work as hard or harder than the opposition then we have a real big chance to win the game,” said Mark Cooper.

"It doesn't matter who you are playing against, we have to do the basics right. You have to remain grounded and calm and do what we do really well.

"We have got full respect for Oldham Athletic, we have got full respect for their strengths and we have to try and negate those strengths and put our own game plan into place and hope it's better than theirs.

“Robert Sanchez is ok, he has trained the last two days and has been fine. We’ve got a clean bill of health, which is good.”

What they said:

“We've watched them they look a good footballing team and we've got to go there, stick to our game plan and hopefully come away with something.” Frankie Bunn said.

Although he admits he still doesn’t know what his side can prepare for specifically in League Two.

“I don't know really because I don't know what to expect from League Two” he exclaimed.

“I think you've got to cope with all sorts you know. I don't know how many teams will try and play I don't know how many teams will play direct, but you've got to cope with all sorts of football and we'll be ready Saturday.”

“We've still got a few on the treatment table, they'll be assessed tomorrow and hopefully we'll have a few back.”

Injury news:

Forest Green Rovers

It’s a clean bill of health for Mark Cooper and his squad ahead of tomorrow’s game as Robert Sanchez has recovered from his knock from last week

Oldham Athletic

Ousmane Fane seems to be the only absentee for the Latics having broken his fibula and dislocated his ankle in July.

About: Oldham Athletic

Oldham Athletic will be looking to bounce back to League One at the first time of asking this season following a disappointing final day of the last campaign at Northampton Town which saw them drop down to League Two.

Over the summer there have been a number of changes, with Frankie Bunn coming in as manager and bringing along with him Andy Rhodes to be his assistant manager. Both players featured for the club during the Joe Royle ‘pinch me’ years, and both started in the 1990 League Cup final.

They bring with them plenty of knowledge after a number of years in the game and have introduced a mixture of youth and experience to the team following the transfer window.

Several players have joined the club, including Jose Baxter from Everton, who enjoyed a spell at Latics in 2012 before moving to Sheffield United in 2013, Ishmael Miller has reunited with Bunn, who he worked with early on in his career at Manchester City, and highly-rated young striker Sam Surridge has joined on a season long loan from AFC Bournemouth.

There are also a number of young talents in the side that broke through last season. Centre-back George Edmundson and full-back Tom Hamer both came through the club’s academy and are enjoying plenty of game time so far this season.

Key player: Sam Surridge

Sam Surridge has arrived on loan for the 2018/2019 season from Premier League side AFC Bournemouth.

Surridge is highly rated by his parent club having been at the club since the age of 14.

The striker has experience in playing League Two football after spending the 2017/18 campaign on loan at Yeovil Town where he scored 10 goals in 53 appearances helping keep the Glovers football league status.

Sam Surridge of Oldham Athletic


This will be the first meeting between the two sides.


Full commentary of the match will be available on BBC Radio Gloucestershire as well as through the club’s digital audio offering– FGR LIVE.

Stay up to date on Twitter by following @FGRFC_Official, which will have all of the team news before kick-off and updates throughout the game.

There will also be key updates and team news on Facebook. Round-up the clash by checking out the club website where there will be a full report looking back on the encounter.