Date: Saturday 26th November 2016

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Competition: Buildbase FA Trophy, Third Round Qualifying

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Kick-Off: 15:00

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Location: LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham.

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Admission: Adults £13, Concessions (60+, NUS) £7, 13-17 £7 (NB – This is a one-time only purchase that entitles the bearer to one season ticket per purchase!), 12 and under admitted free.

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Following three losses on the bounce for Tim Harris’ side, we return to Gloucestershire in a bid to progress in our first game of the season in the FA Trophy. 

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The Form

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As mentioned City have lost our last three matches in the Vanarama National League the last of which was against Kidderminster Harriers on Tuesday night. Tim Harris was full of plaudits for the opposition who many saw as the best side we’ve faced so far this campaign. The 3-0 defeat signalled a trio of defeats having lost to Chorley and Curzon Ashton beforehand.

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Our opposition in AFC Fylde have been on some deadly form having scored an astonishing 15 goals in their last three matches. On Saturday they brushed aside Boston United with one of the highest scoring games in recent memory, winning 9-2. Beforehand they drew 1-1 with title rivals Darlington 1883 as well as beating Stalybridge Celtic 5-0.

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Key Player

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For City this week, Luke Hopper managed to get himself into double figures last Saturday and following his injury will want to return to the rapid form we saw earlier in the campaign. The former Swindon Supermarine forward had nine goals to his name before being ruled out, and after a short return will look to lead the Tigers line and get himself on the scoresheet on a regular basis once more.

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For Fylde, there really isn’t any other striker in English football quite like Danny Rowe. The former Macclesfield attacker has 28 goals to his name this season already, double what second placed Danny Newton has for Tamworth in the goalscoring charts. He could be the man who single handedly gifts Fylde promotion.

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