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FA Cup: Robins handed first round trip to Ebbsfleet United

22 October 2018

Cheltenham Town have been handed an away trip to Ebbsfleet United in the first round this seasons's FA Cup.

The tie will take place at the Kent side's Stonebridge Road ground on the weekend of Saturday, November 10.

The club has been known as Ebbsfleet United since changing its name from Gravesend & Northfleet in 2007.

The Robins have played at the Stonebridge Road ground (currently known as the Kuflink Stadium) on numerous occasions in the Southern League. It is one of the larger grounds in non-league football and has undergone some refurbishment in recent years with the construction of a new stand.

The most recent match between the two clubs at the ground took place in August 1996 in the Southern League Premier Division. Cheltenham Town won 3-1 with goals from Mark Bellingham, Chris Banks and Martin Boyle.

The two sides have never met before the in FA Cup, although there were two FA Trophy meetings in the early 1990s, both of which were won by the Robins.

The biggest games between the clubs took place in the two-legged final of the 1957-58 Southern League Cup. Cheltenham Town won 2-0 at Stonebridge Road in the first leg with goals from Peter Cleland and Danny Fowler before a crowd of 3,165.

In the return game 4,900 filed in to Whaddon Road to see the same two players on target in a 2-1 Robins win.

Ebbsfleet currently sit 17th in the National League and will provide another difficult cup test for Michael Duff's side.

The Robins were defeated 4-2 by Maidstone United last term on a disappointing afternoon at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium, having been beaten in recent seasons by Sutton United, Dover Athletic and Tamworth.

We will be confirming all the ticket and travel information in the coming days so keep an eye on the website and our social media channels for updates.

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