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07 December 2019 Venue The New Lawn Attendance

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English Football League - League Two

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Match Previews

Preview: Forest Green Rovers (A)

6 December 2019

The Iron will be looking to continue a run of four successive wins in all competitions when they make the trip to face high-flying Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.

Ticket News

Forest Green tickets and travel on sale + pay on the day info

5 December 2019

SCENE-SETTER

United haven't lost in the league since October 19th and will be looking to continue their climb up the League Two table, having climbed to 16th with a 2-1 home win over Port Vale in their last league encounter on November 23rd.

It will be the first match in all competitions since November 27th when United won 3-1 away at League One side Blackpool in the second round of the Leasing.com Trophy.

Our opponents sit second in the division, one point away from the top, and drew 0-0 at home to current top three rivals Crewe Alexandra in their last league game.

They drew 2-2 at home to Carlisle United in the Emirates FA Cup second round last weekend too.

TEAM NEWS

Matthew Lund sits out the first game of a three match suspension following his red card against Port Vale.

Elsewhere, the only other absentees are Regan Slater (ankle) and Jordan Hallam (hamstring). Click here to read Paul Hurst's update on them.

LAST MEETINGS

The two teams have only met once, with United running out 2-0 winners in the FA Cup first round in November 2004. Gary McSheffrey scored two goals as the Iron negotiated through a tricky tie at the then non-league outfit.

ELSEWHERE IN LEAGUE TWO

Bradford City v Newport County
Cambridge United v Plymouth Argyle
Colchester United v Salford City
Exeter City v Northampton Town
Grimsby Town v Swindon Town
Macclesfield Town v Crewe Alexandra
Mansfield Town v Cheltenham Town
Morecambe v Carlisle United
Oldham Athletic v Leyton Orient
Port Vale v Walsall
Stevenage v Crawley Town

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Match Reports

Report: Forest Green Rovers 0-2 Iron

7 December 2019

The Iron continued their winning run in all competitions on Saturday afternoon, extending it to five games for the first time in two years, courtesy of thumping strikes from Alex Gilliead and Abo Eisa. Jake Eastwood also saved a penalty just after half-time.

The Iron kicked off the first half - and in under a minute – home ‘keeper Lewis Thomas was called into action, as the wind got behind a deep Kevin van Veen cross, with Thomas holding well on the goal-line.

Aside from the early moments, there was little of note to report inside the opening ten minutes. The match got off to a feisty start, with the Iron picking up two bookings, despite some equally strong challenges from the home side.

However in the 12th minute, the Iron countered Rovers at pace through van Veen and Eisa. The latter’s darting run down the left led to a ball towards Sutton, but the midfielder couldn’t divert goalwards, firing wide.

The best chance of the opening 20 minutes fell to Forest Green though, following a corner. The ball was flicked on by an Iron head, but centre-back Rawson picked it up at the back post, his low, goal-bound shot was cleared off the line by the well-placed McArdle.

Back up the other end, van Veen had a half-chance to open the scoring, after he was found by Gilliead on the edge of the box in the 25th minute. However, the big striker opened up his body, and fired a left-footed strike high and wide of the left post.

With 28 minutes on the clock, the home side came close to breaking the deadlock once again, this time through Stevens. The number nine did extremely well to beat two Iron defenders and poke a shot off the crossbar, following neat playmaking by Aitchison.

Four minutes later, the Iron almost caught the home defence sleeping. Eisa picked the ball up wide left near the touchline, checked back onto his right foot and curled a delightful cross towards the arriving Novak, but unfortunately the forward was inches away from making contact, and Rovers cleared.

Right on the verge of half time, the Iron had arguably their best chance of the game so far, with Eisa doing well to reach the by-line down the left in added time. The winger cut the ball back towards van Veen in the six-yard box, but Thomas and Mills combined well to clear.

The home side looked to get off to a flyer in the second half, winning a penalty in the 47thminute, after McGahey was adjudged to have fouled inside the box. Matty Stevens stepped up, but the penalty was saved well by Eastwood, down the middle of his goal.

Five minutes later, the Iron enjoyed a sustained period of possession, working the ball from left to right, and after the move looked to come to a head, Gilliead laid off to Clarke on the right, but the full-back’s effort misses the top right corner. Moments later, Novak’s last ditch effort bobbles wide, following a low cross from the right.

In the 57th minute, the Iron opened the deadlock through Alex Gilliead, who rifled an effort from all of 25 yards from an angle, beyond Thomas between the sticks. Van Veen laid off the initial pass, but the former still had plenty to do from there.

