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Yates: We Won't Take Yate Lightly

1 November 2012

Mark Yates warns his players that they must not take Yate Town lightly this weekend in the FA Cup.

Mark Yates speaking to the media this morning ahead of FA Cup weekend:

"Of course we would love to have another run in this competition and we are taking it seriously. I will be fielding a strong team. I may make a few changes but it will be as strong as we can possibly get it.

"The FA Cup did wonders for this club last season. Getting to White Hart Lane in the third round to play Tottenham helped so much off the pitch. It enabled us to bring in Jermaine McGlashan and it created a feelgood factor for everyone involved with the club. We will be playing professionaly and preparing properly. We've seen DVD's, we have had them watched and we've done our homework on them. They beat the leaders of the BlueSquare Premier over two legs and put six goals past them so we won't be taking them lightly. We are happy we're at home but it will be a tough game and we will be taking it seriously and I will be massively disappointed in the group if they don't do the same but they always do. They know very little about them at the moment but by tomorrow they'll know everything they need.

"They have some good players and a lot of them are ex-pros that have been released by the Bristol clubs or around. They can play but we must make sure that we play too. We can do nothing more than prepare properly and give it our best shot.

"The most important game of the season will always be the next game and, at the moment, that is Saturday. We will pick what we think is the right team. We were always hopeful that Lawson (D'Ath) would be able to play in the FA Cup but we had to wait for confirmation. He did really well last Saturday and contributed with a goal but I thought his general play was bright and enthusiastic too. For however long he is here, be it a month or until the end of the season, he is a good aquisition for this club.

"There are no further injuries. Darren Carter won't be available for selection but everyone else will be. Darren may be looking to train tomorrow but this weekend will be too early. He has been in all week and in the oxygen chamber in Gloucester and we won't rush him but hopefully he can train tomorrow.

"We have had a good week on the training ground and a few of the boys have had an extra day off to recover. Everyone is back in today to prepare for Saturday and beyond. It has been a good week but hopefully we finish it the right way."

Cheltenham Town host Yate Town in this weekend's FA Cup first round here at the Abbey Business Stadium (3pm). Click here to buy your tickets.

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