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Sutton v Forest Green preview

11 February 2022

Match Previews

Sutton v Forest Green preview

11 February 2022

Sutton's week of home Sky Bet League Two fixtures ends on Saturday with a visit from league leaders Forest Green Rovers.

Anyone driving to the game is advised to allow extra time for their journey due to possible congestion caused by roadworks outside the main entrance in Gander Green Lane.

Sutton's EFL debut came at the New Lawn in early August, and Omar Bugiel's superb header seemed set to earn a point before Ebou Adams came up with a stoppage time winner for Rovers, since when the Gloucestershire side have stormed ahead at the top of the table and come to the VBS tomorrow ten points clear of second placed Tranmere, who they beat 4-0 at Prenton Park a fortnight ago, and still with a game in hand.

Forest Green remain unbeaten in the league away from home this season, with eight wins and six draws from their fourteen games, with their two defeats both coming at home to Port Vale and Swindon. Striker Matt Stevens scored his 20th league goal of the season on Tuesday as Forest Green came from a goal down to beat Rochdale 2-1, while Jamille Matt is only three behind and the team's total of sixty league goals is fourteen ahead of the division's next highest scorers, Newport, with U's third on 44 - Stevens and Matt between them have socred more than the overall totals for the sides currently in second and third, Tranmere and Northampton.

Regan Hendry and Udoka Godwin-Malife could be fit to return to the Rovers squad after injury and illness respectively.

While Forest Green are unbeaten away, Sutton have yet to suffer a defeat in 2022, a run of eleven league and cup games, and sit in fourth place, two points outside the play-offs. Tuesday's draw at home to Salford saw Craig Eastmond limp off with a groin injury and he may be struggling to be fit to face Forest Green, but Ali Smith could be available again after missing the last two games and Kenny Davis has recovered from the knock in the ribs that he sustained against Bristol Rovers.

Refereeing tomorrow, as he was at The New Lawn when the sides opened the season in August, is James Bell from South Yorkshire who is in his second season as an EFL referee.

Tickets remain available on line and can be bought here for home supporters. Forest Green supporters should use this link. Tickets will also be available on the day, but as always we would urge anyone who wants to buy from the ticket kiosk on the day to be at the ground at least an hour before kick off to avoid queues and congestion around the kiosk and the turnstiles. Forest Green supporters have their own ticket kiosk adjacent to their turnstiles 9 and 10.

Match programmes will be on sale around the ground and at the club shop, and anyone not able to be at the game can order a programme to be sent out after the game by clicking here.

There will be an audio commentary on the game through our iFollow service, and anyone without a valid monthly or seasonal pass can buy a match pass for £2.50 here

With a new catering unit now in place on the main stand side of the ground the "hatch" from the rear of the kitchen is now used to serve hot and cold drinks only, hopefully reducing waiting times for spectators requiring refreshments during the afternoon.

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