Ambassador Match Reports 19-20

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Re: Ambassador Match Reports 19-20

Postby Pitchfork » Sun Sep 29, 2019 4:41 pm

Another great Vlog from Cam Hoffman, our ambassador from Churchdown

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMc0ISU ... pp=desktop
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Re: Ambassador Match Reports 19-20

Postby Pitchfork » Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:41 pm

Here's the vlog from Cam Hoffman celebrating our position at the Top of League 2 after an emphatic 3-1 win against Crawley.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLKJ3K8 ... e=youtu.be
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Re: Ambassador Match Reports 19-20

Postby Pitchfork » Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:09 pm

Here is a written report of our memorable match against Crawley - thanks to Toni-Ann our ambassador at Ribston School, Gloucester.

My name is Toni-Ann, I’m 11 and I go to Ribston Hall High school in Gloucester. I have already done lots of jobs as an ambassador, today you may have seen me selling programmes outside the ticket office with my brother before doing the important match report against Crawley Town.
It was a good game of football for Forest Green today, we seemed quite evenly matched on the field but in the 24th minute a missed penalty gave Mills the chance to score and caused the stands to leap up and roar they were so happy.
There was lots of happy people in the stands at half time, and that continued into the second half. You could see that Crawley wanted to score but Collins beat them to it with an awesome somersault to celebrate his goal in the 52nd minute. We had only just calmed down when Mills got his second goal of the game in the 56th minute, we joked that he may get a hattrick before the game finished. Crawley did manage to score just after that in the 59th minute but we weren’t worried.
We were able to stop them getting any more goals before the final whistle blew, beating Crawley yesterday helped us to go to the top of the league.
Awesome day!
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Re: Ambassador Match Reports 19-20

Postby Tommo » Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:14 pm

Nice!
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Re: Ambassador Match Reports 19-20

Postby Pitchfork » Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:43 pm

Exeter away - great to take a coach load of ambassadors south! The away support was excellent, one of the highest at St James Park in 2019.The 450 FGR fans were loud and proud throughout the whole match.

Here is Cam Hoffman's vlog from his trip

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Re: Ambassador Match Reports 19-20

Postby Pitchfork » Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:37 am

Here's Cam Hoffman's vlog on yesterday's match against Mansfield

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v53CxTC ... pp=desktop

Most supporters were disappointed at our team not securing a win, understandable but as with the squad we have to pick ourselves up and focus on the next two games - away at Morecambe and home to league leaders Crewe next Saturday.

Cam has already received his school's permission to have two hours off to travel to Morecambe Tuesday evening. What commitment and passion for FGR!
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Re: Ambassador Match Reports 19-20

Postby Pitchfork » Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:54 pm

Forest Green 2 - 2 Mansfield Town

WHAT A GAME!!!

This is one match that we really should have won!

FGR had an amazing first half with plenty of chances against a team who were very ‘hands on’! The Ref was kept busy & at one point didn’t seem to put his yellow card away.

Matty Stevens (9) had a cracking game narrowly missing a couple of great shots early on. This was closely followed by Aaron Collins (10) who’s shot was saved by Mansfield’s goalie. With fire in his belly Collins came back fighting five minutes later to score from outside the box, taking FGR 1-0 up before half time.

The second half started well with shots flying towards Mansfield’s goal, but it took Jack Aitchison (29) to score in the 61st minute bringing FGR 2-0 up against a weaker looking Mansfield Town. With the crowd leading early celebrations no one expected Mansfield’s Andy Cook to score just moments later.

In the 69th minute & to the excitement of the crowd, returning new signing Elliott Frear (17) (who left The Lawn to play for Motherwell in 2017) came on & Aaron Collins came off.

Mansfield levelled the score in the 74th minute to the frustration of everyone. FGR struggled to score with several great attempts but they just couldn’t get the ball across the line. As the game concluded the Ref had his yellow card close to hand yet again.

Attendance this week was 2276 with 309 supporters travelling from Mansfield.

The Sponsors Man of the Match was Carl Winchester (7).

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Re: Ambassador Match Reports 19-20

Postby Pitchfork » Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:57 am

Here is a second ambassador report from last weekend:

FGR v Mansfield Match Report

My name is Dylan Hartley and I am the ambassador of Archway School. This is my third year of being an FGR ambassador and I love doing my job. Here is my match report.

