Forest Green Rovers v Latics – News
The Latics head to Forest Green Rovers on Easter Monday in Sky Bet League Two, a clash both sides will be desperate to claim all three points (15:00 KO).
The defeat last time out against Northampton Town and results elsewhere on Good Friday mean Oldham needs its own Easter resurrection story.
It was a miserable afternoon for the Latics, as a goal in each half for the Cobblers earned the promotion-seeking side maximum points.
Latics fans will no doubt have kept a close eye on Forest Green in their last game and will be disappointed that the team currently sitting at the top of the pile weren’t able to do them a favor.
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In a somewhat shocking result, Green Army were put to the sword by relegation-threatened Barrow, losing 4-0 to the side now three points ahead of Oldham.
The lead they have at the top of the table has taken a bit of a beating lately and not winning either of their previous two hasn’t helped that.
They have won half of their previous six games and they will be hoping to cement their automatic promotion and title ambitions when they host Oldham at the New Lawn Stadium.
The gap between them and 2n/a placed Exeter City is only two points at the moment while the biggest is the gap at 4and placed Northampton Town is a very healthy nine points.
Rovers’ Last Six
- Barrow 4-0 Forest Green Rovers
- Forest Green Rovers 1-1 Hartlepool United
- Forest Green Rovers 1-0 Mansfield Town
- Forest Green Rovers 1-0 Scunthorpe United
- Colchester United 0-1 Forest Green Rovers
- Forest Green Rovers 1-1 Leyton East.
Latic wins: 0
Forest Green wins: 3
It’s the eighth time Oldham have been lucky as they look to secure a competitive win over their opponent.
The last time the two sides met was earlier in this campaign when fans were treated to a ten-goal classic at Boundary Park.
Oldham came from 4-1 down and then 5-3 down to ensure they didn’t leave empty-handed.
On the scoresheet that day for the Latics was Davis Keillor-Dunn with a brace, Hallam Hope, Jack Stobbs and the equalizer was an own goal from Rovers’ Kane Wilson.
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Forest Green will likely be without their top scorer for this clash.
Matty Stevens has had an immensely impressive campaign for Rovers and can boast 23 league goals.
He suffered the injury in the win over Scunthorpe and his side have since found things a bit more difficult in front of goal.
Luckily for them, they also have the division’s third leading scorer in Jamille Matt who will be looking to regain his goalscoring form when the Latics travel to New Lawn Stadium.
With an impressive 17 league strikes to his name so far this season, Matt has shown he has the pedigree to cause teams problems but is currently on a bit of a goal drought.
His last goal came in late January as Rovers won 4-0 at Tranmere Rovers.
The 32-year-old has been a Forest Green player since July 2020 and such has been his form for the club since being named club captain ahead of this current season.
He is hoping to finally add another promotion to his resume, he got so close when a Newport County player but eventually made the side that suffered the heartbreak of a 1-0 loss at Wembley to Tranmere with the goal coming to death from extra time.
The Jamaican striker has 35 goals for Rovers so far, in 84 games in all competitions.
In the canoe
Rob Edwards is the man in the dugout for the hosts.
Edwards was named New Lawn boss in May 2021 and he’s off to a good start; winning the August Manager of the Month award.
His other coaching roles include caretaker care of Wolverhampton Wanderers as well as full charge over their Under-23 teams, management of AFC Telford United as well as England Under-16 teams.
As a player, Edwards is probably best known for his time with Wolves, where he played in the Premier League.
He will no doubt be excited at the prospect of adding a first Football League promotion to his managerial CV in the coming weeks.
The New Lawn (known as The Fully Charged New Lawn for sponsorship reasons).
Capacity: 5,147 (2,000 seats)
Attendance record: 4,836 (vs. Derby County, January 2009)
The official in the middle of the match is Stephen Martin.
Martin last refereed a Latics game in August 2021 for our 2-1 loss at Bradford City. That day, he distributed six yellow cards and zero red cards.
He has taken charge of 29 games so far this campaign, handing out a total of 87 yellow cards and four red cards.
Martin will be assisted by Nicholas Barnard and Rob Smith, with Christopher Sarginson as fourth official.
Sky Bet Odds
Unsurprisingly, Forest Green are clear favorites for this clash and their position in the league is reflected in the short price of 2/5.
Oldham need to start winning games before the time runs out on their Football League status and you can currently get odds of 6/1 for them to claim their first ever competitive win against Rovers.
The last time the two teams met it ended in a draw, 7/2 is available for the same result this time around.
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How to follow the game
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Live match action on the £10 ‘match pass’ is available on iFollow Latics in the UK and overseas for fans who can’t attend in person, with Roy Butterworth and Michael Brown explaining the match action due to the international break.
For more information, visit the iFollow Latics page by clicking here.
Alternatively, fans can also follow the game with live updates on the club’s official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC.