John Light's Forest Green viewpoint

FGR fan John Light

FGR fan John Light

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DAVID Hockaday is facing an injury headache as we enter the business end of the season.

The physio room must resemble a scene out of TV drama Casualty with Koroma, Styche, Brogan and Collins on Tim Griggs' operating table.

I would envisage DH diving into the loan market this week for much-needed reinforcements.

Our recent 1-0 defeat inflicted by Kidderminster was so frustrating. Despite all our spirited play, all our determination and our dominance we were mugged.

The points were stolen. Take chances and win matches is true of all football games, but another single phrase could be added - if you concede soft goals you lose games.

That is what happened against the Harriers. A cross was allowed to reach the goalmouth and was very poorly defended.

The winning goal was scored. If you saw the Luton or Braintree games you will know what I mean.

The last three goals scored against Rovers have come in that fashion, so do not let the forwards take all the blame.

Blame is perhaps the wrong word, for yet again we saw the high standards demanded in the promotion race. Kidderminster has won 14 of their last 16 games - they are the form team in the league, yet FGR more than matched them.

Only a well-organised defence kept Rovers out. Gowling was outstanding at centre-half and Ricky Shakes - usually a winger when at Swindon and Ebbsfleet was a fine stand-in full-back.

Only half the matches played at The New Lawn (8) have been won. 16 vital points have been lost. This is far too many. A phrase "Fortress Forest" appeared in this column a few weeks ago.

We are not quite there yet. There are not enough of us and despite considerable improvement we are not making enough noise. Our determined team deserves us all to be in full voice.

We are all part of the promotion push. The 'P' word is not everything. We are part of so much more.

At the Braintree game there were 70 plus youngsters from Wotton Rovers. It was also another occasion when we saw our young ambassadors. A football club is nothing if it does not engage with its local community and these were two fine examples of Rovers doing exactly that.

The Eco publicity is helping the club, especially the One Show broadcast. I live in Cirencester and number of fans following me across Minchinhampton Common and down the W is increasing.

Formerly a trickle it is now a stream. Will a promotion push make it a flood by Easter? Our next two matches are difficult away ones.

Woking have one more home game than we have and Cambridge more than matched us at The New Lawn. Hopefully the injury situation will have improved and team and bench will reflect that.

Substitutions are important and now with the welcome return to the squad of Big Ben Wright game changing ones can be made. Perhaps an opportunity was missed against Kidderminster.

I would have kept Saul Williams on the bench and introduced him and James Rowe in the last 20 minutes.

We were battering Kidderminster, but they were holding out. Saul could have used his blistering pace against makeshift full-back Ricky Shakes and perhaps James could have produced a few magical passes.

Worthy though our broadsword attacks were I felt we needed a rapier to bring about the kill. Blunt instruments can be effective, but nothing beats a true cutting edge. See you on Tuesday, March 5 for the promotion clash at home to Grimsby Town.

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