Noah Dougherty
Friday 20 November 2020

Forest Green Rovers and Barrow are set to lock horns for the first time in the EFL, having faced off numerous times in non-league.

It was a stoppage time set-piece that won it for Mark Cooper’s men during their visit in January 2017, and he’ll be hoping for a similar result this time around

Here is all you need to know ahead of the game:

What we said: 

Mark Cooper training Mansfield Town 2020

“I watched some of Barrow’s games this week and I was really impressed,” said Mark Cooper.

“They’re probably one of the best footballing teams in the league, and they understand that when you do try to play you might make mistakes.

“You have to do a lot of hard work in the week to play like they do.”

What they said:  

David Dunn Barrow Manager

“We’ve watched them, and I know a couple of their players,” said Barrow boss David Dunn.

“I think us and Forest Green are the two teams in the league with the most passes, so I think it’s going to be a good game of football.

“If we’re at it, which I think we should be, we can give anyone a good game.”

Team news:

Rovers are without Scott Wagstaff, who continues his return to fitness after a hamstring injury against Leyton Orient.

In the Bluebirds camp, winger Josh Kay is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season, while skipper Lewis Hardcastle (ankle), Tom Beadling (groin) and James Jones (ankle) are all still in the treatment room and will remain sidelined this weekend.

Key Player: Dior Angus 

Dior Angus Barrow

Born in Coventry, Dior began his career with Solihull Moors in 2011 and over two seasons at Damson Park he scored 7 goals in 31 games.

He had spells out on loan during that time at Leamington and then Banbury United and, in the summer of 2013, he joined Kidderminster Harriers on a permanent deal.

After a short loan spell at Worcester City, Angus returned to Solihull Moors in January 2014 before then agreeing terms on a move to Daventry Town that summer.

A prolific spell on the books of Redditch United then earned the forward a move to Port Vale in January 2018, before gaining more senior experience on loan at Tamworth.

Angus made a loan move to Barrow during the second half of the 2018/19 campaign and made his move permanent in the summer that followed and went on to help The Bluebirds gain promotion to the EFL.

Last time we met:  

Forest Green closed the gap at the top of the National League as Manny Monthe's late winner helped see off Barrow at Holker Street in 2017.

Liam Noble fired in a stunning free-kick after six minutes to give the visitors an impressive start, with Mark Cooper's side aiming to take advantage of leaders Lincoln being preoccupied by the FA Cup.

The hosts kept their heads up though, and Richie Bennett glanced home Alex Ray-Harvey's free-kick to notch his 10th goal of the season and make it 1-1 after 33 minutes.

Noble then turned provider as his inch-perfect free-kick was nodded home by Christian Doidge in the 64th minute, before Ross Hannah made it 2-2 by smashing home on the rebound after Sam Russell saved his penalty.

Monthe's header in stoppage time sealed the win for Forest Green.

Head-to-head:

The stats between the two sides sit well balanced.

Of the 16 meetings between FGR and Barrow, seven have ended all square while Rovers have won five.

Mark Cooper’s men came out on top in the last fixture, as a dramatic finish saw his side take all three points at the Progression Solicitors Stadium in January 2017.

Coverage:

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Full commentary of Saturday’s match will also be available on BBC Radio Gloucestershire on 1413AM.

Stay up to date also on Twitter and Instagram 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.