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Angel of the New Lawn waits in the wings for Rovers

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 25, 2013

divine inspiration:  Ben Wright should be back in contention in the next few weeks

divine inspiration: Ben Wright should be back in contention in the next few weeks

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AN ANGEL could soon be adding wings to Forest Green's promotion ambitions in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

The weather-induced spate of fixture postponements has caused headaches for clubs up and down the country, but Rovers striker Ben Wright is among a minority who will not be complaining.

Tomorrow's match at Lincoln City (3pm) comes too soon for the 24-year-old, who has been sidelined since October with knee ligament damage.

But New Lawn boss Dave Hockaday expects him to come back into contention in the next two to three weeks, meaning he can still contribute to a sizeable chunk of the season.

Wright has netted three goals in 13 games since arriving from Braintree last summer, while his expertise from free-kicks and corners increases his value to the side.

Hockaday said: "This weather has been a pain for everyone, but from Ben's perspective it means he has not missed as many games as he feared.

"Having him back will be like a new signing for us, and there is no doubt he offers something different to the other strikers we've got.

"He's a big lad but he's got the touch of an angel, and he looks really focused."

It has been yet another week of disruption for Hockaday, with the postponement of Tuesday's derby against Hereford United and fresh snow forcing his squad to train indoors at Cirencester.

Lincoln have been pulling out all the stops in an attempt to get tomorrow's game on, with an army of volunteers assisting staff to clear the Sincil Bank pitch.

And the Rovers boss is desperate for no more call-offs, despite having to embark on the fifth of six straight away fixtures.

"All we can hope is that the hard work of the people at Lincoln pays off, otherwise it will be absolute madness with the number of games outstanding," he said.

"We've actually been fortunate to be able to train, unlike some clubs, and I must say a big thank you to Cirencester Town and Rednock School for allowing us to use their facilities.

"I feel the team are in a good place mentally and physically and we want to keep that going."

Hockaday is likely to name an unchanged squad to face the Imps, with defender Aarran Racine absent again after undergoing a finger operation.

Striker Reece Styche could well start the game after scoring as a substitute in last week's 2-1 defeat at Stockport County.

David Holdsworth's Lincoln were hammered 3-0 in Nailsworth in September and are without a win in seven matches in all competitions.

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