Noah Dougherty
Tuesday 20 October 2020

Forest Green Rovers travel to Colchester United for the first midweek League Two game of the campaign.

The sides last met over a year ago, when an own goal handed Rovers all three points in Nailsworth.

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

What we said: 

Mark Cooper pre Colchester October 2020

“We don’t want to change things for the sake of it, but when you’ve got so many games coming you want to freshen things up with good players,” Mark Cooper explained.

“Colchester always have good, young attacking players and Steve Ball the new manager has come in and carried that on.

“They’re a good side to watch and easy on the eye. It’s going to be a tough game.”

What they said:

"We have to learn by our mistakes and go back to the drawing board a bit, about just keeping the ball in better areas," said U’s boss Steve Ball

"I was pleased with the end of the first half and I really fancied us at half time. There was a lot of calmness and a lot of talk about keeping the ball better.

"But then we had a spell for about fifteen minutes when we kept giving the ball away and they kept getting corners and throws."

Team news:

Kane Wilson remains side-lined with an ankle injury while, as was the case on Saturday, Rovers will be without four further first-team players.

Carl Winchester is back to fitness after completing the concussion protocol, while Odin Bailey also joins the ranks following his loan move from Birmingham City.

Key Player: Luke Norris 

Luke Norris for Colchester United

Fresh from a brace against Carlisle United on Saturday, frontman Luke Norris is certainly a danger-man.

Norris began his career at Hitchin Town before joining Brentford ahead of his debut in 2011. Following a series of short loan spells, the striker joined Gillingham in 2014, where he scored 15 times.

A two-year spell at Swindon Town followed, during which time Norris found the net 18 times, before signing for Colchester where he has, arguable, had his most succesfull stint.

Last time we met: 

Forest Green Rovers made it three League Two wins from four in September 2019, as they ran out 1-0 winners over Colchester United at The innocent New Lawn.

It was a Luke Prosser own goal that proved the difference on a hot afternoon in Nailsworth, the Colchester skipper turning James Morton’s cross into his own net just after the half-hour mark.

Head-to-head:

The two sides are yet to play out a stalemate in their five meetings to date. The U’s won the first three clashes, including a 5-1 victory when the teams locked horns for the first time, while Rovers have come out on top in the last two meetings.

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.