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Forest Green: Preview & Ways To Follow The Game

17 November 2017

Unable to make it to Cotswolds this weekend? The Alex have you covered…

 

Forest Green Rovers vs Crewe Alexandra

Sky Bet League Two

The New Lawn

Saturday 18 November, 2017

Kick-Off 3:00pm

 

Crewe Alexandra & Forest Green Rovers meet for the first time ever in a competitive fixture at The New Lawn after The Green's recent promotion to the EFL.

After a struggled start to life in League Two which saw the Club firmly rooted in the bottom two, Forest Green have turned things around somewhat recently with five wins in their last nine games in all competitions.

In contrast, the Alex have struggled recently, losing 11 of the last 14.

Manager Dave Artell is determined to turn thing around however, and these back to back away games at Forest Green & Morecambe in quick succession (the sides currently directly above & below Crewe in the table), represenet a fantastic opportunity to gain some much needed momentum.

The best way to take in the game is obviously in person at the stadium (tickets available at Forest Green on the day, click here for more info) but if you can't make it, then take in the information below for different ways to follow the action! 

 

UK Subscribers to iFollow will be able to listen to live commentary from the game on IFOLLOW THE ALEX.

Overseas-based fans will be able to watch the game LIVE on IFOLLOW THE ALEX – for a £110 annual fee, or for a £5 one-match-only pass.

You can subscribe to iFollow The Alex HERE for a monthly fee of £4.49, with annual subscriptions also available from £45.

Supporters without a subscription can follow live updates, including instantaneous goal updates, from the game via the Club’s official Twitter account, @crewealexfc.

Be part of the conversation and join in our matchday coverage by tweeting #CreweAlex. We want to hear from you! Whether you are at the game or not, tweet us your pictures of you supporting the Alex and we will retweet some of our favourites!

Live updates are also available via the club's official Facebook page, CREWE ALEXANDRA FOOTBALL CLUB and official website, WWW.CREWEALEX.NET courtesy of our brand new MATCH CENTRE.

Meanwhile, team news will be posted across all of the club’s social media platforms roughly an hour before kick-off.

Elsewhere, a match report will be available on WWW.CREWEALEX.NET, after the game.

Manager and player post-match interviews will feature on IFOLLOW THE ALEX after the game, with extended match highlights and a full match replay also available to watch back from midday the day following the game.

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Report: Forest Green 3-2 Crewe Alexandra

18 November 2017

Crewe: Richards, Ng, Nolan, Walker, Pickering, Grant, Ainley, Cooper, Porter, Dagnall, Bowery

Unused Subs: Garratt, Stubbs, Bakayogo, Finney, Lundstram, Kirk, Reilly

Goals: Porter (14), Bowery (55)

Attendance: 2,221 (413)

 

On the club’s first ever trip to the New Lawn ended in a stoppage time defeat as Forest Green Roves kept up their recent run of good form after Alex Iacovitti turned home a 92nd minute corner. Crewe had twice led in the game thanks to goals from Chris Porter and Jordan Bowery but we couldn’t hold onto the advantage and credit must go to Mark Cooper’s side who showed a great spirit to go and snatch the three points.

How David Artell lifts his Alex players from another late defeat is anyone’s guess but he won’t be happy that the winner came from a set-play with less than 60 seconds remaining. 

Crewe Alexandra travelled to the New Lawn without injured centre-half Michael Raynes and midfielder Tommy Lowery. Raynes was ruled out with a groin problem, while Lowery aggravated his hamstring in training during the week.

David Artell recalled Eddie Nolan and Chris Porter and reshuffled his tactics to see the Railwaymen line-up in a 4-3-3 formation with Callum Ainley playing in a more central midfield position alongside George Cooper and Conor Grant.

Despite the soaking conditions at kick-off, it was evident that both sides were eager to get the ball down and pass the ball. Both had periods of possession without penetrating too much in the early exchanges.

George Cooper was presented with an early half chance in the fifth minute but it turned into more of a block tackle and rebound off the Crewe youngster more than anything.

Forest Green Rovers had an early free-kick after Eddie Nolan was adjusted to have fouled some 30 yards from the Crewe goal but Keanu Marsh-Brown’s ambitious effort didn’t pass the Crewe wall and after the ricochet had entered the penalty area it was cleared from danger.

