FOREST football fans will get to see the Dean’s top two clubs do battle for the first time in over a decade on Saturday.
Southern League Division One South & West side Cinderford Town travel to Lydney Town of the Hellenic League Premier for a pre-season friendly at 3pm.
And the managers of both teams are expecting a tough test from their local rivals.
“They did quite well in that league last season so we’re expecting a very good test, one that won’t be far off the test we will get week in week out next season,” said Cinderford boss Paul Michael.
“It’ll be a good chance to see if anyone’s ready to step up and good for everyone to see the top two teams in the Forest play each other.
“Hopefully it’ll be a good game to start with and we’re expecting to use a lot of players in the first game and limit match time to avoid injuries.
“We have lots of players available and there are quite a few players we’ve got that we’re looking forward to seeing.
“We’re starting from scratch in the way we want to play but pre-season training has been going well and we want to see the players take on our ideas.”
Lydney manager Mark Lee, a former Cinderford man himself, is hoping two injury-hit strikers can recreate their previous form following the departure of top scorer Declan Morley-Lyne to the Causeway.
Pat Gibbs and Jarred Liddington are both back for Lydney, with Gibbs featuring last season, while Liddington returns after 18 months out after damaging all of his knee ligaments.
“Pat is back in full training and looking sharp,” Lee said.
“We are hoping that last season helped him get over his injury and he’ll be back in full stride.
“Jarred did it all to his knee, the medial, anterior and cruciate ligaments, and it’s great to have him back. Hopefully the pair of them can crack on from here.
“I think Declan has the ability to do well at Cinderford. He’s earned the move with his goals for us and also his attitude towards the game is top notch.”