Gloucester City v AFC Telford United

\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nDate: Saturday 24 August, 2013\r\nCompetition: Skrill North\r\nVenue: Abbey Business Stadium, Cheltenham\r\nKick-off: 3pm\r\n\r\nOpponents: AFC Telford United were one of the original ‘phoenix clubs’, rising from the ashes of Telford United in 2004.\r\n\r\nThe original Telford United were one of the giants of non-league football, winning the FA Trophy on three separate occasions and the Welsh Cup three times too. They were also famous for their exploits in the FA Cup, where they knocked out Football League mainstays such as Preston North End, Bradford City, Brentford and Crewe Alexandra. They folded at the end of the 2003/04 season due to financial issues.\r\n\r\nAfter being re-formed, the club saw a meteoric rise to Conference North level in only three seasons before finally escaping the division in 2010/11 after a play-off final win. After two seasons at the top tier of non-league football, the club are back in the Skrill North; but start the season as title favourites.\r\n\r\nThe club’s New Bucks Head ground is arguably one of the finest grounds in non-league football and the 6,500 capacity stadium wouldn’t look out of place in the Football League.\r\n\r\nForm Guide: Gloucester City will be buoyed after a victory over local rivals Worcester City in a tasty encounter on Tuesday, after being defeated by North Ferriby United on the opening day.\r\n\r\nAfter a promising pre-season, including a victory over a youthful West Bromwich Albion side, AFC Telford kicked off their campaign with a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Workington. This was followed by a thrilling 1-1 draw against fellow promotion chasers Boston United on Tuesday night, which see’s the Bucks currently sitting seventh.\r\n\r\nHistory: The Tigers have played three different sides that are directly related to AFC Telford United; Wellington Town, Telford United and Saturday’s opponents.\r\n\r\nDespite a 53 year relationship against these sides, Gloucester City and Telford have only played 10 times in history. The most recent being a 2-2 draw at Whaddon Road in 2011.\r\n\r\nOverall: Gloucester City wins: 2.\r\n\r\n                Draws: 2\r\n\r\n                Telford wins: 6\r\n\r\n Against AFC Telford United: Gloucester City wins: 1\r\n\r\n                                                      Draws: 1\r\n\r\n                                                      AFC Telford United wins: 2\r\n\r\nTeam news: The Tigers will be calling on Tom Hamblin this weekend, in the absence of skipper Matt Coupe who is away with work commitments. Apart from that it is a full strength City that will take on the title favourites at Whaddon Road.\r\n\r\nThe match will also see Tyler Weir’s 50th game in a Tigers shirt.\r\n\r\nTelford will also be at full strength, with only the injury of Sean Cooke blighting the copy book. The club is also waiting for international clearance for Robbie Booth, who played last season for Welsh side Bangor City.\r\n\r\nYou’ll be able to catch full coverage of Gloucester City v AFC Telford United on Severn Sport (@SevernSport), on Twitter (@GCAFCofficial) and Facebook (GCAFCofficial) from 3pm Saturday, and you will also be able to READ the match programme from 2pm on the official site.

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