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Forest Green: Boss wants Marcus Kelly to keep on goals trail

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 31, 2013

By Pete Orchard


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Out to shoot down the Shots for a second time in seven days, Forest Green midfielder Marcus Kelly can become a regular scorer in the Skrill Premier.

So says manager Ady Pennock, whose side go in search of a third league win on the road this season at Aldershot Town tomorrow (3pm).

Kelly scored twice in Rovers’ 3-1 victory over the same opponents on Boxing Day, taking the 27-year-old’s goal tally to six since arriving from Tamworth last summer.

Given licence to roam from a three-man midfield under Pennock, the blonde bombshell from Kettering has been tipped to add to his personal highlight reel in 2014.

Pennock said: “When I first arrived here Marcus was getting himself into positions to have a shot and choosing to pass.

“He’s a very talented boy and he showed against Aldershot that he’s got the ability and composure to finish.

“His left peg is a wand and he’s got a good footballing brain, so I have been trying to push him a bit further forward and he can be a big player for us.”

New Year’s Day marks the re-opening of the transfer window, and Pennock has made no secret of his desire to alter the balance of the squad he inherited from Dave Hockaday in November.

Targets have been identified and positive discussions held with chairman Dale Vince, although the new manager is in no rush to splash the cash and has been pleased with the way the players have embraced his methods and ideology.

“The changing room is very good now, with the right atmosphere and a togetherness that I didn’t think was there when I took over,” said Pennock.

“So there won’t be wholesale changes, but if we can get one or two new faces in during the window that would be great.

“If not we’ll wait until the summer, and I’ll be happy to do that because the chairman and I are building for the long-term here.”

Rovers will give a late fitness test to right-back Jared Hodgkiss, who suffered nerve damage to his knee on Boxing Day and missed last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Hereford United.

Failure to come through will mean a recall for Eddie Oshodi after suspension in place of Kieron Forbes, who switched from his usual midfield berth to fill the role at Edgar Street.

Jamie Turley (groin), Chris Stokes (hamstring) and Yan Klukowski (thigh) are still sidelined while Paul Green completes his three-match ban.

Aldershot defeated Welling United 3-1 at the Recreation Ground on Saturday to move three points clear of the relegation zone.

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