On a beautiful sunny day in Gloucestershire, FGR met Mansfield at the New Lawn. Mansfield sat in 15th place in the League Two table and Forest Green were hoping to bounce back from a disappointing loss to their close rivals, Exeter.

There was some great news for FGR fans before the game as they found out that Elliott Frear had re-signed until January and we all knew he would be very dangerous down the left wing, as he was in the National League.

For the first five minutes of the match, Forest Green had most of the possession, but could not find a way through the Mansfield defence. The first real chance came in the 7th minute, when Ebou Adams ran through the Mansfield players and was brought down just outside the box. Joseph Mills lined up the free kick, but struck the ball too low and it was cleared away by the Mansfield wall. Rovers kept threatening the defence with Jack Aitchison on the left and Liam Shephard on the right. FGR’s first real shot came for Farrend Rawson, but he headed it straight into the hands of Mansfield keeper, Conrad Logan. Forest Green kept on pressing and in the 21st minute, Matty Stevens broke through on goal, but the shot was well saved by Logan. FGR then challenged again in the 25th, but Logan made another good save – this time from Arron Collins.

Rovers kept on pressurizing with corners and shots and then in the 30th minute, the inevitable happened; Arron Collins found space and shot from 20 yards out. He struck the bottom right hand corner to give the home side a deserved lead. FGR kept pressing for a second goal, with Shephard’s shot brilliantly saved just before the break.

The second half began and Forest Green continued their search for a second, with their best chance coming to Matty Stevens, as he headed Shephard's cross just wide. But after the ball was won back by FGR in the 61st, Aitchison got a low shot away, which crept into the bottom left hand corner and FGR had a second! However, Mansfield got a goal back almost instantly, as a great cross found the head of substitute, Andy Cook.

After that, Mansfield got back into the game and started to deal with the potent attack of Forest Green. In the 69th minute, Forest Green fans to welcomed back Elliot Frear. But in the 74th minute disaster struck - Cook’s long and low shot trickled into the goal as keeper, Lewis Thomas made a sloppy mistake: A second goal for Cook and an equalizer for Mansfield. FGR kept pressing to retake the lead and Frear nearly had the dream return, as his shot was blocked off the line.

Unfortunately, Forest Green couldn’t find another goal, so the game ended 2-2. This meant FGR slipped to 6th and 4 points off league leaders, Crewe Alexandra.
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Re: Ambassador Match Reports 19-20

Postby Tommo » Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:40 am

Nice detailed report
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Re: Ambassador Match Reports 19-20

Postby Pitchfork » Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:43 pm

Cam Hoffman made the long trip to Morecambe and predicted a 2-0 Rovers win en route. So he's becoming a good pundit as well as filming an entertaining vlog!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qtbuy3z ... 25XoCo9Khk
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Re: Ambassador Match Reports 19-20

Postby Pitchfork » Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:12 pm

FGR vs Billericay Town FA Cup 1st Round

On a freezing cold November afternoon at the New Lawn, FGR met Billericay Town of the National League South in the First round of the FA cup. Forest Green came into the match in good form, after moving to the top of the League Two table and were hopeful of progressing into the second round.

Before the match started, there was a minute’s silence to remember all of those who gave their lives for us in battle. As the game kicked off, the Billericay supporters were in full voice - hoping for a Cup upset.

The first 15 minutes were very quiet as neither team could make a break through, but Forest Green had most of the possession. The first real effort of the game came when Aaron Collins found space, but his shot skimmed the outside of the post and went wide.

The home side kept the pressure on and in the 37th minute, FGR won a corner through a blocked shot that went out of play. The corner was taken short and when the ball came in, Matty Stevens headed it down past the Billericay keeper, Alan Julian, to make it 1-0 to Rovers just before half time. Then, in the 45th minute, Joseph Mills ran through the visitors’ defence and his shot from a tight angle flew into the bottom right hand corner to make it 2-0 to Forest Green.

It looked like FGR would have a two goal advantage going into the break, but in the last seconds of added time, Dom Bernard made a piercing run through the Billericay defence. He squared the ball to Jack Aitchison, who composed himself and tapped it home to give the home side a 3-0 lead as the half time whistle blew.

