ON the eve of Forest Green’s Good Friday clash at promotion rivals Tranmere Rovers, sports editor Ashley Loveridge quizzed Tranmere’s ex-Forest Green striker James Norwood.

AL: What a season, top goal scorer in the EFL with 27 goals and named Sky Bet League Two Player of the Season. How pleased are you to reach such dizzy heights?

JN: It’s taken a long time for me to get a crack at a real chance of league football, I have to be pleased but I’ve taken a lot of things in this year and have continued to develop as a player.

Obviously, I’m pleased with the way the season has gone but I’ve been part of a good team and the way it’s set up is great for me.

AL: You seem to like playing against Forest Green, apart from Wembley of course?

JN: I just like to score goals, whether that be against FGR or anyone. I just try to play my normal game and hopefully that means I have a good game.

AL: Playing under David Hockaday and Ady Pennock, do you view your time at Forest Green as bittersweet ?

JN: My memories of the New Lawn are exactly that, the lads we had in for the most part I’m still friends with, we had a great bond and really enjoyed my time spent with those players.

The bitter bit is being played out of position for four years, I feel like I missed some very good years of my life and like to think now that I’ve proved to everyone I was and always have been a centre forward.

AL: Back-to-back promotions with Tranmere would be a dream?

Of course, it’s a massive club who have suffered a couple of setbacks, it’s a special club to me and I want to see it succeed as we all do here at Tranmere. The fans are brilliant and we've had over 8,000 at our last two home games.

AL: Are you a football fan in your spare time?

JN: It’s nice to switch off from football, I find myself not watching the game, but analysing strikers movements, so it’s not all that enjoyable for me.

AL: Many have said you have the ability to play in the Championship - what are your future ambitions at the age of 28?

JN: Firstly, to be promoted to League One with Tranmere come May 4. I think we’ve got a chance. If we win four games you’d like to think we’d achieve our goal.

AL: Forest Green are gunning for promotion and Mark Cooper sets his team out to play passing football, how tough will they be to beat on Good Friday ?

JN: FGR are always a tough team to play against, they’re well drilled and like to pass the ball . We’ll have to be at the top of our game to beat them.

AL: Forest Green have beaten you three times on the spin, do you think they have a psychological edge over you?

JN: I don’t think previous games come into play, every game is different, different situations,, environments and things to play for.