Brothers compete for a place at Wembley as Lewis and Aaron Collins face off in the semi-finals of the League Two playoffs between Newport County and Forest Green Rovers
- Brothers Lewis and Aaron Collins will compete for a place at Wembley
- The siblings will compete against each other in the League Two playoffs
- Lewis will play at the top for Newport while Aaron will take the lead for Forest Green Rovers
Rod and Claire Collins know they will head to Wembley on May 31 for the League Two playoff final. They just don’t know which team they will be cheering for.
That will become more evident on Tuesday night when they join 900 fans at Rodney Parade for the semi-final clash between Newport County and Forest Green Rovers.
Leading the home team will be their youngest son Lewis, 20, while Forest Green’s attack will be led by his brother Aaron, 23.
Brothers Lewis (left) and Aaron Collins (right) face off in the League Two semifinals
The Collins guys have never played each other, although they have both been to Wembley. Aaron was an unused substitute at Tranmere when they lost in the 2017 National League play-off final, while Lewis was the 19th man when Newport lost to Tranmere in extra time in 2019.
“We just hope it can be a third time this year’s happiness for the family at Wembley and that one of the boys can get promoted,” Claire said.
“We’re all from Newport, so I think we hope County can win. There is no favoritism when it comes to the two guys. We are equally proud of them – all we want is promotion for one of them. ‘
Fans will be welcomed back to the grounds for the first time in Wales on Tuesday evening, when the first game is played.
“We were lucky enough to get tickets from the Forest Green player pool on Tuesday night and we are also moving into the second leg,” added Rod, a former Welsh League Division 1 defender who coached both sons in junior football at Malpas.
A place at Wembley is at stake when Newport and Forest Green Rovers compete
The guys both get along fine, but if there’s a 50-50 ball, I don’t think either of them will get it out. We are in one of those incredible win-win situations for these two games because we have a team that follows Wembley no matter what.
“I just hope it doesn’t go to sanctions because they will both be involved.”
It was a penalty kick from Aaron that launched Forest Green’s 3-0 win over Oldham last weekend to secure a play-off place. He also scored his team’s third.
Meanwhile, Lewis took his socks off for Newport in their 1-1 draw in Southend to book their ticket.
“I was nervous,” admitted Claire.