It’s play-off action at The New Lawn tonight and that means an exciting, special edition, matchday programme.
Here is a look inside this weeks’ edition for our match with Tranmere Rovers:
Good evening and welcome to a night that we hope will be one under the lights at The New Lawn that we will be remembering for all the right reasons.
This is the club’s fourth play-off campaign in five seasons and that is some achievement for a club from a town the size of Nailsworth.
Your experiences teach you where you need to be at this stage and what to expect from the situation you find yourself in.
We were able to get into the play-offs with two games to spare and that gives you the chance to prepare in terms of your schedule.
How you approach these games is key in terms of our training schedule, how much rest the players get and the load you give the squad.
We hope we have got all the little niggles ironed out and we are firing at 100 per cent heading into these semi-finals.
Obviously, this was written before our trip to Prenton Park on Friday but ticket sales were looking good and we thank those who made the effort on a Friday night.
Whatever the result, which we hope was a positive one, nothing is ever over, you only need to look at both Champions League semi-finals last week for proof of that.
I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Micky Mellon, his team and the travelling Tranmere fans tonight in what should be another tough test.
Recipe: The Q-Pie
Place Quorn pieces in a bowl and add soy sauce to season. Set aside.Finely slice the onion and fry in a small amount of the vegetable oil with the fresh thyme leaves and the bay leaf on low heat until opaque.Wash the leeks and slice into 1cm ‘rounds’ and blanch in boiling, salted water for approximately five minutes.Drain leeks in a sieve (retain water for gravy, don’t lose it down the sink!).To make your béchamel, heat the oil in a non-stick pan, add the flour and mix into a loose paste. Still on the heat, gradually add soya milk, whisking continuously until you have a thick sauce.Remove from the heat, add vegetable stock, season to taste.Combine the leeks, onions, Quorn and white sauce.Halve your puff pastry and with a rolling pin roll to 1/2 cm thickness.Place an upturned bowl onto one pastry sheet as a ‘lid’ template and cut a circle 1.5 times larger than the rim of you pie case.Repeat with shortcrust pastry, your base pastry, to a larger size round, 2 times the diameter of your small pie tin.Now you are going to build your pie!Lightly grease your pie tin.Line the tin with shortcrust pastry - the pastry should come over the top of the tin wall.Divide the filling between the 2 tins.Brush one side of your pastry lid with sweetened soya milk.Place milk side down on top of filling. Gently bring lid & base edges together and trim any excess pastry before pinching together to form a ‘crimped edge”Brush top of pies with sweetened soya milk.Prick each lid twice, with a small, sharp knife to allow steam to escape and air to enter on baking.Place on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour at 180°C.
In the News: Jones joins Wales U19 training camp
First-year Academy scholar Dan Jones has capped a fine season after being called up to Wales’ Under 19 training camp.
Having previously been included in the Welsh Under 17 squad for the Telki cup, Jones has enjoyed a good end to the season, lifting the Merit League Two title with our Under 18s and representing the club in the Central League.
The training camp in South Wales started today, with Jones teaming up with players who represent clubs in the Premier League as well as across the EFL.
FGR Academy manager Scott Bartlett said: "This is a good opportunity for Dan and it’s no surprise.
“Paul Bodin has been to our recent games and will have been impressed by his form and contribution at the end of the season.
“To represent Wales at Under 19 level is an achievement and I am sure he will be better for the experience."
Academy in focus:
It’s been another fantastic year for the Under 18’s, who capped of an exciting season of growth and development with the Merit League Two trophy.
It’s been an exciting season. We had a year in the Merit League Two last year as a Category Four Academy, which was always going to be a challenge, and this season is the first year with a full set of scholars. We were really looking forward to it and the lads didn’t disappoint.
They’ve got better and better throughout the season and they’ve really bought into what we want to do as a football club. I think they’ve become very accustomed to playing the way we want to play, and we’ve managed to win a league playing the way that the club plays. There’s easier ways to win a youth team game than the way we play as a club, but the boys have done themselves proud.
From December onwards, they’ve achieved an incredible amount as a team and as individuals and we only lost one game in that time which shows their great form. We were going into games expecting to win where, last season, that wasn’t necessarily the case.
The development of the players physically, socially, technically and tactically has been enormous and all those qualities have come out and we’ve only really had one and a half poor performances this year.
How to get your programme:
Official Forest Green Rovers programmes will be available for sale at £3 from our volunteer sellers around The New Lawn.
It can be purchased at the ground on matchdays and online via the Forest Green Rovers club shop HERE or at ProgrammeMaster HERE, with pre-orders accepted in advance. Subscriptions for the season are being taken now.