3:00pm, Saturday 27th November 2021
The New Lawn
The Gas travel to League Two leaders Forest Green Rovers, in only the fourth meeting between these two clubs. These four games took place during the 2014/2015 season in the National League, twice in the league campaign and twice in the playoffs. The record is P4 W2 D1 L1 for The Gas.
Forest Green Rovers have been the form team in the division all season. They have only lost twice this season, have 37 points and a goal difference of 18. Compare that record to Bristol Rovers (23 points and -5 goal difference), and you would be very brave to be expecting anything other than a home win this afternoon.
Fortunately for The Gas, this is football and anything can happen. A draw would be a fantastic result for us, but I am fully expecting a defeat today.
Aaron Collins will be looking to bag a goal (or two) against his old club today.
The unbeaten run comes to an end with a two goal defeat at Forest Green Rovers. A goal in either half, including a penalty when playing against ten men. We can have no complaints today, we were beaten by a much better team who look destined for promotion. The Gas drop to 16th in the table.
Forest Green started the game the brighter side, creating some good chances and took the lead after 24 minutes. As the first half progressed, Forest Green piled on the pressure. This game looks to be lost already, unless Bristol Rovers can find a defensive answer to the Forest Green attack.
Forest Green hit the bar and Bristol Rovers had a chance cleared off the line.
Forest Green have dominated the first half in terms of chances (8 to 2), but Bristol Rovers end the half strongly. There was still hope at this point, as Forest Green have not taken their chances. Possession has been fairly even (54% to 46%).
The first half ends 1-0. I think we would have been happy with that, as we were still in the game.
The second half was more positive for Bristol Rovers, having more possession and leveling up the shots on goal. Forest Green Rovers also had a player sent off and played the final thirty minutes with ten men. Bristol Rovers, once again fail to take advantage of the extra man and once again conceded a goal when playing against a weakened opposition.
This game highlights the gap between serious promotion candidates and where we are at the moment. At this point in the season, we have stabilised following last season’s relegation. There should not be a second successive relegation (which is excellent news), but also an immediate return to League One is also looking unlikely.