There wasn’t much in the game until Crewe opened the scoring after 14 minutes. Perry Ng’s initial cross was cut out but the ball found its way back out to Cooper and he whipped over a delicious cross for Porter to head home his 7th goal of the season - his first in 15 games. It was a wonderfully crafted ball from Cooper and Porter bravely put his head on it to flash it past Bradley Collins in the Forest Green Rovers goal.

Despite going behind, Mark Cooper’s side didn’t alter their style of play and they continued to pass and move all over the pitch – but a lot of what they were doing was in front of the Crewe back-line and our holding midfield players.

Crewe continued to work hard to restrict Forest Green as an attacking force with everyone putting a shift in. Crewe’s shape was excellent.

Captain Chris Dagnall set the example, often deployed deeper behind the other three Crewe forward thinking players, but he was marshalling their link-man Drissa Traore extremely well. When we pinched possession back, we were quick to look to hit them on the counter attack.

Crewe managed to get in behind twice with both Porter and then full-back Pickering providing dangerous crosses but they just evaded a red shirt.

On the half an hour mark, Dagnall went awfully close to making it 2-0 following another superb cross from Cooper. On this occasion, Collins did well to get a glove on it to divert it away from the Crewe forward and frustratingly there was no-one following up for the inviting rebound.

From a Forest Green free-kick, the ball dropped invitingly to Marsh-Brown at the far post but Ng read the situation and got across to make a substantial block on it.

On 35 minutes, Crewe were presented with an opportunity from a central position but Cooper’s effort struck the wall and hit Bowery before spinning behind for a goal kick.

Traore did get free a few minutes later but his well struck shot from 25 yards was seen and well held by Richards. Some more good play from the home side then saw full-back Dale Bennett feed the ball into Marsh-Brown to curl his first time shot over the top of the Crewe crossbar.

Crewe looked to be heading into the interval ahead but in the 44th minute, the home side produced a cross from the right from Bennett and after Scott Laird’s shot was wayward, it fell for Christian Doidge, who lashed his shot into the roof of the net. The Alex players were quick to protest over a potential offside that never came and we went in at the break all square.

The second half started in a similar pattern of play with Forest Green Rovers enjoying the possession but Crewe looking more of a threat going forward. Cooper clipped another tempting cross into the box and it enticed Collins from his line. Porter was always favourite to get his head on it and with the Forest Green Rovers goalkeeper completely out of the equation, Porter was unlucky to see his flick clear the post.

At the other end, the wet surface played havoc with footing and Marsh-Brown complained about being fouled but it was quite clear he had slipped.

Ten minutes into the second half, Crewe’s early pressure paid off. Cooper was again involved, and his deep cross to the far post was headed back by Ng and Bowery was in there to turn it home past Collins and a couple of defenders close to the line. Cue a mass celebration behind that particular goal after the hosts had kindly opened part of the stand for the Crewe supporters, so they could escape the incessant showers.

The first change of the afternoon was from the home with Laird making way for Dan Wilshart. Moments later there was a flair up between Dagnall and Marsh-Brown that threatened to spill over but the referee, to his credit, calmed the situation down and both players escaped punishment.

Great play between Cooper and Ng saw the full-back slip in behind and he did everything right as he reached the by-line. His low cross only needed a touch to cause real danger.

Traore was cautioned for a trip on Grant and from the resultant free-kick, Walker thumped one straight down the middle and it had to be well held by Collins. As the keeper tried to rush his clearance, he was impeded by Dagnall and the Crewe captain was booked.

Forest Green enjoyed some good pressure and we had a let off on 69 minutes when a wayward header fell to Marsh-Brown but his low shot was blocked and deflected behind for a corner.  

The home side made their second change with Marsh-Brown with Omar Bugiel replacing him. A shot from Reece Brown was wide but if the substitute Bugiel had managed to apply a touch then he could have diverted it goalwards. Richards also did well to dive on a low cross as it flashed across his six-yard box.

Forest Green’s final change saw Manny Monthe replace the excellent Traore. Monthe’s first real contribution saw him ping a powerful cross over that Doidge did well to stretch to reach and turn against the post. In the second phase of play, Brown put the ball back across the box and Doidge had reacted first to turn it home from close range. There were seven minutes remaining on the clock.

