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The Big Match Preview: Forest Green vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

31 December 2017

Team News, ticket information, travel and more.

Forest Green Rovers vs Wycombe Wanderers
Monday 1st January 2018, k.o. 3pm
The New Lawn Stadium
Referee: Antony Coggins

New Year’s Day provides the Chairboys with a quick chance to bounce back from the weekend’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Mansfield Town, as they kick-off 2018 at Forest Green Rovers.

This will be the Chairboys first competitive visit to the New Lawn stadium, and they will look to get back to winning ways on the road after a run of six away games without a win.

Wycombe head into the fixture inside the play-off spots in sixth, three points off the automatic places, and face a Forest Green side desperate for points as the battle to avoid relegation heats up.

Mark Cooper’s side have not won in the league since 18th November and are currently on a run of three straight defeats, but just one win can be a catalyst for a revival, and Gareth Ainsworth’s men will have to be alert to ensure it is not they who provide it to Rovers.

When the two sides met in the reverse fixture in September, an outstanding first-half display set the Chairboys on their way to a first home win of the campaign in their first ever EFL meeting with FGR.

Paris Cowan-Hall struck first with a crisp low shot before Anthony Stewart and Luke O’Nien continued the barnstorming start to the match to put Wanderers out of sight in an eventual 3-1 win after Christian Doidge pulled one back.

Team News
Gareth Ainsworth will check on the fitness of Adam El-Abd and Marcus Bean after both have missed the Chairboys last few fixtures. Anthony Stewart will miss the game with a calf problem and Scott Kashket continues to edge closer to a return.

Dale Bennett is a doubt for Rovers after suffering an ankle injury against Carlisle on Saturday 23rd December.

Man in the Middle
Antony Coggins will take charge of this one, which will be his second game involving the Chairboys this season after overseeing the 4-0 home win over Crawley in November.

He has so far shown 45 yellow cards and 1 red this term.

Wycombe will be in their away orange and gunmetal grey strip for the game at Forest Green.

This is an all-ticket game for Wanderers supporters, with tickets not available to purchase on the day of the match.

By Adrian Wood

Postcode: GL6 0ET

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Don’t try and find Forest Green on your map; you need to look up Nailsworth, which is south of Stroud in Gloucestershire. The easiest, though not the shortest, route to Nailsworth is to take the westbound M4 as far as junction 18 where you take the northbound A46 towards Stroud. This will bring you to the centre of Nailsworth. When you reach the Information Centre take the first right at the mini-roundabout into Spring Hill, which goes up a steep hill sign posted Forest Green. The New Lawn is at the top of this hill. Turn left at the roundabout at the ‘summit’ into the stadium entrance.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 106 (average journey 1 hour 55 minutes)

Suggested car parking area
I am told that the only parking available in the club car park for visiting fans is if you are a blue badge holder who has pre-booked a space. A short distance away down the Nympsfield Road is Nailsworth Primary School which offers parking at £5 per car. Otherwise there is plenty of on-street parking in the centre of Nailsworth for free but the walk to the ground takes about 15 minutes and is up a steep hill!

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 11:00. Travel Prices are £18 for adults, £17 for seniors and £16 for juniors. The price for non-members is £23 (no refund of game is cancelled and the coaches have left their depot). Bookings by phone or email would have needed to be completed by Thursday 28th December at 5pm.

Fancy using the train?
This is not straightforward. There is no station at Nailsworth – the nearest station is Stroud (served by trains from Paddington) that is 5 miles away. The fastest journey from Paddington to Stroud is 1hr 38 minutes and a change is necessary at Swindon. Stagecoach does operate a bus service (no.63) between Stroud and Nailsworth. For anyone opting for the train, there are return services rom Stroud at 18:12 and 20:31 getting into Paddington at 20:11 and 22:11 respectively.

Facilities for away fans
Away fans are housed in the West Terrace on one side of the ground. This terrace has a capacity of around 975 fans and runs the full length of the pitch. Turnstile numbers to use are 9 and 10. The terrace is uncovered so hope for fine weather! Apart from disabled fans, the club does not provide seating to visiting supporters. The entrance to the away terrace is at the back of the stadium from the main entrance and the access paths are quite narrow. Entrance to the ground is via electronic turnstiles, meaning that you will need to scan your ticket to gain admittance.

Spare time before the match?
There is a bar at the ground called the Green Man, which is built into the back of the Main Stand. This bar serves real ale from the Stroud Brewery and has hot food. However since promotion to the EFL this is mostly for home fans only.

The club though has set up a small marquee bar for visiting fans which is located near to the away turnstiles. There are some pubs and food outlets at the bottom of the hill in Nailsworth, which is about a 15 minute walk. One recommended hostelry is “The George” that can be reached via Burma Road and Seven Acres Road.

Can’t make it?
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