Two minutes later, the Iron had the wind in their sails, with Ntlhe’s long range effort forced Thomas into a brilliant save. Soon after, van Veen’s corner found McArdle at the back post, but the ball somehow stayed in play, and was eventually cleared by the home side.

The home side slowly began to turn the screw, despite some resolute defending from the Iron. Although, Paul Hurst’s men weren’t afraid to attack the second placed side. With 69 minutes on the clock the Iron came forward through van Veen, charging at the defence following Clarke’s ball through, but the ball ran away from the Dutchman, and Rawson tackled.

The Iron’s bravery soon paid off in the 71st minute, and it was another screamer. This time, Eisa picked the ball up from distance, lined up a shot, and thumped the ball past Thomas into the top left corner, much to the delight of the travelling away contingent.

With 77 minutes on the clock, the home side pushed for a goal back. Shephard stood over a free-kick on the edge of the box, and was denied by the out-stretched fingertips of Eastwood, in acrobatic style.

In the 83rd minute, Eisa was very unfortunate not to win his side a penalty, having been hauled to the floor by a combined effort of two Forest Green Rovers players, despite the hindrance, referee John Busby waved play on.

The Iron continued to push forward for a third, and just four minutes later, Novak broke one on one with a centre back, before firing a low strike at the near post, but his effort was saved well by Thomas, who had a difficult afternoon between the sticks.

Into five added minutes, Collins’ two corners found the heads of Rawson and Kitching, but neither could put the ball beyond Eastwood in the Iron goal.

With moments left, Sutton picked up a harsh second booking, as the midfielder looked to win the ball on the chase.

FOREST GREEN: Thomas, Shephard, Bernard (McGinley 45’), Mills, Rawson, Winchester, Stevens, Adams, Dawson (Mondal 68’), Kitching, Aitchison (Collins 73’). 

FOREST GREEN UNUSED SUBS: Wollacott, Grubb, Morton, Taylor.

IRON: Eastwood, Clarke, Ntlhe, van Veen (Proctor 89’), Perch, Novak, Gilliead, Sutton, McArdle, McGahey, Eisa.

IRON UNUSED SUBS: Watson, Butler, Dales, Ward, Brown, McAtee.

ATTENDANCE: 2,060 (259 away).

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Ticket News

Forest Green tickets and travel on sale + pay on the day info

5 December 2019

Tickets and travel are on sale for the Iron's League Two trip to face Forest Green, which takes place on Saturday, December 7th (3pm kick-off).

PAY ON THE DAY DETAILS: Forest Green have confirmed our fans can pay on the day on Saturday. There will be a £1 price increase for all categories and any U16’s cannot get a free ticket on the day, they would have to pay the full price for the ticket plus the £1.00 increase.

To get the free U16 ticket they must purchase from us before they go off sale on Friday at 3.30pm. Tickets bought on the day will need to be purchased from the Forest Green ticket office and fans can pay by cash or card, but FGR prefer card payments.

We have been handed an allocation of 100 seated tickets, 180 covered standing tickets and 120 uncovered standing tickets for the game.

You can purchase tickets in person at the Iron ticket office, by calling 01724 747670 or through visiting www.sufctickets.com. Buy in advance from the Iron and we receive 5% of the sales.

Match tickets will remain on sale from the Iron ticket office until 3.30pm on Friday, December 6th.

Meanwhile, official coach travel will also be also on sale, costing £22 members and £24 non-members. Departure times are 8.00am from the Hornsby bus depot, 8.05am from Ashby Broadway, 8.15am from the Museum and Baths Hall, and 8.30am from the Sands Venue Stadium. Travel must be purchased in advance from our ticket office or online via www.sufctickets.com.  

Prices for the game are as follows:

WEST STAND SEATED*
Please note, there are steps leading to these seats

CATEGORY

ADVANCE PRICE

Adults

£23

Seniors (65+)

£18

Under-21s

£12

Under-16s

Free with an adult ticket

WEST STAND COVERED STANDING

CATEGORY

ADVANCE PRICE

Adults

£20

Seniors (65+)

£16

Under-21s

£10

Under-16s

Free with an adult ticket (original advance price was £7)

WEST STAND UNCOVERED STANDING

CATEGORY

ADVANCE PRICE

Adults

£18

Seniors (65+)

£14

Under-21s

£9

Under-16s

Free with an adult ticket (original advance price was £6)

HOW TO BUY ONLINE
www.sufctickets.com

TELEPHONE
Call 01724 747670

IN PERSON
Our ticket office is open at the following times: 

Thursday, December 5th - 8.30am-5pm
Friday, December 6th - 8.30am-5pm (Forest Green away tickets go off sale at 3.30pm)

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