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Preview | Cheltenham Town v Gillingham

Steve Evans will be forced to shuffle his pack once again for the trip to Cheltenham in an FA Cup first round replay.

15 November 2021

Match Previews

Preview | Cheltenham Town v Gillingham

Steve Evans will be forced to shuffle his pack once again for the trip to Cheltenham in an FA Cup first round replay.

15 November 2021

Daniel Adshead, Ben Reeves and Gerald Sithole all in contention for a starting place at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Cheltenham Town v Gillingham

Emirates FA Cup First Round Replay

The Jonny-Rocks Stadium

Tuesday November 16th

Kick-Off, 7.45pm


Team News:

Vadaine Oliver and Kyle Dempsey are unlikely to be involved after coming off against Sheffield Wednesday with knocks. Ben Reeves, Dan Adshead and Gerald Sithole are all likely to start the game, having been substitutes at the weekend.


Daniel Phillips could be involved having completed 90 minutes at Hillsborough on Saturday. Steve Evans will be hopeful that Mustapha Carayol, or perhaps Alex MacDonald, are fit enough to travel.

The game will come too soon for Cheltenham pair Will Boyle and Charlie Raglan as they continue to recover from their injuries. Michael Duff could make changes to his side from the first game, having had ten days of rest.


Manager Comments:

Steve Evans - “It’s always a tough place to go, whatever level they’re at. It’s always a difficult game. We'll assess who we have available and go from there."


Michael Duff - "They had a really good result at Sheffield Wednesday. 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."


Recent Form:

Gillingham- DDDLD

In the club’s last competitive fixture, Steve Evans’ side travelled to Hillsborough to take on Sheffield Wednesday. Vadaine Oliver gave Gills a first half lead and the hosts found an equaliser just 15 minutes from time as Florian Kamberi struck from close-range. The game ended in a 1-1 draw, and Gills remain 19th on 17 points after 17 games.

Cheltenham Town- DDDD(Won on pens)L

Cheltenham’s last game was against the Gills in the FA Cup at Priestfield. However, their last league game at home was a 2-2 draw against Sheffield Wednesday. Kyle Vassell gave the Robins a first-half lead, but Wednesday came back fighting in the second half. Chey Dunkley brought them level just after the hour, and in the 82nd minute, they thought they had won the game after Matty Blair’s own goal. However, Blair went from villain to hero as he scored a stoppage-time equaliser to ensure a point.


Previous Meetings:

The two club’s last met ten days ago in the original FA Cup tie. Matt Pollock’s header gave Cheltenham the lead in the first-half, but Gerald Sithole’s fine volley brought the Gills back on level terms. Bailey Akehurst came inches away from a dramatic late winner as his first-time effort went wide of the post.

A memorable Gills win at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium came back in March 2011. Steve Elliott put Cheltenham in front after just three minutes, and Gillingham had to wait until the final five minutes before getting back into the game. Cody McDonald headed home the equaliser at the second attempt before heading home a 90th minute winner, which sent the Gills fans into raptures.

Ticket Information:

Gills supporters will be in the Hazlewoods Stand, and we have been allocated 252 tickets for the fixture.

Tickets remain on sale until midday on the day of the fixture. All tickets will need to be collected from the away turnstiles. If you have requested postage, and the tickets do not arrive by midday, please call us on 01634 300000 so duplicates can be printed.

More information about the fixture can be found here.



Cheltenham Town win - 13/10

Draw - 21/10

Gillingham win - 21/10

Special Bet: Danny Lloyd to score first and Gillingham to win 2-1 - 45/1.


Match Officials:

Referee - Lee Swabey

Assistants - Andrew Laver and Thomas Harty

Fourth Official - Steven Plane

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