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Really important fixture. We can’t take victory for granted. We need to win it to get to the group stage.

This time last year we had to come from behind to defeat Dagenham; and that was with Stockley Boateng etc in the U23 line up! But this time we will be playing Fulham two days before, and Mk dons the Saturday before and Lincoln the Saturday after. With 9 first team games in 28 days.

I’d like to think we could play

Hamon
Oates O’Shea Croll Hartridge
Key/Randall Collins Smallcombe Sparkes
Jay Abrahams

which contains only one over age player. But possibly some of those forwards will be needed for first team minutes...
 

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If we beat Rovers then we have been drawn in a group with Norwich, Forest and Leicester.
 

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Really important fixture. We can’t take victory for granted. We need to win it to get to the group stage.

This time last year we had to come from behind to defeat Dagenham; and that was with Stockley Boateng etc in the U23 line up! But this time we will be playing Fulham two days before, and Mk dons the Saturday before and Lincoln the Saturday after. With 9 first team games in 28 days.

I’d like to think we could play

Hamon
Oates O’Shea Croll Hartridge
Key/Randall Collins Smallcombe Sparkes
Jay Abrahams

which contains only one over age player. But possibly some of those forwards will be needed for first team minutes...
I would guess Ben Seymour may feature up front, possibly in place of Abrahams, who, as you suggest, could be required for first team duty. Harry Kite could also make the side if Sparkes or Collins are in the 1st team reckoning, but ultimately I think you're not far out with your starting 11, which is a side very much within the spirit of the U23 competiotion.
 

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With the problems re Brown Forte and Moxey, plus three big first team games this week, looks like we ‘re going to have to dig deep into the squad on Thursday

With Croll starting tonight, that means either bringing in Dean- or switching Hartridge to centre back and finding a left back from somewhere ( is it Key and Randall who have been playing at wing back out on loan?).

Up front, as budegrecian pointed out, it was already optimistic to expect Abrahams to start, in view of his extensive first team involvement,though he didn’t play on Saturday. It might be the same with Jay. So yes Seymour instead.

Devon Live is hinting that Collins and Sparkes could play tonight, which might really deplete Thursday’s team.
 

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With the problems re Brown Forte and Moxey, plus three big first team games this week, looks like we ‘re going to have to dig deep into the squad on Thursday

With Croll starting tonight, that means either bringing in Dean- or switching Hartridge to centre back and finding a left back from somewhere ( is it Key and Randall who have been playing at wing back out on loan?).

Up front, as budegrecian pointed out, it was already optimistic to expect Abrahams to start, in view of his extensive first team involvement,though he didn’t play on Saturday. It might be the same with Jay. So yes Seymour instead.

Devon Live is hinting that Collins and Sparkes could play tonight, which might really deplete Thursday’s team.
We've got the Checkatrade game against Yeovil next week as well. So hopefully injuries and suspensions are at a minimum. I believe we can use the players we've sent out on loan in these Trophy matches
 

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We've got the Checkatrade game against Yeovil next week as well. So hopefully injuries and suspensions are at a minimum. I believe we can use the players we've sent out on loan in these Trophy matches
Yes we can Matty T said as much when talking about Hartridge going back to Truro on saturday to continue his development
 

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The first game away to Nottm Forest is this Sunday. Forest website is now showing this as being played at the Impact Arena. (Alfreton Town, I think)
 

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The first game away to Nottm Forest is this Sunday. Forest website is now showing this as being played at the Impact Arena. (Alfreton Town, I think)
2pm kick off. Not actually working this Sunday, but other activities planned.
 

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The first game away to Nottm Forest is this Sunday. Forest website is now showing this as being played at the Impact Arena. (Alfreton Town, I think)
Might have the opportunity to go to that.Have you got a link to it?
 
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Might have the opportunity to go to that.Have you got a link to it?
Only place on the web that I can find confirmation is in the Forest fixture list, here:

https://www.nottinghamforest.co.uk/matches/under-23s-fixtures/

I was keeping an eye on their website and it was "TBC" until yesterday, so I think it's probably ok to rely on it. Best keep across the City or Forest websites though, and also take care with the kick-off time. Was showing 1pm for a while in some places, but does now seem to have settled to 2pm.

Would have gone if it had been the City Ground, as have never been there. But Alfreton is too awkward for me on a Sunday.
 

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Gutted that I can’t make this.

Will we need to find a right back from somewhere?

If we play the same/similar team tomorrow as on Tuesday, and assuming those like Ogbene who are getting sub appearances for the first team will be included then we could go

Hamon
ANOther O’Shea Dean Hartridge
Sparkes Collins Tillson Ogbene
Jay Abrahams

Not a bad line up, if a bit young for an U23 game.
 
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