The Easter weekend is a fascinating time in the football season. This year, the international break means that there’s a limited schedule of fixtures. But that shouldn’t stop us from seeing plenty of action on Good Friday, and we’re hoping that the Conference will provide it with goals.
We’ve picked three games where we think goals will flow. It doesn’t matter if they end in high-scoring draws, huge routs, or end-to-end thrillers; as long as we see the net ripple at leat three times in each contest, we’ll be just fine.
Cheltenham Town v Boreham Wood
League leaders Cheltenham suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss at Braintree last Saturday, and will be determined to bounce back in style with a big win on Good Friday. Unfortunately for visiting Boreham Wood, that could be the victims of that backlash.
Cheltenham registered a 4-0 win over Woking in their last home match, taking their tally to 37 in 19 at the Whaddon Road. While that’s been their only high scoring contest in recent weeks, a home clash against a relatively poor away side could change all that.
Boreham Wood’s defensive record hasn’t been too bad, but Luke Garrard’s men need points as they look to escape the relegation zone. This could make them vulnerable at the back, and Cheltenham’s Dan Holman and Danny Wright will be ready to punish those weaknesses.
If the Robins perform, they could easily score three. If not, there’s always the hope of an away goal too. For the sake of this bet, an early goal for Boreham Wood could be perfect.
Forest Green Rovers v Aldershot Town
Forest Green Rovers are right behind Cheltenham and just one point off the leaders. Funnily enough, Adrian Pennock’s men are also just one home goal behind the league leaders with a return of 36 in 19. If they can unleash big Jon Parkin in the final third, there’s every chance that the tally will be increased against the Shots.
After all, the visitors have leaked 40 goals on the road this season. Barry Smith’s men will see 26 goals as the right end as a source of confidence. Nevertheless, those defensive weaknesses are likely to be their undoing at the New Lawn.
It’s been particularly bad for the underdogs in recent weeks, with their away fans seeing home sides hit 10 past them in two matches alone. When added to the fact that they lost 3-0 in the reverse clash, it makes very bad reading indeed.
Like Cheltenham, Forest Green could easily start the Easter weekend with a rout. One way or the other, we’d like to think there will be goals.
Tranmere Rovers v Lincoln City
The BT Sport cameras will be at Prenton Park on Friday as Tranmere look to resurrect their play-off hopes with a win against Lincoln. However, Gary Brabin’s men shouldn’t expect to have things all their own way against the Imps.
James Norwood has hit 14 league goals for the Lilywhites this term and, with the help of his supporting cast, the Rovers man can take advantage of Lincoln’s lacklustre defence. The visitors have leaked 33 in just 19 away games this season, which has been the chief reason behind their slump in 2015/16.
However, Chris Moyses has seen his side hit 27 away goals while the quality of Matt Rhead will always provide a great chance of goals. Meanwhile, their past give matches on the road have ended in BTTS winners with four bringing at least three goals.
Both teams will be eager to impress on TV. Let’s hope it brings plenty of drama.