As the second half began, the home side were on the front foot again as Collin’s shot was saved by Julian. Then, in the 64th minute FGR completely finished the game as Liam Shephard shot from 25 yards out - deflecting over Julian’s head to make it 4-0. Forest Green then really just saw the game out.
The full time whistle blew and FGR were into the second round draw and Billericay Town exited the cup with their heads held high; knowing they had done very well to get to the FA cup first round proper.
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Re: Ambassador Match Reports 19-20

Postby Pitchfork » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:23 am

FGR vs Plymouth Argyle
Saturday 16th November 2019


On a cold, clear afternoon top of the league Rovers entertained a Plymouth side looking to push on from their mid table position.

After an even start Aron Collins burst through for FGR on 10 minutes, but the referee waved away calls for a penalty when he was bundled over in the box.

The deadlock was broken on 23 minutes following a shot corner routine, with Argyles Antoni Sarcevic firing high into the net. Rovers pushed forward but were unable to create many chances and they went to the break behind.

The second half continued in a similar vein, Kitching’s shot being the best of few goal-bound efforts. The 3,896 crowd had little to enjoy as the game became fractured by frequent stoppages and Rovers failed to keep possession for any sustained periods. Even 7 minutes of added time and a succession of corners could not produce an equaliser, on a disappointing day for FGR. Man of the match was Ebou Adams.

Manager Mark Cooper was screaming at the Ref for giving so many fouls to FGR. The score was FGR 0, Plymouth 1. It was a very disappointing day for FGR and put them down a place to second in the league.

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Re: Ambassador Match Reports 19-20

Postby Pitchfork » Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:36 am

Forest Green Rovers Vs Crewe Alexandra

Sebastian our ambassador at Deer Park

A game between two sides both in the top three in the league table, with a win for either side putting them top of the table that night.

Postponed from a few weeks before due to a water-logged pitch this was a mild night for mid-November with conditions perfect for a great game between two very good footballing sides.

FGR were celebrating their 130th Anniversary, with special events, programmes and more which had been specially organised by the club.

The FGR team announcement contained a surprise, with six defenders in the line-up. Mark Cooper had decided to introduce a slightly different approach which included the wing backs playing in midfield to counter a very attacking opposition.

With both sides in high spirits before the game, you would’ve predicted a high scoring night, but after ten minutes the game had yet to have an opening or clear chance for either team.
In fact, it took until the 25th minute for any meaningful action, when Forest Green were a little bit too relaxed passing around the back, giving the ball away to the opposing team. Their striker was left one on one with Wollacott, who had charged out of his goal beyond the penalty area giving the chance for a chip, but he put the ball wide of the goal. A lucky let off for the rovers.
But only a minute later Forest Green showed their attacking force for the first of many times in the game. A few passes were strung together, until they met the feet of Jack Aitchison, who then struck the ball just wide of the goal from outside the box.
And only two minutes after that, Forest Green had put some more passes together, leading to the right side of the box, to Liam Shephard, who like always put in a whipping ball, which fell to the head of Matty Stevens on a difficult angle of the left side of the goal. Unluckily his shot hit the back of a defender before being cleared away by the Crewe defence.

Forest Green were showing promising signs, consistently putting balls through the defence smartly, only missing the final shot or killer pass.
The fast half pulled to a close, but ten minutes into the second half came the best moment of the game, after a curving shot by a Crewe player from long range hit the inside of the post and flew across the goal. All the fans in the stadium were holding their breath, it a stunning effort, even though it was from the opposition!

Both sides were gaining more chances as the half went on, but still no goals. It was a case of pushing hard, but it seemed that a draw might be a result which suited all round, so there was also some caution being shown not to go too mad in pursuit of a win.

The game ended 0-0, with both sides knowing they should’ve scored, but a draw was the result that came and meant the league table remained as before, with Swindon staying top.
Hopefully we will sort that out when they visit us in a few weeks’ time.

Ebou Adams was the FGR man-of-the-match, his recent form being excellent, it seems FGR have unearthed a fine player who could follow in the footsteps of Reece Brown and move up the league ladder in the future.
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Re: Ambassador Match Reports 19-20

Postby Pitchfork » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:14 pm

F.A.Cup v Carlisle

I thought this was going to be an easy game for FGR. It was not to be the case.

After 11 minutes the Carlisle goalkeeper Collin made a blunder that gave Aaron Collins an easy chance to make it 1-0. I thought we would score 5 or 6 more.

FGR never really got going. In the 40th minute, Carlisle’s Nathan Thomas cut in and scored an excellent goal against the run of play.

