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It's A Home Draw - Can We Tame ‘The Tigers'?!

 

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Lady-luck has finally been on our side, and we’ve got a home draw, as on Saturday (2nd October) we take a break from Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division action and welcome Gloucester City AFC of the Vanarama National League (North) to the BuildKent Stadium for an Emirates F.A. Cup Third Qualifying Round tie, kick-off 3:00pm. Having played two away games against sides a level below in the previous rounds, we are now playing a side one above, but at home. Although the fact they are a full-time club who will be travelling on the Friday, having a training session, and staying at a hotel nearby in the evening shows the challenge we are up against. If the game ends in a draw after ninety minutes, the replay will be at their New Meadow Park ground on Tuesday 5th October, kick-off 7:45pm.

 

Whilst we have played two games to get this far, our opponents have only played one as Step Two clubs didn’t enter the competition until the Second Qualifying Round. In that game, they won 3-1 against their near neighbours Longlevens of the uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division with a hat-trick from Danny King. The tie was originally due to have been played at Longlevens, but, was switched to New Meadow Park due to the large crowd expected to attend, and that proved to be the case as the game attracted an attendance of 2,320, which is the highest so far in this season’s competition, and way ahead of the second highest 1,648 that saw York City entertain Hebburn Town.

 

When last season ended prematurely, ‘The Tigers’ were top of the table with thirty-five points from eighteen games, five ahead of AFC Fylde, although the Lancashire based club had three games in hand. This season, after a good start which saw them draw 2-2 draw at Southport and then win 4-0 win at home against York City, they’ve suffered five successive defeats, losing 2-1 at Guiseley, 2-0 at home against Kettering Town, 9-0 at Chorley, 2-1 at home against Curzon Ashton, and then last Saturday, 3-0 at Gateshead. There leading scorer is currently Danny King, who has scored four goals in all competitions, Matt McClure and Jordan Young have two each, whilst Kevin Dawson, who is the club’s skipper, Fabian Robert and Jordan Thompson have one apiece. 

 

That final defeat at Gateshead led to the sacking of Manager Paul Groves after the game, and he has been replaced by Lee Mansell on an interim basis. A club statement from co-Chairman Alex Petheram read: "Owing to recent results, I can confirm this evening that Gloucester City AFC has parted ways with Paul Groves and members of his backroom staff. We would like to thank Paul and his team for their hard work whilst with us and wish them all the best in their future endeavours. “In order to provide stability to the club and give ourselves the best possible chance of success moving forwards, we have appointed Lee Mansell as interim manager, taking charge from Monday. “Lee has the support of everyone at the club and understands the aims and objectives for the season ahead. “We would like to thank everyone for their continued support.”

 

Gloucester-born Mansell, 39, enjoyed a long and successful professional career with the likes of Luton Town, Oxford United, Torquay United and Bristol Rovers, where he has also worked as a coach within the Academy. He has appointed former Bristol Rovers Academy coach Dafydd Williams as his Assistant Manager with the current City Academy physio Arron Jenkins promoted to First Team duties, whilst Chloe Golding remains as Performance Analyst.

 

Others to depart the club with Groves were Assistant Manager Dr Niall Clark, and Physio Justin Saunders, along with three players: Jamie Bremner, Roberto Di Segni and Armel Zola.

 

National League (North) – Bottom Seven

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

G/D

PTS

Farsley Celtic

7

1

3

3

7

17

-10

6

Guiseley

7

1

2

4

7

12

-5

5

Darlington

6

1

1

4

10

12

-2

4

AFC Telford United

5

1

1

3

4

7

-3

4

Bradford (Park Avenue)

6

1

1

4

5

9

-4

4

Gloucester City

7

1

1

5

8

20

-12

4

Southport

6

0

3

3

9

12

-3

3

 

Looking ahead, Neil said: “I’m really looking forward to the game, although we’ll have to be at our best to get a result, despite the fact they are not having the best of times at the moment and have just replaced their Manager, they are full-time and a step above us, and don’t forget when last season finished early they were top of their League. “If we play like we did in the first half last Saturday, we’ll have a decent chance, but if we make the mistakes we did in the second then we won’t, it’s as simple as that, the higher you go up the Leagues the better the finishing is, so we can’t let them have as many chances as we did Potters Bar.”

 

Discussing the squad, he said: The issue with the fuel supply is currently a double-edged sword, whilst Tuesday’s game being called off allowed the players to have a full week off and recover from any knocks and strains picked up, we haven’t been able to have a training session this week, which we obviously would have liked. “However, we mustn’t use that as an excuse, I’m expecting everyone to be available, except Kieron [McCann] of course who is still a few weeks away after his op, and raring to go.”    

 

Finally, he mentioned how important the fans will be: “I’m excited about Saturday’s game, the players are also up for it and hopefully our fans will get behind us too. So far this season, we have had tremendous support even when things haven’t been going quite right, and with the crowd right behind us we could have a chance of pulling off an upset and don’t forget the prize money would be most welcome too.” 

 

F.A. Cup - Last Five Seasons

The below shows both clubs’ recent details in the F.A. Cup and as you can see below, neither club has had much of a run recently, and both would welcome one this season.

