Forest Green Rovers striker Christian Doidge probably didn’t expect to be lining up in a League Two play-off semi-final this season.
The Welshman joined Bolton Wanderers on loan on transfer deadline day in August with a permanent transfer agreed to take place in January.
The Trotters failed to pay him throughout his four-month loan stint at the University of Bolton Stadium and were unable to stump up the rumoured to be seven-figure transfer fee to take Doidge on a permanent deal and so he returned to The New Lawn.
The financial problems at Bolton are now clear to see, set to go into administration after a High Court hearing today, but it left Doidge in a rather awkward situation.
To his credit, he didn’t let the situation affect his performances, returning to Forest Green and becoming their leading goalscorer over the season, despite being away from the club for four months.
He has scored 14 goals in League Two this season, including five in his last five appearances, so there’s no doubt that he will be a threat the Rovers rearguard will have to take care of over the two-legged play-off semi-final.
That said, Messrs Monthe and Ellis did a good job of keeping him quiet in the recent league fixture between the two clubs at Prenton Park on Good Friday.
Mark Ellis, of course, will miss out through injury, but Tranmere have good replacements to step in and hopefully do the same again, which will lessen the goal threat Forest Green pose.