FA Cup 2nd Round Predictions: Forest Green on the up?

Fleetwood v Hereford

The First Round clashes these teams played both swerved on a red card. Hereford struggled against Telford for 60 minutes, but they started to impose themselves after Jon Royle’s dismissal and eight minutes later, John Mills’ tapped home after Ashley Haysham’s shot was parried. Ironically, Fleetwood’s encounter with Chorley was almost the exact opposite. They toiled for much of the contest, only to start playing after their own player, Lewie Coyle, was sent off, with Jack Sowerby netting an impressive injury-time winner. Hereford United launched a more eye-catching turnaround against Newcastle in 1972, but the new Hereford must create their own memories – Highbury would be a good place to start.1-1

Forest Green v Exeter

Forest Green Rovers have had a resurrection over the last six weeks, kick-started by that unexpected 1-0 win at Coventry. Christian Doidge scored six of their seven goals over November with some classic centre-forward finishes, but he has been helped by improved creativity from Reece Brown and Keanu Marsh-Brown. Exeter City’s goalscorers in their 2-0 win over Accrington were less predictable: holding midfielder Hiram Boating netted after a late run into the box and defender Pierce Sweeney bagged from the spot. The Grecians though aren’t in the best of form away from Devon though and could crash out of the cup in Nailsworth. 2-1

Gillingham v Carlisle

Both teams come into this cup tie off the back of a draw in their last league outing. Carlisle didn’t quite get the three points they wanted against Morecambe due to a late equalizer but they have steadily improved lately, with Clint Hill a key performer at centre-back. Gillingham could have beaten Oldham last week had Lee Martin’s early effort and Luke O’Neill’s late free-kick not been saved, but they relied on the impressive Tomas Holy to keep them level too. Carlisle have won by three or more goals on three occasions this season, which suggest they can go up another gear when they truly need to – perhaps a trip to League One opposition is where we might see the best of them. 1-3