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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
12:15 2nd December 2016
By  Sean Watts

PREVIEW: Sutton United vs Cheltenham Town

This Saturday sees us take on Sutton United as we look to book our place in the third round of the FA Cup for the first time since the 2012/13 season.

The game will take place on Gander Green Lane's artificial pitch, with the BBC's Football Focus being filmed there at lunchtime before kick off.

Should we get through the tie, the draw for the next round, where the Championship and Premier League clubs come into the competition, will take place on Monday evening.

The draw will be done by former winners Steven Gerrard and Ian Wright, and The Robins would be ball number 59.

Standing in our way of a potential eye-catching tie against a Premier League club, though, are the National League's current 14th placed team.

They are managed by Paul Doswell, who has been in charge for over 500 games, and are playing in English football's fifth tier after winning the National League South last season.

Sutton do, unfortunately, have history in the FA Cup as they beat then Division One side Coventry City in the third round of the competition back in January 1989.

More recently, they beat our Gloucestershire rivals Forest Green Rovers in the fourth qualifying round and then Dartford in the first round proper to reach this stage of the cup.

Whilst they have picked up some impressive results in the National League this season, such as wins against high-flying Lincoln City as well as Dagenham and Redbridge, they have struggled for form recently and have won just two of their last ten league matches.

The two sides haven't met in the league since December 1990, when Cheltenham recorded a 3-2 win over Sutton in the National League after having beaten them by the same scoreline at their place just a couple of months earlier.

Manager Gary Johnson is wary of the threat that they and their 3G pitch pose but also desperate for his team to be in the hat for the next round, and you can see what else he had to say on RobinsTV here: