Matt Edwards
Friday 11 January 2019

It’s a first visit to Boundary Park tomorrow for Forest Green Rovers as Mark Cooper’s side return to action for the first time since New Year’s Day.

Forest Green remain the top team in League Two when it comes to playing away from home, with 25 points on the road, the most of any side by some margin, with Yeovil 11 points behind in second place.

Here is all you need to know ahead of our latest road trip:

What we said:

Hopefully the players enjoyed their break. They had a few days off to recharge the batteries and hopefully they used their time well and come back fresh. The proof will be in the pudding come Saturday,” said Mark Cooper.

"Oldham had a great result at Fulham last week. They've got some good players and we know it is going to be a really tough game, like they all are.

"Pete Wild has done great there and Steve Hale is there as well, our ex-goalkeeping coach and it would be good to see him as well."

What they said:

“We’re back down to earth now, back to reality to what is now a massive game against Forest Green,” said caretaker manager Pete Wild.

“The lads have been excellent in training and the buzz around the training ground is good.

“We're still chasing teams like Forest Green, so we've got to make sure we're focused on that task.

“I'm expecting a quality footballing side, the manager there produces excellent footballing teams.”

Injury news:

Forest Green Rovers:

Manager Mark Cooper has declared that there are no injury concerns for their trip to Boundary Park.

He will have Christian Doidge back in contention for a place in the squad as well as new signings Shawn McCoulsky and Junior Mondal available for the first time.

Oldham Athletic:

Oldham have lost the services of top scorer Sam Surridge ahead of their Sky Bet League Two clash with Forest Green.

The striker, who scored his 12th goal for Latics in last week's stunning defeat of Premier League Fulham, has returned to parent club Bournemouth following the end of his loan.

Callum Lang, scorer of the late winner at Craven Cottage, is available after his loan from Wigan was extended last week. Midfielder Jose Baxter, an unused substitute at Fulham, is back in contention but Jonathan Benteke is still out.

About: Oldham Athletic

Oldham certainly had everyone talking about them last weekend as they produced arguably the shock of the Third Round in the FA Cup, beating Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage.

It was a rare highlight in a season that has failed to really get going for the side who dropped down from League One last season.

Frankie Bunn took charge last summer, replacing the outgoing Richie Wellens, who is now at Swindon Town, but was sacked at the end of December following a 6-0 defeat to Carlisle United.

Pete Wild has taken caretaker charge and has had a real impact, with Oldham winning their three games with him in charge.

Oldham currently sit 10th and have the chance to go within two points of FGR with a victory.

Key player: Callum Lang

The 30-year-old has been an influential figure for Oldham this season, featuring 23 times for the Latics.

Joining on loan from Wigan Athletic last summer, the former Morecambe man extended his stay from the DW Stadium until the end of the season.

Lang has eight goals to his name this season, with three coming in the last five games including a penalty in their win over Fulham last weekend in the FA Cup.

Last time we met:

A resolute Rovers display was frustratingly broken down by a strong Oldham side as both sides experienced their first draws of the season.

A 22nd minute strike from Reuben Reid was cancelled out by a 78th minute Dan Gardner penalty as FGR continued their unbeaten run at the start of the season.

On 22 minutes, Forest Green’s fortunes turned and their hard work payed off as Reid, picking the ball up on the edge of the area, turned and rocketed a low effort inside the near post past Daniel Iversen.

With 77 minutes on the clock, Forest Green were dealt a heavy blow as Robert Sanchez failed to deal with a cross before flying off his line and bringing Jose Baxter crashing to the ground.

Latics captain Gardner stayed calm and slotted home into the corner from 12 yards.


The above game was 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.

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