Noah Dougherty
Friday 13 November 2020

Forest Green Rovers return to The innocent New Lawn tomorrow, as they welcome Mansfield Town.

It will be the first meeting of the sides since their thrilling encounter in January, as an Aaron Collins strike secured victory in stoppage time.

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

What we said: 

Mark Cooper vs Leyton Orient November 2020

“I can’t wait. We’re really looking forward to the game between two good teams,” said Mark Cooper.

“Mansfield have a new manager who will get them going and they’ll be flying up the League.

“Nigel’s team will be on the front foot and they’ll try to make it difficult for us, it’s a tough game and we’re full y expecting that.

What they said: 

Nigel Clough Mansfield manager

“I think it’s one of the toughest we could’ve had, especially as a first league game away from home,” said new Mansfield boss Nigel Clough.

“I think the way that Mark Cooper’s teams play provides you with a different sort of test than a lot of League Two sides.

“The confidence we can take from the last two games, we can take that into another game away from home. We want Forest Green to be thinking about us as well – ‘what are Mansfield going to do against us?’”

Team news:

Scott Wagstaff remains side-lined following his injury against Leyton Orient, but is likely to be Rovers’ only missing face.

Mansfield will be without wing-back Joe Riley as the defender continues his recovery from a long-term knee injury.

Key Player: George Lapslie 

George Lapslie Mansfield Town November 2020

In October 2020, Mansfield announced the loan signing of midfielder George Lapslie from Charlton Athletic.

The 23-year-old joined the Addicks in 2009 and quickly progressed through the youth ranks at the club.

In 2017, Lapslie scored on his professional debut for Charlton in an EFL Trophy tie against Crawley Town.

The midfielder has made over 50 appearances for his current club, most of which coming in the Championship and League One.

Lapslie found the net in one of his ten Championship appearances last term, in a 3-1 win over Luton Town in February 2020.

Last time we met:  

Forest Green Rovers had the last laugh in an incredible game at the One Call Stadium as they took all three points in a 4-3 win over Mansfield Town back in January.

Rovers recovered from a disastrous start to overhaul a two-goal deficit but looked like they had to settle for a point when Mansfield struck in the 90th minute, only for Aaron Collins to smash home the winner six minutes into time added on.

CJ Hamilton gave the hosts the perfect start inside two minutes before Danny Rose doubled their advantage in the 39th minute.

However, a brace from Farrend Rawson either side of the break had Rovers back level before Carl Winchester hit a beauty to hand Mark Cooper’s side the lead on the hour-mark.

In a game that ebbed and flowed, Mansfield levelled in the 90th minute and looked to secure a point, but substitute Collins had other ideas as he found the roof of the net in the 96th minute.


Of the 18 games between Rovers and The Stags, the latter have come out on top in nine of them.

Four have ended with honours even, while Rovers have won five, including an FA Cup victory in 2009.

Since Mark Cooper’s men won promotion to the Football League, it’s all even. Both sides have won two, while a further two have ended in a draw.


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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.

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