FGR should have been ahead just before half time, when Matty Stevens’ effort was cleared off the line.

In the second half it was all FGR. Despite having a lot of the ball we could not find the net. Carlisle went ahead in the 76th minute when Thomas scored. Two minutes later FGR equalized through an own goal.

Matty Stevens found himself unmarked in the box just before full time, but he could only direct his free header straight at the Carlisle keeper.

FGR will be disappointed not to have won the match. We had more of the ball, and more chances. Let’s hope we can win on Tuesday in the replay, and we get a big club at the Lawn in the 3rd round.

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Re: Ambassador Match Reports 19-20

Postby Pitchfork » Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:33 am

KLB school from Wotton-Under-Edge was very active at the Scunthorpe fixture: girls provided the 'Guard of Honour' before the match and Nathanael wrote this report following the game.

FGR VS SCUNTHORPE MATCH REPORT

At the start of the first half Aitchison snatched hold of the ball, shot but put it just wide, only a couple minutes later Perch the centre midfielder was rewarded a yellow card for a late tackle, FGR freekick in the Scunthorpe half. Another yellow for Scunthorpe, card was given to Van Veek, pushed Bernard for no reason. Good build up but the pass was too far for Aitchinson and sweeped up by the Scunthorpe keeper.

1st shot for Scunthorpe but miserably wide by Novak. 27 minutes played and Stevens has just hit the woodwork best chance for the devils! First yellow for FGR received by Bernard. Penalty for FGR, being taken by Aitchinson, saved by the Scunthorpe keeper. Off the line by Kitching great only a minute left till half-time.

Second Half:

Half-time sub for the devils Bernard off for McGinley. Yellow card for the Scunthorpe right back Clarke, a chance for them as well the game has livened up for them during the break. Goal but for the iron’s, no pressure on the man on the ball scored by Gillead. Lots of chances for Scunthorpe, our fans are getting loud and angry, we need a goal!!

Terrible from someone in the east stand, racial abuse, I’ve known FGR to be a family friendly village team. Surely it's not a normal FGR fan?

FGR substitution Dawson off and Mondal on. Counter attack for Scunthorpe 5 men just walking back but it just went wide. Goal for Scunthorpe outside the box, what a strike! FGR 3rd and final sub Collins is to replace Aitchinson. Post from Shephard a freekick from just outside the box 78 minutes played.in the 94th minute Levi Sutton was given a red card after receiving a yellow.
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Re: Ambassador Match Reports 19-20

Postby Pitchfork » Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:49 am

Scunthorpe Report from Evie, our Rednock ambassador

The game was started by a parade by the ambassadors and one happy mascot, enjoying his bitter sweet birthday. 'Rainbow laces' was the title of Saturday's game with both captains wearing the rainbow armband. Joseph Mills was out ill so Winchester stepped up to be captain.

The first half was full of fouls and many free kicks, however FGR couldn’t manage to convert their chances into that goal they needed, to put them ahead in the first half. Rovers dominated with quick fluid passes between Aitchison and Shephard following with a scuffed strike by man of the match Faz Rawson! Time past quickly and then the woodwork of the crossbar denied that goal Matty Stevens needed.

As the half time whistle was lingering Scunthorpe had their best chance of the half only to be denied by Matt Mills. The second half looked slightly more positive when Rawson was fouled in the penalty area, as the ref pointed to the spot adrenaline kicked in for Matty Stevens, unfortunately the keeper was on it and saved his strike down the middle, still no-one could score.

Moments later the ref stopped the game. A single FGR fan allegedly shamed them-self and the club which FGR are not and never will be, by shouting racism to a Scunthorpe player. Moment later a stadium announcement awakened the crowd to the incident. FGR to not tolerate racism. We have been thanked by the Scunthorpe boss for all our cooperation.

Moments after the ref had spoken to both gaffers Scunthorpe went out and scored a goal shooting right into the right hand corner, Then FGR thought they had their chance to equalise, Shepard’s brilliant free kick just minutely missed the goal hitting the post and bouncing our for a goal kick, moments later the visiting scored a whopper of a goal leaving Thomas with a minute of chance. Then 2-0 ahead they were reduced to 10 men but FGR couldn’t use this to there advantage.

As the final whistle blew. Scunthorpe had won and FGR were down to 3rd in the table with a FA cup game in their sight on Tuesday night.
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