 

Season

Round

Folkestone Invicta

Res

Gloucester City

Res

2016/17

1st Qual 

East Greenford Utd (H)

3-1

 

 

 

2nd Qual 

Waltham Forest (H)

3-1

Salisbury (A)

2-1

 

3rd Qual 

North Leigh (A)

1-3

Hemel Hempsted Town (H)

2-2

 

3rd Qual (Rep)

   

Hemel Hempsted Town (A)

0-2

           

2017/18

1st Qual 

Greenwich Borough (H)

3-2

 

 

 

2nd Qual 

Tooting & M Utd (H)

3-1

Hungerford Town (H)

0-3

 

3rd Qual 

Aylesbury United (H)

2-1

 

 

 

4th Qual 

Slough (A)

0-1

   
           
           

2018/19

1st Qual 

Burgess Hill Town (A)

0-1

   
 

2nd Qual

   

Plymouth Parkway (H)

3-1

 

3rd Qual

   

Dorking Wanderers (H)

3-3

 

3rd Qual (Rep)

   

Dorking Wanderers (A)

3-0

 

4th Qual

   

Bromley (H)

0-1

           

2019/20

1st Qual 

Whitstable Town (H)

4-0

   
 

2nd Qual

Kings Langley (A)

0-4

Kidlington (A)

5-0

 

3rd Qual

   

Whitby Town (A)

0-1

 

3rd Qual (Rep)

   

Whitby Town (H)

1-3

           

2020/21

1st Qual

Wingate & Finchley (A)

4-1

   
 

2nd Qual

Chatham Town (H)

0-3

Christchurch (A)

1-1 (5-6 pens)

           

2021/22

1st Qual

Corinthian (A)

3-2

   
 

2nd Qual

Ashford Town (Middx) (A)

7-2

Longlevens (A)

3-1

 

3rd Qual

Gloucester City (H)

 

Folkestone Invicta (A)

 

 

 

Previous Meetings

Invicta have never met Gloucester City before, although the old Folkestone Town team and its various guises played them a few times in the Southern League. In the 1989/90 season, they, as a Premier Division club, won 1-0 at Cheriton Road in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the F.A. Cup against Folkestone as the club was then known, which at the time was playing in the Southern Division. This was an eventful F.A. Cup run, as it was the same one that saw Folkestone win an extraordinary Second Qualifying Round replay 1-0 at Redhill, ending the game with just seven players! And then winning 1-0 at Crabble against Dover Athletic, who went on to win the Premier Division that season, to earn the Fourth Qualifying Round tie.

 

Gloucester City, meanwhile, went on to beat Dorchester Town 1-0 in the First Round Proper before going out in the next Round against Cardiff City, who were relegated from the Third Division at the end of that season, losing 1-0 at home after a 2-2 draw in Wales.

 

As a sad postscript, this was the last season for the Folkestone club as at the end of the 1989/90 season it folded and although they were replaced by Folkestone Town (1990), this reprieve was short lived and the club folded again during the following season, having played just seventeen games, their record was expunged and the club, after 106 years of being the town’s senior club, ceased trading.  

 

Admission Details

All admission will be pay on the turnstiles, which will open at 1:30pm, there will be no pre-bought tickets available.

 

At the Wilmoth (cricket ground) end, entry will be by cash only whilst at the turnstile by Bar Invicta,  payment will be accepted by either cash or card.

 

Prices are: £11.00, £8.00 (concessions) and £3.00 (under 18s).

 

As a reminder, due to it being an Emirates F.A. Cup tie, all spectators must pay, Season Tickets and Junior Passports will not be valid for this game.

 

 

This Week’s Fixtures

On Saturday there is a mix of Premier Division games and F.A. Cup Third Qualifying Round ties, and then in the following midweek there are also several rearranged Premier Division games, although some of these may get postponed if there is an F.A. Cup replay. 

 

Premier Division

The current fuel supply issues led to the majority of the midweek League games being postponed and it may cause issues for those below, especially the ones at the weekend. The Isthmian League gave clubs the option of calling off their midweek games, this will be reviewed later in the week to see if they agree to the same for this weekend.

 

Saturday 2nd October

Brightlingsea Regent

vs

Bognor Regis Town

Leatherhead

vs

Haringey Borough

Potters Bar Town

vs

Kingstonian

 

Monday 4th October

Carshalton Athletic

vs

Cray Wanderers

 

Tuesday 5th October

Corinthian-Casuals

vs

Margate

Enfield Town

vs

Kingstonian

Hornchurch

vs

Worthing

 

F.A. Cup (3rd Qualifying Round)

The Premier Division clubs are shown in capitals where applicable.

 

AFC SUDBURY (N)

vs

CHESHUNT (P)

Boston United

vs

EAST THURROCK UTD (P)

BOWERS & PITSEA (P)

vs

HORNCHURCH (P)

Chelmsford City

vs

ENFIELD TOWN (P)

CORINTHIAN-CASUALS (P)

vs

WINGATE & FINCHLEY (P)

FOLKESTONE INVICTA (P)

vs

Gloucester City

HORSHAM (P)

vs

Eastbourne Borough

MERSTHAM (P)

vs

Hereford

 

There are several other Isthmian League Step Four clubs not mentioned above remaining in this season’s competition, and their ties are as below, they are also shown in capitals with their respective Division shown in brackets.

 

BEDFONT SPORTS (SC)

vs

Sholing

Chippenham Town

vs

HASTINGS UNITED (SE)

Harrow Borough

vs

MARLOW (SC)

Hayes & Yeading United

vs

WHITEHAWK (SE)

Jersey Bulls

vs

CHERTSEY TOWN (SC)