Rob Sinclair: Forest Green Rovers ready for 'biggest game'

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Forest Green Rovers have lost only eight times in the Conference this season

Forest Green's Conference match against Dover Athletic on Saturday is "the biggest game the club has ever had", according to midfielder Rob Sinclair.

Rovers, who are fifth in the table, will reach the play-offs for the first time in their history with victory.

"We're all excited and looking forward to the challenge," Sinclair, 25, told BBC Points West.

"But for us as players, we need to just treat it as a normal game. You have to, else the occasion will get to you."

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Play-off spot a minimum - Coles

The Gloucestershire club have competed in non-league football's top tier since 1998, but have never ended up higher than the eighth-placed finish they managed in 2008.

Under manager Ady Pennock, Forest Green have occupied a play-off position for all but three weeks since the beginning of 2015.

They will confirm their spot in the top five as long as they match the result of sixth-placed Macclesfield Town, who sit one point below Rovers and are away at Torquay United.

"Where we are in the league is a fantastic position, the highest the club has ever been, but now we want to finish the job on Saturday," said 33-year-old defender Danny Coles.

"If you look at the squad we've got, making the play-offs has been a minimum requirement. We're disappointed we've not challenged for top spot with the experience and quality we've got in the squad.

Jon Parkin
Ex-Stoke forward Jon Parkin has scored 25 times this season, including five in his last three games

"But this has been a target of ours and now we want to make sure we finish it off. It's very important to all of us and we don't want to let this opportunity pass us by."

In the build-up to the match against Dover, who are eighth in the Conference, Forest Green have moved to increase the seating capacity at The New Lawn, with the East Stand section of the ground selling out earlier in the week.

"This is all a new experience and a great one," said chairman Dale Vince.

"We've released another 470 seats, which is great news, and we've already sold 1,800 tickets in the whole stand, so this is going to be our biggest home crowd of the season I think."

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