Gloucester City have enjoyed some memorable FA Cup moments in the past two years, but a victory on Saturday against Conference Premier high-flyers, and local rivals, Forest Green Rovers would eclipse it all.\r\n\r\nIt is the first competitive meeting between the two clubs since 1998, a fixture played in Gloucester, in the Southern Premier League with Rovers wearing black and white; it’s fair to say a lot of things have changed in the meantime.\r\n\r\nWhen they meet this Saturday, the Nailsworth side, with the help of Dale Vince’s millions, are heavy favourites as they meet a struggling City who are near the bottom of the Vanarama Conference North.\r\n\r\nOff the field, the club have been buoyed by the approving of their new stadium at Meadow Park, and will be hoping to carry that positive momentum straight onto the field at Whaddon Road.\r\n\r\nThe FA Cup is the great leveller, as they say, and in front of an expected record modern crowd for the Tigers, the underdogs will be ready to bite.\r\n\r\nGloucester manager Tim Harris, who has had two spells at Forest Green, says his side is ready for the ‘David v Goliath’ fixture.\r\n\r\n“We go in as underdogs, there isn’t a doubt about that,” said Harris.\r\n\r\n“You’ve seen it before and you’ll see it again, but this weekend there will be a few giantkillings, a few upsets and there is no reason why it can’t be us.”\r\n\r\n“This is cup football and it is what makes it so special for everybody involved.\r\n\r\n“It is a David v Goliath type fixture and we have a chance, we’ll be fighting and scrapping for every challenge in the hope of causing an upset; we have nothing to lose.\r\n\r\n“The most important thing is for the players to go out and enjoy themselves, and for the fans to make a red hot atmosphere that will be remembered.”\r\n\r\nHeading into the fixture, Harris’ plans have been boosted with Adam Connolly gaining 60 minutes playing time in Tuesday’s Gloucestershire Senior Cup tie with Bristol Rovers.\r\n\r\nMatt Williams is also expected to be fine after a recent illness, but the Tigers could be missing experienced full-back Billy Jones who took a knock on Tuesday evening.\r\n\r\nTom Webb, the club’s record all-time appearance holder, is relishing the prospect at battling in his first local derby.\r\n\r\n“For me, it’ll be the first proper local derby I’ve played in since I’ve been with the club,” said Webb, who made his Tigers debut in 2001.\r\n\r\n“It is going to be a massive challenge for us, but the experiences in the last two seasons playing and matching Leyton Orient and Fleetwood Town in the First Round, will stand us in good stead for the test ahead.\r\n\r\n“The tie is great for the fans, the players and the club’s finances and it is a cup game, anything can happen and I believe we’ll be able to spring an upset.”\r\n\r\nHarris has fond memories of his time at Forest Green, despite the club’s perilous position during his first stint there, and is glad to see them succeed – after Saturday’s duel.\r\n\r\n“When I went to Forest Green for the first time, they had changed the name to Stroud FC and were not in good shape with small crowds.”\r\n\r\n“To see what they’re doing now is the dream of every club, and after Saturday’s game I’ll be wishing them the best of luck for the rest of the season.”\r\n\r\n–\r\n\r\nThe Tigers and KB Coaches have teamed up to bring over 100 supporters to Saturday’s game for only £3 per person.\r\n\r\nPick-up’s will be from Tesco Quedgeley at 12.45pm, Meadow Park at 1pm, Morrisons Abbeydale at 1.15pm and Cross Hands, Brockworth at 1.30pm.\r\n\r\nTo book your place tweet the club at @GCAFCofficial, message them on Facebook or contact Dave Jones on 07540 257464.\r\n\r\n–\r\n\r\nPrices will be £12 Adults, £6 Concessions and Under 18’s free.

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