The game was on a real knife edge and Crewe were a bit fortunate to see Doidge direct a header through to Richards as they pressed for a late winner. As the game entered stoppage time, Crewe had to stand firm at a corner but after a mass melee in front of Richards, the ball rebounded off the post again and there was Iacovitti to turn it home for a late, dramatic winner. It was heart breaking for Crewe Alexandra again. The defeat leaves us third from bottom.

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Ticket News

Forest Green Ticket & Travel Information

17 November 2017

Forest Green FC – Ground Guide

Forest Green Rovers v Crewe Alexandra

18/11/17 Kick off 3pm

Tickets are in the West Stand which is uncovered terrace and fully open to the elements, there is no seating in this stand. *

 

Tickets Pre-Match Match Day
Adults £16 £18
Seniors (65+) £12 £14
16-21 Years £8 £10
Under 16 £5 £7
Under 11 Free** Free**

**ONE free when purchased in conjunction with a paying adult / concession

* There is a small block of 20 seats at the front of Block A in the East Stand which are available for Ambulant Disabled Supporters only, or who are unable to stand for the duration of the game

 

Coaches depart 10.30am and are priced at

Season Ticket Holders                 £16

Non Season Ticket Holders         £17

 

We recommend all supporters purchase their tickets in advance, to avoid queues on the day and also save up to £2 per ticket with our advance ticket pricing. 

Please note that there are no cash machines on site.

 

Information

All away fans are invited to watch the match from our West Terrace (standing only), which can hold up to 975 people. 

The West Terrace is an uncovered standing terrace at the moment – we have plans to create a covered seating area, but it won’t be ready in time for your arrival unfortunately.

 That said, we’d advise fans to bring appropriate clothing in case of inclement weather – particularly as The New Lawn is on top of a hill and is exposed to the elements.

On arrival, all away supporters will be welcomed into the stadium via the West Terrace turnstiles, numbers nine and ten. 

For away supporters who require Wheelchair accessible seating, there are a very limited number available in our East Stand. 

 

By Car

Sat Nav: GL6 0ET

The New Lawn is located near Nailsworth on the A46, nine miles from Junction 13 of the M5, or 16 miles from Junction 18 of the M4. 

The New Lawn, Another Way, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire 

There are small cut-through lanes up to the ground: please do not to follow these lanes as they can become heavily congested; just use the main A419/A46 to reach Nailsworth Town and then head up Nympsfield Road to the stadium.

 

By Train / Bus

If you’re travelling by train, the nearest station is in Stroud. Buses to Forest Green Rovers run approximately every 30 minutes from Stroud/Gloucester (number 63). 

 

Travel

There’s limited parking onsite and in the area, so we do encourage all supporters to travel on the official supporter's coaches. 

If you are driving, please try to car share where possible or use public transport. Make sure to allow plenty of time, as the last part of your journey is through a small village, which can become quite congested on a Matchday.

 

Match Day Parking

The main car park at the stadium is fully booked for each game but there is availability at the neighbouring school, within easy walking distance (90m) from the stadium. The cost of parking is:

-          Car: £5

-          Mini Bus: £10

-          Coach: £20

(all cash only)

We have a very limited number of spaces suitable for minibuses and coaches, which must be pre-booked.

Any coaches that are not able to park onsite, will be required to drop off supporters outside the ground and then park offsite; returning to the main road 20mins before the final whistle.

If you’re a Blue Badge holder or need a space close to the stadium for accessibility reasons, please contact the FGR reception to book a space in advance. Please note that these spaces are fully booked for every game.

 

Food & Drink

 Away supporters will have exclusive use of our away bar: a marquee located at the front of the ground. The bar opens 3 hours before kick-off and will serve a range of lager, cider, wine and soft drinks until kick-off. There’ll also be a selection of bar snacks available from the bar on the day. 

Inside the ground, you'll be able to purchase hot food, cold drinks, hot drinks and snacks from the West Terrace catering outlet, once the turnstiles open.   

 

FOREST GREEN ROVERS FOOTBALL CLUB

THE NEW LAWN, ANOTHER WAY, FOREST GREEN, NAILSWORTH, GL6 0FG

Main Office: 01453834860

Email:  reception@forestgreenfc.com

Website: www.forestgreenroversfc.com

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