League Two Gameweek 18: Morecambe to be Left Green Around the Gills?3 min read
In their last two games, Forest Green Rovers have played away to effectively League One calibre opposition – and looked arguably the better side in both encounters.
In their previous League Two match, Mark Cooper’s side controlled proceedings for an hour at Sincil Bank, only for leaders Lincoln City to inflict upon them an undeserved 2-1 defeat due to a late goal.
The following week, they drew 0-0 at Oxford in their FA Cup 1st Round clash at the Kassam Stadium, where it looked like it was the Green Devils, rather than their hosts, who were the third-tier outfit.
In both games, Reece Brown produced fine displays to further his reputation as one of English football’s most technically gifted midfielders outside the Championship.
There is a wonderful fluency about Cooper’s side, who can produce some excellent one-touch play which defies the common stereotype of League Two football.
Because Paul Digby can operate either as a holding midfielder or at centre-back, they have the wherewithal to switch between 4-3-3 and 3-4-3 mid-games, allowing full-backs Carl Winchester and Joseph Mills to push up.
The Nailsworth side have scored 26 goals in 17 – the joint-fourth most in the division – and there are signs that a mauling could be around the corner, especially with poacher Reuben Reid back fit.
Morecambe head into this match off the back of a 0-0 FA Cup First Round home draw with Halifax Town, with manager Jim Bentley claiming that a significant number of his starting eleven were not playing to their full potential for various reasons.
The Evertonian could be without inspirational goalkeeper Barry Roche, who has recently been absent through illness, while there are also question marks about the fitness levels of wide forwards Liam Mandeville and Rhys Oates.
The Lancashire club have spent 45