Matt Edwards
Friday 07 December 2018

With no game last weekend, Forest Green Rovers return to action tomorrow when they travel to Yeovil Town in League Two.

Mark Cooper’s side sit just a point outside the play-off spots heading into the game and will be looking to return from the break with a win.

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

What we said:

Mark Cooper vs Newport County

"We fully respect Yeovil and the threats that they have got and it's on the day,” said Mark Cooper.

“It's about us doing what we do really well and we can stop Yeovil doing what they do, then we have a chance of winning the game.

"I think the Yeovil team will be similar to what they have had in recent weeks. Darren has done really well down there to stabilise the club and they've had a couple of good cup runs but they'll be looking to kick on at the top end of the league like we are.

"We go there knowing they haven't had a great time but they will be trying everything to turn that around and put that right and we have to be ready."

What they said:

Darren Way Yeovil

"They’re very good with possession," said Darren Way.

"They're a possession based team, one or two touch team with good movement.

"They've had certain games where they've been very difficult where they’ve got men behind the ball and we’ll need to break that down and that’s been our problem at home.

"We need to make sure we're a little more aggressive in our attacking third with more crosses and shots.

"One or two individuals have been with us – Matt Worthington, Reuben Reid, Liam Shephard, Tahvon Campbell – so we know some of their players but it’ll be a good game for us."

Injury news:

Forest Green Rovers:

Liam Shephard celebrates against Tranmere

FGR will be boosted by the return of Liam Shephard and Lee Collins who both came through Tuesday’s Central League game unscathed.

Both returned from their respective knee injuries with Lee Collins playing the full 90 minutes while Shephard, who has not featured since the away win over Exeter in which he scored.

Yeovil Town:

Forwards Alex Fisher (groin) and Olufela Olomola (hamstring) look set to miss the game having picked up their respective injuries against Stockport in the FA Cup.

They join an already-long list of sidelined players, with Omar Sowunmi out until January, while James Bailey and Jordan Green are not yet ready to return following injuries of their own.

About: Yeovil Town

Having joined FGR in maintaining their League Two status with just two games to spare last season, Yeovil started this campaign brightly.

Goals seemed the name of the game as they recorded some eye-catching results with a 4-0 success away to Notts County and a 6-0 win on the road at Newport County.

However, Yeovil have won just once in their last 11 league games since that victory at Rodney Parade, after winning four of their previous five.

Manager Darren Way signed an extended contract with the League Two club until June 2021 last month.

The 38-year-old has been in charge of the Glovers for just under three years.

The former Yeovil midfielder's existing deal had been set to expire at the end of the season, after he signed a three-year contract back in 2016.

Key player: Sessi D’Almeida

Sessi D'Almeida Yeovil

Midfielder Sessi D'Almeida signed a one-year deal at Huish Park this summer with a club option of extending for a second year.

The Benin international, who spent the 2017/18 campaign with Blackpool in League One, impressed during pre-season to pen a contract and has quickly become a firm favourite, gaining the captain’s armband.

The 23-year-old is a bubbly character but also has a combative side to him having picked up seven yellow cards already this term.

Last time we met:

Yeovil and Forest Green both secured their Football League status after they played out a goalless draw.

Both teams needed at least a point to be sure of retaining their places in League Two, and they achieved that in a tight battle at Huish Park.

FGR had the better of what was a nervy first half of very few chances.

Christian Doidge flicked on a cross that Haydn Hollis stretched to volley at the far post but Jonny Maddison did excellently to dive across his goal and turn it over. From the resulting corner Doidge then headed against the outside of the post.

Yeovil went close themselves shortly after the break as Francois Zoko connected with a low Otis Khan cross but goalkeeper Bradley Collins bravely threw himself at the shot, deflecting it wide from two yards but injuring himself in the process.

Collins was on hand again to tip an Alex Fisher volley over shortly after, before being forced off with injury and replaced by Cameron Belford.


This will be the 14th meeting between the two sides with the record being very tight as Yeovil have won five games while Forest Green have four wins to their name.

The teams have only met once in the cup which came in the Checkatrade Trophy last season, the home side running out 2-0 winners at Huish Park.

The last time Forest Green won away in this fixture was back in 1999 when they were 4-0 victors courtesy of a brace from David Mehew.


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.

Tickets are still available on the day of the game so there is still time to make the trip and support the team.