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Preview: Gillingham

16 November 2021

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There's a place in the Emirates FA Cup second round at stake at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium this evening when Cheltenham Town host Gillingham (kick-off: 7.45pm).

Nothing could separate the two sides when they first met at Priestfield at the start of the month, so they lock horns once again with a trip to fellow League One side AFC Wimbledon guranteed for the winners.

Matchday tickets are £12 for adults and £6 for concessions for fans looking for an FA Cup fix as Michael Duff's side also look to claim the £22,629 prize money that would come with a win.

Fans are recommended to arrive early to collect tickets for tonight's game with a large number of collections expected for those who have purchased ahead of matchday.

Team news

Little has changed from the state of Michael Duff's squad from the last time they faced the Gills ten days ago.

Will Boyle and Charlie Raglan (pictured) remain out, with the latter having now had surgery, while Callum Wright and Taylor Perry both miss the game too.

Media talk

Michael Duff is predicting a tight affair when the two teams go head-to-head.

"They had a really good result at Sheffield Wednesday," he said in his press conference on Monday morning.

"They look like they could have picked up a couple of injuries so we don't know what team they're going to play.

"The first game was a game of two halves. It will be a tight game. If you look at the league positions we're in similar positions."

You can watch all of Duff's pre-game thoughts on iFollow, where striker Christian Norton has also been speaking ahead of the match.

Opposition

Whereas it was a free weekend for Cheltenham, Gillingham made the trip up to south Yorkshire to take on Sheffield Wednesday and picked up a point in a 1-1 draw.

The Gills are 19th and two points above the drop zone in League One after 17 matches.

They visit Cheltenham on Tuesday with plenty of Football League experience in their ranks. From Max Ehmer at the back, to midfield man Stuart O'Keefe, to attack minded players John Akinde and Whitehaven born midfielder Kyle Dempsey.

In the FA Cup, the Gills best ever run in the competition actually started with an FA Cup first round replay win over Cheltenham in the 1999/2000 season. They went onto defeat Darlington, Walsall, Bradford City and Sheffield Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals where they eventually lost to Chelsea.

The manager: Steve Evans

Steve Evans began his managerial career in non-league football having started originally managing a grassroots side at the end of a playing career spent entirely in Scotland.

He progressed into the Football League and has taken charge at the likes of Crawley Town, Rotherham United, Leeds United, Mansfield Town and Peterborough before being appointed Gills boss in 2019.

Tickets

You can buy online for tonight's game with tickets now priced at £12 for adults and £6 for concessions.

Tickets are also available to buy on the night though it's recommended you leave plenty of time to do so. Autovillage Stand tickets can be bought from the ticket office, Colin Farmer Stand tickets from next to the Parklands turnstiles and standing tickets from the Portakabin in the car park.

There are a significant number of tickets to be collected this evening. Fans are advised to arrive early to leave time before kick-off to do this. They can be collected from the Portakabin in the main car park, or if you are in the Colin Farmer Stand from just outside the Parklands turnstiles.

Match programme

Elliot Bonds is the big interview in Tuesday's match programme as the Guyana international midfielder discusses his loan so far at Kidderminster Harriers and his return to fitness after a long-term lay-off because of the anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered last season.

The programme is on sale around the stadium at a price of £2 and can also be bought online.

Coverage

Social media: Follow @CTFCofficial on Twitter for updates throughout the evening. You can also view score updates and team news on Facebook and Instagram.

Highlights: You can watch match highlights on The FA Player when they are uploaded online.

Radio: Listen to live full match commentary by buying an audio match pass on iFollow or on BBC Radio Gloucestershire.


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