THE COLLINS brothers don't have a fiery sibling rivalry like the Gallaghers but Newport County AFC's Lewis doesn't want to watch Forest Green Rovers' Aaron enjoy a League Two promotion party at his expense.

With the Exiles sitting sixth and Rovers seventh, the brothers are both set for a tense run-in in the tight battle for the play-offs.

It's going to go to the wire and most in amber have cheered Forest Green's slide in form, which has coincided with the loss of former County targetman Jamille Matt to injury.

A Scunthorpe success at the New Lawn would go down well on Saturday but 19-year-old Lewis can't help but want Rovers' number 10, who came through the ranks at Rodney Parade before earning a move to Wolves, to shine.

Aaron Collins on the charge for Forest Green

Aaron Collins on the charge for Forest Green

"I'd love Aaron to do just as well as me," said the younger Collins. "I watch how he has got on every game and want him to do just as well… but I want us to do better than Forest Green.

"I want to get promoted. I am not bothered about the Forest Green results, I just want my brother to do well."

Attacking midfielder Lewis earned his first start since Boxing Day in County's 0-0 draw with promotion rivals Carlisle on Tuesday.

The teenager joined forces with Joss Labadie and Josh Sheehan in midfield and played the full 90 minutes, that after two lively appearances off the bench against Bolton and Mansfield.

Collins believes heading away with Wales Under-21s helped him rediscover his mojo in a season that began with a start in the shock Carabao Cup win against Swansea City.

"It's been an up and down season for me. I started it very strongly but was unlucky with an ankle injury on international duty," said the midfielder, who had made his Wales Under-21s debut against Belgium in October before the blow.

"I found myself building back into the squad around Christmas time, started playing again but was out of the team. The lads were playing well and I couldn't find my way back in.

"I went away again with Wales Under-21s last month, found my feet a little bit and came back with a few weeks to give everything.

"I have just been smashing training and trying to replicate that on the pitch."

LIVELY: Lewis Collins of Newport County is tackled by Aaron Hayden of Carlisle United.

LIVELY: Lewis Collins of Newport County is tackled by Aaron Hayden of Carlisle United.

Manager Michael Flynn said it was his performances on the training paddock that convinced him to give the prospect a crack at half-time against Bolton.

Collins helped the Exiles upset the Wanderers then added energy for half an hour at Mansfield and got the nod against Carlisle, replacing former Wales midfielder Joe Ledley in the XI.

"I loved it. The gaffer showed faith in me and there is nothing better, I am just trying to get out there to prove my worth," said Collins.

"I am doing everything I can to stay in the team now and hopefully finish the season strongly on a personal level.

"I just want to stay in the squad, perform every week and keep my name in there."

Collins will hope to help County find a creative spark but it was his tracking back at Mansfield, showing pace to match his desire, that earned Flynn's praise at Field Mill.

"I want goals and I want assists but if they are not coming then I will do anything I can other than that to help the boys get the win," said the youngster.

"All we are looking for is promotion and I want to do my best for the team to get out of League Two and into League One.

"You have got to do everything for the team. That is just expected – if I have to run back 60 yards to get a ball I will, then be blowing after it."

County battled for a share of the spoils in midweek, retaining their three-point lead over the Cumbrians in the race for the play-offs, and now welcome second-placed Cambridge.

Another draw would be a solid result but Flynn and his squad are being greedy, knowing a maximum haul would do wonders for their bid for the top seven.

"It was a poor game for us against Carlisle really but we dug deep and got a point. We should be taking three points at home but we go again on Saturday now," said Collins.

"Some results went for us but we aren't concentrating on anyone else at the moment, just on ourselves. Three points is what we need at the moment, no matter who the opponent is."